User and Operator’s Manual for 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Mercedes-Benz W202. Models: C 230, C 280, C 36 AMG and C 43 AMG.
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Drive Sensibly – Save Fuel
Fuel consumption, to a great extent, depends on driving habits and operating conditions. To save fuel you should:
• keep tires at the recommended inflation pressures,
• remove unnecessary loads,
• remove roof rack when not in use,
• allow engine to warm up under low load use,
• avoid frequent acceleration and deceleration,
• have all maintenance work performed at regular intervals by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Fuel consumption is also increased by driving in cold weather, in stop-and-go traffic, on short trips and in hilly country.
What You Should Know at the Gas Station
To prevent fuel vapors from escaping into open air, fully insert filler nozzle unit. Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle unit cuts out – do not overfill. Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can cause the “Check Engine” lamp to illuminate. Use premium unleaded gasoline: Posted Octane Index 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON). Fuel tank capacity approx. 16.4 US gal (62.0 I).
This includes approx. 2.1 US gal (8.0 I) reserve.
Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous, it burns violently and can cause serious injury. Whenever you are around gasoline, avoid inhaling fumes and skin contact, extinguish all smoking materials. Never allow sparks, flame or smoking materials near gasoline!
• Engine Oil:
Engine oil level check, see Index.
Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick marking level: 2.1 US qt (2.0 I). Recommended engine oils, see Index.
• Spark Plugs:
Approved spark plugs, refer to “Technical Data”.
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water quality). For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/antifreeze), refer to Index.
High beam: HI (55 W),
low beam: H7 (55 W),
low beam: Xenon (optional)
fog lamps: HI (55 W),
turn signal lamps, parking and standing lamps, front: 2357 NA (28.5/8.3 W/30/2.2 cp), stop lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
backup lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear: 21 W/32 cp,
tail, parking, side marker and standing lamp: 5 W/4 cp,
tail and parking lamp, passenger side: 21/4 W,
tail, parking arid rear fog lamp, driver’s side: 21/4W,
license plate lamps: 5 W.
• Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure label inside the fuel filler flap.
• Air Conditioner:
R-134a refrigerant and special PAG lubricant, refer to “Technical Data” (also see Index).
Instruments and Controls
For more detailed descriptions see Index. For adjustments of air outlets, refer to
Automatic Climate Control (see Index).
1. Side air outlet, adjustable
2. Air volume control for side air outlet
3. Exterior lamp switch
4. Parking brake release
5. Hood lock release
6. Parking brake pedal
7. Steering wheel adjustment lever
8. Combination switch
9. Cruise control switch
10. Horn, airbag
11. Instrument cluster
12. Steering lock with ignition/starter switch 13. Center air outlets, adjustable
14. Air volume control for center air outlets 15. Glove box (illuminated with electronic key in steering lock position 1 or 2)
16. Left front seat heater switch
17. ASR or ESP control switch
18. Switch for rear seat head restraints 19. Hazard warning flasher switch
20. Central locking switch,
Indicator lamp for antitheft alarm system 21. Right front seat heater switch
22. Automatic climate control
Rear window defroster switch
23. Audio system
24. Open storage compartment
25. Ashtray with lighter
26 .Storage/eyeglasses compartment 27. Power window switches, front doors 28. Power window safety switch, rear doors 29. Airbag off indicator lamp
30. Power window switches, rear doors 31. Trunk lid release switch
32. Mirror adjustment switch
1. Coolant temperature gauge. See Index
2. Fuel gauge with reserve and fuel cap placement warning lamp (yellow). See Index
3. Outside temperature indicator. See Index
4. Left turn signal indicator lamp (green)
5. ASR warning lamp (yellow) or ESP warning lamp (yellow). See Index
7. Trip odometer, See Index
8. Main odometer, or FSS indicator. See Index
9. Right turn signal indicator lamp (green) 10. Tachometer. See Index
11. Clock. See Index
12. Push buttons for intensity of instrument lamps. See Index
13. Push button for resetting trip odometer. See Index
14. Push buttons for setting clock. See Index
Indicator Lamp Symbols Function Indicator Lamp
(should go out with the engine running unless)
ASR or ESP.
Adjust driving to road condition. See Index
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer system low. See Index
Coolant level low. See Index
Engine oil level low. See Index
Brake pads worn down. See Index
Brake fluid low (except Canada). Parking brake engaged. See Index
Brake fluid low (Canada only). Parking brake engaged.
Battery not being charged properly. See Index
Exterior lamp failure. See Index
BAS malfunction. See Index ASR malfunction. See Index
BAS malfunction. See Index ESP malfunction. See Index
ABS malfunction. See Index
Fasten seat belts. See Index
SRS malfunction. See Index
Telescoping steering column not locked. See Index
Engine malfunction indicator lamp. If the lamp comes on when the engine is running, it indicates a malfunction of the fuel management system or emission control system, or the fuel cap is not closed tight. In all cases, we recommend that you have the malfunction checked as soon as possible. See Index
Additional Function Indicator Lamps in the Instrument Cluster
Function Indicator Lamp on the Center Console
FSS indicator (distance). See Index
FSS indicator (days). See Index
Passenger Airbag automatically switched off. See Index
Your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with monolithic type catalytic converters, an important element in conjunction with the oxygen sensors to achieve substantial control of the pollutants in the exhaust emissions. Keep your vehicle in proper operating condition by following our recommended maintenance instructions as outlined in your Service Booklet.
To prevent damage to the catalytic converters, use only premium unleaded gasoline in this vehicle. Any noticeable irregularities in engine operation should be repaired promptly. Otherwise, excessive unburned fuel may reach the catalytic converter causing it to overheat, which could start a fire.
As with any vehicle, do not idle, park or operate this vehicle in areas where combustible materials such as grass, hay or leaves can come into contact with the hot exhaust system, as these materials could be ignited and cause a vehicle fire.
Starting and Turning Off the Engine
Ensure that parking brake is engaged and that selector lever is in position “P” or “N”. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 2. The charge indicator lamp should come on.
Starting (Model C 230)
Do not depress accelerator. Turn electronic key in steering lock clockwise to the stop. Release electronic key only when the engine is firing regularly.
(Models C 280, C 43 AMG)
Do not depress accelerator. Briefly turn electronic key in steering lock clockwise to the stop and release. The starter will engage until the engine is running. If engine will not run, and the starting procedure stops, turn electronic key completely to the left and repeat starting the engine. After several unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Due to the installed starter non- repeat feature, the electronic key must be turned completely to the left before attempting to start the engine again. The battery charge indicator lamp should go out as soon as the engine has started. In areas where temperatures frequently drop below -4°F (-20°C) we recommend that an engine block heater be installed. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will advise you on this subject.
Turn the electronic key in the steering lock to position 0 to stop the engine.
The electronic key can only be removed with your foot off the brake pedal and the selector lever in position “P”.
If you feel a sudden significant vibration or ride disturbance, or you suspect that possible damage to your vehicle has occurred, you should turn on the hazard flashers, carefully slow down, and drive with caution to an area which is a safe distance from the roadway.
Inspect the tires and under the vehicle for possible damage. If the vehicle or tires appear unsafe, have it towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz or tire dealer for repairs.
When the engine is not running, the brake and steering systems are without power assistance. Under these circumstances, a much greater effort is necessary to stop or steer the vehicle.
After driving in heavy rain for some time without applying the brakes or through water deep enough to wet brake components, the first braking action may be somewhat reduced and increased pedal pressure may be necessary. Be sure to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front. Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause excessive and premature wear of the brake pads. It can also result in the brakes overheating thereby significantly reducing their effectiveness. It may not be possible to stop the car in sufficient time to avoid an accident.
The condition of the parking brake system is checked each time the car is in the shop for the required service.
If the parking brake is released and the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster stays on, the brake fluid level in the reservoir is too low. Brake pad wear or a leak in the system may be the reason for low brake fluid in the reservoir. Have the brake system inspected at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer immediately.
All checks and maintenance work on the brake system should be carried out by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Install only brake pads and brake fluid recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
If other than recommended brake pads are installed, or other than recommended brake fluid is used, the braking properties of the vehicle can be degraded to an extent that safe braking is substantially impaired. This could result in an accident.
When driving down long and steep grades, relieve the load on the brakes by shifting into a lower gear. This helps prevent overheating of the brakes and reduces brake pad wear. After hard braking, it is advisable to drive on for some time, rather than immediately parking, so the air stream will cool down the brakes faster.
Tread wear indicators (TWI) are required by law. These
indicators are located in six places on the
tread circumference and become visible at a depth of
approximately1/16 in (1.5 mm), at which point the
tire is considered worn and should be replaced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a solid band across
Do not allow your tires to wear down too far. As tread depth approaches 1/16 in (1.5 mm), the adhesion properties on a wet road are sharply reduced. Depending upon the weather and/or road surface (conditions), the tire traction varies widely.
Specified tire pressures must be maintained. This applies particularly if the tires are subjected to high loads (e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high ambient temperatures).
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat tire affects the ability to steer or brake the vehicle. You may lose control of the car. Continued driving with a flat tire or driving at high speed with a flat tire will cause excessive heat build-up and possibly a fire.
Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road, aquaplaning may occur, even at low speeds and with new tires.
Reduce vehicle speed, avoid track grooves in the road and apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered or icy road is always lower than on a dry road.
You should pay particular attention to the condition of the road whenever the outside temperatures areclose to the freezing point.
If ice has formed on the road, tire traction will be substantially reduced. Under such weather conditions, drive, steer and brake with extreme caution.
We recommend M + S radial- ply tires for the winter season for all four wheels to insure normal balanced handling characteristics. On packed snow, they can reduce your stopping distance as compared with summer tires. Stopping distance, however, is still considerably greater than when the road is wet or dry.
Tire Speed Rating
Model C 36 AMG only: This vehicle is factory equipped with “Z”-rated tires. All other models: Your vehicle is factory equipped with “H”-rated tires, which have a European speed rating of 130 mph (210 km/h). An electronic speed limiter prevents your vehicle from exceeding the speed rating. Despite the tire rating, local speed limits should be obeyed. Use prudent driving speeds appropriate to prevailing conditions.
Even when permitted by law, never operate a vehicle at speeds greater than the maximum speed rating of the tires. Exceeding the maximum speed for which tires are rated can lead to sudden tire failure causing loss of vehicle control and resulting in personal injury and possible death.
To reduce the risk of personal injury as a result of vehicle movement, before turning off the engine and leaving the vehicle always:
1. Keep right foot on brake pedal
2. Firmly depress parking brake pedal.
3. Move the selector lever to position “P”.
4. Slowly release brake pedal.
5. Turn front wheels towards the road curb.
6. Turn the key to steering lock position 0 and remove.
7. Take your key and lock vehicle when leaving
It is advisable to set the parking brake whenever parking or leaving the vehicle. In addition, move selector lever to position “P”. When parking on hills, always set the parking brake.
Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or icy roads is to drive sensibly and to avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering maneuvers. Do not use the cruise control system under such conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of skidding, move selector lever to position “N”. Try to keep the vehicle under control by corrective steering action. Road salts and chemicals can adversely affect braking efficiency.
Increased pedal force may become necessary to produce the normal brake effect. We therefore recommend depressing
the brake pedal periodically when travelling at length on salt-strewn roads. This can bring road salt impaired braking efficiency back to normal. A prerequisite is, however, that this is done without endangering other drivers on the road. If the vehicle is parked after being driven on salt treated roads, the braking efficiency should be tested as soon as possible after driving is resumed while observing the safety rules in the previous paragraph.
If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow, make sure that snow is kept clear of the exhaust pipe and from around the vehicle with engine running. Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may enter vehicle interior resulting in unconsciousness and death. To assure sufficient fresh air ventilation, open a window slightly on the side of the car that is out of the wind.
Do not drive through flooded areas or water of unknown depth. If you must drive through deep water, drive slowly to prevent water from entering the engine compartment or being ingested by the air intake, possibly causing damage to electrical components or wiring, to engine or transmission that is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Always fasten items being carried as securely as possible. In an accident, during hard braking or sudden maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around inside the vehicle, and cause injury to vehicle occupants unless the items are securely fastened in the vehicle.
Automatic Climate Control
The system is always at operational readiness, except when manually switched off. The automatic climate control only operates with the engine running. The temperature selector should be left
at the desired temperature setting.
The temperature selected is reached as quickly as possible. The system will not heat or cool any quicker by setting a higher or lower temperature.
1. Air volume control for center air outlet,
turn wheel up to open
2. Air volume control for right air outlet.
To open air outlets:
Turn wheel to position
3. Center air outlets, adjustable
4. Side air outlets, adjustable
5. Display and Controls
The automatic climate control removes considerable moisture from the air during operation in the cooling mode. It is normal for water to drip on the ground through ducts in the underbody.
This vehicle is equipped with an air conditioner system that uses HFC-134a (ozone-friendly hydrofluorocarbon) as a refrigerant. Repairs should always be performed by a qualified technician, and refrigerant should be collected in a recovery system for recycling.
Display and Controls
Press to activate, indicator lamp is on while activated.
Air distribution, manual
Air volume, manual
Rear window defroster
Residual engine heat utilization
Basic Setting – Automatic Mode Press
for automatic mode.
Simultaneously press both
for temperature setting of 72°F.
Air volume and distribution are controlled automatically. This setting can be used all year around.
The function of this setting corresponds to the automatic mode. However, because the air conditioning compressor will not engage (fuel savings), it is not possible to air condition in this setting.
button to activate.
button once again to return to previous setting.
(use only for short duration) Defogging Windows
button repeatedly until air is directed upward.
Turn wheels (2) to position
to open left and right air outlets (4). Adjust air outlets upward.
Turn wheels (2) to position to
open left and right air outlets (4). Adjust air outlets upward.
button. Maximum heat-
ed and automatically controlled amount of air is directed to the windshield and side windows.
Press button once again to return to previous setting.
Rear Window Defroster
Turn key in steering lock to position 2.
To select, press
To cancel, press
Heavy accumulation of snow and ice should be removed before activating the defroster.
The rear window defroster uses a large amount of power. To keep the battery drain to a minimum, turn off the defroster as soon
as the window is clear.
The defroster is automatically turned off after a maximum of
12 minutes of operation.
If several power consumers are turned on simultaneously, or the battery is only partially charged, it is possible that the defroster will automatically turn itself off. When this happens, the indicator lamp inside the switch starts blinking. As soon as the battery has
sufficient voltage, the
defroster automatically turns
itself back on.
button repeatedly until the requested symbol is displayed.
Press – or + side of rocker switch
until the requested blower speed is attained.
A choice of 7 blower speeds is available. To switch the
automatic climate control off,
press – side of rocker switch
until symbol OFF is displayed.
The fresh air supply to the car interior is shut off.
While driving, use this setting only temporarily, otherwise the
windshield could fog up.
To switch the automatic climate control on again, press
or + side of
This mode can be selected to prevent annoying odours or dust from entering the car’s interior. Outside air is not supplied to the car’s interior.
To select, press button.
To cancel, press
The system will automatically switch from recirculated air to fresh air
• after approx. 5 minutes at outside temperatures below approx. 40°F (5°C),
• after approx. 30 minutes, at outside temperatures above approx. 40°F (5°C),
• after approx. 5 minutes, if button
If the windows should fog up from the inside, switch from recirculated air back to fresh air. At high outside temperatures, the system automatically engages the recirculated air mode thereby increasing the cooling capacity performance, switching to partially fresh air within 20 minutes.
Dust particles (down to a certain size) and pollen are filtered out before outside air enters the passenger compartment through the air distribution system.
Do not obstruct the air flow by placing objects on the air flow-through exhaust slots below the rear window.
Also keep the air intake grille in front of windshield free of snow and debris.
Residual Engine Heat Utilization
With the engine switched off, it is possible to continue heating the interior for a short while. Air volume and distribution are controlled automatically
Turn key in steering lock to position 1 or 0 or remove key. Close air outlet in rear passenger compartment.
This function selection will not activate if the battery charge level is insufficient. To cancel:
The system will automatically shut off
• if you turn key in steering lock to position 2,
• after approx. 30 minutes,
• if the battery voltage drops.
Included with your vehicle are:
• 2 electronic main keys with integrated radio frequency and infrared remote controls plus slide out and removable mechanical key.
• 1 electronic reserve key without remote control functions, plus removable mechanical key.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the electronic key from the steering lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious personal injury. Electronic main key with integrated radio frequency and infrared remote control, plus slide out and removable mechanical key
The remote control (1) operates all locks on the car. The mechanical keys (2) work only in the driver’s door, trunk, and storage compartment locks. The mechanical key can be used by sliding it out of the remote control. Move lock (3) in direction of arrow and slide the mechanical key (2, right arrow) until it locks in place. Move lock (3) in direction of arrow and slide the mechanical key (2, left arrow) to remove. The remote control transmitter is located in the electronic main key holder. The infrared receivers are located in the front door handles.
Electronic reserve key without remote control functions, plus removable mechanical key.
The electronic reserve key (1) works only in the steering lock. The mechanical key (2) works only in the driver’s door, trunk, and storage compartment locks. To use the mechanical key (2), remove it from its electronic reserve key (1).
We recommend that you carry the electronic reserve key with mechanical key with you and keep it in a safe place (e.g. your wallet) so that it is always handy. Never leave the electronic reserve key in the vehicle. Remove the mechanical key from the electronic main key when using valet parking service. To prevent access to trunk or storage
compartments lock them separately.
Obtaining replacement Keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking system requiring a special key manufacturing process. For security reasons, replacement keys can only be obtained from your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Removing the electronic key from the steering lock activates the start lock-out. The engine cannot be started. Inserting the electronic key in the steering lock deactivates the start lock-out.
In case the engine cannot be started, the system is not operational. Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or call 1-800-FOR-MERCedes.
Central Locking System
Radio Frequency and Infrared Remote Control
The electronic main key has an integrated radio and infrared remote control. Due to the extended operational range of
the remote control, it could be possible to unintentionally lock or unlock the vehicle by pressing the transmit button. A command received by the central locking system is acknowledged by the function control lamp blinking once. The vehicle doors, trunk and fuel filler flap can be centrally locked and unlocked. Opening and closing the windows and sliding/pop-up roof can only be done with the infrared portion of the remote control. Aim transmitter eye (5) at a receiver (6 or 7) and press transmit button. With vehicle centrally locked, the trunk can also be opened by using the remote control. If the electronic key is inserted in steering lock, the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked with the remote control.
1. Transmit button
Opening trunk (if not key locked)
2. PANIC button
3. Release button for mechanical key
4. Lamp for battery check and function control
5. Transmitter eye
6. Infrared receiver in driver’s door handle
7. Infrared receiver in front passenger door handle
Locking and Unlocking
Press transmit button . All turn signal lamps blink once to indicate that the vehicle is unlocked. The remote control can be programmed for two kinds of unlocking methods (see below): Selective
unlocking mode. Press transmit button
once to unlock driver’s door and fuel filler flap. Press transmit button
twice to unlock doors, fuel filler flap, and trunk. Global unlocking mode – Press transmit button
once to unlock doors, fuel filler flap, and trunk.
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will remain locked (see Index). The presently active unlocking mode (selective or global) can only be determined by unlocking the vehicle with the remote control (see below for changing mode). The vehicle is automatically locked again, if within 40 seconds of unlocking with the remote control, neither door or trunk is opened, the electronic key is not inserted in the steering lock, or the central locking switch is not activated.
Press transmit button
once. All turn signal lamps blink three times to indicate that the vehicle is
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing the transmit button, then it may be necessary to change the batteries in the transmitter (if ok, battery check lamp in transmitter will light briefly when transmitting) or to synchronize the system, see Remote Control in Index.
Choosing Global or Selective Mode on Remote Control
Press and hold transmit buttons and
simultaneously for five seconds to reprogram the remote control. Battery check lamp will blink two times indicating the completed mode change.
Opening the Trunk
A minimum height clearance of 5.9 ft ( 1.8 m) is required to open the trunk lid. Press transmit button until trunk lid is open.
Do not place remote control in trunk since trunk is locked again when closing the lid.
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will remain locked (see Index).
Opening and Closing Windows and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof from Outside
Aim transmitter eye (5) of remote control at door receivers (6 or 7).
Continue to press transmit button
after unlocking car
The windows and sliding/pop-up roof begin to open after approx. 1 second. To interrupt opening procedure, release button.
Continue to press transmit button
after locking car
The windows and sliding/pop-up roof begin to close after approx. 1 second. To interrupt closing procedure, release button.
Never operate the windows or sliding/pop-up roof if there is the possibility of anyone being harmed by the opening or closing procedure.
In case the procedure causes potential danger, the procedure can be immediately halted by
releasing the remote control button. To reverse direction of movement press for opening or
If the windows and sliding/ pop-up roof cannot be operated automatically by pressing the transmit button of the remote control then it may be necessary to change the batteries in the transmitter (if ok, battery check lamp in transmitter will light briefly when transmitting), or to synchronize the electronic main key, see Electronic main key, in Index.
To activate press and hold button (1) for at least one second. The alarm will last for approximately 3 minutes in form of blinking exterior lamps, and an additional horn will sound intermittently
To deactivate press button (1) again, or insert electronic key in steering lock.
For operation in the USA only: This devise complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Any unauthorized modification to this device could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
The entire vehicle may be locked or unlocked by using either the mechanical key in driver’s door or trunk lock, or central locking switch located in center console. The central locking system also locks or unlocks the fuel filler flap.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual Release (see Index).
1. Opening – pull handle
4. Individual door from inside:
• Push lock button down to lock.
• Pull lock button up to unlock.
When you lock the car, all door lock buttons should move down. If any one stays up, the respective door is not properly closed. You should then unlock the car, open and reclose this door, and lock the car again. Each individual door can be locked with door lock button – the driver’s door can only be locked when it is closed. If the car has previously been locked from the outside, only the door being opened from the inside will unlock, and the alarm will come on. The remaining doors, the trunk lid and fuel filler flap remain locked.
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system the doors can be locked and unlocked individually. To lock, turn mechanical key to position 3 or push down lock buttons. To unlock, turn mechanical key to position 2 or pull up lock buttons.
Central locking switch
1. Locking 2. Unlocking
The central locking switch is located in the center console. The doors can only be locked with the central locking switch, if the front doors are closed. If the car was previously locked with the remote control or key, the doors and trunk cannot be unlocked with the central locking switch. If the car was previously locked with the central locking switch, while in the selective remote control mode, only the door opened from the inside is unlocked. If the car was previously locked with the central locking switch, while in the global remote control mode, the complete vehicle is unlocked when a front door is opened from the inside.
Automatic Central Locking
The central locking switch also operates the automatic central locking.
With electronic key in steering lock position 2 hold upper portion of switch (1) for a minimum of 5 seconds. To deactivate:
With electronic key in steering lock position 2 hold lower portion of switch (2) for a minimum of 5 seconds. With the automatic central locking system activated, the doors and trunk are locked at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more. The fuel filler flap remains unlocked.
If doors are unlocked with the central locking switch after activating the automatic central locking, and neither door is opened, then the doors remain unlocked even at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more. Opening a door from the inside at speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or less with the automatic central locking activated, the door will again be automatically locked at speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
Emergency Unlocking in Case of Accident
The doors unlock automatically a short time after an accident (this is intended to aid rescue and exit). However, the electronic key must still be in the steering lock.
0 Neutral position – push to open
1 – Unlocking
2 – Locking (detent)
3 – Separate locking of trunk – remove mechanical key in this position.
When the trunk is separately locked, it remains locked when centrally unlocking the vehicle. To deny any unauthorized person access to the trunk, lock it separately. Leave only the electronic main key less its mechanical key with the vehicle.
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system the trunk can be locked and unlocked individually. To lock, turn mechanical key to position 2 or 3. To unlock and open the trunk lid, turn mechanical key to position 1, hold and push to open. If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual Release (see Index).
Do not place mechanical key inside trunk, since trunk is locked again when closing the lid.
Lower trunk lid using handle (4) and close it with hands placed flat on trunk lid.
Power Windows and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof
1 – Opening
2 – Interrupting
3 – Closing
When locking doors or trunk, turn mechanical key in door lock or trunk lock to position 3 and hold. The windows and the sliding/pop-up roof begin to close automatically after approximately 1 second. To interrupt the closing procedure, turn mechanical key to position 2. When unlocking doors or trunk, turn mechanical key in door lock or trunk lock to position 1 and hold. The windows and the sliding/pop-up roof begin to open automatically after approximately 1 second. To interrupt the opening procedure, turn mechanical key to position 2.
Never operate the windows or sliding/pop-up roof if there is the possibility of anyone being harmed by the procedure. In case the procedure causes potential danger, the procedure can be immediately reversed by turning the mechanical key to the reversed operational direction:
• for opening position (1)
• for closing position (3).
If the opening/closing procedure is interrupted, it can only be continued by first turning the mechanical key to the interrupting position (2) and then again to the opening/ closing position (1 or 3) and hold.
Antitheft Alarm System
1. Indicator lamp in switch located in center console
The antitheft alarm is automatically armed or disarmed with the remotecontrol or
any of your vehicle’s mechanical keys by locking or unlocking the driver’s door or the trunk.
A blinking lamp (1) indicates that the alarm is armed.
Once the alarm system has been armed, the exterior vehicle lamps will flash and the horn will sound intermittently when someone:
• opens a door,
• opens the trunk,
• opens the hood.
The alarm will last approximately 21/2 minutes in the form of blinking exterior lamps. At the same time an additional horn will sound intermittently for 60 seconds, pause for 30 seconds, and repeat for another 60 seconds. The alarm will stay on even if the activating element (a door, for example) is immediately closed.
We recommend that you carry the electronic reserve key with mechanical key with you and keep it in a safe place (e.g. your wallet) so that it is always handy. Never leave the electronic reserve key in the vehicle.
Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. Adjusting the seat while driving could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Never ride in a moving vehicle with the seat back reclined. Sitting in an excessively reclined position can be dangerous.
You could slide under the seat belt in a collision. If you slide under it, the belt would apply force at the abdomen or neck. That could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The seat backrest and seat belt provide the best restraint when the wearer is in an upright position and the belt is property positioned on the body. Never place hands under seat or near any moving parts while a seat is being adjusted
A – Seat, fore/aft B – Seat, up/down C – Seat tilt
D – Backrest tilt E – Head restraint
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head approximately at ear level. The head restraint angle can also be adjusted manually.
Your car is equipped with power head restraints, do not try to raise or lower them manually.
The slide switches are located in each front door. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 2 (with a front door open, the power seats can also be operated with the electronic key removed or in steering lock position 0).
When leaving the vehicle always remove the electronic key from the steering lock. The power seats can also be operated with the driver’s or passenger door open. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious personal injury.
Do not remove head restraints except when mounting seat covers. For removal refer to Head Restraints, Front, see Index. Whenever restraints have been removed be sure to reinstall them
Prior to operating the vehicle, the driver should adjust the seat height for proper vision as well as fore/aft placement and seat back angle to insure adequate control, reach, operation, and comfort. The head restraint should also be adjusted for proper height. See also airbag section for proper seat positioning. Both the inside and outside rear view mirrors should be adjusted for adequate rearward vision. Fasten seat belts. Infants and small children should be seated in a properly secured restraint system that complies with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.1. All seat, head restraint, and rear view mirror adjustments as well as fastening of seat belts should be done before the vehicle is put into motion.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart™ compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart™ system installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger side airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will result. The back seat is the safest place for children. Infants and small children must ride in the back seats and be seated in an appropriate infant or child restraint system, which is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions. A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is significantly increased if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is not properly secured in the child restraint.
(Standard equipment on Model C 230 passenger side)
1. Fore/aft adjustment
2. Seat height adjustment
3. Seat cushion inclination adjustment
4. Seat back adjustment
5. Head restraint inclination
6. Head restraint height
Lift handle (1), slide seat to desired position and allow handle to reengage. Check for proper engagement before driving.
Seat Height Adjustment
Raise or lower lever (2). The seat will be raised or lowered one notch at a time. Allow lever to reengage. Check for proper engagement before driving.
Seat Back Adjustment Turn handwheel (4).
Seat Cushion Inclination Adjustment Turn handwheel (3) forward or
Head Restraint Height
Pull up on head restraint.
Push button (6) and push down on head restraint.
Adjust head restraint to support the back of the head approximately at ear level. The head restraint inclination can also be adjusted manually.
Do not remove head restraints except when mounting seat covers. For removal refer to Head Restraints in Index. Whenever restraints have been removed be sure to reinstall them before driving.
Multicontour Seat (optional)
1. Seat cushion depth
2. Backrest bottom
3. Backrest center
4. Side bolster adjustment
Some models may be equipped with multicontour seats. These seats have movable seat cushions, and inflatable air cushions built into the backrest to provide additional lumbar and side support. The seat cushion movement and amount of backrest cushion height and curvature can be continuously varied with regulators (1, 2 and 3) after turning the electronic key in steering lock to position 2.
The side bolsters of the backrest can be adjusted with rocker switch (4):
• press down forward end-increase side support,
• press down rearward end-decrease side support.
If the engine is turned off, the last cushion setting is retained in memory, and automatically adjusts the cushion to this setting when the engine is restarted.
Heated Seats (optional)
Turning off heater:
The front seat heater switches are located in the center console. The front seat heaters can be switched on with the electronic key in steering lock positions 1 or 2.
Press switch to turn on heater:
1. Normal heating mode. One indicator lamp in the switch lights up.
2. Rapid heating mode. Bo indicator lamps in the switch light up. After approximately 5 minutes in the rapid heating mode, the heater automatically witches to normal operation and only one indicator lamp will stay on.
If one indicator lamp is on, press upper half of switch.
If both indicator lamps are on, press lower half of switch.
If left on, the heater automatically turns off after approximately 30 minutes of operation.
When in operation, the seat heater consumes a large amount of electrical power. It is not advisable to use the seat heater longer than necessary. The seat heaters may automatically switch off if too many power consumers are switched on at the same time, or if the battery charge is low. When this occurs, the indicator lamp in the switch will blink (both indicator lamps blink during rapid seat heating). The seat heaters will switch on again automatically as soon as sufficient voltage is available. If the blinking of the indicator lamps is distracting to you, the seat heaters can be switched off.
Armrest (Rear Bench Seat)
Pull down the armrest. For removal of rear seat cushion, see Index.
Cup Holder in Rear Bench Armrest
Briefly press drawer and pull out to its detent.
Keep cup holder closed while travelling. Place only containers that fit into the cup holder to prevent spills.
Do not fill containers to a height where the contents could spill during vehicle maneuvers, especially hot liquids.
Adjusting Telescoping Steering Column (optional)
Do not adjust the steering wheel while driving. The telescoping adjustment must be locked while driving. Adjusting the steering wheel while driving, or driving without the telescoping adjustment locked could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Pull handle (1) out to its stop. The indicator lamp comes on.
To lengthen or shorten the steering column, pull out or push in steering wheel. Locking:
Push handle (1) in until it engages.
The indicator lamp goes out.
With the electronic key in steering lock position 2, an indicator lamp in the instrument cluster comes on. It should go out when the engine is running. If the indicator lamp does not go out after starting the engine, the adjustable steering column is not locked properly. Do not drive the vehicle until you have properly locked the steering column.
Head Restraints, Rear
Folding head restraints backward (with engine running): Press symbol-side of rocker switch to release the head restraints.
The head restraints will then fold backward for increased visibility.
Placing head restraints upright:
Pull head restraint forward until it locks in position.
Angle of head restraints:
The head restraint angle can be adjusted manually.
For safety reasons, always drive with the rear head restraints in the upright position when the rear seats are occupied.
Keep area around head restraints clear of articles (e.g. clothing) to not obstruct the folding operation of the head restraints.
Your vehicle is equipped with seat belts for all seats, emergency tensioning retractors for the front seats, as well as front and side impact airbags and knee bolsters for driver and front passenger.
Laws in most states and all Canadian provinces require seat belt use. All states and provinces require use of child restraints that comply with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.1.
For your safety and that of your passengers we strongly recommend their use.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart? compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart? system installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will result. The back seat is the safest place for children. Infants and small children must ride in back seats and be seated in an appropriate infant or child restraint system, which is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions. A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is significantly increased if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is not properly secured in the child restraint.
Never ride in a moving vehicle with the seat back reclined. Sitting in an excessively reclined position can be dangerous. You could slide under the seat belt in a collision. If you slide under it, the belt would apply force at the abdomen or neck. That could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The seat back and seat belts provide the best restraint when the wearer is in an upright position and belts are properly positioned on the body.
Seat Belt Warning System
With the electronic key in steering lock position 2, a warning sounds for a short time if the driver’s seat belt is not fastened.
Failure to wear and properly fasten and position your seat belt greatly increases your risk of injuries and their likely severity in an accident. You and your passengers should always wear seat belts.
If you are ever in an accident, your injuries can be considerably more severe without your seat belt properly buckled. Without your seat belt buckled, you are much more likely to hit the interior of the vehicle or be ejected from it. You can be seriously injured or killed. In the same crash, the possibility for injury or death is lessened with your seat belt buckled.
Fastening of Seat Belts
1. Latch plate
3. Release button
4. Button for belt outlet
Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2) until it clicks. Do not twist the belt. A twisted seat belt may cause injury. The lap belt should be positioned as low as possible on your hips and not across the abdomen. Tighten the lap portion to a snug fit by pulling shoulder portion up. The shoulder portion of the seat belt must be pulled snug and checked for snugness immediately after engaging it.
Adjust seat belt so that shoulder portion is located as close as possible to the middle of your shoulder (it should not touch the neck). For this purpose, you can adjust the height of the belt outlet.
Three positions are available
Raising: Slide belt outlet upward.
Lowering: Press button (4) and slide belt outlet downward.
For safety reasons, avoid adjusting the seat or seat back into positions which could affect the correct seat belt position.
Lap Belt for Center Seating Position of the Rear Seat
Pull belt with latch plate (1) over lap so that the belt is positioned as low as possible on your hips and not across the abdomen. Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2) until it clicks. Do not twist the belt but keep it tight. To tighten the belt: With the latch plate engaged, pull the loose end of the belt.
To lengthen the belt: With the belt unfastened, turn the latch plate so that it is a little more than 90° perpendicular to the belt, then extend the belt. Fasten the belt and tighten as stated above.
To disengage the belt, push red button (3) in the buckle. If the center seat is not occupied, the belt buckle and rolledup seat belt can be stored in the space next to the rear armrest (to the left or right of armrest). Note:
For cleaning and care of the seat belts, see Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle in Index.
Unfastening of Seat Belts
Push the release button (3) in the belt buckle (2). Allow the retractor to completely rewind the seat belt by guiding the latch plate (1). Operation:
The inertia reel stops the belt from unwinding during sudden vehicle stops or when quickly pulling on the belt.
The locking function of the reel may be checked by quickly pulling out the belt.
USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.
• Each occupant should wear their seat belt at all times, because seat belts help reduce the likelihood of and potential severity of injuries in accidents, including rollovers. “SRS” (driver airbag, front passenger airbag, front door side impact airbags), “ETR” (seat belt emergency tensioning retractors), and knee bolsters are impacts which exceed preset deployment thresholds.
• Improperly positioned seat belts do not provide maximum protection and may
cause serious injuries in case of an accident.
• Never wear the shoulder belt under your arm, against your neck or off your shoulder. In a crash, your body would move too far forward. That would increase the chance of head and neck injuries. The belt would also apply too much force to the ribs or abdomen, which could severely injure infernal organs such as your liver or spleen.
• Position the lap belt as low as possible on your hips and not across the abdomen.
If the belt is positioned across your abdomen, it could cause serious injuries in a crash.
• Each seat belt should never be used for more than one person at a time.
Do not fasten a seat belt around a person and objects.
• Belts should not be worn twisted. In a crash, you wouldn’t have the full width of the belt to
manage impact forces. The twisted belt against your body could cause injuries.
• Pregnant women should also use a lap-shoulder belt. The lap belt portion should be positioned
as low as possible on the hips to avoid any possible pressure on the abdomen.
USE CHILD RESTRAINTS PROPERLY.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized Baby Smart™ compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart™ system installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will result. The back seat is the safest place for children. Infants and small children must ride in back seats and be seated in an appropriate infant or child restraint system, which is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions.
A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is significantly increased if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is not properly secured in the child restraint. Children too big for child restraint systems must ride in back seats using regular seat belts. Position shoulder belt across chest and shoulder, not face or neck. A booster seat may be necessary to achieve proper belt positioning. BabySmart™ Airbag Deactivation System
Special child seats, designed for use with the Mercedes-Benz system and available at any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer are required for use with the BabySmart™ airbag deactivation system. With the special child seat properly installed, the passenger front airbag will not deploy. The
indicator lamp located on the center console will be illuminated, except with electronic key removed or in steering lock position 0. The system does not deactivate the door mounted side impact airbag.
The BabySmart™ Airbag Deactivation System will ONLY work with a special seat designed to operate with it. It will not work with seats which are not BabySmart™ compatible. Never place anything between seat cushion and child seat (e.g. pillow), since it reduces the effectiveness of the deactivation system. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation of special child seats. The passenger side front airbag will not deploy only if the indicator lamp remains illuminated. Please be sure to check the indicator every time you use the special system child seat. Should the light go out while the restraint is installed, please check installation. If the light remains out, do not use the BabySmart™ restraint to transport children, or otherwise do not transport child restraints on the front passenger seat until the system has been repaired.
Self-Test BabySmart™ Without Special Child Seat Installed
After turning electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 2, the
indicator lamp located on
center console comes on for approx. 6 seconds.
If the lamp should not come on or is continuously lit, the system is not functioning. You must see an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer before using any child seat.
BabySmart is a trademark of Siemens Automotive Corp.
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
The term Supplemental Restraint System means that airbags are intended as a supplement to seat belts. Airbags alone cannot protect as well as airbags plus seat belts in impacts for which the airbags were designed to operate, and do not afford any protection whatsoever in crashes for which the system is not designed to deploy. The SRS uses two crash severity levels (thresholds) to activate either the ETR or airbag or both. Activation depends on the direction and severity of the impact, exceeding the thresholds and fastening of the seat belt.
Seat belt fastened
• first threshold exceeded:
• second threshold exceeded:
airbag also activates
Seat belt not fastened
• first threshold exceeded:
airbag activates, but not ETR
Driver and front passenger systems operate independently from each other.
Emergency Tensioning Retractor (ETR)
The seat belts for the front seats are equipped with emergency tensioning retractors. These tensioning retractors are located in each belt’s inertia reel and become operationally ready with the electronic key in steering lock position 1 or 2. The emergency tensioning retractors are designed to activate only when the seat belts are fastened during frontal impacts exceeding the first threshold of the SRS and in rear impacts exceeding a preset security level. They remove slack from the belts in such a way that the seat belts fit more snugly against the body restricting its forward movement as much as possible.
In cases of other frontal impacts, angled impacts, roll-overs, certain side impacts, or other accidents without sufficient frontal or rear impact forces, the emergency tensioning retractors will not be activated. The driver and passengers will then be protected by the fastened seat belts and inertia reel in the usual manner. For seat belt and emergency tensioning retractor safety guidelines see Safety Guidelines in Index.
1. Driver airbag
2. Front passenger airbag
3. Side impact airbag
The most effective occupant restraint system yet developed for use in production vehicles is the seat belt. In some cases, however, the protective effect of a seat belt can be further enhanced by an airbag. The driver airbag is located in the steering wheel hub. The passenger airbag is located in the dashboard ahead of the passenger. The side impact airbags are located in the front doors. In conjunction with wearing the seat belts with emergency tensioning retractors, the airbags can provide increased protection for the driver and passenger in certain major frontal or rear impacts (for front airbags) and side impacts (for side impact airbags). The operational readiness of the airbag system is verified by the indicator lamp “SRS” in the instrument cluster. If no fault is detected, the lamp will go out after approximately 4 seconds; after the lamp goes out, the system continues to monitor the components and circuitry of the airbag system and will indicate a malfunction by coming on again.
The following system components are monitored or undergo a self-check: crash-sensor(s), airbag ignition circuits, front seat belt buckles, emergency tensioning retractors, seat sensor (when present). Initially, when the electronic key is turned from steering lock position 0 to positions 1 or 2, malfunctions in the crash-sensor are detected and indicated (the “SRS” indicator lamp stays on longer than 4 seconds). In the operational mode, after the indicator lamp has gone out following the initial check, interruptions or short circuits in the airbag ignition circuit and in the driver and passenger seat belt buckle harnesses, and low voltage in the entire system are detected and indicated.
In the event a malfunction of the “SRS” is indicated as outlined above, the “SRS” may not be operational. For your safety, we strongly recommend that you visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer immediately to have the system checked; otherwise the “SRS” may not be activated when needed in an accident, which could result in serious or fatal injury, or it might deploy unexpectedly and unneccesarily which could also result in injury.
The driver and passenger front “SRS” airbags are designed to activate only in certain frontal or rear impacts. The front passenger airbag deploys only if the passenger seat is occupied.
Heavy objects on passenger seat can cause the front airbag to deploy in a crash.
Side Impact Airbags
The side impact “SRS” airbags are designed to activate only in certain side impacts. Only the side airbag on the impacted side of the vehicle deploys. The side impact airbag for the front passenger deploys only if the seat is occupied. Side impact airbags operate best in conjunction with a properly positioned and fastened seat belt. Note:
Heavy objects on passenger seat can cause the side impact airbag to deploy in a crash
The “SRS” airbags are designed to activate only in certain frontal or rear (front airbags) impacts, or side (side airbags) impacts. Only during these types of impacts, if of sufficient severity to meet the deployment thresholds, will they provide their supplemental protection. The driver and passenger should always wear the seat belts, otherwise it is not possible for the airbags to provide their intended supplemental protection. In cases of other frontal impacts, angled impacts, roll-overs, other side impacts, rear collisions, or other accidents without sufficient forces, the airbag will not be activated. The driver and passengers will then be protected by the fastened seat belts. We caution you not to rely on the presence of an airbag in order to avoid wearing your seat belt. The “SRS” is designed to reduce the potential of injury in certain frontal and rear (front airbags) impacts, and side (side airbags) impacts which may cause significant injuries, however, no system available today can totally eliminate injuries and fatalities.
The activation of the “SRS” temporarily releases a small amount of dust from the airbags. This dust, however, is neither injurious to your health, nor does it indicate a fire in the vehicle. The service life of the airbags extends to the date indicated on the label located on the driverside door latch post. To provide continued reliability after that date, they should be inspected by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer at that time and replaced when necessary.
It is very important for your safety to always be in a properly seated position and to wear your seat belt. For maximum protection in the event of a collision always be in normal seated position with your back against
the seat back. Fasten your seat belt and ensure that it is properly positioned on the body. Since the airbag inflates with considerable speed and force, a proper seating and hands on steering wheel position will help to keep you in a safe distance from the airbag:
• Sit properly belted in an upright position with your back against the seat back.
• Adjust the driver seat as far as possible rearward, still permitting proper operation of vehicle controls.
• Do not lean with your head or chest close to the steering wheel or dashboard.
• Keep hands on the outside of steering wheel rim. Placing hands and arms inside the rim can increase the
risk and potential severity of hand/arm injury when airbag inflates.
• Adjust the front passenger seat rearward as far as possible from the dashboard when the seat is occupied.
• Children 12 years old and under must never ride in
the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart™ compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart™ system installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will result. Failure to follow these instructions can result in severe injuries to you or other occupants.
Safety Guidelines for the Seat Belt, Emergency Tensioning Retractor and Airbag
• Damaged belts or belts that were highly stressed in an accident must be replaced and their anchoring points must also be checked. Use only belts installed or supplied by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
• Do not pass belts over sharp edges.
• Do not make any modification that could change the effectiveness of the belts.
• The “SRS” is designed to function on a one-time-only basis. An airbag or emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) that was activated must be replaced.
• No modifications of any kind may be made to any components or wiring of the “SRS”. This includes the installation of additional trim material, badges etc. over the steering wheel hub, front passenger airbag cover, or front door trim panels, and installation of additional electrical/electronic equipment on or near “SRS” components and wiring.
• An airbag system component within the steering wheel gets hot
after the airbag has inflated.
• Improper work on the system, including incorrect
installation and removal, can lead to possible injury
through an uncontrolled activation of the “SRS”.
• In addition, through improper work there is the risk of rendering the “SRS” inoperative. Work on the “SRS” must therefore only be performed by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer
When you sell the vehicle we strongly urge you to give notice to the subsequent owner that it is equipped with an “SRS” by alerting him to the applicable section in the Owner’s Manual.
Infant and Child Restraint Systems
We recommend that all infants and children be properly restrained at all times while the vehicle is in motion. All lapshoulder belts except driver seat have special seat belt retractors for secure fastening of child restraints. To fasten a child restraint, use this seat belt: Follow child restraint instructions for routing. Then pull shoulder belt out completely and let it retract. The belt is now locked. Push down on child restraint to take up any slack.
The use of infant or child restraints is required by law in all 50 states and all Canadian provinces. Infants and small children should be seated in an appropriate infant or child restraint system properly secured by a lap-shoulder belt, and that complies with U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.1. A statement by the child restraint manufacturer of compliance with this standard can be found on the instruction label on the restraint and in the instruction manual provided with the restraint. When using any infant or child restraint system, be sure to carefully read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use. Please read and observe warning labels affixed to inside of vehicle.
Children 12 years old and under must never ride in the front seat, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart™ compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart™ system installed in the vehicle to deactivate the passenger side front airbag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it inflates in a crash. If this happens, serious or fatal injury will result.
The back seat is the safest place for children, infants and small children must ride in back seats and be seated in an infant or child restraint system, which is properly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the seat manufacturer’s instructions.
Infants and small children should never share a seat belt with another occupant. During an accident, they could be crushed between the occupant and seat belt. Children too big for child restraint systems must ride in back seats using regular seat belts. Position shoulder belt across chest and shoulder, not face or neck. A booster seat is necessary to achieve proper belt positioning for children from 41 Ibs. to the point where a lap/shoulder belt fits properly without one.
When the child restraint is not in use, remove it from the car or secure it with the seat belt to prevent the child restraint from becoming a projectile in the event of an accident.
U.S.A. Models only:
Since 1986 all U.S. child restraints comply with U.S. regulations without the use of a tether strap. Canada Models only: This vehicle is provided with tether anchorages for a top tether strap. Consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for installation of these anchorages. In compliance with Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 210.1, child restraint tether anchorage hardware is attached to the tool kit located in the trunk.
Enlarged Cargo Area.
Split Folding Rear Seat Backrest
1. Locking handle, left backrest
2. Locking handle, right backrest
4. Indicator, right backrest lock, visible in unlocked position
5. Indicator, left backrest lock, not visible in locked position
On vehicles with optional split folding rear seat backrest you can fold down the two sections separately to enlarge the cargo area.
Pull locking handle and fold backrest forward.
Pull backrest up until it locks in its upright position. Check for secure locking by pushing and pulling on the backrest.
Always lock backrest in its upright position when rear seat bench is occupied by passengers, cargo is being carried in the trunk, or the extended cargo area is not in use.
To prevent unauthorized persons from access to the trunk, always lock backrest in its upright position.
(Vehicles with enlarged cargo area)
The total load weight including vehicle occupants and luggage/ cargo should not exceed the vehicle capacity weight indicated on the certification tag which can be found on the left door pillar. The handling characteristics of a fully loaded vehicle depend greatly on the load distribution. It is therefore recommended to load the vehicle according to the illustrations shown, with the heaviest items being placed towards the front of the vehicle. Always place items being carried against front or rear seat backrests, and fasten them as securely as possible. The heaviest portion of the cargo should always be kept as low as possible since it influences the handling characteristics of the vehicle.
The trunk is the preferred place to carry objects. The enlarged cargo area should only be used for items which do not fit in the trunk alone.
In an accident, during hard braking or sudden maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around inside the vehicle, and can cause injury to vehicle occupants unless the items are securely fastened in the vehicle. To help avoid personal injury during a collision or sudden maneuver, exercise care when stowing things. Put luggage or cargo in the trunk if possible. Do not pile luggage or cargo higher than the seat backs. Do not place anything on the shelf below the rear window. Never drive vehicle with trunk lid open while pass-through is not closed and seat backrest not locked in its upright position. Deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may enter vehicle interior resulting in unconsciousness and death.
Shelf below Rear Window
Cargo Tie-Down Rings
(Vehicles with enlarged cargo area)
Carefully secure cargo by applying even load on all four rings with rope of sufficient strength to hold down the cargo.
The shelf below the rear window should not be used to carry objects. This will avoid such objects from being thrown about and injuring vehicle occupants during an accident or sudden maneuver.
0 – The electronic key can be withdrawn in this position only. The steering is locked with the electronic key removed from the steering lock. The electronic key an be removed only with the selector lever in position “P” and the foot off the brake pedal. After removing the electronic key or with the electronic key in steering lock position 0, the selector lever is locked in position “P”.
1 – Steering is unlocked. (If necessary, move steering wheel slightly to allow the electronic key to be turned clockwise to position 1.) Most electrical consumers can be operated. For detailed information see respective subjects.
2 – Driving position.
3 – Starting position.
Refer to Index for Starting and turning off the engine.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the electronic key from the steering lock, and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious personal injury.
If the electronic key is left in the steering lock position 0 for an extended period of time, it can no longer be turned in the lock. In this case, remove electronic key from steering lock and reinsert.
A warning sounds when the driver’s door is opened with the electronic key in steering lock position 1 or 0. With the engine at idle speed, the charging rate of the alternator (output) is limited. It is therefore recommended to turn off unnecessary electrical consumers while driving in stop-and-go traffic. This precaution helps to avoid draining of the battery. Unnecessary strain on the battery and charging system may be minimized by turning off the following power consumers, for example: Heated seats, rear window defroster. In addition, the automatic climate air volume control should be set to the lowest position. The steering lock can only be unlocked with the vehicle battery properly connected.
To prevent accelerated battery discharge and a possible dead battery, always remove the electronic key from the steering lock. Do not leave the electronic key in steering lock position 0.
1. Low beam (exterior lamp switch position
2. High beam (exterior lamp switch position
3. High beam flasher (high beam available independent of exterior lamp switch position)
4. Turn signals, right
5. Turn signals, left
To signal minor directional changes, such as changing lanes on a highway, move combination switch to the point of resistance only and hold it there. To operate the turn signals continuously, move the combination switch past the point of resistance (up or down). The switch is automatically canceled when the steering wheel is turned to a large enough degree.
6. Control for windshield wiper/washer system:
Push briefly for a single wipe without adding washer fluid (use only when windshield is wet) Push past detent point:
• windshield washer system
• optional headlamp cleaning system (only in exterior lamp positions or
When the washer system is activated, the wipers also operate for a limited time.
7. Windshield wiper
0 Wiper off
I Intermittent wiping (optional rain sensor:
One initial wipe, pauses between wipes are automatically controlled by a rain sensor
monitoring the wetness of the windshield.)
II Normal wiper speed
III Fast wiper speed
The windshield washer reservoir, hoses and nozzles are automatically heated.
Windshield Washer Fluid Mixing Ratio
For temperatures above freezing: MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and water 1 part “S” to 100 parts water (40 ml “S” to 1 gallon water). For temperature below freezing: MB Windshield Washer Concentrate “S” and commercially available premixed windshield washer solvent/antifreeze 1 part “S” to 100 parts solvent (40 ml “S” to 1 gallon solvent).
Windshield Wiper Smears
If the windshield wiper smears the windshield, even during rain, activate the washer system as often as necessary. The fluid in the washer reservoir should be mixed in the correct ratio.
Blocked Windshield Wiper
If the windshield wiper becomes blocked (for example, due to snow), switch off the wiper. For safety reasons before removing ice or snow, remove key from steering lock. Remove blockage. Activate combination switch again (electronic key in steering lock position 1).
Turn Signal Failure
If one of the turn signals fails, the turn signal indicator system flashes and sounds at a faster than normal rate.
Exterior Lamp Switch
Parking lamps (also side marker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, instrument panel lamps) Canada only: When the engine is running, the low beam is additionally switched on.
Parking lamps plus low beam or high beam headlamps (combination switch pushed forward).
Standing lamps, right (turn left one stop).
Standing lamps, left (turn left two stops).
Front fog lamps (pull out one stop) with parking and/or head lamps on.
Rear fog lamp (pull out to 2nd detent) in addition to fog lamps Indicator lamp in lamp switch comes on.
When the vehicle is parked on the street the standing lamps (right or left side parking lamps) can be turned on, making the vehicle more visible to passing vehicles The standing lamps cannot be operated with the key in steering lock position 2
With the key removed and a front door open, a warning sounds if the vehicle’s exterior lamps (except standing lamps) are not switched off. Fog lamps will operate with the parking lamps and the low or high beam headlamps Fog lamps should only be used in conjunction with low beam headlamps Consult your State or Province Motor Vehicle Regulations regarding allowable lamp operation. Fog lamps are automatically switched off when the exterior lamp switch is turned to position
Daytime Running Lamps Canada only
When the engine is running and the selector lever is in a driving position, the low beam (includes parking lamps, side marker lamps, taillamps and license plate lamps) are automatically switched on. When shifting from a driving position to position “N” or “P”, the low beam switches off (2 seconds delay)
For nighttime driving the exterior lamp switch should be turned to position
to permit activation of the high beam headlamps
Night Security Illumination
(Vehicles with Antitheft AlarmSystem)
When exiting the vehicle after driving with the exterior lamps on, they switch on again for added illumination for approximately 30 seconds after closing the last door. The lamp-on time period can be changed at your Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Inside Rear View Mirror
Manually adjust the mirror.
Use your inside mirror to determine the size and distance of objects seen in the passenger side convex mirror.
Antiglare Night Position
With the electronic key in steering lock position 2, the mirror reflection brightness responds to changes in light sensitivity. With gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the interior lamp switched on, the mirror brightness does not respond to changes in light sensitivity.
The automatic antiglare function is restricted, if incoming light is not aimed directly at sensors in the mirror.
Exterior Rear View Mirrors
The switch is located on the center console. Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 2. First select the mirror to be adjusted – press button:
Left mirror Right mirror
To adjust, toggle the switch forward, backward or to either side. Vehicles with automatic brightness response of inside rear view mirror: With the electronic key in steering lock position 2, the driver’s side mirror reflection brightness responds to changes in light sensitivity. With gear selector lever in position “R”, or with the interior lamp switched on, the driver’s side mirror brightness does not respond to changes in light sensitivity.
The exterior mirrors have electrically heated glass. The heater switches on automatically, depending on outside temperature. If an exterior mirror housing is forcibly pivoted from its normal position, it must be repositioned by applying firm pressure until it snaps into place.
Exercise care when using the passenger-side mirror. The passenger-side exterior mirror is convex (outwardly curved surface for a wider field of view). Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Check your inside rear view mirror or glance over your shoulder before changing lanes. Ashtrays
Center Console, Front
To remove ashtray:
Push sliding knob (1) toward the right to eject the insert. To install ashtray:
Install insert into ashtray frame and push down to engage.
By touching the top of the cover lightly, the ashtray opens automatically. Prior to removing the ashtray insert, move the gear selector lever to position “N”.
Remove front ashtray only with vehicle standing still. With the gear selector lever in position “N”, turn off the engine and set the parking brake. Otherwise the vehicle might move as a result of unintended contact with the gear selector lever.
Center Console, Rear
To remove ashtray:
Push center bar down and pull out the ashtray.
To install ashtray:
Install bottom of ashtray, push center bar down, and close ashtray.
Turn electronic key in steering lock to position 1 or 2.
Push in lighter (1); it will pop out automatically when hot.
Never touch the heating element or sides of the lighter, they are extremely hot, hold at knob only.
The lighter socket can be used to accommodate electrical accessories up to maximum 85 W
Swing sun visors down to protect against sun glare.
If sunlight enters through a side window, disengage visor from inner mounting and pivot to the side.
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
With the visor engaged in its inner mounting, the lamp can be switched on by opening the cover.
Do not use the vanity mirror while driving.
The lamp goes out automatically after approximately 5 minutes.
1. Door contact switch:
Press once and interior lamps are switched on when opening a door. Interior lamps are switched on, and off (soft fade) delayed, when unlocking or locking the vehicle, or when opening or closing a door. However, there will be no (soft fade) delay when the electronic key is in steering lock position 2 Press again and interior lamps remain switched off, even when centrally unlocking or opening a door.
2. Press to switch interior and reading lamps on or off.
3. Press to switch rear passenger compartment lamp on or off.
4. Press to switch reading lamp on or off.
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