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For more information on driving, see “Driv-
ing instructions” (
Switching on headlamps
Low beam headlamps
Exterior lamp switch
Turn the exterior lamp switch to
The low beam headlamps and the low
beam headlamp indicator lampB in
the instrument cluster comes on
page 28).High beam
2High beam flasher
Push the combination switch in
direction of arrow1.
The high beam headlamps and the high
beam headlamp indicator lampA in
the instrument cluster comes on
For more information on headlamps, see
It is dangerous to shift the gear selector
lever out ofPorN if the engine speed is
higher than idle speed. If your foot is not
firmly on the brake pedal, the vehicle could
accelerate quickly forward or in reverse. You
could lose control of the vehicle and hit
someone or something. Only shift into gear
when the engine is idling normally and when
your right foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
2BLow beam headlamps or high
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1Turn signals, right
2Turn signals, left
Press the combination switch in
direction of arrow1or2.
The corresponding turn signal indicator
lampLorK in the instrument
cluster flashes (
The combination switch resets
automatically after major steering wheel
Wiping with windshield washer fluid
2Switching on windshield wipers
Switch on the ignition (page 38).Switching on windshield wipers
Turn the combination switch to the de-
sired position depending on the
intensity of the rain.
0Windshield wipers off
IINormal wiper speed
IIIFast wiper speed
iTo signal minor directional changes such as
changing lanes, press the combination switch
only to the point of resistance and release. The
corresponding turn signals will flash three times.!Do not operate the windshield wipers when
the windshield is dry. Dust that accumulates on
a windshield might scratch the glass and/or
damage the wiper blades when wiping occurs on
a dry windshield. If it is necessary to operate the
windshield wipers in dry weather conditions, al-
ways operate the windshield wipers with wind-
shield washer fluid (
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Intermittent wiping interval is dependent
on wetness of windshield.
Turn the combination switch to
After the initial wipe, pauses between
wipes are automatically controlled by the
rain sensor.Single wipe
Press the combination switch briefly in
direction of arrow1 (
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the resistance point.
The windshield wipers wipe one time
without washer fluid.Wiping with windshield washer fluid
Press the combination switch in direc-
tion of arrow1 (
page 56) past the
The windshield wipers operate with
For information on filling up the washer
reservoir, see “Windshield washer system
and headlamp cleaning system*”
!Do not leave windshield wipers on an
intermittent setting when the vehicle is taken to
an automatic car wash or during windshield
cleaning. Windshield wipers will operate in the
presence of water sprayed on the windshield,
and windshield wipers may be damaged as a re-
!If you have set intermittent wiping, dirt on
the surface of the rain sensor or optical effects
may cause the windshield wipers to wipe in an
undesired fashion. This could then damage the
windshield wiper blades or scratch the windows.
You should therefore switch off the windshield
wipers when weather conditions are dry.
iIntermittent wiping is interrupted when the
vehicle is at a standstill and a door is opened.
This protects persons getting into or out of the
vehicle from being sprayed.
Intermittent wiping will be continued when
all doors are closed
the gear selector lever is in position D or R
the wiper setting is changed using the com-
iTo prevent smears on the windshield, or
noisy/chattering wiper blades, wipe with wind-
shield washer fluid every now and then even
when it is raining.
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Problems while driving
The engine runs erratically and misfires
An ignition cable may be damaged.
The engine electronics may not be op-
Unburned gasoline may have entered
the catalytic converter and damaged it.
Give very little gas.
Have the problem repaired at an autho-
rized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as
The coolant temperature is
above 248°F (120°C)
The coolant is too hot and is no longer
cooling the engine.
Stop the vehicle in a safe location as
soon as possible and turn off the
engine. Allow engine and coolant to
Check the coolant level and add
coolant if necessary (
In case of accident
If the vehicle is leaking gasoline:
Do not start the engine under any
Notify local fire and/or police
If the extent of the damage cannot be
Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz
Center or call Roadside Assistance.
If no damage can be determined on the
Start the engine in the usual manner.
!If anything blocks the windshield wipers
(leaves, snow, etc.), switch them off
For safety reasons, stop the vehicle in a safe
remove SmartKey from starter switch
turn off the engine by pressing the
KEYLESS-GO* start/stop button and
open the driver’s door (with the driver’s
door open, starter switch is in position 0,
same as with SmartKey removed from
before attempting to remove any blockage.
Turn the windshield wipers on again.
If the windshield wipers fail to function at all with
the combination switch in positionI,
set the combination switch to the next high-
er wiper speed
have the windshield wipers checked at the
nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.
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Parking and locking
Parking and locking
You have now completed your first drive.
You have properly stopped and parked
your vehicle. End your drive as follows.Parking brake
2Parking brake pedal
Step firmly on parking brake pedal2.
With the engine not running, there is no
power assistance for the brake and steering
systems. In this case, it is important to keep
in mind that a considerably higher degree of
effort is necessary to brake and steer the
Do not park this vehicle in areas where com-
bustible 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.
To reduce the risk of personal injury, or
damage to the vehicle or the vehicle
drivetrain, as a result of vehicle movement,
always do the following before turning off
the engine and leaving the vehicle:
Keep right foot firmly on brake pedal.
Firmly depress parking brake pedal.
Move the gear selector lever to
Slowly release brake pedal.
When parked on an incline, always turn
the front wheels towards the road curb.
Turn the SmartKey or the SmartKey with
KEYLESS-GO* to starter switch
position0 and remove, or press
KEYLESS-GO* start/stop button.
Take the SmartKey or the SmartKey with
KEYLESS-GO* with you and lock the
vehicle when leaving.
Engaging the parking brake while the vehicle
is in motion can cause the rear wheels to
lock up. You could lose control of the vehicle
and cause an accident. In addition, the
vehicle’s brake lights do not light up when
the parking brake is engaged.