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    Mercedes-Benz

    Operator's Manual

    S 500S 600

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    Product information

    Kindly observe the following in your own best interest:

    We recommend using Mercedes-Benz original parts as well as conversion parts and accessories explicitly approved by us foryour vehicle model. We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and their special suitability for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

    We are unable to make an assessment for other products and therefore cannot be held responsible for them, even if in individual casesan official approval or authorization by governmental or other agencies should exist. Use of such parts and accessories couldadversely affect the safety, performance or reliability of your vehicle. Please do not use them. Mercedes-Benz original parts as well asconversion parts and accessories approved by us are available at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center where you will receive

    comprehensive information, also on permissible technical modifications, and where proper installation will be performed.

    Our company and staff congratulate you on the purchase of your new Mercedes-Benz.

    Your selection of our product is a demonstration of your trust in our company name. Further, it exemplifies your desire to own anautomobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.

    Your Mercedes-Benz represents the efforts of many skilled engineers and craftsmen. To ensure your pleasure of ownership, andfor your safety and that of your passengers, we ask you to make a small investment of your time:

    Please read this manual carefully before putting it aside. Then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy foryour reference.

    Please abide by the recommendations contained in this manual. They are designed to acquaint you with theoperation of your Mercedes-Benz.

    Please abide by the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safetyof the vehicle operator and occupants.

    We extend our best wishes for many miles of safe, pleasurable driving.

    DaimlerChrysler AG

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    Operator's manual

    This Operator's Manual contains a great deal of useful information. We urge you to read it carefully and familiarize yourself with thevehicle before driving.

    For your own safety and longer service life of the vehicle, we urge you to follow the instructions and warnings contained in thismanual. Ignoring them could result in damage to the vehicle or personal injury to you or others. Vehicle damage caused by failure tofollow instructions is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.

    Your vehicle may have some or all of the equipment described in this manual. Therefore, you may find explanations for optionalequipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment, your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper procedures.

    Owners Service and Warranty Policy

    The Owners Service and Warranty Information Booklet contains detailed information about the warranties covering yourMercedes-Benz, including:

    New Car Limited Warranty,

    Emission System Warranty,

    Emission Performance Warranty,

    State Warranty Enforcement Laws (Lemon Laws).

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    Important notice for California retail buyers of Mercedes-Benz automobiles

    Under California law you may be entitled to a replacement of your vehicle or a refund of the purchase price, if Mercedes-Benz USA,LLCor its authorized Mercedes-Benz Center fails to conform the vehicle to its express warranties after a reasonable number of repair attempts

    during the period of one year or 12 000 miles from original delivery of the vehicle. A reasonable number of repair attempts is presumed fora retail buyer (1) if the vehicle is out of service by reason of repair of substantial nonconformities for a cumulative total of more than 30calendar days or (2) the same substantial non-conformity has been subject to repair four or more times and you have at least oncedirectly notified us in writing of the need to repair the non-conformity and have given us an opportunity to perform the repairourselves. Notifications should be sent to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Regional Office listed in the Service and WarrantyInformation Booklet.

    Maintenance

    The Service Booklet describes all the necessary maintenance work which should be performed at regular intervals.

    Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for service.The service advisor will record each service in the booklet for you.

    Roadside assistance

    The Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program provides factory trained technical help in the event of a breakdown. Calls to thetoll-free Roadside Assistance number:

    1-800-222-0100 (in the USA) only

    will be answered by Mercedes-Benz Client Assistance Representatives 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    For additional information refer to the Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance Program brochure in your glove box.

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    Change of address or ownership

    If you change your address, be sure to send in the "Change of Address Notice" found in the Owner's Serviceand Warranty Policy Booklet. It is in your own interest that we can contact you should the need arise.

    If you sell your Mercedes, please leave all owner's literature with the vehicle to make it available to the next owner.If you bought this vehicle used, be sure to send in the "Notice of Purchase of Used Car" found in the Owner'sService and Warranty Policy Booklet.

    Operating your vehicle outside the USA or Canada

    If you plan to operate your vehicle in foreign countries, please be aware that service facilities or replacementparts may not be readily available.

    Certain Mercedes-Benz models are available for delivery in Europe under our European Delivery Program.For details, consult your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or write to:

    In the USA: In Canada:Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Inc.LLC European Delivery Department European Delivery Department

    One Mercedes Drive 849 Eglinton Avenue East

    Montvale, NJ 07645 Toronto, Ontario M4G 2L5

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    We continuously strive to improve our product, and ask for your understanding that we reserve the right to make changes in design andequipment. Therefore, information, illustrations and descriptions in this Operator's Manual might differ from your vehicle.

    Optional equipment is also described in this manual, including operating instructions wherever necessary. Since they are special-order

    items, the descriptions and illustrations herein may vary slightly from the actual equipment of your vehicle.If there are any equipment details that are not shown or described in this Operator's Manual, your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to inform you of correct care and operating procedures.

    The Operator's Manual and Service Booklet are important documents and should be kept with the vehicle.

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    Check Regularly and Before a Long Trip

    See Index

    The First 1000 Miles (1500 km)

    The more cautiously you treat your vehicle during the break-in period, the more satisfied you will be with itsperformance later on. Therefore, drive your vehicle during the first 1500 km (1000 miles) at moderate vehicle andengine-speeds.During this period, avoid heavy loads (full throttle driving) and high RPM (no more than 2/3 of maximum

    permissible speed in each gear as indicated on the speedometer).Avoid accelerating by kickdown. It is not recommended to brake the vehicle by manually shifting to a lower gear.We recommend to select positions "3" or "2"only at moderate speeds (for hill driving).After 1000 miles (1500 km) speeds may be gradually increased to the permissible maximum

    MaintenanceWe strongly recommend that you have your vehicle serviced by your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer, inaccordance with the Maintenance Booklet.

    Radio Transmitters

    Warning!Never operate radio transmitters equipped with a built-in or attached antenna (i.e. without the telephoneconnected to an external antenna) from inside the vehicle while the engine is running. Doing so could leadto a malfunction of the vehicle's electronic system, possibly resulting in an accident and personal injury.

    Radio transmitters, such as a portable telephone or a citicens band unit should only be used insidethe passenger compartment, if they are connected to a Mercedes-Benz approved antenna that isinstalled on the outside of the vehicle.

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    Introduction Power closing assist for door and 35 Rear Window Sunshade 68

    trunk lid Rear Window Defroster 69Product information 2 Anti-Theft Alarm System 36 Trunk Lid Release switch 69Operator's manual 4 Power Seats 37 Instrument Lamps 70

    Consumer Information 139 Lumbar support 40 Display Illumination 70Problems with your vehicle 140 Multicontour Backrest 40 Trip Odometer 70Reporting Safety Defects 141 Heated Seats 41 Clock 70Index 144 Power head Restraints, Rear 42 Shelf below rear window 71

    Instruments and controls

    10 Armrest, Front 43 Antenna 71

    Armrest, Rear 43 Cellular telephone 71

    Instrument Cluster 12 Adjustable steering wheel 44Indicator Lamp SymbolsCatalytic Converter

    1314

    Seat belts and Supplemental restraintsystem (SRS) 45

    Driving

    Starting and Turning Off the Engine 15 Seat belts 45

    Driving Instructions 16 Emergency tensioning retractor (ETR) 49 Drinking and driving 74Airbag 50 Parking Brake 74

    Operation Steering lock 55 Driving off 74Combination Switch 56 Automatic Transmission 75

    Air Outlets 22 Exterior Lamp Switch 58 Rear fender indicator 78Automatic Climate Control 23 Inside and exterior Rear View Mirrors 59 Cruise Control 78Rear passenger compartment

    Adjustable Air outlet 27

    Sun Visors 62 Charge Indicator Lamp 80

    Activated Charcoal Control 27 Vanity mirrors 62 Engine Oil Pressure Gauge 80Car keys 28 Interior Lighting 63 Low Engine Oil Level Warning Lamp 80Infrared Remote Control 29 Storage Compartments 64 Engine Oil Consumption 81

    Central Locking system 32 Ashtrays 65 Fuel Consumption Gauge 81Doors 32 Lighter 65 Tachometer 81Trunk 33 Sliding roof with rear pop-up feature 66 Fuel Reserve Warning Lamp 82Power window and sliding/Pop-Up roof 34 Power Windows 67 Outside Temperature Indicator 82

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    Coolant Temperature Gauge 82 Checking Automatic Trans. FluidLevel 97 Emergency Operation of Sliding Roof 123Low Windshield and Headlamp Trunk Lamp 98 Roof rack 124Washer Fluid Level Warning Lamp 83 Spare Wheel, lug wrench 98 Layout of Poly-V-Belt Drive 124

    Exterior Lamp Failure Indicator Lamp 84 First Aid Kit 98 MERCEDES-BENZSpare Parts Service

    125

    Seat Belt and Lock Warning Lamp 84 Stowing Things in the Vehicle 98

    Brake Pad Wear Indicator Lamp 84 Vehicle Jack 99 Technical Data. Fuels,

    Coolants, Lubricants etc.

    Consumer Information

    Brake Warning Lamp 85 Vehicle Tools 99

    ABS (Antilock Brake System)Warning Lamp 86

    Storage compartment below vehicletool box

    99 Identification Plates 128

    Acceleration slip control (ASR) 87 Wheels 100 Vehicle Data Card 129

    Driving with snow chains 88 Changing Wheels 102 Warranty Coverage 129Adaptive damping system (ADS) 89 Tire in Inflation Pressure 105 Technical Data

    500 S 130

    Emission Control 90 Battery 106 600 S 130On-Board Diagnostic System 90 Exterior Lamps 107 Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants etc. 134Traveling Abroad 91 Fuses 111 Capacities 134Winter Driving 91 Jump Starting 112 Engine Oils 136Snow Chains 91 Towing the Vehicle 114 Engine Oils Additives 136

    Cleaning and Care of the Vehicle 115 Air Conditioner Refrigerant 136Practical Hints Testing Infrared Remote Control 119 Brake Fluid 136

    Front Head Restraints 120 Premium Unleaded Gasoline 136Hood 94 Rear Seat Cushion 121 Fuel Requirements 137

    Checking Coolant Level 95 Manual Closing of Trunk Lid 121 Gasoline Additives 137

    Adding Coolant 95 Manual Release of Fuel Filler Flap 121 Coolants 138

    Checking Engine Oil Level 96 Replacing Wiper Blades 122 Check regularly and before a long trip 148

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    Instruments and Controls For more detailed descriptions see specified pages

    1 Adjustable air outlet 20 Lock for storage/eyeglasses compartment and eye glove

    2 Exterior lamp switch 21 Glove box (illuminated with key in steering lock position 2)

    3 Parking brake release 22 Rear window defroster switch

    4 Hood lock release 23 Activated charcoal filter switch

    5 Parking brake pedal 24 Central locking switch, Indicator lamp for anti-theft alarm

    6 Steering wheel adjustment switch 25 Hazard warning flasher switch

    7 Combination switch 26 Trunk lid release switch

    8 Cruise control 27 Automatic climate control

    9 Horn, airbag 28 Radio

    10 Instrument cluster 29 Snow chain switch

    11 Steering lock with ignition/starter switch 30 Ashtray with lighter12 Adjustable air outlet 31 Adaptive damping system adjustment switch

    13 Heated air supply button - center air outlet 32 Seat heater switch

    14 Non heated/cooled air supply button - center air outlet 33 Mirror adjustment switch

    15 Air volume control for left air outlet 34 Power window switch

    16 Air volume control for left center air outlet 35 Switch for rear seat head restraints

    17 Air volume control for center air outlet 36 Seat belt extender

    18 Air volume control for right air outlet 37 Switch for rear window sunshade

    19 Storage/eyeglasses compartment

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    Instrument Cluster

    1 Fuel gauge with reserve warning lamp (yellow). See Index 9 Trip odometer. See Index

    2 Coolant temperature gauge. See Index 10 Main odometer. See Index

    3 Fuel consumption gauge. See Index 11 Outside temperature indicator. See Index

    4 Engine oil pressure gauge (bar). See Index 12 Right turn signal indicator lamp (green) See Index

    5 Left turn signal indicator lamp (green). See Index 13 Knob for setting clock. See Index6 Knob for instrument lamps and trip odometer. 14 Tachometer. See Index

    7 Speedometer 15 Clock. See Index

    8 ASR function indicator lamp (yellow). See Index

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    Indicator Lamp Symbols

    Function Indicator Lamp

    High beam ASR malfunction. See Index

    Warning Lamp

    (should go out with the engine running unless)ABS malfunction. See Index.

    Battery not being charged properly. See Index Brake pads worn down. See Index.

    Fluid level for windshield and headlamp washer

    system low. See Index.

    Brake fluid low (except Canada).

    Parking brake engaged. See Index.

    Coolant level low. See Index. Brake fluid low (Canada only).Parking brake engaged. See Index.

    Engine oil level low. See Index. SRS malfunction. See Index.

    Exterior lamp failure. See Index. Fasten seat belts. See Index.

    ADS malfunction. See Index. Engine malfunction.If the lamp comes on when the engine is running, itindicates a malfunction of the 02-sensor on Federalversion vehicles, and fuel injection system oremission control system on the California versionvehicles. In either case, we recommend that you

    have the malfunction checked as soon as possible.See Index.

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    Catalytic Converter

    Your MERCEDES-BENZ is equippedwith monolithic type catalytic

    converters, an important element inconjunction with the O2sensor toachieve substantial control of the

    pollutants in the exhaust emissions.Keep your vehicle in proper operatingcondition by following ourrecommended maintenance instructionsas outlined in your MaintenanceBooklet.

    Caution!

    To prevent damage to the catalyticconverters, use only premium unleaded

    gasoline in this vehicle.

    Any noticeable irregularities in engineoperation should be repaired promptly.Otherwise, excessive unburned fuelmay reach the catalytic convertercausing it to overheat.

    Warning!

    As with any vehicle, do not idle, parkor operate this vehicle in areas where

    combustible materials such as grass,hay or leaves can come into contactwith the hot exhaust system, as thesematerials could be ignited.

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    Starting and Turning off the Engine

    Starter Lock-OutImportant!

    The engine can only be started, if thevehicle was unlocked from the outside.

    Before Starting

    Engage parking brake and movegearshift lever to neutral (selector lever

    position "P" on automatictransmissions). Turn key in steering lockto position 2. The charge indicator lampshould come on.

    Cold Engine

    Turn key in steering lock clockwise tothe stop. Do not depress accelerator.Release key only when the engine isfiring regularly.

    Hot Engine

    Turn key in steering lock clockwise tothe stop. Do not depress accelerator. If

    the engine has not fired after approx. 4seconds, depress accelerator andcontinue cranking until the engine isfiring regularly. Release key and backoff accelerator.

    At very high coolant temperatures theengine starting time can be shortened ifthe accelerator is depressed slowly atthe beginning of the starting process.

    Turning Off

    Turn the key in the steering lock toposition 0 to stop the engine.

    The key can only be removed with theselector lever in position "P".

    If the coolant temperature is very high(e.g. after hard driving on mountainroads), do not shut off the engine

    immediately, but allow it to run for 1-2minutes at increased idle speed withselector lever in position "P" or "N".

    Important!

    Due to the installed starter non-repeatfeature, the key must be turned

    completely to the left before attemptingto start the engine again.

    Observe the oil pressure gaugeimmediately after starting the engine.In a very cold engine the oil pressurewill rise slowly after the engine hasstarted. Do not speed up the engine

    before pressure is registered on thepressure gauge.

    The charge indicator lamp should goout as soon as the engine has started.

    In areas where temperatures

    frequently drop below -25C (-13F)we recommend that an engine blockheater be installed. Your authorizedMERCEDES-BENZ dealer will adviseyou on this subject.

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    Driving Instructions

    Power Assistance

    Warning!

    When the engine is not running, thebrake and steering systems arewithout power assistance. Underthese circumstances, a much greatereffort is necessary to stop or steer thevehicle.

    Brakes

    Caution!

    When driving down long and steepgrades, relieve the load on the brakes

    by shifting into "3", "2" or "B". Thishelps prevent overheating of the brakesand reduces brake pad wear. Do notexceed engine speed limits. Refer toTechnical Data for downshift points.

    After hard braking, it is advisable to

    drive on for some time, rather thanimmediately parking, so the air streamwill cool down the brakes faster.

    Warning!

    After driving in heavy rain for sometime without applying the brakes or

    through water deep enough to wetbrake components, the first brakingaction may be somewhat reducedand increased pedal pressure may benecessary. Be sure to maintain a safedistance from vehicles in front.

    Resting your foot on the brake pedalwill cause excessive and prematurewear of the brake pads.

    It can also result in the brakesoverheating thereby significantlyreducing their effectiveness. It maynot be possible to stop the car in

    sufficient time to avoid an accident.

    The condition of the parking brakesystem is checked each time the car isin the shop for the requiredmaintenance.

    All checks and maintenance work onthe brake system should be carried outby an authorized MERCEDES-BENZdealer.

    If the parking brake is released and thebrake warning lamp in the instrumentcluster stays on, the brake fluid level inthe reservoir is too low.

    Brake pad wear or a leak in the systemmay be the reason for low brake fluidin the reservoir.

    Have the brake system inspected at anauthorized Mercedes-Benz dealerimmediately.

    Install only brake pads and brake fluidrecommended by Mercedes-Benz.

    Warning!

    If other than recommended brake

    pads are installed, or other thanrecommended brake fluid is used,the braking properties of the vehiclecan be degraded to an extent thatsafe braking is substantiallyimpaired.

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    Tires

    Tread wear indicators (TWI) arerequired by law. These indicators ate

    located in six places on thetreadcircumference and become visible at adepth of approximately

    1/16in (1.5 mm),

    at which point thetire is consideredworn and should be replaced.

    The tread wear indicator appears as asolid band across the tread.

    Warning!

    Do not allow your tires to wear downtoo far. As tread depth approaches1/16 in (1.5 mm), the adhesion

    properties on a wet road aresharply reduced.Depending upon the weatherand/or road surface (conditions),the tire traction varies widely.

    Specified tire pressures must bemaintained. This applies particularly ifthe tires are subjected to high loads(e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high

    ambient temperatures).

    Warning!

    Do not drive with a flat tire. A flattire affects the ability to steer orbrake the vehicle. You may lose

    control of the car. Continueddriving with a flat tire or driving athigh speed with a flat tire will causeexcessive heat build-up andpossibly a fire.

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    Aquaplaning

    Depending on the depth of the waterlayer on the road, aquaplaning may

    occur, even at low speeds and with newtires. Avoid track grooves in the roadarid apply brakes cautiously in the rain.

    Tire Traction

    The safe speed on a wet, snow coveredor icy road is always lower than on adry road.

    You should pay particular attention tothe condition of the road as soon as the

    prevailing temperatures fall close to thefreezing point.

    Warning!

    If ice has formed on the road, tiretraction will be substantiallyreduced. Under such weatherconditions, drive, steer and brakewith extreme caution.

    We recommend M + S radial-ply tiresfor the winter season for all fourwheels to insure normal balancedhandling characteristics.

    On packed snow, they can reduce yourstopping distance as compared withsummer tires. Stopping distance,however, is still considerably greater

    than when the road is wet or dry.

    Tire Speed Rating

    If your vehicle is factory equipped with"H"-rated tires, which have a Europeanspeed rating of 130 mph (210 km/h), anelectronic speed limiter prevents yourvehicle from exceeding the speedrating.Despite the tire rating, local speedlimits should be obeyed. Use prudentdriving speeds appropriate to

    prevailing conditions.

    Warning!

    Even when permitted by law, neveroperate a vehicle at speeds greaterthan the maximum speed rating ofthe tires.

    Exceeding the maximum speed forwhich tires are can lead to suddentire failure causing loss of vehiclecontrol and resulting in personalinjury and possible death.

    Parking

    Warning!

    To reduce the risk of personal injuryas a result of vehicle movement,before turning off the engine andleaving the vehicle always:

    1. Keep foot on brake pedal.2. Firmly depress parking

    brake pedal.3. Engage first or reverse

    gear (selector lever position "P"in the case of automatictransmissions).

    4. Slowly release brake pedal.5. Turn front wheels towards

    the road curb,

    6. Turn the key to steeringlock position 0 and remove.

    Important!

    It is advisable to set the parking brakewhenever parking or leaving the

    vehicle. In addition, engage first orreverse gear (selector lever position"P").When parking on hills, always set the

    parking brake.

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    Operation

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    Air Outlets

    1 Air volume controlfor left air outlet,

    turn left to open2 Air volume controlfor left center air outlet, turn left toopen

    3 Air volume control.for right center air outlet, turn left toopen

    4 Air volume control

    for right air outlet,turn left to open

    5 Left center air outlet,adjustable

    6 Right center air outlet,adjustable

    7 Side air outlet, left and right,adjustable

    Push-buttons for center airOutlets

    8 Heated air supply(red indicator)

    9 Non-heated/cooled air supply(blue indicator)

    Basic mode:None of the push-buttons (8 or 9)is pressed.

    Dust Filter

    Dust particles (down to a certain size)and pollen are filtered out before

    outside air enters the passengercompartment through the airdistribution system.

    Notes:

    Do not obstruct the air flow by placingobjects on the air flow-through exhaust

    slots below the rear window.

    Also keep the air intake grille in frontof windshield free of snow and debris.

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    Automatic Climate Control

    Left side passenger compartment:

    1 Temperature selector

    2 Temperature display

    3 Automatic mode

    4 Air distribution buttons

    5 Defrost

    6 Residual engine heatutilization

    7 Air recirculation

    8 Air volume selector

    9 Economy

    10 Selection switch

    11 Off

    Right side passengercompartment:

    12 Temperature selector

    13 Temperature display

    14 Automatic mode

    15 Air distribution buttons

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    The temperature selected with thetemperature selector is reached asquickly as possible.

    The temperature selector should be leftat the desired temperature setting.With the center air outlets open and thesystem in heating mode, switch theoutlets to non-heated/ cooled air by

    pressing the blue button (indicator lamplights up).

    With the center air outlets open and thesystem in cooling mode, switch theoutlets to non-heated/ fresh air by

    pressing the red button (indicator lamplights up).

    The system will not heat or cool any

    quicker by setting a higher or lowertemperature.

    The automatic climate control onlyoperates with the engine running.The automatic climate control removesconsiderable moisture from the air

    during operation in the cooling mode. Itis normal for water to drip on theground through ducts in the underbody.

    1, 12 Temperature Selector

    The desired interior temperature can be

    selected separately for the left and rightside of the passenger compartment.A basic setting in the white field of theselector is recommended, and can beused for driving year round.The selected temperature can be shownin the display window(2)in either For C.

    3, 14 Automatic Mode

    This is the normal setting.Air volume and distribution arecontrolled automatically.

    To select: Press button(indicator lamp lights up).

    To change selection:

    Press , , , or button (indicator lamp of selected

    button lights up). The indicator lampfor button goes out.

    Note:

    If the Automatic Climate Control is in

    the "Diagnosis Mode", turn key insteering lock to position 0 to return itto its normal operation.

    5 Defrost

    Maximum heated and automaticallycontrolled amount of air is directed tothe windshield and side windows.As the engine coolant temperatureincreases, the air volume isautomatically increased, therebydefrosting as quickly as possible.Open and direct air outlets (7) towardsthe side windows.

    Note:Press once again to return to

    previous setting.

    Defogging Windows

    Switch off , or switch on (leftand right side), or switch on

    Note:

    To quickly defog the inside of thewindshield, select the largest airvolume and air distribution button .

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    6. Residual Engine HeatUtilization

    With the engine switched off, it ispossible to continue heating theinterior for a short while.

    Air volume and distribution arecontrolled automatically.

    To select:Turn key in steering lock to position 1or 0 or remove key. Press button(indicator lamp lights up). Thisfunction selection will not activate ifthe engine coolant temperature is

    below 40C (105F) or if the battery

    charge is insufficient.

    To cancel:

    Press button(indicator lamp goes out).

    Turn key in steering lock to

    position 2.

    Automatically shuts off afterapprox. 30 minutes.

    The system will automatically

    shut off after approx. 30 minutes, if the engine coolant temperature

    drops below 122F (50 C), if the battery voltage drops.

    7 Air Recirculation

    Outside air is not supplied to the car'sinterior.

    This mode can be selected to preventannoying odors or dust from enteringthe car's interior.

    To select: Press button(indicator lamp lights up).

    To cancel:Press button (indicator lampgoes out).

    The system will automaticallyswitch from recirculated air to freshair if button is pressed

    after approx. 5 minutes atoutside temperatures belowapprox. 40F(5C),

    after approx. 20 minutes, atoutside temperatures above

    approx. 40F(5C).If button is pressed: afterapprox. 5 minutes.

    Notes:

    If the windows should fog up from the

    inside, switch from recirculated air backto fresh air.

    At high outside temperatures, thesystem automatically engages therecirculated air mode therebyincreasing the cooling capacity

    performance, switching to partially freshair within 20 minutes.

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    8 Air Volume Selector

    The air volume is automaticallyregulated in

    AUTO = Normal setting

    and all intermediate positions, exceptwhen selecting

    MIN = minimum air flow,MAX = maximum air flow.

    9 Economy

    The function of this settingcorresponds to the automatic mode.

    However, because the air conditioningcompressor will not engage (fuelsavings), it is not possible to aircondition in this setting.

    11 Off

    The fresh air supply to the car interioris shut off.

    While driving, use this setting onlytemporarily, otherwise the windshieldcould fog up.

    Important!

    This vehicle is equipped with an air

    conditioner system that uses HFC-134a (ozone-friendly hydro-fluorocarbon) as a refrigerant.Repairs should always be performed

    by a qualified technician, andrefrigerant should be collected in arecovery system for recycling.

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    An activated charcoal filter markedlyreduces bad odors and removes

    pollutants from the air entering thepassenger compartment.

    When pressing button or , thefilter is also switched off.

    Note:

    The activated charcoal filter should beswitched off when windows fog up onthe inside, or if the passenger

    compartment needs to be quicklyheated up or cooled down.

    Rear Passenger CompartmentClimate Control

    Slide switch (1) up to open outlet forfresh/cooled air only.

    Activated Charcoal Filter

    1 Switch on

    2 Switch off

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    Car Keys

    Included with your vehicle are

    2 Master keys with infraredremote control

    1 Master key 1 Valet key 1 Flat key

    Infrared Remote Control withFolding Master Key

    The master key fits all locks on the car.

    To release the key, press button (1).The key unfolds from the holder byitself.

    The transmitter for the infrared remote

    control is located in the key holder, thereceivers are located in the doorhandles and next to the trunk lock.

    Master Key

    The master key fits all locks on the car.

    Valet Key

    The valet key fits only the door locksand the steering lock.

    The valet key will not fit the trunk

    lock or storage compartmenteyeglasses compartment lock in thedashboard.

    Flat Key

    The flat key fits all locks on the car.

    Notes:

    Do not give the master key to anunauthorized person.

    We recommend that you carry the flatkey with you and keep it in a safe place(e.g. your wallet) so that it is alwayshandy. Never leave the flat key in thevehicle.

    Warning!

    When leaving the vehicle alwaysremove the key from the steeringlock. Do not leave childrenunattended in the vehicle.Unsupervised use of vehicleequipment may cause serious

    personal injury.

    Obtaining Replacement Keys

    Your vehicle is equipped with a theftdeterrent locking system requiring aspecial key manufacturing process. Forsecurity reasons, replacement keys canonly be obtained from your authorizedMercedes-Benz dealer

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    Infrared Remote ControlStarter Lock-Out Important!

    Locking the vehicle activates the starterlock-out.

    The engine can only be started, if thevehicle was unlocked from the outside.

    1 Transmit button2 Transmitter eye and battery check

    The vehicle can be centrally locked andunlocked, as well as the windows andsliding roof closed with infrared remotecontrol.

    The transmitter is located in the keyholder, the receivers are located in thedoor handles and next to the trunk

    lock.

    3 Receiver in door handle

    Unlocking:

    Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver(3) and press transmit button (1).Distance to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).

    The green indicator lamps on thereceivers should blink. They stop

    blinking when the vehicle is unlocked.

    Note:If the trunk was previously lockedseparately, it will remain locked (seeIndex).

    L ki

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    3 Receiver next to trunk lock

    Locking:

    Aim transmitter eye (2) at a receiver(3) and press transmit button (1).Distance to receiver max. 20 ft (6 m).

    The red indicator lamp on the receivershould blink. It stops blinking afterapproximately 3 seconds when thevehicle is properly locked.

    Notes:

    If a door or the trunk is not properlyclosed after you attempt to lock thevehicle by remote control, the redindicator lamps will continue to blink(max. 10 seconds). Open the door ortrunk lid, close it properly, and' lockthe car again.

    If the vehicle cannot be locked orunlocked by pressing the transmit

    button (1), then it may be necessary tochange the batteries in the transmitter(if ok, battery indicator lamp intransmitter will light whentransmitting) or to synchronize thesystem, seeTesting Infrared RemoteControlin Index.

    Cl i Wi d d Slidi / P W i ! N t

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    Closing Windows and Sliding/ Pop-Up Roof from Outside

    Continue to press transmit button (1)after locking car. Distance to receivermax. 20 ft. (6 m).

    The windows and sliding/pop-up roofbegin to close after approx. 1 second.

    Warning!

    Never close the windows orsliding/pop-up roof if there is thepossibility of anyone being harmedby the closing procedure.

    In case the closing procedure causespotential danger, the closingprocedure can be immediatelyreversed by releasing and pressingthe remote control button again until

    the green indicator lamp at thereceiver blinks. The sliding/pop-uproof and windows will open again.The sliding/pop-up roof will onlyopen if it was not fully closed.

    Note:

    If the side windows and sliding/ pop-up roof cannot be closed automatically

    by using the key or by pressing thetransmit button of the infrared remotecontrol (e.g. after a battery change),

    press side of power windowswitch in center console until thewindow is completely closed and holdfor additional 2 seconds. Repeat

    procedure for each window.

    The automatic closing procedure of thewindows and sliding/pop-up roofshould now be restored.

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    Central Locking System

    The entire vehicle may be locked orunlocked by either using the master

    key in the door or trunk locks, orcentral locking switch located in centerconsole. The central locking systemalso locks or unlocks the fuel filler flap.

    Note:If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened,

    refer toFuel Filler Flap, ManualRelease(see Index).

    Starter Lock-OutImportant!

    Locking the vehicle activates the starter

    lock-out.

    The engine can only be started, if thevehicle was unlocked from the outside.

    Doors

    1 Opening - pull handle2 Unlocking3 Locking4 Individual door from inside:

    Push lock button down to lock. Pull lock button up to unlock.

    When you lock the car all door lock Notes:

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    When you lock the car, all door lockbuttons should move down. If any onestays up, the respective door is not

    properly closed.

    You should then unlock the car, openand reclose this door, and lock the caragain. Each individual door can belocked with door lock button - thedriver's door can only be locked whenit is closed.

    The doors can only be locked with thecentral locking switch, if the frontdoors are closed.

    The doors cannot be unlocked with thecentral locking switch, if car was

    previously locked from outside.

    When opening a front door, the entirecar is unlocked, if it was previouslylocked with the central locking switch.

    If the car has previously been lockedfrom the outside, only the door beingopened from the inside will unlock, theremaining doors, the trunk lid and fuelfiller flap remain locked.

    Trunk

    1 Neutral position - push to open2 Unlocking3 Locking (detent)4 Separate locking of trunk -

    remove key in this position.

    When the trunk is separately locked,it remains locked when unlocking any

    door.

    To deny any unauthorized personaccess to the trunk, lock it separately.Leave only the valet key with thevehicle.

    Notes:

    In case of a malfunction in the centrallocking system the doors and trunk can

    be locked and unlocked individually.

    To lock, turn key to position 3 or pushdown lock buttons.

    To unlock, turn key to position2 orpull up lock buttons.

    The trunk lid can be lowered by usingthe recessed grips in the trunk lid liner,and closed with the dirt-free retractinghandle.

    If the trunk lid cannot be closed, refertoTrunk Lid, Manual Closing

    (see Index).

    Warning!

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    Door lock, left andtrunk lock

    Power Windows and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof

    1 Closing2 Interrupting3 Opening

    Door lock, right

    When locking doors or trunk, turn keyin door lock or trunk lock to position 1and hold. The windows and thesliding/pop-up roof begin to closeautomatically after approximately 1second.

    To interrupt the closing procedure, turn

    key to position 2.

    Warning!

    Never close the windows orsiding/pop-up roof if there is thepossiblity of anyone being harmed bythe closing procedure.

    In case the closing procedure causespotential danger, the closingprocedure can be immediatelyreversed by turning the key to theunlocking position (3) within 10

    seconds. The sliding/pop-up roof andwindows will open again. Thesliding/pop-up roof will only open ifit was not fully closed.

    Note:

    If the closing procedure is interrupted,it can only be continued by first turningthe key to the unlocked position (3) andthen again to the locking position (1)and hold.

    Power Closing Assist for Doors and Note: Warning!

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    Power Closing Assist for Doors andTrunk Lid

    The doors and trunk lid closeautomatically if:

    doors are pushed against the lock, trunk lid is lowered against the lock.

    It is not necessary to slam doors ortrunk lid closed, a pneumatic power-assisted mechanism will latch doors

    and trunk lid quietly and automaticallyonce the lid or door has been broughtto a close. When the pneumatic power-assisted mechanism has stopped,doors and/or trunk can be reopened.

    Note:

    If the trunk lid does not close, refer toTrunk Lid, Manual Closingin Index.

    Warning!

    To prevent possible personal injury,always keep hands and fingers awayfrom the door or trunk openingwhen closing a door or the trunklid. Be especially careful when smallchildren are around.

    The pneumatic power closing assistmechanism cannot be interruptedonce it has been engaged.

    To prevent personal injury, neveractivate the closing assistmechanism by tampering with thedoor or trunk lid latch.

    Anti-Theft Alarm System The alarm will last approximately 150

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    1 Indicator lamp in switch located incenter console

    Anti Theft Alarm System

    The anti-theft alarm is automaticallyarmed or disarmed with any of yourvehicle's keys or infrared remotecontrol by locking or unlocking eitherfront door or the trunk.

    A blinking lamp (1) indicates that thealarm is armed.

    The anti-theft alarm is disarmed when

    unlocking either front door or the trunkwith any of your vehicle's keys orinfrared remote control.

    Operation:

    Once the alarm system has been

    armed, the exterior vehicle lamps willflash and the horn will soundintermittently when someone:

    opens a door, opens the trunk, opens the hood, removes the radio,

    switches on or bridges theignition circuit,

    steps on the brake pedal,

    The alarm will last approximately 150seconds in the form of blinkingexterior lamps. At the same time analarm horn will sound intermittentlyfor 60 seconds, pause for 30 seconds,and repeat for another 60 seconds.The alarm will stay on even if theactivating element (a door, forexample) is immediately closed.

    Note:

    We recommend that you carry the flatkey safely with you so that it is alwayshandy. The flat key has the samefunctions as the master key.

    Seat and head restraint adjustment: Warning!

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    Power Seats, Front

    The slide switches are located in eachfront door.

    Turn key in steering lock to position 1or 2 (with the driver's or front

    passenger's door open, the powerseats can also be operated with the keyremoved or in steering lock position 0).

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    A Seat, fore/aft, up/down

    B Seat tilt

    C Seat cushion depth

    D Backrest tilt

    E Head restraint Adjust head restraintto support the back of the head

    approximately at ear level. The headrestraint inclination can also beadjusted manually.

    Note:

    Your car is equipped with power

    head restraints, do not try to raiseor lower them manually.

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    Do not adjust the driver's seat whiledriving. Adjusting the seat whiledriving could cause the driver to losecontrol of the vehicle.

    Never ride in a moving vehicle withthe seat back reclined. Sitting in anexcessively reclined position can bedangerous. You could slide underthe seat belt in a collision. If you side

    under it, the belt would apply forceat the abdomen or neck. That couldcause serious or even fatal injuries.The seat back and seat belts providethe best restraint when the wearer isin an upright position and belts areproperly positioned on the body.

    Never place hands under seat ornear any moving parts while a seat isbeing adjusted.

    Storing seat/head restraint/ steering Recalling seat/head restraint/ steering

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    F Memory button

    G Position buttons

    g gwheel/exterior and inside rear viewmirror positions in memory:

    Three sets of seat/head restraint/steering wheel/exterior and inside rearview mirror positions may be

    programmed into memory. After theseat/head restraint/steering wheel/exterior and inside rear view mirrorsare positioned, push memory button F,release, and within 3 seconds push

    position button "1". A second and thirdset of positions for the same seat/ headrestraint/steering wheel/ exterior andinside rear view mirrors can be

    programmed into memory by pushingfirst button "F" and then "2",respectively "3".

    Note:

    See Index for instructions onadjustment of steering wheel andmirrors.

    g gwheel/exterior and inside rear viewmirror positions stored in memory:

    To recall a seat/head restraint/ steeringwheel/exterior and inside rear viewmirror position, push and hold position

    button "1", "2" or "3" until seat/headrestraint/ steering wheel/exterior andinside rear view mirror movement hasstopped. The seat/head restraint/steering wheel/exterior and inside rear

    view mirror movement stops when theposition button is released.

    Caution!

    Do not remove head restraints exceptwhen mounting seat covers. For

    removal and installation refer toHeadRestraints, Removalin Index.Whenever restraints have beenremoved be sure to reinstall them

    before driving.

    Important! Entering Rear Passenger

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    Bring seat backrest to upright positionbefore recalling a stored seat/headrestraint/steering wheel/exterior andinside rear view mirror position,otherwise the front seats could getforced against a rear seat and bedamaged.

    Prior to operating the vehicle, thedriver should adjust the seat height for

    proper vision as well as fore/aftplacement and seat back angle to insureadequate control, reach, operation, andcomfort. The head restraint should also

    be adjusted for proper height.

    Both the inside and outside rear view

    mirrors should be adjusted for adequaterearward vision. Fasten seat belts.Infants and small children should beseated in a properly secured restraintsystem that complies with U.S. FederalMotor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 andCanadian Motor Vehicle SafetyStandard 213.1.

    All seat, head restraint, and rear viewmirror adjustments as well as fasteningof seat belts should be done before thevehicle is put into motion.

    Backrest lock

    1 Release button

    When a door is open, the backrests canbe folded forward without pushing thebutton.

    With doors closed and key in steeringlock position 2 the backrests arelocked.

    The lock can be released by pushingbutton (1).

    Compartment

    With the door open, fold front seatbackrest forward. Automatically theseat will slide forward and the headrestraint move down.

    When folding the seat backrest back,seat and head restraint return to their

    previous positions.

    To interrupt the automatic process,activate the power seat switch.

    Warning!

    Never place hands under seat ornear any moving parts during the

    seat adjustment procedure.

    The amount of cushion height and

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    Lumbar Support

    1 Pressure regulator

    The seats have an inflatable air cushionbuilt into the backrest to provideadditional lumbar support.

    The inflation pressure of the aircushion can be continuously varied

    between position "0" = without

    pressure, and position "5" = maximumpressure, by changing the pressureregulator (1) setting.

    Multicontour Backrest

    1 Bottom

    2 Center3 Top4 Pressure regulator5 Side bolster adjustment

    Some models may be equipped withorthopedic seats. These seats haveinflatable air cushions built into the

    backrest to provide additional lumbarand side support.

    The amount of cushion height andcurvature may be adjusted after turningthe key in steering lock to position 2.

    The center section (2) can beselected together with bottomsection (1) or top section (3).

    The inflation pressure of the aircushion can be continuously varied

    between position "0" = withoutpressure, and position "5" = maximumpressure, by changing the pressureregulator (4) setting.

    The side bolsters of the backrest can beadjusted with push button (5):

    pushing forward -

    increase side support, pushing backward -

    decrease side support.

    If the engine is turned off, the lastcushion setting is retained in memory,and automatically adjusts the cushion

    to this setting when the engine isrestarted.

    The front seat heaters can be switched ote:

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    Heated Seats

    The front seat heater switches are

    located to the left and right side of thecenter console ashtray.

    on with the key in steering lockpositions 1 or 2, the rear seat heatersonly in steering lock position 2.

    Press switch to turn on heater:

    1 Normal heating mode. Oneindicator lamp in the switchlights up.

    2 Rapid heating mode. Bothindicator lamps in the switchlight up.After approximately 5 minutes inthe rapid heating mode, the heaterautomatically switches to normaloperation and only one indicatorlamp will stay on.

    Turning off heater:

    If one indicator lamp is on, pressupper half of switch.If both indicator lamps are on,

    press lower half of switch.If left on, the heater automatically

    turns off after approximately 30minutes of operation.

    When in operation, the seat heaterconsumes a large amount of power. It

    is advisable not to use the seat heaterlonger than necessary.

    The seat heaters may automaticallyswitch off if too many powerconsumers are switched on at the sametime, or if the battery charge is low.When this occurs, the indicator lamp inthe switch will blink (both indicatorlamps blink during rapid seat heating).The seat heaters will switch on againautomatically as soon as sufficientvoltage is available.

    If the blinking of the indicator lamps is

    distracting to you, the seat heaters canbe switched off.

    Important!

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    Switches in center consoles

    Power Head Restraints, Rear

    Turn key in steering lock to position 1or 2 (with the driver's or passenger'sdoor open, the power head restraintscan also be operated with the keyremoved or in steering lock position 0).

    Activate switch:

    1 Place head restraint upright.2 Fold head restraint backward.

    Switch in front center console:

    Both head restraints together can beplaced in either upright or fold-downposition.

    Switches in rear center console:

    The head restraints can be placedindividually in either upright or fold-down position.

    Inclination of head restraints:The head restraint inclination can beadjusted manually.

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    For safety reasons, always drive withthe rear head restraints in the upright

    position when the rear seats areoccupied.

    Keep area around head restraints clearof articles (e.g. clothing) to not obstructthe folding operation of the headrestraints.

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    Armrest with Compartmentfor Telephone Handset(Front Seats)

    1 Armrest folded down2 Normal use

    (3 comfort positions)3 Armrest folded up

    Folding down:Raise armrest past top comfort position

    and push down.

    Adjusting height:Raise armrest to desired position.

    Press button (4) to open cover

    Warning!

    The armrest does not suffice as achild restraint system. In case of afrontal collision a child can becatapulted forward over the lockedarmrest. Infants and small childrenshould always be seated in aproperly secured restraint system

    that complies with U.S. FederalMotor Vehicle Safety Standard 213and Canadian Motor Vehicle SafetyStandard 213.1.

    Armrest (Rear Seats)

    Pull down the armrest by its strap.

    For the removal of theRear SeatCushion ,see Index.

    Adjustable Steering Wheel ote:

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    Turn key in steering lock to position 1or 2 (with the driver's or front

    passenger's door open, the steeringwheel can also be operated with thekey removed or in steering lock

    position 0).

    To lengthen or shorten the steeringcolumn, push in or pull out switch (1).To raise or lower steering wheel, push

    switch (1) up or down.

    The steering wheel position can bestored in memory together with the

    seat/head restraint/exterior and insiderear view mirror positions, see Index.

    Warning!

    Do not adjust the steering wheelwhile driving. Adjusting the steeringwheel while driving could cause the

    driver to lose control of the vehicle.

    Seat Belts and SupplementalRestraint System (SRS)

    Warning! Seat Belt Warning System

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    Restraint System (SRS)

    Your vehicle is equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts, emergency

    tensioning retractors for the seat belts,driver airbag and knee bolster and

    passenger airbag and knee bolster.

    Seat Belts

    Important!

    Laws in most states and all Canadianprovinces require seat belt use.All states and provinces require use ofchild restraints that comply with U.S.Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard213 and Canadian Motor Vehicle SafetyStandard 213.1.

    We strongly recommend their use.

    Never ride in a moving vehicle withthe seat back reclined. Sitting in anexcessively reclined position can be

    dangerous. You could slide underthe seat belt in a collision. If youslide under it, the belt would applyforce at the abdomen or neck. Thatcould cause serious or even fatalinjuries. The seat back and seatbelts provide the best restraint

    when the wearer is in an uprightposition and belts are properlypositioned on the body.

    With the key in steering lock position2, a warning sounds for a short time ifthe driver's seat belt is not fastened.

    Warning!

    Failure to wear and properly fastenand position your seat belt greatlyincreases your risk of injuries andtheir likely severity in an accident.

    You and your passengers shouldalways wear seat belts.

    If you are ever in an accident, yourinjuries can be considerably moresevere without your seat beltproperly buckled. Without your seatbelt buckled, you can hit the interiorof the vehicle or be ejected from it.You can be seriously injured orkilled.

    In the same crash, the possibility forinjury or death is lessened with yourseat belt buckled.

    This is also the case if the key is turned

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    Seat Belt Extender

    When the respective door is closed and

    the key is in steering lock position 1 or2, the seat belt extender brings the beltforward within easy reach of theoccupant.

    The seat belt extender also brings thebelt forward, if the seat is not occupied.

    Switch on center console

    With the doors closed and seat belt not

    buckled, the seat belt extender canalso be brought forward by using theswitch.

    If the seat belt is not buckled within 30seconds, the seat belt extender willreturn to its rest position.

    This is also the case if the key is turnedto steering lock position 1 or if a dooris opened.

    Warning!

    The seat belt extender must be in itsrest position for the seat belt toprovide proper protection. If theelectrical system fails, forcibly pushthe extender back to its rest position.

    If the seat belt extender cannot bebrought to its rest position, the seatbelt cannot provide properprotection in case of an accident.

    In this case have the system checked

    at your authorized Mercedes-Benzdealer.

    Unfastening of Seat Belts

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    1 Latch plate2 Buckle3 Release button

    Fastening of Seat Belts

    Push latch plate (1) into buckle (2)until it clicks.

    The lap belt should be positioned aslow as possible on your hips and notacross the abdomen.

    Three-point seat belt:

    Tighten the lap portion to a snugfit by pulling shoulder portion up.

    Adjust seat belt so that shoulderportion is located as close as possibleto the middle of your shoulder. Do nottwist the belt. twisted seat belt may

    cause injury.

    The shoulder portion of the seat beltmust be pulled snug and checked forsnugness immediately after engagingit.

    The pivot plate must face to the front.For safety reasons, avoid adjustingthe seat or seat back into positionswhich could affect the correct seat

    belt position.

    Push the release button (3) in the beltbuckle (2).

    Allow the retractor to completelyrewind the seat belt by guiding thelatch plate (1).

    For cleaning and care of the seat belts,seeUpholsteryin Index.

    Operation:

    The inertia reel stops the belt fromunwinding during sudden vehicle stopsor when quickly pulling on the belt.

    The locking function of the reel may bechecked by quickly pulling out the belt.

    Warning! That would increase the chance ofhead and neck injuries The belt

    Pregnant women should also usea lap-shoulder belt The lap belt

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    USE SEAT BELTS PROPERLY.

    Each occupant should wear theirseat belt at all times, because seatbelts help reduce the likelihood ofand potential severity of injuriesin accidents, including rollovers."SRS" (driver airbag, passengerairbag), "ETR" (seat beltemergency tensioning retractors),

    and knee bolsters are designedto enhance the protection offeredto properly belted occupants incertain frontal impacts whichexceed preset deploymentthresholds.

    Improperly positioned seat beltsdo not provide maximumprotection and may cause seriousinjuries in case of an accident.

    Never wear the shoulder beltunder your arm, against yourneck or off your shoulder. In acrash, your body would movetoo far forward.

    head and neck injuries. The beltwould also apply too much forceto the ribs or abdomen, which

    could severely injure internalorgans such as your liver orspleen.

    Position the lap belt as low aspossible on your hips and notacross the abdomen. If the belt ispositioned across your abdomen,

    it could cause serious injuries in acrash.

    Each seat belt should never beused for more than one person ata time. Do not fasten a seat beltaround a person and objects.

    Belts should not be worn twisted.In a crash, you wouldn't have thefull width of the belt to takeimpact forces. The twisted beltagainst your body could causeinjuries.

    a lap shoulder belt. The lap beltportion should be positioned aslow as possible on the hips to

    avoid any possible pressure on theabdomen.

    USE CHILD RESTRAINTSPROPERLY.

    Infants and small children mustbe seated in an infant or child

    restraint system, which isproperly secured by a lap belt orlap belt portion of a lap-shoulderbelt. Children could beendangered in an accident if theirchild restraints are not properlysecured in the vehicle.

    Rear-facing child restraints mustnot be used in the front seat. Theycould be struck by the airbagwhen it inflates in a crash. If thishappens, a child in the restraintcould be seriously or fatallyinjured.

    According to accident statistics,children are safer when properly

    i d i h i

    Supplemental Restraint System(SRS)

    Emergency TensioningRetractor (ETR)

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    restrained in the rear seatingpositions than in the front seatingpositions.

    Children too big for child restraintsystems should ride in rear seatsusing regular seat belts. Positionshoulder belt across chest andshoulder, not face or neck. Abooster seat may be necessary to

    achieve proper belt positioning.

    Adjust the front passenger seat asfar as possible rear ward from thedashboard when a child restraintis installed.

    The SRS uses two crash severity levels(thresholds) to activate either the ETR

    or airbag or both. Activation dependson exceeding the thresholds andfastening of the seat belt.

    Seat belt fastened

    first threshold exceeded:

    ETR activates second threshold exceeded:airbag also activates

    Seat belt not fastened

    first threshold exceeded: airbagactivates, but not ETR

    Driver and front passenger systemsoperate independently from each other

    The seat belts are equipped withemergency tensioning retractors. These

    tensioning retractors are located ineach belt's inertia reel and becomeoperationally ready with the key insteering lock position 1 or 2.

    The emergency tensioning retractorsare designed to activate only when the

    seat belts are fastened during majorfrontal impacts within the shaded areashown. They tighten the belts in such away that they fit more snugly againstthe body, restricting its forwardmovement as much as possible.

    In cases of other frontal impacts, roll-overs, certain side impacts, rearcollisions, or other accidents withoutfrontal forces, the emergencytensioning retractors will not beactivated. The driver and passengerwill then be protected by the fastenedseat belts and inertia reel in the usual

    manner.

    For seat belt and emergency tensioningretractor safety guidelines, seeSafetyGuidelinesin Index.

    Airbags

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    The most effective occupant restraintsystem yet developed for use in

    production vehicles is the three pointseat belt. In some cases, however, the

    protective effect of a seat belt can befurther enhanced by an airbag.

    The driver airbag (1) is located in thesteering wheel hub. The passengerairbag (2) is located in the dashboard

    ahead of the passenger. In conjunctionwith wearing the seat belts withemergency tensioning retractors (4),they provide increased protection forthe driver and passenger.

    The operational readiness of the airbag

    system is verified by the indicatorlamp "SRS" (3) in the instrumentcluster. If no fault is detected, the lampwill go out after approximately 4seconds; after the lamp goes out, thesystem continues to monitor thecomponents and circuitry of the airbagsystem and will indicate a malfunction

    by coming on again.

    The following system components aremonitored or undergo a self-check:crash sensor airbag ignition circuits

    In the event a malfunction of the "SRS"is indicated as outlined above, the"SRS" may not be operational We

    Important!

    The "SRS" airbags are designed to

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    crash-sensor, airbag ignition circuits,driver and passenger seat belt buckles.Initially, when the key is turned from

    steering lock position 0 to positions 1 or2, malfunctions in the crash-sensor aredetected and indicated (the "SRS"indicator lamp stays on longer than 4seconds).

    In the operational mode, after the

    indicator lamp has gone out followingthe initial check, interruptions and shortcircuits in the airbag ignition circuit andin the driver and passenger seat belt

    buckle harnesses, and low voltage in theentire system are detected andindicated.

    "SRS" may not be operational. Westrongly recommend that you visit anauthorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealer

    immediately to have the systemchecked; otherwise the "SRS" may not

    be activated in a major frontal accident.

    The "SRS" airbags are designed toactivate only in certain frontal andfront-angled impacts. Only during

    these types of impacts, if of sufficientseverity to meet the deploymentthresholds, will they provide theirsupplemental protection. The driverand passenger should always wearthe seat belts, otherwise it is notpossible for the airbags to provide

    their intended supplementalprotection.

    In cases of other frontal impacts,roll-overs, certain side impacts, rearcollisions, or other accidents withoutsufficient frontal forces, the airbagwill not be activated. The driver andpassengers will then be protected bythe fastened seat belts.

    We caution you not to rely on thepresence of an airbag in order toavoid wearing your seat belt.

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    Safety Guidelines for the Seat Belt,Emergency Tensioning Retractorand Airbag

    The "SRS" is designed to functionon a one-time-only basis. Anairbag or emergency tensioning

    Improper work on the system,including incorrect installationand removal can lead to possible

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    and Airbag

    Warning!

    Damaged belts or belts that werehighly stressed in an accidentmust be replaced and theiranchoring points must also bechecked. Use only belts installedor supplied by an authorized

    Mercedes-Benz dealer.

    Do not pass belts over sharpedges.

    Do not make any modificationthat could change theeffectiveness of the belts.

    airbag or emergency tensioningretractor (ETR) that wasactivated must be replaced.

    No modifications of any kind maybe made to any components orwiring of the "SRS". Thisincludes the installation ofadditional trim material, badgesetc. over the steering wheel hub or

    front passenger airbag cover andinstallation of additionalelectrical/ electronic equipment onor near "SRS" components andwiring.

    An airbag system componentwithin the steering wheel getshot after the airbag has inflated.

    and removal, can lead to possibleinjury through an uncontrolledactivation of the "SRS".

    In addition, through improperwork there is the risk ofrendering the "SRS"inoperative. Work on the "SRS"must therefore only beperformed by an authorized

    Mercedes-Benz dealer.

    When scrapping the airbagunit or emergency tensioningretractor, it is mandatoryto follow our safety instructions. These instructions areavailable at your authorizedMercedes-Benz dealer.

    When you sell the vehicle we stronglyurge you to give notice to the subsequentowner that it is equipped with an "SRS"

    by alerting him to the applicable sectionin the Owner's Manual.

    Infants and Child RestraintSystems

    Warning!

    According to accident statistics

    Children too big for child restraintsystems should ride in rear seatsusing regular seat belts. Position

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    We recommend that all infants andchildren be restrained at all times while

    the vehicle is in motion.

    Important!

    The use of infant or child restraints isrequired by law in all 50 states and allCanadian provinces.

    Infants and small children should beseated in an infant or child restraintsystem, which is properly secured bythe lap belt portion of the lap-shoulder

    belt, and that complies with U.S.Federal Motor Safety Standard 213 andCanadian Motor Vehicle Safety

    Standard 213.1. A statement by thechild restraint manufacturer ofcompliance with this standard can befound on the instruction label on therestraint and in the instruction manual

    provided with the restraint.

    When using any infant or childrestraint system, be sure to carefullyread and follow all manufacturer'sinstructions for installation and use.

    According to accident statistics,children are safer when properlyrestrained in the rear seating positions

    than in the front, seating positions,I! tear-facing child restraints must not

    be used in the front passenger seatThey could be struck by the airbagwhen it inflates in a crash. If this hap-

    pens, a child in the restraint could beseriously or fatally injured.

    Infants and small children should neverbe held on the Sap while the vehicle isin motion. During an accident theywould be almost impossible to hold,and could be crushed between the adultand the dashboard.

    Infants and small children shouldnever share a seat belt with anotheroccupant. During an accident, theycould be crushed between the occupantand seat belt.

    using regular seat belts. Positionshoulder belt across chest andshoulder, not face or neck. A booster

    seat may be necessary to achieveproper belt positioning.

    When the child restraint is not inuse, remove it from the car or secureit with the seat belt to prevent thechild restraint from becoming a

    projectile in the event of an accident.

    U.S.A. Models only: Since 1986 allU.S. child restraints comply with U.S.regulations without the use of a tetherstrap.

    Canada Models only: This vehicle is

    provided with tether anchorages for atop tether strap. Consult yourauthorized Mercedes-Benz dealer forinstallation of these anchorages.

    In compliance with Canadian MotorVehicle Safety Standard 210.1, child

    restraint tether anchorage hardware isattached to the tool kit located in thetrunk.

    1 Steering is unlocked.(If necessary, move steering wheelslightly to allow the key to be turned

    Notes:A warning sounds when the driver'sdoor is opened with the key in steering

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    Steering Lock

    0 The key can be withdrawn in thisposition only. The steering islocked with the key removed

    from the steering lock. The keycan be removed only with theselector lever in position "P".After removing the key or withthe key in steering lock position 0,the selector lever is locked in

    position "P".

    slightly to allow the key to be turnedclockwise to position 1.)Most electrical consumers can be

    operated. For detailed informationsee respective subjects.

    2 Driving position.

    3 Starting position.

    Refer to Index forStarting and turningoff the engine.

    Warning!

    When leaving the vehicle alwaysremove the key from the steeringlock. Do not leave children

    unattended in the vehicle.Unsupervised use of vehicleequipment may cause seriouspersonal injury.

    door is opened with the key in steeringlock position 1 or 0.

    With the engine at idle speed, thecharging rate of the alternator (output)is limited.

    It is therefore recommended to turn offunnecessary electrical consumers whiledriving in stop-and-go traffic. This

    precaution helps to avoid draining ofthe battery.

    Unnecessary strain on the battery andcharging system may be minimized byturning off the following powerconsumers, for example: Heated seats,rear window defroster. In addition, the

    automatic climate air volume controlshould be set to "MIN".

    Caution!

    To prevent accelerated batterydischarge and a possible dead battery,

    always remove the key from thesteering lock.Do notleave the key insteering lock position 0.

    6 Press switch briefly:One wipe without washer water(select only if window is wet).

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    Combination Switch

    1 Low beam (exterior lamp

    switch position )2 High beam (exterior lampswitch position )

    3 High beam flasher (high beamavailable independent ofexterior lamp switch position)

    4 Turn signals, right5 Turn signals, left

    To signal minor directional changes,such as changing lanes on a highway,move combination switch to the pointof resistance only and hold it there.

    To operate the turn signalscontinuously, move the combinationswitch past the point of resistance (upor down). The switch is automaticallycanceled when the steering wheel isturned to a large enough degree

    ( y )Press switch past resistance point:Windshield washer, windshield

    wiper; headlamp cleaning system(only in exterior lamp switch

    positions or Canada only:also in position when the engine isrunning)

    7 Windshield wiper

    0 Wiper offI Intermittent wipingII Normal wiper speedIII Fast wiper speed

    Note:

    The windshield washer reservoir,

    hoses and nozzles are automaticallyheated.

    Windshield Washer Fluid MixingRatio

    Blocked Windshield Wiper

    If the windshield wiper becomes

    Signaling Turns with HazardWarning Flasher in Use

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    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 availablepremixed windshield washersolvent/antifreeze

    1 part "S" to 100 parts solvent(40 ml "S" to 1 gallon solvent).

    Windshield Wiper Smears

    If the windshield wiper smears thewindshield, even during rain, activatethe washer system as often asnecessary. The fluid in the washerreservoir should be mixed in thecorrect ratio.

    pblocked (for example, due to snow),switch off the wiper motor.

    For safety reasons before removing iceor snow, remove key from steeringlock. Remove blockage.

    Activate combination switch again(key in steering lock position 1).

    Emergency Operation ofWindshield Wiper

    In case of windshield wipermalfunction, turn combination switchto wiper setting II.

    Have the system checked at yourauthorized MERCEDES-BENZ dealeras soon as possible.

    For example, when the vehicle is beingtowed (key in steering lock turned to

    position 2):

    With hazard warning flasher on,activate combination switch for left orright turn signal - only the selected turnsignal will blink.

    Upon canceling the turn signal, thehazard warning flasher will operateagain.

    Turn Signal Failure

    If one of the turn signals fails, the turn

    signal indicator system flashes andsounds at a faster than normal rate. Inaddition, the exterior lamp failureindicator will come on.

    Off

    Parking lamps (also sidek l ill

    Standing Lamps

    When the vehicle is parked on theh di l ( i h l f

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    Exterior Lamp Switch

    Canada only:

    When the engine is running, the lowbeam (includes parking lamps, sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license platelamps and instrument panel lamps) areautomatically switched on.

    Note:

    For nighttime driving the exterior lampswitch should be turned to position ID

    to permit activation of the highbeam headlamps.

    marker lamps, taillamps,license plate lamps,

    instrument panel lamps)Canada only: When theengine is running, the low

    beam is additionallyswitched on.Parking lamps plus low

    beam or high beam

    headlamps (combinationswitch pushed forward)Standing lamps, right(turn left one stop)Standing lamps, left(turn left two stops)

    Fog lamps

    (pull out one stop) withparking and/orheadlamps onRear fog lamp (pull out to2nd detent) in addition tofog lamps. Indicator lamp inlamp switch comes on.

    street the standing lamps (right or leftside parking lamps) can be turned on,

    making the vehicle more visible topassing vehicles.

    The standing lamps cannot beoperated with the key in steering lock

    position 2.

    Note:

    With the key removed and a front dooropen, an audible warning will sound ifthe vehicle's exterior lamps (exceptstanding lamps) are not switched off.Fog lamps will operate with the

    parking lamps and the low or high

    beam headlamps. Fog lamps shouldonly be used in conjunction with low

    beam headlamps. Consult your stateMotor Vehicle Regulations regardingallowable lamp operation.

    Fog lamps are automatically switched

    off when the exterior lamp, switch isturned to position O .

    Inside and Exterior Rear ViewMirrors

    I id R Vi Mi

    Turn key in steering lock to position2 (with either front door open, themirror can be operated with key

    d i t i l k iti 0

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    Inside Rear View Mirror

    The mirror is electricallyadjustable.

    Use your inside mirror to determine thesize and distance of objects seen inthe passenger side convex mirror.

    The switch is located on the centerconsole.

    removed or in steering lock position 0or 1).

    Turn switch to positionTo adjust, move the switch forward,

    backward or to either side.

    Antiglare Night Position

    With the key in steering lock position 2,the mirror reflection brightnessresponds to changes in lightsensitivity.

    Exterior Rear View Mirrors

    Turn key in steering lock to position 2( ith ith f t d th

    Note:

    The exterior mirrors have electricallyh t d l Th h t it h

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    Exterior rear view mirror, leftExterior rear view mirror, right

    (with either front door open, themirrors can be operated with key

    removed or in steering lock position 0or 1).

    Turn switch to select the mirror to beadjusted.

    To adjust, move the switch forward,

    backward or to either side.

    heated glass. The heater switches onautomatically, depending on outside

    temperature.

    If an exterior mirror housing is forciblypivoted from its normal position, itmust be repositioned by applying firm

    pressure until it snaps into place.

    Warning!

    Exercise care when using thepassenger-side mirror. Thepassenger-side exterior mirror isconvex (outwardly curved surfacefor a wider field of view). Objects inmirror are closer than they appear.

    Check your inside rear view mirroror glance over your shoulder beforechanging lanes.

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    Sun Visors

    Swing sun visors down to protectagainst sun glare

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    against sun glare.

    If sunlight enters through a sidewindow, disengage visor from innermounting and pivot to theside. From this position, the visor canslide forward and backward on itsshaft.

    Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

    With the visor engaged in its innermounting, the lamp can be switchedon by opening the cover.

    Warning!

    Do not use the vanity mirror whiledriving.

    2 Interior Lamps

    A B

    Entrance Lamps, Exit Lamps

    The lamps are switched on and off bythe door contact switches

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    Interior Lighting

    1 Interior Lamps(Door contact)

    A B

    A Interior lamps are switched on,and off delayed, when unlockingor locking the vehicle, or whenopening or closing either frontdoor. However, there will be no

    delay when the key is in steeringlock position 2.

    B Interior lamps switched off.

    A Interior lamps

    switched off.B Interior lamps switched on,

    3 Rear Courtesy Lamps

    A B

    A Courtesy lamps switched off.B Courtesy lamps switched on.

    Note:

    The courtesy lamps cannot beswitched off as long as a rear door isopen.

    2 Reading Lamps, Front

    A

    B

    A Reading lamp switched off.B Reading lamp switched on.

    the door contact switches.

    Note:

    To prevent the vehicle battery frombeing discharged, do not leave doorsopen for a long period of time.

    Storage/EyeglassesCompartment

    To open: Press button (2).

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    Storage Compartments

    Storage Compartmentsin the Dashboard

    1 Storage/eyeglassescompartment

    2 Button for storage/eyeglasses compartment

    3 Glove box4 Button for glove box5 Lock

    To open: Press button (2).

    Glove Box

    The glove box lid is equipped with acontainer for coins and smallaccessories.

    To open: Press button (4).

    Note:

    The storage compartments may belocked and unlocked by using themaster key in lock (5).

    Locking:

    Turn master key in lock (5) to theright and remove.

    Unlocking:Turn master key back to vertical

    position.

    Storage Compartments

    in the Door

    6 Door pocketTo open:Fold down cover.

    Caution!

    Keep compartment lids closed. Thiswill prevent stored objects from beingthrown about and injuring vehicleoccupants during an accident.

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    in center console, front

    Ashtrays

    By touching the top of the coverlightly, the ashtray opens automatically.Prior to removing the ashtray insertmove gear selector lever to position"N"

    Warning!

    With the gear selector lever inposition "N", turn off the engine andset the parking brake. Otherwise thevehicle might move unintentionally.

    in rear center console

    To remove ashtray from front centerconsole:

    Push sliding knob (1) toward the rightto eject the insert.

    To remove ashtray from rear centerconsole:Hold left and right side of insert and

    pull up.To install ashtray:Install insert into ashtray frameand push down to engage.

    Lighter

    Turn key in steering lock toposition 1 or 2.

    Push in lighter (1); it will pop outautomatically when hot.

    Warning!

    Never touch the heating element orsides of the lighter, hold at knob

    only.

    Glass Sliding Roof with RearPop-Up Feature

    An additional screen can be slid into

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    Sliding Roof with Rear Pop-UpFeature

    1 to slide roof open

    2 to slide roof closed3 to raise roof at rear4 to lower roof at rear

    Turn key in steering lock to position1 or 2 (with either front door open,the sliding/pop-up roof can beoperated with key removed or in

    steering lock position 0).The switch is illuminated when theexterior lamps are switched on(except standing lamps).

    the roof opening to guard against sun

    rays. When sliding the roof open, thescreen will also retract.

    Warning!

    When closing the sliding roof, besure that there is no danger ofanyone being harmed by the closingprocedure.

    Notes:

    The sliding roof can be opened orclosed manually should an electrical

    malfunction occur, refer toEmergencyOperationin Index.

    The sliding roof can also be closedwith the key or infrared remote controlwhile locking the vehicle doors ortrunk (seeCentral Locking SysteminIndex).

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    Warning!

    When closing the windows, be surethat there is no danger of anyoneb i h d b h l i

    The power windows can also be closedwith the key or infrared remote controlwhile locking the vehicle doors ortrunk (seeCentral Locking SysteminI d )

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    being harmed by the closing

    procedure.

    In case of obstruction, the automaticreversal will not operate if a windowis being closed by pressing the switchto its resistance point and holding itthere, or when using a key or theremote control.

    The closing procedure can beimmediately reversed by eitherpressing the switch , turning thekey to the unlocking position, orreleasing and pressing the transmitbutton, and holding it.

    When leaving the vehicle, alwaysremove the key from the steering lock.Do not leave children unattended inthe vehicle. Unsupervised use ofvehicle equipment can cause seriouspersonal injury.

    Index).

    Important!

    Do not close a door with the windowsfully closed while the power supply isinterrupted (battery disconnected orempty). Doing so could damage thewindow frame.

    Synchronizing Power Windows

    When opening a door after the powersupply was interrupted (batterydisconnected or empty), the windowwill open slightly, indicating that the

    Express feature should beresynchronized.

    Press side of power windowswitch until the window is completelyclosed and hold for additional 2seconds. Repeat procedure for each

    window.

    The automatic full opening and closingprocedure of the windows should nowbe restored.

    Rear Window Sunshade

    1 Raising2 Lowering

    The switches are located on the centerconsole and between the single rearseats.

    The sunshade should always be eitherfully raised or fully lowered.

    Note:

    The rear window defroster uses a largeamount of power. To keep the batteryd i t i i t ff th

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    Rear Window Defroster

    The switch is located in the centerconsole.

    Turn key in steering lock toposition 1 or 2.

    When activating the rear windowdefroster, the indicator lamp in theswitch will come on.

    drain to a minimum, turn off the

    defroster as soon as the window isclear.

    The defroster is automatically turned offafter a maximum of 20 minutes ofoperation.

    Heavy accumulation of snow and iceshould be removed before activatingthe defroster.

    If several power consumers are turnedon simultaneously, or the battery isonly partially charged, it is possiblethat the defroster will automatically

    turn itself off. When this happens, theindicator lamp inside the switch starts

    blinking.

    As soon as the battery has sufficientvoltage, the defroster automaticallyturns itself back on.

    Trunk Lid Release Switch

    The switch is located in the centerconsole.

    To open the trunk, the vehicle must beparked and unlocked.

    Press symbol side of switch.

    With vehicle centrally locked, the trunkcan also be opened by using the

    infrared remote control. Aimtransmitter eye at receiver next to trunklid lock and press transmit button twice.

    Instrument Lamps

    Rotate adjusting knob (