MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class 2000 W202 Owner's Manual
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Drive Sensibly - Save Fuel
Fuel consumption, to a great extent, depends on driving habits and operating conditions. To save fuel you should:
• keep tires at the recommended inflation pressures,
• remove unnecessary loads,
• remove roof rack when not in use,
• allow engine to warm up under low load use,
• avoid frequent acceleration and deceleration,
• have all maintenance work performed at regular intervals by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Fuel consumption is also increased by driving in cold weather, in stop-and-go traffic, on short trips and in hilly country.
What You Should Know
at the Gas Station
To prevent fuel vapors from escaping into open air, fully insert filler nozzle unit. Only fill fuel tank until the filler nozzle
unit cuts out - do not overfill. Leaving the engine running and the fuel cap open can cause the "Check Engine" lamp to
illuminate. Use premium unleaded gasoline: Posted Octane Index 91 (Average of 96 RON/86 MON).
Fuel tank capacity approx. 16.4 US gal (62.0 I).
This includes approx. 2.1 US gal (8.0 I) reserve.
Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous, it burns violently and can cause serious injury. Whenever you are
around gasoline, avoid inhaling fumes and skin contact, extinguish all smoking materials. Never allow sparks, flame
or smoking materials near gasoline!
• Engine Oil:
Engine oil level check, see Index.
Fill quantity between upper and lower dipstick marking level: 2.1 US qt (2.0 I).
Recommended engine oils, see Index.
• Spark Plugs:
Approved spark plugs, refer to "Technical Data".
For normal replenishing, use water (potable water quality).
For further information (e.g. anticorrosion/antifreeze), refer to Index.
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High beam: H1 (55 W),
low beam: H7 (55 W),
low beam: Xenon (optional)
fog lamps: H1 (55 W),
turn signal lamps, parking and standing la mps, front: 2357 NA (28.5/8.3 W/30/2.2 cp),
stop lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
backup lamps: 21 W/32 cp,
turn signal lamps, rear: 21 W/32 cp,
tail, parking, side marker and standing lamp: 5 W/4 cp,
tail and parking lamp, passenger side: 21/4 W,
tail, parking arid rear fog lamp, driver's side: 21/4 W,
license plate lamps: 5 W.
• Tire Pressure:
For tire pressure, refer to tire pressure label inside the fuel filler flap.
• Air Conditioner: R-134a refrigerant and special PAG lubricant, re fer to "Technical Data" (also see Index).
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Instruments and Controls
For more detailed descriptions see Index.
For adjustments of air outlets, refer to Automatic
Climate Control (see Index).
1. Side air outlet, adjustable
2. Air volume control for side air outlet
3. Exterior lamp switch
4. Parking brake release
5. Hood lock release
6. Parking brake pedal
7. Steering wheel adjustment lever
8. Combination switch
9. Cruise control switch
10. Horn, airbag
11. Instrument cluster
12. Steering lock with ignition/starter switch
13. Center air outlets, adjustable
14. Air volume control for center air outlets
15. Glove box (illuminated with electronic
key in steering lock position 1 or 2)
16. Left front seat heater switch
17. ASR or ESP control switch
18. Switch for rear seat head restraints
19. Hazard warning flasher switch
20. Central locking switch,
21. Switch for Tow-Away Protection
Indicator lamp for antitheft alarm system
22. Right front seat heater switch
23. Climate control (C 230)
Automatic climate control (C 280,
Rear window defroster switch
24. Audio system
25. Open storage compartment
26. Ashtray with lighter
27. Storage/eyeglasses compartment
28. Power window switches, front doors
29. Power window safety switch, rear doors
30. Airbag off indicator lamp
31. Power window switches, rear doors
32. Trunk lid release switch
33. Mirror adjustment switch
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1. Coolant temperature gauge. See Index
2. Fuel gauge with reserve and fuel cap
placement warning lamp (yellow). See Index
3. Outside temperature indicator. See Index
4. Left turn signal indicator lamp (green)
5. ASR or ESP warning lamp (yellow). See
7. Trip odometer, See Index
8. Main odometer, or FSS indicator. See
9. Right turn signal indicator lamp (green)
10. Tachometer. See Index
11. Clock. See Index
12. Push buttons for intensity of instrument
lamps. See Index
13. Push button for resetting trip odometer.
14. Push buttons for setting clock. See Index
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Indicator Lamp Symbols
Function Indicator Lamp
Battery not being charged properly.
(should go out with the engine running unless)
Exterior lamp failure. See Index
ASR or ESP.
Adjust driving to road condition. See Index
BAS malfunction. See Index
ASR malfunction. See Index
Fluid level for windshield and headlamp
washer system low. See Index
BAS malfunction. See Index
ESP malfunction. See Index
Coolant level low. See Index ABS malfunction. See Index
Engine oil level low. See Index Fasten seat belts. See Index
Brake pads worn down. See Index SRS malfunction. See Index
Brake fluid low (except Canada).
Parking brake engaged. See Index
Telescoping steering column not locked.
Brake fluid low (Canada only).
Parking brake engaged.
Engine malfunction indicator lamp. If the
lamp comes on when the engine is running,
it indicates a malfunction of the fuel
management system or emission control
system, or the fuel cap is not closed tight. In
all cases, we recommend that you have the
malfunction checked as soon as possible.
Additional Function Indicator Lamps in
the Instrument Cluster Function Indicator Lamp on
the Center Console
FSS indicator (distance).
Passenger Airbag automatically switched
off. See Index
FSS indicator (days).
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Your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with monolithic type catalytic converters, an important element in
conjunction with the oxygen sensors to achieve substantial control of the pollutants in the exhaust
emissions. Keep your vehicl e in proper operating condition by following our recommended
maintenance instructions as outlined in your Service Booklet.
To prevent damage to the catalytic converters, use on ly premium unleaded gasoline in this vehicle.
Any noticeable irregularities in engine operation shou ld be repaired promptly. Otherwise, excessive
unburned fuel may reach the catalytic converter causing it to overheat, which could start a fire.
As with any vehicle, do not idle, park or operate this vehicle in areas where combustible
materials such as grass, hay or leaves can come into contact with the hot exhaust system,
as these materials could be ignited and cause a vehicle fire.
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Starting and Turning Off the Engine
Ensure that parking brake is engaged and that selector lever is in position "P" or "N". Turn electronic
key in steering lock to position 2. The charge indicator lamp should come on.
Do not depress accelerator. Brie fly turn electronic key in steering lock clockwise to the stop and
release. The starter will engage until the engine is running. If engine will not run, and the starting
procedure stops, turn electronic key completely to the left and repeat starting the engine. After
several unsuccessful attempts, have the system checked at the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz
Due to the installed starter nonrepeat feature, t he electronic key must be turned completely to the
left before attempting to start the engine again. The battery charge indicator lamp should go out as
soon as the engine has started. In areas where te mperatures frequently drop below -4°F (-20°C) we
recommend that an engine block heater be installed. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will
advise you on this subject.
Turn the electronic key in the steering lock to position 0 to stop the engine.
The electronic key can only be removed with your foot off the brake pedal and the selector lever in
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If you feel a sudden significant vibration or ride disturbance, or you suspect that possible damage
to your vehicle has occurred, you should turn on the hazard flashers, carefully slow down, and drive with
caution to an area which is a safe distance from the roadway.
Inspect the tires and under the vehicle for possible da mage. If the vehicle or tires appear unsafe, have
it towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz or tire dealer for repairs.
When the engine is not running, the brake and steering systems are without power assistance.
Under these circumstances, a much greater effo rt is necessary to stop or steer the vehicle.
After driving in heavy rain for some time without applying the brakes or through water deep enough to
wet brake components, the first braking action may be somewhat reduced and increased pedal
pressure may be necessary. Be sure to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front.
Resting your foot on the brake pedal will cause excessive and premature wear of the brake pads.
It can also result in the brakes overheating th ereby significantly reducing their effectiveness.
It may not be possible to stop the car in sufficient time to avoid an accident.
The condition of the parking brake system is checked each time the vehicle is in the shop for the required service .
If the parking brake is released and the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster stays on, the brake fluid level in
the reservoir is too low. Brake pad wear or a leak in the system may be the reason for low brake fluid in the reservoir.
Have the brake system inspected at an aut horized Mercedes-Benz dealer immediately.
All checks and maintenance work on the brake system s hould be carried out by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
Install only brake pads and brake fluid recommended by Mercedes-Benz.
If other than recommended brake pads are installed, or other than recommended brake fluid is used, the
braking properties of the vehicle can be degraded to an extent that safe braking is substantially impaired.
This could result in an accident.
When driving down long and steep grades, relieve the load on the brakes by shifting into a lower gear. This helps prevent
overheating of the brakes and reduces brak e pad wear. After hard braking, it is advisable to drive on for some time, rather
immediately parking, so the air stream will cool down the brakes faster.
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Tread wear indicators (TWI) are required by law.
These indicators are located in six places on the
tread circumference and become visible at a depth of
approximately1/16 in (1.5 mm), at which point the
tire is considered worn and should be replaced.
The tread wear indicator appears as a solid band across
Do not allow your tires to wear down too far. As tread depth approaches 1/16 in (1.5 mm), the adhesion
properties on a wet road are sharply reduced. Depending upon the weather and/or road surface (conditions),
the tire traction varies widely.
Specified tire pressures must be maintained. This applies particularly if the tires are subjected to
high loads (e.g. high speeds, heavy loads, high ambient temperatures).
Do not drive with a flat tire. A flat tire affects the ability to steer or brake the vehicle. You may lose control
of the car. Continued driving with a flat tire or driving at high speed with a flat tire will cause excessive heat
build-up and possibly a fire.
Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road, aquaplaning may occur, even at low speeds and with new
Reduce vehicle speed, avoid track grooves in the road and apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
The safe speed on a wet, snow covered or icy road is always lower than on a dry road.
You should pay particular attention to the condition of the road whenever the outside temperatures are close to the
If ice has formed on the road, tire traction will be substantially reduced. Under such weather conditions,
drive, steer and brake with extreme caution.
We recommend M + S radial- ply tires for the winter season for all four wheels to insure normal balanced handling
characteristics. On packed snow, they can reduce your stopping distance as compared with summer tires.
Stopping distance, however, is still considerably greater than when the road is not snow or ice covered.
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Tire Speed Rating
Model C 43 AMG only: This vehicle is factory equipped with "Z"-rated tires. All other models: These vehicles are factory
equipped with "H"-rated tires, which have a European spee d rating of 130 mph (210 km/h). An electronic speed limiter
prevents your vehicle from exceeding the speed rating. Despit e the tire rating, local speed limits should be obeyed. Use
prudent driving speeds appropriate to prevailing conditions.
Even when permitted by law, never operate a vehicle at speeds greater than the maximum speed rating of the
tires. Exceeding the maximum speed for which tires are rated can lead to sudden tire failure causing loss of
vehicle control and resulting in personal injury and possible death.
To reduce the risk of personal injury as a result of vehicle movement, before turning off the engine
and leaving the vehicle always:
1. Keep right foot on brake pedal.
2. Firmly depress parking brake pedal.
3. Move the selector lever to position "P".
4. Slowly release brake pedal.
5. Turn front wheels towards the road curb.
6. Turn the key to steering lock position 0 and remove.
7. Take the electronic key and lock vehicle when leaving.
It is advisable to set the parking brake whenever parking or leaving the vehicle. In addition, move selector lever
to position "P". When parking on hills, always set the parking brake.
Winter Driving Instructions
The most important rule for slippery or icy roads is to driv e sensibly and to avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering
maneuvers. Do not use the cruise control system under such conditions.
When the vehicle is in danger of skidding, move selector le ver to position "N". Try to keep the vehicle under control by
corrective steering action. Road salts and chem icals can adversely affect braking efficiency.
Increased pedal force may become necessary to produce t he normal brake effect. We therefore recommend depressing
the brake pedal periodically when travelling at length on salt-strewn roads. This can bring road salt impaired
braking efficiency back to normal. A prerequisite is, however, that this is done without endangering other drivers on the
road. If the vehicle is parked after being driven on salt treated roads, the braking efficiency should be tested as soon as
possible after driving is resumed while observi ng the safety rules in the previous paragraph.
If the vehicle becomes stuck in snow, make sure that snow is kept clear of the exhaust pipe and from
around the vehicle with engine running. Otherwise, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gases may enter
vehicle interior resulting in unconsciousness and death. To assure sufficient fresh air ventilation, open
a window slightly on the side of the car that is out of the wind.
Do riot drive through flooded areas or water of unknown dept h. If you must drive through deep water, drive slowly to
prevent water from entering the engine compartment or being ingested by the air intake, possibly causing damage to
electrical components or wiring, to engine or transmission t hat is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.
Always fasten items being carried as securely as possible. In an accident, during hard braking or sudden
maneuvers, loose items will be thrown around inside the vehicle, and cause injury to vehicle occupants unless
the items are securely fastened in the vehicle. The trunk is the preferred place to carry objects.