Date of printing:01/23/2022
Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Driving and parking | Driving tips]
Owner's Manual version: 06-13
Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.
|Transport by rail|
|Driving in wet conditions|
|Driving in winter|
|Driving in mountainous areas|
If you switch off the ignition while driving, safety-relevant functions are only available with limitations, or not at all. This could affect, for example, the power steering and the brake boosting effect. You will require considerably more effort to steer and brake. There is a risk of an accident.
The automatic regeneration of the diesel particle filter is not sufficient or has malfunctioned if:
To do this on vehicles with an automatic transmission, use Touchshift to shift to a lower gear more.
As the driver, you must find out about the maximum speed of the vehicle and the resulting permissible maximum speed of the tyres (tyre and tyre pressure). Pay special attention to the country-specific requirements for tyre approval.
You must not exceed the speed limit for the tyres listed in the tyre pressure tables. You can find information on tyre pressures in the "Wheels and tyres" section more.
On vehicles with SPEEDTRONIC, you can temporarily or permanently limit the maximum speed of your vehicle using the on-board computer more.
On downhill gradients, the speed limitation may be exceeded. Apply the brakes if necessary. Display messages indicate that you are approaching the speed limitation - vehicles without steering wheel buttons more, vehicles with steering wheel buttons more.
An extensive network of Mercedes-Benz Service Centres is also at your disposal when you are travelling abroad. Nevertheless, please bear in mind that service facilities or replacement parts may not always be immediately available. The workshop directories are available from any Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.
Unsuitable fuel can cause engine damage. You will find information on fuels in the "Service products and capacities" section more.
When driving in countries in which traffic drives on the opposite side of the road to the country where the vehicle is registered, the headlamps should be switched to symmetrical dipped beam. This prevents oncoming traffic from being dazzled. The symmetrical dipped beam illuminates less of the edge of the carriageway in terms of height and distance.
On long and steep downhill gradients you should:
You thereby make use of the braking effect of the engine and do not have to brake as often to maintain the speed. This relieves the load on the service brake and prevents the brakes from overheating and wearing too quickly.
The braking system can overheat if you leave your foot on the brake pedal while driving. This increases the braking distance and could even cause the braking system to fail. There is a risk of an accident.
If you have been driving for a long time in heavy rain without braking, there may be a delayed response when you first apply the brakes. This may also occur after driving through a car wash or deep water.
While paying attention to the traffic conditions, you should brake the vehicle firmly after driving on a wet road surface or through a car wash. This heats the brake discs so that they dry more quickly, which protects them against corrosion.
Mercedes-Benz recommends that you only have brake pads which are approved for Mercedes-Benz installed on your vehicle. Brake pads which are not approved for Mercedes-Benz could affect your vehicle's operating safety.
Only use the parking brake to brake the vehicle when the service brake is faulty. Do not apply the parking brake too firmly. If the wheels lock, release the parking brake until the wheels begin turning again.
If the exhaust pipe is blocked or adequate ventilation is not possible, poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide (CO) may enter the vehicle. This is the case, e.g. if the vehicle becomes trapped in snow. There is a risk of fatal injury.
If you leave the engine or the auxiliary heating running, make sure the exhaust pipe and area around the vehicle are clear of snow. To ensure an adequate supply of fresh air, open a window on the side of the vehicle that is not facing into the wind.
Observe the notes in the "Winter operation" section more.
Observe the notes in the "Winter operation" section more.
You can find further information on winter tyres and snow chains in the "Wheels and tyres" section more.
When driving off road or on unpaved roads, check the vehicle's underside regularly. In particular, remove parts of plants or other flammable materials which have become trapped. In the case of damage, contact a qualified specialist workshop.
When driving off-road or on unpaved surfaces, check the underside of the vehicle and the wheels and tyres at regular intervals. In particular, remove any trapped foreign objects, e.g. stones and branches.
Such foreign objects may:
When driving off-road and on construction sites, sand, mud and water mixed with oil, for example, may get into the brakes. This may lead to a reduction in braking performance or total brake failure, also as a result of increased wear. The braking characteristics will vary depending on the material that has got into the system. Clean the brakes after driving off-road. If you then notice reduced braking performance or hear scraping noises, have the brake system checked at a qualified specialist workshop. Adjust your driving style to the changed braking characteristics.
Driving off-road or on construction sites increases the possibility of vehicle damage which may in turn lead to the failure of certain assemblies and systems. Adapt your driving style to the off-road driving conditions. Drive carefully. Have any vehicle damage rectified at a qualified specialist workshop as soon as possible.
When driving on rough terrain, do not shift the transmission into the neutral position and do not disengage the clutch. You could lose control when attempting to brake the vehicle with the service brake. If your vehicle cannot manage an uphill slope, drive back down the slope in reverse gear.
Obstacles may damage the following parts of the vehicle:
Ensure that loads and items of luggage are securely stowed or lashed down more.
If the surface requires, temporarily deactivate ASR when pulling away more.
Off-road driving places a higher demand on your vehicle than normal road operation. Check your vehicle after driving on rough terrain. By doing so you will notice any damage in good time and reduce the risk of an accident for yourself and other road users. Clean your vehicle thoroughly before driving on public roads.
Observe the following points after driving off-road, on construction sites and before driving on public roads:
Vehicles with a diesel engine: the operating safety of the diesel engine is guaranteed up to an altitude of 2,500 m above sea level. You may exceed this altitude for short periods, e.g. in mountainous terrain. Do not drive at altitudes above 2,500 m for extended periods. You could otherwise damage the diesel engine.
Notes on braking on downhill gradients can be found in the "Braking" section more.