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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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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.
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Included with your vehicle are:
• 2 electronic main keys with integrated radio frequency and infrared
remote controls plus slide out and removable mechanical key.
• 1 electronic reserve key without remote control functions, plus
removable mechanical key.
When leaving the vehicle always remove the electronic key from the steering lock, and
Lock your vehicle. Do not leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with access to an
unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of vehicle equipment may cause serious personal injury.
Electronic main key with integrated radio frequency and infrared remote control, plus
slide out and removable mechanical key. The remote control (1) operates all locks on the car.
The mechanical key (2) works only in the driver's door, trunk, and storage compartment locks.
The mechanical key (2) can be removed by sliding it out of the remote control. To do so, move
lock (3) in direction of arrow and slide the mechanical key (2) in direction of arrow (5).
In the case of using the mechanical key for lock operations, it can be extended outward. To do so,
move lock (3) in direction of arrow, slide the mechanical key (2) in direction of arrow (4) until it locks in
place. The remote control transmitter is located in the electronic main key. The infrared receivers are
located in the front door handles.
Remove the mechanical key from the electronic main key when using valet parking service. To prevent
access to trunk or storage compartments lock them separately.
Electronic reserve key without remote control functions,
plus removable mechanical key.
The electronic reserve key (1) works only in the steering lock.
The mechanical key (2) works only in the driver's door, trunk, and
storage compartment locks. To use the mechanical key (2),
remove it from its electronic reserve key (1).
We recommend that you carry the electronic reserve key plus mechanical key with you and keep it in a
safe place (e.g. your wallet) so that it is always handy. Never leave the electronic reserve key in the vehicle.
Obtaining Replacement Keys
Your vehicle is equipped with a theft deterrent locking system requiring a special key manufacturing process.
For security reasons, replacement keys can only be obtained from your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.
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Central Locking System
Radio Frequency and Infrared Remote Control
The electronic main key has an integrated radio and infrared remote control. Due to the extended operational range
the remote control, it could be possible to unintentionally lock or unlock the vehicle by pressing the transmit button.
A command received by the central locking system is acknowledged by the function control lamp blinking once. The
vehicle doors, trunk and fuel filler flap can be centrally locked and unlocked via remote control. Opening and closing
the windows and sliding/pop-up roof can only be done with the infrared portion of the remote control. Aim transmitter
eye (5) at a receiver (6 or 7) press and press transmit button. With vehicle centrally locked, the trunk can also be
by using the remote control. If the electronic key is inserted in steering lock, the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked
with the remote control.
1. Transmit button
Opening trunk (if not key locked)
2. PANIC button
3. Release button for mechanical key
4. Lamp for battery check and function control
5. Transmitter eye
6. Infrared receiver in driver's door handle
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Locking and Unlocking
Press transmit button . All turn signal lamps blink once to indicate that the vehicle is unlocked.
The remote control can be programmed for two kinds of unlocking methods (see below):
Selective unlocking mode:
Press transmit button once to unlock driver's door and fuel filler flap.
Press transmit button twice to unlock doors, fuel filler flap, and trunk.
Global unlocking mode:
Press transmit button once to unlock doors, fuel filler flap, and trunk.
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will remain locked (see Index). The presently active
unlocking mode (selective or global) can only be determined by unlocking the vehicle with the
remote control (see below for changing mode). The vehicle is automatically locked again, if within 40
seconds of unlocking with the remote control, neither door or trunk is opened, the electronic key is
not inserted in the steering lock, or the central locking switch is not activated.
Press transmit buttononce. All turn signal lamps blink three times to indicate that the vehicle is
If the vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked by pressing the transmit button, then it may be necessary
to change the batteries in the transmitter (if ok, battery check lamp in transmitter will light briefly
transmitting) or to synchronize the system, see Remote Control in Index.
Choosing Global or Selective Mode on Remote Control
Press and hold transmit buttons and simultaneously for five seconds to reprogram the
remote control. Battery check lamp will blink two times indicating the completed mode change.
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Opening the Trunk
A minimum height clearance of 5.9 ft ( 1.8 m) is required to open the trunk lid.
Press transmit button until trunk lid is open.
Do not place remote control in trunk since trunk is locked again when closing the lid.
If the trunk was previously locked separately, it will remain locked (see Index).
Opening and Closing Windows and Sliding/Pop-Up Roof from Outside
Aim transmitter eye (5) of remote control at door receivers (6 or 7).
Continue to press transmit button after unlocking car
The windows and sliding/pop-up roof begin to open after approx. 1 second. To interrupt opening
procedure, release button.
Continue to press transmit button after locking car
The windows and sliding/pop-up roof begin to close after approx. 1 second. To interrupt closing
procedure, release button.
Never operate the windows or sliding/pop-up roof if there is the possibility of anyone being
harmed by the opening or closing procedure.
In case the procedure causes potential danger, the procedure can be immediately halted by
releasing the remote control button. To reverse direction of movement press for opening
or for closing.
If the windows and sliding/ pop-up roof cannot be operated automatically by pressing the transmit
button of the remote control then it may be necessary to change the batteries in the transmitter
(if ok, battery check lamp in transmitter will light briefly when transmitting), or to synchronize the
electronic main key, see Synchronizing remote Control in Index.
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To activate press and hold button (1) for at least one second.
The alarm will last for approximately 3 minutes in form of blinking
exterior lamps, and an alarm will sound
To deactivate press button (1) again, or insert electronic key in
For operation in the USA only: This devise complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Any unauthorized modification to
this device could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
The entire vehicle may be locked or unlocked by using either the mechanical key in driver's door or trunk lock, or
central locking switch located in center console. The central locking system also locks or unlocks the fuel filler flap.
If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual Release (see Index).
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1. Opening - pull handle
4. Individual door from inside:
• Push lock button down to lock.
• Pull lock button up to unlock.
When you lock the car, all door lock buttons should move down. If any one stays up, the respective
door is not properly closed. You should then unlock the car, open and reclose this door, and lock the
Each individual door can be locked with door lock button - the driver's door can only be locked when
it is closed. If the car has previously been locked from the outside, only the door being opened from
the inside will unlock, and the alarm will corne on. The remaining doors, the trunk lid and fuel filler
flap remain locked.
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system the doors can be locked and unlocked
individually. To lock, turn mechanical key to position 3 or push down lock buttons. To unlock, turn
mechanical key to position 2 or pull up lock buttons.
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Central locking switch
The central locking switch is located in the center console. The doors can only be locked with the central locking
switch, if the front doors are closed. If the car was previously locked with the remote control or mechanical key, the
doors and trunk cannot be unlocked with the central locking switch. If the vehicle was previously locked with the
central locking switch, while in the selective remote control mode, only the door opened from the inside is unlocked. If
the vehicle was previously locked with the central locking switch, while in the global remote control mode, the
complete vehicle is unlocked when a front door is opened from the inside.
The fuel filter flap cannot be locked or unlocked with the central locking switch.
Automatic Central Locking
The central locking switch also operates the automatic central locking.
With electronic key in steering lock position 2 hold upper portion of switch (1) for a minimum of 5 seconds.
With electronic key in steering lock position 2 hold lower portion of switch (2) for a minimum of 5 seconds.
With the automatic central locking system activated, the doors and trunk are locked at vehicle speeds of approx. 9
mph (15 km/h) or more. The fuel filler flap remains unlocked.
If doors are unlocked with the central locking switch after activating the automatic central locking, and neither door is
opened, then the doors remain unlocked even at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more. Opening a door
from the inside at speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or less with the automatic central locking activated, the door will
again be automatically locked at speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or more.
When towing the vehicle, or with the vehicle on a dynamometer test stand, please, note the following:
With the automatic central locking activated and the electronic key in steering lock position 2, the vehicle doors
lock if the left front wheel as well as right rear wheel are turning at vehicle speeds of approx. 9 mph (15 km/h) or
more. to prevent the vehicle door locks from locking, deactivate the automatic central locking.
Emergency Unlocking in Case of Accident
The doors unlock automatically a short time after an accident (this is intended to aid rescue and exit).
However, the electronic key must still be in the steering lock.
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0. Neutral position - push to open
2. Locking (detent)
3. Separate locking of trunk - remove mechanical key in this position.
When the trunk is separately locked, it remains locked when centrally unlocking
the vehicle. To deny any unauthorized person access to the trunk, lock it
separately. Leave only the electronic main key less its mechanical key with the
In case of a malfunction in the central locking system the trunk can be locked and unlocked individually. To lock, turn
mechanical key to position 2 or 3. To unlock and open the trunk lid, turn mechanical key to position 1, hold and push
to open. If the fuel filler flap cannot be opened, refer to Fuel Filler Flap, Manual Release (see Index).
Do not place mechanical key inside trunk, since trunk is locked again when closing the
lid. Lower trunk lid using handle (4) and close it with hands placed flat on trunk lid.