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  • Operator’s Manual C-Class Sedan

  • Order No. 6515 0135 13 Part No. 203 584 49 82 USA Edition A 2005

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  • C 230 Kompressor Sport C 240 C 240 4MATIC C 320 C 320 4MATIC C 320 Sport C 55 AMG

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

    Your selection of our product is a demon- stration of your trust in our company name. Furthermore, it exemplifies your desire to own an automobile that will be as easy as possible to operate and provide years of service.

    Your Mercedes-Benz represents the ef- forts of many skilled engineers and crafts- men. To help assure your driving pleasure, and also the safety of you and your passen- gers, we ask you to make a small invest- ment of time:

    � Please read this manual carefully, then return it to your vehicle where it will be handy for your reference.

    � Please follow the recommendations contained in this manual. They are de- signed to acquaint you with the opera- tion of your Mercedes-Benz.

    � Please pay attention to the warnings and cautions contained in this manual. They are designed to help improve the safety of the vehicle operator and oc- cupants.

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

    Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC A DaimlerChrysler Company

  • Contents

    Introduction .......................................... 9 Product information................................ 9 Operator’s Manual ............................... 10

    Service and warranty information .. 10 Important notice for California retail buyers and lessees of Mercedes-Benz automobiles .......... 11 Maintenance .................................. 12 Roadside Assistance ...................... 12 Change of address or ownership.... 12 Operating your vehicle outside the USA or Canada......................... 13

    Where to find it .................................... 14 Symbols............................................... 15 Operating safety .................................. 16

    Proper use of the vehicle ............... 16 Problems with your vehicle.................. 17 Reporting safety defects...................... 18

    Reporting Safety Defects ............... 18 Vehicle data recording......................... 19

    Information regarding electronic recording devices........................... 19

    At a glance .......................................... 21 Cockpit................................................. 22 Instrument cluster ................................ 24 Multifunction steering wheel ................ 26 Center console ..................................... 27

    Upper part ...................................... 27 Lower part ...................................... 28

    Overhead control panel ........................ 29 Door control panel................................ 30

    Getting started ................................... 31 Unlocking ............................................. 32

    Unlocking with the SmartKey ......... 32 Starter switch positions.................. 33

    Adjusting .............................................. 35 Seats .............................................. 35 Steering wheel................................ 39 Mirrors............................................ 41

    Driving.................................................. 43 Fastening the seat belt ................... 43 Starting the engine ......................... 46 Switching on headlamps................. 49 Turn signals .................................... 50 Windshield wipers........................... 51 Problems while driving.................... 53

    Parking and locking.............................. 54 Parking brake ................................. 54 Switching off headlamps................. 55 Turning off engine........................... 56

  • Contents

    Safety and Security ........................... 57 Occupant safety................................... 58

    Air bags .......................................... 59 Seat belts ....................................... 64 Children in the vehicle.................... 67 Blocking of rear door window operation........................................ 75

    Panic alarm* ........................................ 76 Activating ....................................... 76 Deactivating ................................... 76

    Driving safety systems......................... 77 ABS ................................................ 77 BAS ................................................ 78 ESP................................................. 79 Four wheel electronic traction system (4MATIC) with the ESP ....... 82

    Anti-theft systems................................ 83 Immobilizer..................................... 83 Anti-theft alarm system*................ 83 Tow-away alarm* ........................... 85

    Controls in detail ............................... 87 Locking and unlocking ......................... 88

    SmartKey ....................................... 88 Opening the doors from the inside ....................................... 92 Opening the trunk .......................... 92 Closing the trunk............................ 94 Trunk lid emergency release .......... 95 Automatic central locking .............. 96 Locking and unlocking from the inside ....................................... 96

    Seats ................................................... 98 Easy-entry/exit feature* ................ 98 Removing and installing front seat head restraints ....................... 99 Rear seat head restraints ............. 101 Multicontour seats* ..................... 104 Seat heating*............................... 105

    Memory function* ............................. 106 Storing positions into memory ..... 107 Recalling positions from memory. 107 Storing exterior rear view mirror parking position ........................... 108

    Lighting ............................................. 109 Exterior lamp switch .................... 109 Combination switch ..................... 113 Hazard warning flasher ................ 114 Interior lighting ............................ 115 Door entry lamps ......................... 116 Trunk lamp................................... 116

    Instrument cluster ............................. 117 Instrument cluster illumination .... 117 Coolant temperature gauge ......... 118 Trip odometer .............................. 119 Tachometer.................................. 119 Outside temperature indicator ..... 119

    Control system .................................. 121 Multifunction display.................... 121 Multifunction steering wheel........ 122 Menus.......................................... 124 Standard display menu ................ 126 AUDIO menu ................................ 127 NAV* menu.................................. 130 Vehicle status message memory menu............................................ 130 Settings menu.............................. 132 Trip computer menu..................... 148 TEL menu* ................................... 150

  • Contents

    Manual transmission ......................... 154 Shifting into reverse..................... 155

    Automatic transmission*................... 156 One-touch gearshifting................. 158 Gear ranges ................................. 159 Gear selector lever position ......... 160 Automatic shift program .............. 162 Driving tips................................... 163 Steering wheel gearshift control (Speedshift) (C 55 AMG only)....... 164 Manual shift program (C 55 AMG only)........................... 165 Emergency operation (Limp Home Mode) ...................... 167

    Good visibility .................................... 168 Headlamp cleaning system* ........ 168 Rear view mirrors......................... 168 Sun visors .................................... 171 Rear window sunshade* .............. 172 Rear window defroster ................. 173

    Climate control................................... 174 Deactivating the climate control system .......................................... 177 Setting the temperature................ 177 Adjusting air distribution and volume.......................................... 178 Defrosting ..................................... 178 Air recirculation mode .................. 179 Air conditioning............................. 181 Rear passenger compartment adjustable air vents....................... 182

    Audio system...................................... 183 Audio and telephone, operation.... 183 Operating safety ........................... 183 Operating and display elements.... 184 Button and soft key operation....... 186 Operation...................................... 186 Radio operation ............................ 191 Introduction to satellite radio* (USA only) ..................................... 196 CD mode....................................... 201 GSM network phones ................... 208 TDMA or CDMA network phones .. 214 Emergency calls “911”.................. 221

    Power windows .................................. 223 Opening and closing the windows........................................ 223 Synchronizing power windows...... 226

    Power tilt/sliding sunroof* ................ 227 Opening and closing the power tilt/sliding sunroof........................ 227 Synchronizing the power tilt/sliding sunroof........................ 230

    Driving systems.................................. 231 Cruise control ...............

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