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SL-Class Operator's Manual
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Summary of Contents

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    Bild in der Größe 215x70 mm einfügen SL-Class Operator’s Manual...

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    SL 500 SL 55 AMG SL 600...

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    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-...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    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...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Safety and Security ... 57 Occupant safety... 58 Airbags ... 59 Seat belts ... 65 Roll bar... 69 Children in the vehicle... 70 Panic alarm ... 74 Activating ... 74 Deactivating ... 74 Driving safety systems... 75 ABS ... 76 BAS ...

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    Useful features... 214 Storage compartments ... 214 Ashtray ... 219 Cigarette lighter... 219 Heated steering wheel* (SL 500, SL 600)... 220 Load assist in the trunk ... 221 Electrical outlet... 222 Telephone* ... 222 Tele Aid... 223 Garage door opener... 231...

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    Contents Operation ... 237 The first 1000 miles (1500 km) ... 238 Driving instructions... 239 Drive sensibly – save fuel ... 239 Drinking and driving ... 239 Pedals ... 239 Power assistance ... 240 Brakes ... 240 Driving off... 242 Parking ...

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    Warranty coverage ... 373 Loss of Service and Warranty Information Booklet ... 373 Identification labels ... 374 Layout of poly-V-belt drive... 375 SL 500 ... 375 SL 55 AMG ... 375 SL 600 ... 375 Engine ... 376 Rims and tires ... 378 Same size tires ...

  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Contents Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc..386 Capacities ... 386 Engine oils... 388 Engine oil additives ... 388 Air conditioner refrigerant ... 388 Brake fluid ... 389 Premium unleaded gasoline ... 389 Fuel requirements ... 389 Gasoline additives ... 390 Coolants...

  • Page 10: Introduction, Product Information

    Product information Please observe the following in your own best interest: We recommend using genuine Mercedes-Benz parts as well as conversion parts and accessories explicitly approved by us for your vehicle model. We have tested these parts to determine their reliability, safety and special suitabili- ty for Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

  • Page 11: Operator's Manual

    Therefore, you may find explanations for optional equipment not installed in your vehicle. If you have any questions about the operation of any equipment, your au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to demonstrate the proper proce- dures. We continuously strive to improve our...

  • Page 12: Retail Buyers And Lessees Of Mercedes-benz Automobiles

    Under California law you may be entitled to a replacement of your vehicle or a refund of the purchase price or lease price, if Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and/or its au- thorized repair or service facilities fail to fix one or more substantial defects or mal-...

  • Page 13: Change Of Address Or Ownership

    Always have the Service Booklet with you when you take the vehicle to your autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center for service. The service advisor will record each ser- vice in the booklet for you. Roadside Assistance...

  • Page 14: Operating Your Vehicle Outside The Usa Or Canada

    Certain Mercedes-Benz models are avail- able for delivery in Europe under our Euro- pean Delivery Program. For details, consult an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or...

  • Page 15: Where To Find It

    Here you will find all the information you need for your first drive. You should read this section first if this is your first Mercedes-Benz vehicle or if you are rent- ing or borrowing this vehicle. Safety and Security Here you will find descriptions of the safety features in your vehicle.

  • Page 16: Symbols

    Symbols The following symbols are found in this Operator’s Manual: Optional equipment is identified with an asterisk. Since standard equipment varies between models, the descriptions and illustrations in this manual may differ slightly from the actual equipment of your vehi- cle.

  • Page 17: Operating Safety, Proper Use Of The Vehicle

    Electronic malfunctions could seri- ously impair the operating safety of your vehicle. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for repairs or modifications to electronic components. Other improper work or modifications on the vehicle could also have a negative impact on the operating safety of the vehicle.

  • Page 18: Problems With Your Vehicle

    If you should experience a problem with your vehicle, particularly one that you believe may affect its safe operation, we urge you to immediately contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center to have the problem diagnosed and corrected if required. If the matter is...

  • Page 19: Reporting Safety Defects, Reporting Safety Defects

    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign.

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    At a glance Cockpit Instrument cluster Multifunction steering wheel Center console Overhead control panel Door control panel...

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    At a glance Cockpit Cockpit...

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    Item Page 1 Parking brake pedal 2 Hood lock release 3 Parking brake release 4 Door control panel 5 Exterior lamp switch 6 Headlamp washer button 7 Combination switch Turn signals Windshield wipers High beam Item Page 8 Cruise control switch Cruise control Distronic* 9 Instrument cluster...

  • Page 23: Instrument Cluster

    At a glance Instrument cluster Instrument cluster...

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    Item Page 1 Coolant temperature gauge with: D Coolant tempera- ture warning lamp 2 Speedometer with: ; Brake warning lamp, USA only 3 Brake warning lamp, Canada only v ABS/ESP warning lamp E Distronic* indica- tor lamp (white) or warning lamp (red) Vehicles without Distronic*: Warning lamp without function.

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    At a glance Multifunction steering wheel Multifunction steering wheel Item Page 1 Left multifunction display in speedometer 2 Right multifunction display in tachometer Operating control sys- 3 Selecting the submenu or setting the volume ç down / to decrease æ up / to increase 4 Telephone*: press button í...

  • Page 26: Upper Part

    Center console Upper part Item Page 1 Central locking switch 2 Hazard warning flasher on/off switch 3 Central unlocking switch 4 Center and side air vent ad- justment 5 COMAND system, see sep- arate operating instruc- tions 6 Automatic climate control 7 Right cup holder 8 KEYLESS-GO* start/stop button...

  • Page 27: Lower Part

    At a glance Center console Lower part Item Page 1 Parking assist (Parktronic system)* deactivation switch 2 Active Body Control (ABC) switch 3 Tow-away alarm switch 4 Hardtop open/close con- trol with buttons for roll bar 5 Exterior rear view mirror adjustment Item Page...

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    Overhead control panel 1 Left reading lamp on/off 2 Temperature sensor for 3 Right reading lamp on/off 4 Interior lighting control 5 Hands-free microphone 6 Rear view mirror 7 Garage door opener 8 Tele Aid (emergency call Item Page automatic climate control for Tele Aid (emergency call system), telephone* and voice control system*...

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    At a glance Door control panel Door control panel Item Page 1 Door handle 2 Switches for open- ing/closing front and rear side windows 3 Memory function (for stor- ing seat, mirror and steer- ing wheel settings) 4 Seat heating switch Seat ventilation* switch 5 Seat adjustment switch 6 Remote trunk lid release...

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    Getting started Unlocking Adjusting Driving Parking and locking...

  • Page 31: Unlocking With The Smartkey

    Getting started Unlocking The “Getting started” section provides an overview of the vehicle’s most basic func- tions. First-time Mercedes-Benz owners should pay special attention to the infor- mation given here. If you are already familiar with the basic functions described here, the “Controls in detail”...

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    Starter switch positions Starter switch 0 For removing SmartKey 1 Power supply to some electrical con- sumers, such as seat adjustment 2 Ignition (power supply for all electrical consumers) and driving position 3 Starting position Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* with you and lock the vehicle.

  • Page 33: Unlocking With Keyless-go

    Getting started Unlocking Unlocking with KEYLESS-GO* If your vehicle is equipped with the KEYLESS-GO function, your vehicle checks whether the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO is valid when you grasp the door handle. If your SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO is valid, the doors will unlock and you can open them.

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    1 KEYLESS-GO start/stop button Before you press the KEYLESS-GO start/stop button, the vehicle’s on-board electronics have the status 0 (as with SmartKey removed). The SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO must be located in the vehicle. Make sure the gear selector lever is set to P.

  • Page 35: Adjusting, Seats

    Getting started Adjusting Adjusting Warning! All seat, head restraint, steering wheel, and rear view mirror adjustments, as well as fas- tening of seat belts, must be done before the vehicle is put into motion. Seats Warning! Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. Adjusting the seat while driving could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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    Warning! Children 12 years old and under must never ride in this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart system installed in the ve- hicle to deactivate the passenger front air- bag when it is properly installed. Otherwise they will be struck by the airbag when it in- flates in a crash.

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    Getting started Adjusting Seat cushion tilt Press the switch up or down in the direction of arrow 3 until your upper legs are lightly supported. Seat cushion depth Press the switch forward or backward in the direction of arrow 4 until your legs are supported comfortably.

  • Page 38: Steering Wheel

    The memory function ( page 114) lets you store the setting for the steering wheel together with the settings for the seat position and the rear view mirrors. For more information, see “Heated steer- ing wheel* (SL 500, SL 600)” ( page 220).

  • Page 39: Mirrors

    Getting started Adjusting Mirrors Adjust the interior and exterior rear view mirrors before driving so that you have a good view of the road and traffic condi- tions. Warning! In the case of an accident, liquid electrolyte may escape the mirror housing if the mirror glass breaks.

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    Make sure the ignition is switched on. All the lamps in the instrument cluster come on. Press button 1 for the left mirror or button 2 for the right mirror. Push adjustment button 3 up, down, left, or right according to the desired setting.

  • Page 41: Driving, Fastening The Seat Belts

    ( page 58). Warning! Children 12 years old and under must never ride in this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart system installed in the ve- hicle to deactivate the passenger front air- bag when it is properly installed.

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    Infants and small children must be seated in an appropriate BabySmart compatible in- fant or child restraint system, which is prop- erly secured with the vehicle’s seat belt, fully in accordance with the child seat man- ufacturer’s instructions. A child’s risk of serious or fatal injuries is significantly increased if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle and the child is not properly secured in the child...

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    Do not bleach or dye seat belts as this may severely weaken them. In a crash, they may not be able to provide adequate protection. Damaged seat belts or belts that were highly stressed in an accident must be replaced. Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 44: Starting The Engine

    Starting the engine Warning! Inhalation of exhaust gas is hazardous to your health. All exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, and inhaling it can cause uncon- sciousness and lead to death. Do not run the engine in confined areas (such as a garage) which are not properly ventilated.

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    Get a jump start ( page 363). If the engine does not start after several starting attempts, there could be a mal- function in the engine electronics or in the fuel supply system. Notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

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    Parking brake 1 Parking brake 2 Parking brake release handle Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* with you and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unat- tended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.

  • Page 47: Switching On Headlamps

    Getting started Driving Once the vehicle is in motion, the automat- ic central locking system engages and the locking knobs drop down. If you hear a warning signal when driv- ing off, you have forgotten to release the parking brake. Release the parking brake.

  • Page 48: Turn Signals And High Beam, Windshield Wipers

    Turn signals and high beam The combination switch is on the left of the steering column. Combination switch 1 Turn signals, right 2 Turn signals, left Press the combination switch up 1 or down 2. To signal minor directional changes, move combination switch to point of resistance only and release.

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    Getting started Driving Switching on windshield wipers Turn the combination switch to the de- sired position depending on the inten- sity of the rain. 0 Windshield wipers off Intermittent wiping (interval depen- dent on wetness of windshield) II Normal wiper speed III Fast wiper speed (Canada only: goes to setting II when the car is standing still)

  • Page 50: Problems While Driving

    An ignition cable may be damaged. The engine electronics may not be op- erating properly. Unburned gasoline may have entered the catalytic converter and damaged it. Give very little gas. Have the problem repaired by an au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.

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    Do not start the engine under any cir- cumstances. Notify local fire and/or police authori- ties. If the extent of the damage cannot be de- termined: Notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. If no damage can be determined on the major assemblies fuel system engine mount:...

  • Page 52: 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: Warning! Wait until the vehicle is stationary before re- moving the SmartKey from the starter switch. The vehicle cannot be steered when the SmartKey is removed.

  • Page 53: Parking Brake, Switching Off Headlamps

    Getting started Parking and locking Parking brake 1 Parking brake 2 Release handle Step firmly on parking brake 1. When the engine is running, the indica- tor lamp ; (USA only) or 3 (Can- ada only) in the speedometer dial will be illuminated Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the...

  • Page 54: Turning Off The Engine

    Turning off the engine Place the gear selector lever in position P. Always set the parking brake in addi- tion to shifting to position P. On steep slopes, turn the front wheels towards the road curb. Turning off with the SmartKey Turn the SmartKey in the starter switch ( page 31) to position 0 and remove The immobilizer is activated.

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    Getting started Parking and locking Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* with you and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unat- tended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.

  • Page 56: Emergency Engine Shut-down

    Warning! To prevent possible personal injury, always keep hands and fingers away from the door openings when closing the doors. Be espe- cially careful when small children are around. Before closing doors, make sure that there is no possibility of someone getting caught in a door during closing.

  • Page 58: Safety And Security

    Safety and Security Occupant safety Panic alarm Driving safety systems Anti-theft systems...

  • Page 59: Occupant Safety

    Safety and Security Occupant safety Occupant safety In this section you will learn the most im- portant facts about the restraint systems of the vehicle. The restraint systems are Seat belts Emergency tensioning device Airbags Child seats Child seat recognition As independent systems, their protective effects work in conjunction with each oth- For information on infants and children...

  • Page 60: Airbags

    SRS self-check has detected a malfunction. For your safety, we strongly recommend that you visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center immediately to have the system checked; otherwise the SRS may not be activated when needed in an acci-...

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    If you have any prob- lems, please see an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Do not lean with your head or chest close to the steering wheel or dash- board.

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    Mercedes-Benz Center at an addi- tional cost. Please contact your local authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call our Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes (1-800-367-6372) for details.

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    Safety and Security Occupant safety Airbags are designed to activate only in certain frontal impacts (front airbags, driver-side kneebag) and side impacts (head-thorax airbags) which exceed preset thresholds. Only during these types of impacts, if of sufficient severi- ty to meet the deployment threshold, will they provide their supplemental protection.

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    These instructions are available from your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Given the considerable deployment speed and the textile structure of the airbags, there is the possibility of abra- sions or other injuries resulting from air- bag deployment.

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    Safety and Security Occupant safety Front airbags Driver and passenger airbags are de- ployed: in the event of a frontal impact if impact exceeds a preset deployment threshold independently of the head-thorax air- bags The airbags will not deploy in impacts which do not exceed the system’s deploy- ment thresholds.

  • Page 66: Seat Belts

    Head-thorax airbags The head-thorax airbags are deployed: on the impacted side of the vehicle in impacts exceeding a preset deploy- ment threshold independently of the front airbags The head-thorax airbags are not deployed in impacts which do not exceed the sys- tem’s deployment threshold.

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    Safety and Security Occupant safety Warning! Always fasten your seat belt before driving off. Always make sure your passengers are properly restrained, even pregnant women. Failure to wear and properly fasten and po- sition your seat belt greatly increases your risk of injuries and their likely severity in an accident.

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    Only use seat belts which have been ap- proved by Mercedes-Benz. Do not make any modifications to the seat belts. This can lead to unintended activation or to failure.

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    When disposing of the emergency tension- ing device, our safety instructions must be followed. These are available at your autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center. Do not place objects heavier than 20 lbs (9 kg) on the front passenger seat. This could cause the front or side...

  • Page 70: Roll Bar

    For safety reasons, drive only with the roll bar upright until the malfunction is repaired. Have your vehicle checked at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Raising the roll bar Lift the switch for the retractable hard- top. Press and hold button 2 until the roll...

  • Page 71: Children In The Vehicle

    Secure the child using an infant or child restraint appropriate to the age and size of the child and recommended for use by Mercedes-Benz. Make sure the infant or child is proper- ly secured by a belt at all times while the vehicle is in motion.

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    Warning! Children 12 years old and under must never ride in this vehicle, except in a Mercedes-Benz authorized BabySmart compatible child seat, which operates with the BabySmart system installed in the ve- hicle to deactivate the passenger front air- bag when it is properly installed.

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    Special BabySmart compatible child seats, designed for use with the Mercedes-Benz system and available at any authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, are required for use with the BabySmart air- bag deactivation system. With the special child seat properly installed, the passenger front airbag will not deploy.

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    Warning! The BabySmart airbag deactivation sys- tem will ONLY work with a special child seat designed to operate with it. It will not work with child seats which are not BabySmart compatible. Never place anything between seat cushion and child seat (e.g. pillow), since it reduces the effectiveness of the deactivation sys- tem.

  • Page 75: Panic Alarm, Activating, Deactivating

    Safety and Security Panic alarm Panic alarm An audible alarm and flashing exterior lamps will operate for approximately minutes. 1 Â button Activating Press and hold button 1 for at least one second. Deactivating Press button 1 again. Insert SmartKey in starter switch. For operation in the USA only: This de- vice complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

  • Page 76: Driving Safety Systems

    Driving safety systems In this section you will find information on the following driving safety systems: ABS (Antilock Brake System) BAS (Brake Assist System) ESP (Electronic Stability Program) SBC (Sensotronic Brake Control) Warning! In winter operation, the maximum ef- fectiveness of the ABS, the BAS, the The following factors increase the risk of ac- ESP, and the SBC is only achieved with cidents:...

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    Safety and Security Driving safety systems Warning! Do not pump the brake pedal. Use firm, steady brake pedal pressure instead. Pump- ing the brake pedal defeats the purpose of the ABS and significantly reduces braking effectiveness. The Antilock Brake System (ABS) regulates the brake pressure so that the wheels do not lock during braking.

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    Warning! The ABS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase braking or steering efficiency be- yond that afforded by the condition of the vehicle brakes and tires or the traction. The ABS cannot prevent accidents, including those resulting from excessive speed in turns, following another vehicle too closely,...

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    Safety and Security Driving safety systems The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) monitors the vehicle's traction (force of adhesive friction between the tires and the road surface) and handling. The ESP recognizes when a wheel is spin- ning or if the vehicle starts to skid. By ap- plying brakes to the appropriate wheel and by limiting engine output, the ESP works to stabilize the vehicle.

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    Because of the ESP’s automatic opera- tion, the engine must be shut off (SmartKey in starter switch position 0 or 1 or KEYLESS-GO* start/stop but- ton in position 0 or 1) when the parking brake is being tested on a brake test dynamometer the vehicle is being towed with the front/rear axle raised Active braking action through the ESP...

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    Avoid spinning of a drive wheel for an extended period with the ESP switched off. This may cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Warning! When the ABS/ESP warning lamp illuminated continuously, the ESP is switched off.

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    SBC brake system The SBC brake system combines a hydrau- lic brake circuit with electronically con- trolled brake servo assistance. You have increased braking safety and improved braking comfort. Warning! Never ignore a brake malfunction indicated in the speedometer display, for example by (USA only) or (Canada only) indicator lamp.

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    Contact your When releasing the pedal, you may also Mercedes-Benz Center for further informa- feel the brake pedal pulsate and you tion. The SBC brake system must be deacti- may hear a sound which is caused by vated prior to working on the system.

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    Only Mercedes-Benz approved compo- nents (e.g. brake pads) should be in- stalled on your vehicle. Brake pads not approved by Mercedes-Benz may im- pair the safety of your vehicle.

  • Page 85: Anti-theft Systems, Immobilizer

    In case the engine cannot be started (yet the vehicle’s battery is charged), the system is not operational. Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call 1-800-FOR-MERCedes (in the USA), or 1-800-387-0100 (in Canada).

  • Page 86: Anti-theft Alarm System

    Anti-theft alarm system Once the alarm system has been armed, a visual and audible alarm is triggered when someone opens a door the trunk lid the hood a storage compartment in the rear the glove box the storage compartment under the armrest The alarm will stay on, even if the activat- ing element (a door, for example) is imme-...

  • Page 87: Tow-away Alarm

    Safety and Security Anti-theft systems Disarming the alarm system The alarm system is disarmed when you unlock your vehicle with the SmartKey or KEYLESS-GO*. The turn signal lamps flash once to indicate that the alarm system is deactivated. The alarm system will rearm automati- cally again after approximately 40 sec- onds if no door was opened.

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    Arming tow-away alarm When you lock your vehicle, the tow-away alarm is automatically armed after about 30 seconds. When you unlock your vehicle, the tow-away protection disarms automatical- Disarming tow-away alarm To prevent triggering the tow-away alarm, switch off the tow-away alarm feature be- fore towing the vehicle, or when parking on a surface subject to movement, such as a ferry or auto train.

  • Page 90: Controls In Detail

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Seats Memory function Lighting Instrument cluster Control system Automatic transmission Good visibility Automatic climate control Power windows Retractable hardtop Driving systems Useful features...

  • Page 91: Locking And Unlocking

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking In the “Controls in detail” section you will find detailed information on how to oper- ate the equipment installed on your vehi- cle. If you are already familiar with the basic functions of your vehicle, this section will be of particular interest to you.

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    Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO with you and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unat- tended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. It is possible for children to open a locked door from the inside, which could result in an accident and/or serious injury.

  • Page 93

    ( page 358). Use the mechanical key to lock or unlock the doors ( page 327) . If the SmartKey is malfunctioning, con- tact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Unlocking the trunk lid You can unlock the trunk separately. A minimum height clearance of 6.2 ft (1.88 m) is required to open the...

  • Page 94: Smartkey With Keyless-go

    Report the loss of the SmartKey or the mechanical key to your car insurance company immediately. If necessary, have the mechanical lock replaced. Your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to supply you with a replace- ment. SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* Vehicles equipped with KEYLESS-GO*...

  • Page 95

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Warning! When leaving the vehicle, always remove the SmartKey from the starter switch, take the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO with you and lock the vehicle. Do not leave children unat- tended in the vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.

  • Page 96

    To lock or unlock the vehicle, the SmartKey must be located outside the vehicle within approximately 3 ft (1 m) of a door or the trunk. In order to start the engine with the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO: The SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO must be located in the vehicle.

  • Page 97

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Factory setting Global unlocking Grasp the door handle. The vehicle will lock again automatically within approximately 40 seconds of un- locking if neither door nor trunk is opened. The vehicle could inadvertently unlock if the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO is within 3 ft (1 m) of the vehicle and the door handle is splashed with water...

  • Page 98

    Use the mechanical key to lock or unlock the doors ( page 327). If the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO is malfunctioning, contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. 1 Handle Pull on handle 1. The vehicle unlocks the trunk lid only. Press and hold button Š on the SmartKey until the trunk unlocks.

  • Page 99

    SmartKey battery is dis- charged. Replace the battery ( page 328). You can obtain the required battery at any authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Loss of SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO If you lose your SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO, you should do the following:...

  • Page 100: Opening The Doors From The Inside, Opening The Trunk

    Opening the doors from the inside You can open a locked door from the in- side. Open door only when conditions are safe to do so. 1 Locking knob 2 Inside door handle Pull on door handle 2. If door was locked, locking knob 1 will move up.

  • Page 101

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Always make sure that there is suffi- cient overhead clearance. If the trunk lid does not open, the entire vehicle is still locked globally ( page 90). To facilitate trunk loading and unload- ing when the hardtop is retracted, you can raise the hardtop from its storage position in the trunk using the load as- sist feature ( page 221).

  • Page 102

    Pull remote trunk lid release switch 1. The trunk lid unlocks. Indicator lamp 2 comes on and remains lit until the trunk is closed again. Lift the trunk lid. Always make sure that there is suffi- cient overhead clearance. The trunk can also be opened using To facilitate trunk loading and unload- ing when the hardtop is retracted, you can raise the hardtop from its storage...

  • Page 103: Trunk Lid Emergency Release

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Closing the trunk lid Warning! To prevent possible personal injury, always keep hands and fingers away from the trunk opening when closing the trunk lid. Be espe- cially careful when small children are around. 1 Handle Lower trunk lid by firmly pulling on handle 1.

  • Page 104

    Illumination of the emergency release but- ton: The button will flash for 30 minutes af- ter opening the trunk. The button will flash for 60 minutes af- ter closing the trunk. The emergency release button does not open the trunk lid if the vehicle bat- tery is discharged or disconnected.

  • Page 105

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking The lock is located next to the handle above the rear license plate recess. 1 Neutral position 2 Locked Close the trunk lid ( page 102). Pull the mechanical key out of the SmartKey ( page 325). Insert the mechanical key in the trunk lid lock.

  • Page 106: Automatic Central Locking, Locking And Unlocking From The Inside

    Automatic central locking The doors and the trunk lid lock automati- cally when the vehicle is set into motion. You can open a locked door from the in- side. Open door only when conditions are safe to do so. The doors unlock automatically after an accident if the force of the impact ex- ceeds a preset threshold.

  • Page 107

    Controls in detail Locking and unlocking Locking Press central locking switch 1. If all the doors are closed, the vehicle locks. Unlocking Press central locking switch 2. The vehicle unlocks. If the vehicle was previously centrally locked using the SmartKey or the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO*, it will not unlock using the central locking switch.

  • Page 108: Easy-entry/exit Feature

    Seats For information on seat adjustment, see “Seat adjustment” ( page 35). Easy-entry/exit feature With the easy-entry/exit feature activated, the steering wheel tilts upwards and the driver’s seat moves to the rear. This allows easier entry into and exit from the vehicle when the driver’s door is opened.

  • Page 109: Moving The Seats Forward And Backward, Lumbar Support

    Controls in detail Seats Moving the seats forward and backward You can move the seats forward and back to facilitate loading and unloading. Warning! When moving the seats, be sure that no one can be caught by them. Never place hands under seat or near any moving parts during a seat adjustment procedure.

  • Page 110

    Multicontour backrest* (standard on SL 600 and SL 55 AMG) The multicontour backrest has inflatable air cushions built into the seat backrest to provide additional lumbar and side sup- port. The seat backrest cushion height and cur- vature can be continuously varied with switches on the lower side of the seat when the ignition is switched on.

  • Page 111

    Controls in detail Seats Massage function (PULSE) You can reduce muscle tension during long trips by periodically using the massage function. Press button 3. The indicator lamp on button 3 comes on. The air cushions in the lumbar re- gion inflate and deflate rhythmically. The massage function switches off au- tomatically after approximately eight minutes.

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    Switching off rapid seat heating Press upper switch position 2 again. If one or both of the lamps on the seat heating switch are flashing, there is in- sufficient voltage available since too many electrical consumers are turned on. The seat heating switches off auto- matically.

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    Controls in detail Seats Switching off rapid seat heating Press upper switch position 1 twice. If one or both of the lamps on the seat heating switch are flashing, there is in- sufficient voltage available since too many electrical consumers are turned on.

  • Page 114

    Switching on seat ventilation Press switch 1. Three blue indicator lamps on the switch come on. Continue pressing switch 1 until the desired seat ventilation level is reached. Switching off seat ventilation Press switch 1 repeatedly until all in- dicator lamps go out. In normal operation the seat ventilation will switch off automatically after about 30 minutes.

  • Page 115

    Controls in detail Memory function Memory function Prior to operating the vehicle, the driv- er should check and adjust the seat height, seat position fore and aft, and seat backrest angle if necessary, to en- sure adequate control, reach and com- fort.

  • Page 116: Storing Positions Into Memory, Recalling Positions From Memory, Storing Exterior Rear View Mirror Parking Position

    Storing positions into memory Adjust the seats, steering wheel and rear view mirrors to the desired posi- tion ( page 34). Press memory button M. Release memory button and press a stored position button 1, 2, or 3 within three seconds. All the settings are stored at the select- ed position.

  • Page 117

    Controls in detail Memory function 1 Passenger-side exterior rear view mir- 2 Adjustment button M Memory button Stop the vehicle. Switch on ignition (if not already on). Press button 1 in center console. The passenger-side exterior rear view mirror is selected. Adjust the passenger-side exterior rear view mirror with button 2 so that you see the rear wheel and the road curb.

  • Page 118

    Relevant information can be obtained at your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Exterior lamp switch The exterior lamp switch is located on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel.

  • Page 119

    Controls in detail Lighting If you remove the SmartKey from the starter switch and open the driver’s door while the parking lamps or low beam headlamps are switched on, then a warning sounds $ appears in the speedometer display field the message Turn lamps off pears in the tachometer display...

  • Page 120

    Daytime running lamp mode With the daytime running lamp mode activated, the low beam headlamps will not be switched off automatically. The front fog lamps and rear fog lamp cannot be switched on manually with exterior lamp switch in position U. To activate the fog lamps turn exterior Canada only: lamp switch to position B.

  • Page 121: Combination Switch

    Controls in detail Lighting Switching on fog lamps Warning! In low ambient lighting or foggy conditions, only switch from position with the vehicle at a standstill. Switching from will briefly switch off the headlamps. Doing so while driving in low ambient lighting conditions may result in an accident.

  • Page 122: Hazard Warning Flasher

    Switching on high beams Turn the exterior lamp switch to B or to U ( page 117). Push the combination switch in direction 1. The high beam indicator A in the ta- chometer comes on. High beam flasher Pull the combination switch briefly in direction 2.

  • Page 123: Interior Lighting

    Controls in detail Lighting Interior lighting 1 Left reading lamp 2 Right reading lamp 3 Interior lighting on/off 4 Slide switch for interior lighting control Automatic control Activating Slide switch 4 to the left. Interior lamps are switched on in dark- ness when you unlock the vehicle open a door...

  • Page 124: Courtesy Lighting

    Manual control Switching lamps on Press switch 3. The interior lighting switches on. Switching lamps off Press switch 3 again. The interior lighting switches off. The setting selected for the interior lighting is used for the trunk lighting as well. If you leave the trunk lid open for an ex- tended period of time, the trunk light- ing will switch off automatically after...

  • Page 125: Instrument Cluster Illumination, Instrument Cluster, Coolant Temperature Gauge

    Controls in detail Instrument cluster Instrument cluster For a full view illustration of the instrument cluster, see “Instrument cluster” ( page 22). The instrument cluster is activated when open a door switch on the ignition press the reset button ( page 22) switch on the exterior lamps Opening a door will activate the instrument cluster only for about 30 seconds.

  • Page 126: Trip Odometer, Tachometer

    The engine should not be operated with the coolant temperature above 248°F (120°C). Doing so may cause serious en- gine damage which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Trip odometer Make sure you are viewing the trip odometer display ( page 127).

  • Page 127: Outside Temperature Indicator

    Controls in detail Instrument cluster Outside temperature indicator Warning! The outside temperature indicator is not de- signed to serve as an Ice-Warning Device and is therefore unsuitable for that purpose. Indicated temperatures just above the freez- ing point do not guarantee that the road sur- face is free of ice.

  • Page 128: Control System, Multifunction Display

    Control system The control system is activated as soon as the SmartKey in the starter switch is turned to position 1 or as soon as the KEYLESS-GO start/stop button is in posi- tion 1. The control system enables you to call up information about your vehicle change vehicle settings For example, you can use the control sys-...

  • Page 129: Multifunction Steering Wheel

    Controls in detail Control system Multifunction steering wheel The displays in the multifunction display and the settings in the control system are controlled by the buttons on the multifunc- tion steering wheel. 1 Left multifunction display in the speedometer 2 Right multifunction display in the tachometer Operating the control system 3 Selecting the submenu or setting...

  • Page 130

    In the menu, instead of functions Settings you will find a number of submenus for calling up and changing settings. For in- structions on using these submenus, see “Settings menu” ( page 137). The number of menus available in the sys- tem depends on which optional equipment is installed in your vehicle.

  • Page 131: Menus

    Controls in detail Control system Menus This is what you will see when you scroll through the menus. The table below provides an overview of the individual menus.

  • Page 132

    Menus, submenus and functions Menu 1 Menu 2 Menu 3 Standard dis- AUDIO NAVI play Digital speed- Select radio Activate ometer station route guid- ance Call up FSS Select satel- lite radio sta- tion* (USA only) Check tire Operate CD pressure* player Check engine...

  • Page 133: Standard Display Menu, Audio Menu

    Controls in detail Control system The headings used in the menus table are designed to facilitate navigation within the system and are not neces- sarily identical to those shown in the control system displays. The first function displayed in each menu will automatically show you which part of the system you are in.

  • Page 134

    Select radio station Turn on the radio. Refer to the separate operating instructions. Press button è or ÿ repeatedly until you see the currently tuned sta- tion in the right display. 1 Station frequency 2 Waveband setting 3 Setting for station selection using memory Press button k or j repeatedly Select satellite radio station*...

  • Page 135

    At time of printing, no date for the availability of optional equipment required for satel- lite radio operation had been set. Con- tact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for details and availability for your vehicle. For more information, refer to separate COMAND operating instructions.

  • Page 136: Distronic* Menu

    Distronic* menu Use the Distronic menu to display the cur- rent settings for your Distronic system. What information is shown in the left dis- play field depends on whether the Distron- ic system is active or inactive. Please refer to the “Driving systems” sec- tion of this manual ( page 196) for in- structions on how to activate Distronic.

  • Page 137: Malfunction Memory Menu

    Mercedes-Benz Center to address the malfunction and warning messages ( page 291). Press button è or ÿ repeatedly...

  • Page 138: Settings Menu

    Settings menu In the Settings menu there are two func- tions: The function , with which you can Reset reset all the settings to those set at the factory. A collection of submenus with which you can make individual settings for your vehicle.

  • Page 139

    Controls in detail Control system Submenus in the Settings menu Press button k or j. In the right display you see the collec- tion of submenus. Press button ç. The selection marker moves to the next submenu. The submenus are arranged by hierarchy. Scroll down with the ç...

  • Page 140

    The table below shows what settings can be changed within the various menus. De- tailed instructions on making individual settings can be found on the following pag- Instrument cluster Lighting Select time display mode Set daytime running lamp mode (USA only) Select temperature dis- Set locator lighting play mode...

  • Page 141

    Controls in detail Control system Instrument cluster submenu Access the Inst. cluster menu via the Settings menu. Use the Inst. cluster submenu to change the instrument cluster display settings. The following functions are available: Function Page Select time display mode Select temperature display mode Select speedometer display...

  • Page 142

    Selecting speedometer display mode (Canada only) Move the selection marker with button æ or ç to the Inst. cluster submenu. Press button j or k repeatedly until you see this message in the left display: Speedometer The selection marker is on the current setting.

  • Page 143

    Controls in detail Control system Lighting submenu Access the Lighting submenu via the Settings menu. Use the Lighting sub- menu to change the lamp and lighting set- tings on your vehicle. The following functions are available: Function Page Set daytime running lamp mode (USA only) Set locator lighting Exterior lamps delayed...

  • Page 144

    Setting locator lighting During darkness, the following lamps will come on when the exterior lamp switch is in position U, the locator lighting fea- ture is activated, and the vehicle is un- locked by SmartKey: the parking lamps the tail lamps the license plate lamps the front fog lamps To activate locator lighting:...

  • Page 145

    Controls in detail Control system You can reactivate this function within ten minutes by opening a door. If you do not open a door after remov- ing the SmartKey from the starter switch, the lamps will automatically switch off after 60 seconds. To select delayed switch-off period: Move the selection marker with button æ...

  • Page 146

    Interior lighting delayed switch-off Use this function to set whether and for how long you would like the interior light- ing to remain lit during darkness after the SmartKey is removed from the starter switch. Move the selection marker with button æ...

  • Page 147

    Controls in detail Control system Setting station selection mode Use the Press button in audio mode func- tion to select the manual or memory sta- tion selection mode for the radio ( page 133). Move the selection marker with the æ...

  • Page 148

    Press button j or k repeatedly Tire pressure display* until you see this message in the left Use this function to set the unit for the tire display: Automatic Door lock pressure display. The selection marker is on the current setting.

  • Page 149

    Controls in detail Control system Convenience submenu Access the Convenience submenu via the Settings menu. Use the Convenience sub- menu to change the settings for a number of convenience features. The following functions are available: Function Page Activate easy-entry/exit fea- ture Set key-dependency Set parking position for exterior...

  • Page 150

    Press æ or ç to change the easy-entry/exit setting. The following settings are available for the easy-entry/exit feature: The easy-entry/ex- it feature is deacti- vated Only the steering Steer. column column is moved Both, the steering Steer.col. +seat column and the seat are moved Setting key-dependency Use this function to set whether the mem-...

  • Page 151: Trip Computer Menu

    Controls in detail Control system The selection marker is on the current setting. Press æ or ç to switch function Trip computer menu Use the trip computer menu to call up sta- tistical data on your vehicle. The following information is available: Function Page Fuel consumption statistics after...

  • Page 152

    Fuel consumption since last reset All statistics stored since the last en- gine start will be reset approximately four hours after the SmartKey in the starter switch is turned to position 0 or removed from the starter switch. Resetting will not occur if you turn the SmartKey back to position 1 or 2 with- in this time period.

  • Page 153: Tel Menu

    Controls in detail Control system Call up range (distance to empty) Press button ÿ or è repeatedly until you see the first function of the Trip computer menu. Press button j or k repeatedly until you see this message in the left display: Range In the right display you will see the cal-...

  • Page 154

    Which messages will appear in the right display field depends on whether your tele- phone is switched on or off: If the telephone is off, the message in the multifunction display is: TEL Off If the telephone is on: The telephone will then search for a network.

  • Page 155

    Controls in detail Control system Press button j or k. The control system reads the phone book which is stored in the telephone. This may take up to 30 seconds. In the right display you will see the message Please wait! When the message Please wait! dis-...

  • Page 156: Automatic Transmission

    Automatic transmission For information on driving with an auto- matic transmission, see the “Getting started” section ( page 45). Your vehicle’s transmission adapts its gear shifting process to your individual driving style by continually adjusting the shift points up or down. These shift point adjust- ments are performed based on current operating and driving conditions.

  • Page 157: One-touch Gearshifting

    Controls in detail Automatic transmission One-touch gearshifting Even with an automatic transmission you can change the gears manually when the gear selector lever is in position D. Downshifting Briefly press the gear selector lever to the left in the D- direction. The transmission will shift from the current gear to the next lower gear.

  • Page 158

    Gear ranges With the gear selector lever in position D, you can limit the transmission’s gear range by pressing the gear selector lever to the left (D-), and reverse the gear range limit by pressing the gear selector lever to the right (D+).

  • Page 159: Gear Selector Lever Position

    Controls in detail Automatic transmission Gear selector lever position Effect ì Park position Gear selector lever position when the vehicle is parked. Place gear selector lever in position P only when vehicle is stopped. The park position is not intended to serve as a brake when the vehicle is parked.

  • Page 160

    P that is not covered by the is dangerous. Also, position P alone is not Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. intended to or capable of preventing your vehicle from moving, possibly hitting people or objects.

  • Page 161

    This may cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. The steering wheel gearshift buttons are located to the left and right of the steering wheel.

  • Page 162

    Warning! On slippery road surfaces, never downshift in order to obtain braking action. This could result in drive wheel slip and reduced vehicle control. Your vehicle’s ABS will not prevent this type of loss of control. You cannot shift with the steering wheel gearshift buttons when the gear selector lever is in position P, N or R.

  • Page 163

    Controls in detail Automatic transmission Never change the program mode when the gear selector lever is out of position P. This could result in a change of driving characteristics for which you may not be prepared. Press program mode selector switch 1 repeatedly until the letter of the desired shift program appears in the right multifunction display...

  • Page 164: Manual Shift Program Sl 55 Amg

    Avoid spinning of a drive wheel for an extended period when driving off on slippery road surfaces. This may cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Program mode selector switch The program mode selector switch is located on the lower part of the center console.

  • Page 165

    Controls in detail Automatic transmission Downshifting Briefly press the gear selector lever to the left in the D- direction ( page 156). Press button 1 on the left side of the steering wheel ( page 160). The transmission shifts to the next lower gear.

  • Page 166

    Wait at least ten seconds before restarting. Restart the engine. Move gear selector lever to position D (for second gear) or R. Have the transmission checked at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. Controls in detail Automatic transmission...

  • Page 167: Good Visibility, Rear View Mirrors

    Controls in detail Good visibility Good visibility For information on setting the rear view mirrors, see “Mirrors” ( page 38). Rear view mirrors Automatic antiglare rear view mirror The reflection brightness of the exterior rear view mirror on the driver’s side and the interior rear view mirror will respond automatically to glare when the ignition is switched on...

  • Page 168

    Activating exterior rear view mirror parking position Follow these steps to activate the mirror parking position so that the passen- ger-side exterior rear view mirror will be turned downward to the stored position. Make sure you have stored a parking position for the passenger-side exterior rear view mirror ( page 115).

  • Page 169

    Controls in detail Good visibility Windshield wipers For information on windshield wiper opera- tion, see “Windshield wipers” ( page 47). Intermittent wiping is interrupted when the vehicle is at a standstill and a door is opened. A rain sensor automatically controls the windshield wipers depending on how wet the windshield is.

  • Page 170: Rear Window Defroster, Sun Visors

    Rear window defroster For information, see “Rear window defrost- er” ( page 177). Sun visors The sun visors protect you from sun glare while driving. Warning! Do not use the vanity mirror while driving. Keep the mirrors in the sun visors closed while vehicle is in motion.

  • Page 171

    Controls in detail Automatic climate control Automatic climate control...

  • Page 172

    Item 1 Center air vent, adjustable 2 Center air vent, fixed 3 Air temperature controls for cen- ter and side air vents 4 Air volume control for center and side air vents 5 Center air vent, adjustable 6 Side defroster vent 7 Side air vent, adjustable 8 Automatic climate control panel For draft-free ventilation, move the slid-...

  • Page 173: Setting The Temperature

    Controls in detail Automatic climate control The automatic climate control is operation- al whenever the engine is running. You can operate the climate control system in ei- ther the automatic or manual mode. The system cools or heats the interior depend- ing on the selected interior temperature and the current outside temperature.

  • Page 174

    Decreasing Turn the outer adjustment ring slightly to the left. The automatic climate control system will correspondingly adjust the interior air temperature. Adjusting the temperature for center and side air vents When outside temperatures are low, you can manually raise the air temperature for the center and side air vents.

  • Page 175: Adjusting Air Distribution, Maximum Cooling Maxcool

    Controls in detail Automatic climate control Adjusting air distribution Use air distribution controls 2 and 6 ( page 171) to separately adjust the air distribution on each side of the passenger compartment. The following symbols are found on the controls: Symbol Function Directs air through the cen-...

  • Page 176: Defrosting, Air Recirculation Mode

    Defrosting These settings should only be selected for a short time. Activating Press button P ( page 171). The indicator lamp on the button comes on. Deactivating Press button P ( page 171). The indicator lamp on the button goes out.

  • Page 177

    Controls in detail Automatic climate control If you keep button , pressed, the side windows will close. The air recirculation mode is activated automatically at high outside temperatures if the concentration of carbon mon- oxide and nitrogen oxide in the out- side air increases, for example in a tunnel If you have turned off the air condition-...

  • Page 178

    Rear window defroster The rear window defroster uses a large amount of power. To keep the battery drain to a minimum, switch off the defrost- er as soon as the rear window is clear. The defroster is automatically deactivated af- ter approximately 6 to 17 minutes of oper- ation depending on the outside temperature.

  • Page 179: Residual Heat And Ventilation

    Controls in detail Automatic climate control Residual heat and ventilation With the engine switched off, it is possible to continue to heat or ventilate the interior for up to 30 minutes. This feature makes use of the residual heat produced by the engine.

  • Page 180: Air Conditioning

    Deactivating the automatic climate control system This setting is only recommended when the retractable hardtop is open. Deactivating It is possible to completely deactivate the automatic climate control system. Press button M ( page 171). The indicator lamp on button M comes on.

  • Page 181: Ventilated Storage Compartments

    The air conditioning cannot be turned on again. Have the air conditioning checked at the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Ventilated storage compartments The glove box and the armrest storage compartment have their own air vents that allow for cooling ventilation when the auto- matic climate control system is activated.

  • Page 182: Opening And Closing The Windows

    Power windows Opening and closing the windows The side windows can be opened and closed electrically. The switches for all the side windows are on the driver’s door. The switch for the passenger side is on the pas- senger door. 1 Left front and rear windows 2 Right front and rear windows Warning!

  • Page 183

    Controls in detail Power windows Opening the windows Press switch 1 or 2 to the resistance point. The corresponding window will move downwards until you release the switch. If the hardtop is open, the respective rear window will open automatically as soon as the front window is completely open.

  • Page 184: Synchronizing Power Windows

    Stopping windows Press or pull the respective switch again. Closing the windows with the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* Press and hold lock button at door ( page 55) until the side windows are closed. Warning! When closing the windows make sure that there is no danger of anyone being harmed by the closing procedure.

  • Page 185: Retractable Hardtop

    Controls in detail Retractable hardtop Retractable hardtop Opening and closing the retractable hardtop For safety reasons, the retractable hardtop can only be opened and closed when the vehicle is standing still. Warning! Before operating the switch for the retract- able hardtop, make sure that no persons can be injured by the moving parts (retract- able roof, roof frame, and trunk lid) due to in- attention.

  • Page 186

    Luggage cover The luggage cover is located in the trunk. 1 Handle 2 Holders Closing luggage cover Pull out the luggage cover using handle 1. Hook the luggage cover into left and right side holders 2. Opening luggage cover Unhook luggage cover from side hold- ers.

  • Page 187

    Controls in detail Retractable hardtop Pull up on the hardtop switch as indi- cated by the arrow until the hardtop is completely lowered into its trunk stor- age compartment and the indicator lamp in the hardtop switch goes out. The multifunction display will briefly show the message Vario-Roof open Be sure that the roof is dry before you...

  • Page 188

    Locking the retractable hardtop after raising/lowering Warning! The hardtop is not fully closed and locked or not fully opened and locked if: the indicator light in the hardtop switch remains lit the message in operation! is shown in the multifunction display and the indicator lamp in the hardtop switch does not go out the indicator lamp flashes and a warning...

  • Page 189

    Controls in detail Retractable hardtop Warning! If the retractable hardtop does not com- pletely open or close, the roof hydraulics will lose pressure and the retractable hardtop is lowered after approximately seven minutes when the ignition is switched on after approximately 15 seconds when the ignition is switched off Shortly before the hardtop is lowered, a warning will sound and the hardtop switch...

  • Page 190

    Properly lock the retractable hardtop ( page 187) before continuing to drive. If the indicator lamp continues to flash af- ter you have carried out the above actions, there is a malfunction. Have the retractable hardtop system checked at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 191

    ( page 187) before continuing to drive. The retractable hardtop will not lock There is a malfunction in the retractable hardtop system. Notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Wind screen Warning! The wind screen can restrict the driver’s vi- sion to the rear of the vehicle. To prevent a possible accident when visibility is limited (e.g.

  • Page 192

    2 Buckle Guide the fastening straps around the top of the roll bar and close buckles 2. Tighten the fastening straps if neces- sary. Lower the roll bar. Fold the upper section of the wind screen up towards the head restraints until it stops.

  • Page 193

    Controls in detail Retractable hardtop 1 Stop buttons 2 Handle Opening Squeeze stop buttons 1 and guide the sunshade towards the rear. Closing Using handle 2, slide the sunshade towards the front of the vehicle.

  • Page 194: Cruise Control

    Driving systems The driving systems of your vehicle are de- scribed on the following pages: Cruise control and Distronic*, with which the vehicle can maintain a preset speed ABC with vehicle level control systems, with which you can change vehicle sus- pension characteristics Parktronic*, which assists the driver during parking maneuvers...

  • Page 195

    Controls in detail Driving systems 1 Set current or higher speed 2 Set current or lower speed 3 Cancel cruise control 4 Resume at last set speed Setting current speed Accelerate or decelerate to the desired speed. Briefly lift 1 or depress 2 the cruise control lever.

  • Page 196

    Setting a higher speed Lift the cruise control lever to position 1 and hold it up until the de- sired speed is reached. Release the cruise control lever. The new speed is set. Depressing the accelerator pedal does not deactivate the cruise control. After brief acceleration (e.g.

  • Page 197: Distronic

    Controls in detail Driving systems Distronic* When activated, the Distronic adaptive cruise control system increases the driving convenience afforded by the cruise control during travel on expressways and other major roads. If the Distronic distance sensor detects a slower moving vehicle directly ahead, your vehicle speed will be reduced so that you follow that vehicle at a preset distance.

  • Page 198

    Warning! Distronic cannot take street and traffic con- ditions into account. Only use Distronic if the weather and traffic conditions make it advisable to travel at a steady speed. Warning! Use of Distronic can be dangerous on slip- pery roads. Rapid changes in tire traction can result in wheel spin and loss of control.

  • Page 199

    Controls in detail Driving systems Distronic displays in the speedometer dial If Distronic detects a vehicle directly ahead, the DTR indicator lamp E in the speedometer dial comes on white. If the distance to the vehicle ahead is too small for the DTR to be able to maintain the preset distance, the DTR warning lamp E in the speedometer comes on red.

  • Page 200

    Warning! The Distronic brakes your vehicle with a maximum of 6.5 ft/s (2 m/s ). This corre- sponds to about 20% of the maximum decel- eration ability of your vehicle. Distronic brakes the vehicle in an effort to restore the preset distance or to maintain the speed.

  • Page 201

    Controls in detail Driving systems Distronic activated When Distronic is activated the DTR sym- bol and the set speed are seen in the left display. 1 Symbol for activated Distronic 2 Set speed Cruise control lever The Distronic system is operated by means of the cruise control lever.

  • Page 202

    1 Set speed 2 White DTR indicator lamp E The vehicle speed displayed on the speedometer can briefly vary from the speed setting on the distronic system. Setting the current speed Accelerate or decelerate to the desired speed. Briefly lift or depress the cruise control lever.

  • Page 203

    Controls in detail Driving systems Setting a lower speed Briefly tip the cruise control in direction of arrow 2 ( page 200) to decrease the vehicle speed in increments of 5 mph (Canada: 10 km/h). The new speed is set. When you use the cruise control lever to decelerate, the transmission will au- tomatically downshift if the rate of de-...

  • Page 204

    Distronic deactivates automatically when you set the parking brake you drive slower than 25 mph (40 km/h) the ESP is active ( page 78) or you de- activate the ESP You move the gear selector lever into position N. A signal will sound. The mes- DTR off sage appears in the speedometer dis-...

  • Page 205

    Controls in detail Driving systems Decreasing distance Decreasing the distance setting tells Dis- tronic to maintain a smaller following dis- tance to the vehicle ahead. Turn thumbwheel 2 towards ®. Distance warning function When Distronic is deactivated, this func- tion will continue to warn you if you are fol- lowing too close to the vehicle ahead: The DTR warning lamp E comes on red.

  • Page 206

    Driving with Distronic This section describes a number of driving situations where special precaution is re- quired on the part of the driver. Be pre- pared to brake in such situations. This will deactivate the Distronic system. Warning! Distronic works to maintain the speed se- lected by the driver unless a moving obsta- cle proceeding directly ahead of it in the same travel direction is detected (e.g.

  • Page 207

    Controls in detail Driving systems Turns and bends In turns or bends, Distronic may not detect a moving vehicle in front, or it may detect one too soon. This may cause your vehicle to brake late or unexpectedly. Offset driving A vehicle traveling in your lane but offset from your direct line of travel may not be detected by Distronic.

  • Page 208: Active Body Control (abc)

    Narrow vehicles Because of their narrow profile, the vehi- cles traveling near the outer edges of the lane have not yet been detected by Dis- tronic. There will be insufficient distance to the vehicles ahead. Active Body Control (ABC) The ABC system automatically selects the optimum suspension tuning and ride height for your vehicle.

  • Page 209

    Controls in detail Driving systems Suspension for sporty driving style The setting for sporty driving is selected when indicator lamp 2 is illuminated. Press switch 1. Indicator lamp 2 comes on. Suspension for regular driving style The setting for regular driving is selected when the indicator lamp 2 is off.

  • Page 210

    The following vehicle level settings can be selected when the vehicle is stationary: Vehicle level when Use for stationary Normal Normal operation Level 1 Driving with snow chains ( page 269) Level 2 Very rough road surface conditions Dependent on loading The switch and the indicator lamps are lo- cated in the lower section of the center console.

  • Page 211

    Controls in detail Driving systems Parktronic* (Parking assist) Warning! Parktronic is a supplemental system. It is not intended to, nor does it replace, the need for extreme care. The responsibility during parking and other critical maneuvers always rests with the driver. Special attention must be paid to objects with smooth surfaces or low silhouettes (e.g.

  • Page 212

    Range of the sensors To function properly, the sensors must be free of dirt, ice snow and slush. Clean the sensors regularly, being careful not to scratch or damage the sensors. Front sensors Center approx. 39 in (100 cm) Corners approx.

  • Page 213

    Controls in detail Driving systems Each warning indicator is divided into six yellow and two red segments for either side of the vehicle. The Parktronic system is ready when the border around the indi- cator is illuminated. The position of the gear selector lever de- termines which warning indicators will be activated.

  • Page 214

    30 seconds and the indicator lamp on the Parktronic switch comes on. Have the Parktronic system checked by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. If only the red segments of the Parktronic system warning indicator come on and no...

  • Page 215: Storage Compartments

    Controls in detail Useful features Useful features Storage compartments Warning! To help avoid personal injury during a colli- sion or sudden maneuver, exercise care when stowing objects in the vehicle. Put lug- gage or cargo in the trunk if possible. Do not pile luggage or cargo higher than the seat backs.

  • Page 216

    Warning! When not in use, keep the cup holder closed. Place only containers that fit into the cup holder to prevent spills. Use lids on open containers and do not fill containers to a height where the contents, especially hot liquids, could spill during vehicle maneu- vers.

  • Page 217

    Controls in detail Useful features Opening storage tray Press button 1 and lift up the armrest. Opening storage compartment Press button 2 and lift the armrest. Locking the storage compartments The storage compartments are centrally locked when you lock the vehicle from the outside.

  • Page 218

    Insert the mechanical key into the Unlocking the storage compartments glove box lock and turn it to separately position 3. The following storage compartments will be locked. They can then not be opened with the SmartKey or with the SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO*: Glove box Parcel net in passenger footwell Armrest storage compartments...

  • Page 219

    Controls in detail Useful features Luggage compartment in the rear Warning! Secure all pieces of luggage in the rear with the luggage straps. Unsecured pieces of lug- gage can otherwise cause injury during a braking maneuver and can increase the risk of injury in an accident.

  • Page 220: Ashtray, Cigarette Lighter

    Ashtray 1 Cover plate 2 Sliding knob Opening ashtray Briefly touch cover plate 1. The ashtray opens automatically. Removing the ashtray insert Warning! Remove ashtray only with vehicle standing still. Set the parking brake to secure vehicle from movement. Move gear selector lever to position N.

  • Page 221

    Unsupervised use of vehi- cle equipment may cause serious personal injury. Heated steering wheel* (SL 500, SL 600) The steering wheel heating warms up the leather area of the steering wheel. The lever is on the lower left-hand side of the steering wheel.

  • Page 222: Load Assist In The Trunk

    Load assist in the trunk To facilitate trunk loading after opening the lid, use the load assist feature to raise the retracted hardtop from its storage position in the trunk. 1 Retracted hardtop 2 Luggage cover 3 Load assist button Raising the hardtop Warning! To prevent injuries, make sure that there is...

  • Page 223: Electrical Outlet, Telephone

    The external antenna must be approved by Mercedes-Benz. Please contact an autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center for informa- tion on the installation of an approved external antenna. Refer to the radio trans- mitter operation instructions regarding use of an external antenna.

  • Page 224: Tele Aid

    Bear in mind that at a speed of just 30 mph (approximately 50 km/h), your vehicle is covering a distance of 44 feet (approximately 14 m) every second. You can take and place telephone calls us- ing the í and ì buttons on the steering wheel.

  • Page 225

    If a malfunction is indicated as outlined above, the system may not operate as ex- pected. Have the system checked at the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible...

  • Page 226

    Emergency calls An emergency call is initiated automatically following an accident in which the emergency tensioning devices (ETDs) or airbags have deployed if the anti-theft alarm or the tow-away alarm stays on for more than 20 seconds, see “Anti-theft alarm sys- tem”...

  • Page 227

    Controls in detail Useful features Warning! If the indicator lamp in the SOS button is il- luminated continuously and there was no voice connection to the Response Center established, then the Tele Aid system could not initiate an emergency call (e.g. the rele- vant cellular phone network is not available).

  • Page 228

    The Roadside Assistance button • is located below the center armrest cover. Press and hold the button (for longer than two seconds) A call to a Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance dispatcher will be initiated. The button will flash while the call is in progress. The message...

  • Page 229

    Tele Aid – Info call active appears in the multifunction display. Information regarding the operation of your vehicle, the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or Mercedes-Benz USA products and services is available to you. For more details concerning the Tele Aid system, please visit www.mbusa.com and...

  • Page 230

    During this time you will hear a beep and Visit your Mercedes-Benz Center and voice contact will be interrupted. Voice have the system checked or contact contact will resume once the retransmis- the Response Center at sion is completed.

  • Page 231

    In case you have locked your vehicle unin- tentionally (e.g. SmartKey inside vehicle), and the reserve SmartKey is not handy: Contact the Mercedes-Benz Response Center at 1-800-756-9018 (in the USA) or 1-888-923-8367 (in Canada). You will be asked to provide your pass- word which you provided when you completed the subscriber agreement.

  • Page 232: Garage Door Opener

    Report the incident to the police The police will issue a numbered inci- dent report. Pass this number on to the Mercedes-Benz Response Center along with your password issued to you when you subscribed to the service. The Response Center will then attempt to covertly contact the vehicle’s Tele...

  • Page 233

    If you should experience diffi- culties with programming the transmit- ter, contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, or call Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center (in the USA only) at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes, or Customer Service (in Canada) at 1-800-387-0100.

  • Page 234

    Programming or reprogramming the in- tegrated remote control Step 1: Switch on ignition. Step 2: If you have previously programmed an integrated signal transmitter button and wish to retain its programming, proceed to step 3. Otherwise, press and hold the two outer signal transmit- ter buttons 2 and 4 and release them only when the indicator light be- gins to flash after approximately 20...

  • Page 235

    Controls in detail Useful features If the indicator lamp 1 blinks rapidly for about two seconds and then turns to a constant light, continue with pro- gramming steps 8 through 12 as your garage door opener may be equipped with the “rolling code” feature. Step 7: To program the remaining two buttons, repeat the steps above starting with...

  • Page 236

    Step 12: Confirm the garage door operation by pressing the programmed integrated signal transmitter button (2, 3 or 4). Step 13: To program the remaining two buttons, repeat the steps above starting with step 3. Gate operator/Canadian programming Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter signals to “time-out”...

  • Page 237

    Controls in detail Useful features Erasing the integrated remote control memory Switch on ignition. Simultaneously hold down the signal transmitter buttons 2 and 4, for ap- proximately 20 seconds, until the indi- cator lamp 1 blinks rapidly. Do not hold for longer than 30 seconds. The codes of all three channels are erased.

  • Page 238: Operation

    Operation The first 1000 miles (1500 km) Driving instructions At the gas station Engine compartment Tires and wheels Winter driving Maintenance Vehicle care...

  • Page 239: The First 1000 Miles (1500 Km)

    Operation The first 1000 miles (1500 km) In the “Operation” section you will find de- tailed information on operating, maintain- ing and caring for your vehicle. The first 1000 miles (1500 km) The more cautiously you treat your vehicle during the break-in period, the more satis- fied you will be with its performance later Drive your vehicle during the first 1000 miles (1500 km) at varying but...

  • Page 240: Driving Instructions, Pedals

    Have all maintenance work performed at the intervals specified in the Service Booklet and as required by the FSS. Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Fuel consumption is also increased by driv- ing in cold weather, in stop-and-go traffic, on short trips and in hilly country.

  • Page 241: Power Assistance, Brakes

    Operation Driving instructions Power assistance Warning! The brake system requires electrical energy for operation. A malfunction in the vehicle’s power supply or electrical system may impair brake sys- tem operation and switch it into its emer- gency operation mode. In such a case, the red brake warning lamp ( page 284) and warning messages ( page 291) in the in- strument cluster come on while driving.

  • Page 242

    Contact an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Only install brake pads and brake fluid rec- ommended by Mercedes-Benz. Warning! 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.

  • Page 243: Parking

    ESP switched off. Doing so may cause serious damage to the drivetrain which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Simultaneously depressing the acceler- ator pedal and applying the brake re- duces engine performance and causes premature brake and drivetrain wear.

  • Page 244: Tires, Hydroplaning

    Inspect the tires and the vehicle underbody for possible damage. If the vehicle or tires appear unsafe, have it towed to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or tire dealer for re- pairs. Tread wear indicators (TWI) are required by law. These indicators are located in six...

  • Page 245: Tire Traction, Tire Speed Rating

    SL 500 SL 500 with Sport Package* Your vehicle is factory equipped with “W”-rated tires, which have a speed rating of 168 mph (270 km/h).

  • Page 246: Winter Driving Instructions

    SL 55 AMG Your vehicle is factory equipped with “W”-rated tires, which have a speed rating of 168 mph (270 km/h) or “Y”-rated tires, which have a speed rating of 188 mph (300 km/h). An electronic speed limiter prevents your vehicle from exceeding a speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

  • Page 247: Standing Water, Passenger Compartment, Driving Abroad

    The trunk is the preferred place to carry ob- jects. Driving abroad Abroad, there is an extensive Mercedes-Benz service network at your disposal. If you plan to drive into areas which are not listed in the index of your Mercedes-Benz Center directory, you should request pertinent information from an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 248: Transmitters

    Operation Driving instructions Catalytic converter Your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with monolithic-type catalytic converters, an important element in conjunction with the oxygen sensors to achieve substantial con- trol of the pollutants in the exhaust emis- sions.

  • Page 249: Emission Control

    Mercedes-Benz Center authorized techni- cians. Engine adjustments should not be altered in any way. Moreover, the specified service jobs must be carried out regularly according to Mercedes-Benz servicing re- quirements. For details refer to the Service Booklet. Warning! Inhalation of exhaust gas is hazardous to your health.

  • Page 250

    The engine should not be operated with the coolant temperature over 248°F (120°C). Doing so may cause serious en- gine damage which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Warning! Driving when your engine is badly over- heated can cause some fluids, which may have leaked into the engine com- partment, to catch fire.

  • Page 251

    Operation At the gas station At the gas station Refuelling Warning! Gasoline is highly flammable and poisonous. It burns violently and can cause serious inju- ry. Whenever you are around gasoline, avoid inhaling fumes and skin contact, extinguish all smoking materials. Never allow sparks, flame or smoking materials near gasoline! The fuel filler flap is located on the right-hand side of the vehicle towards the...

  • Page 252

    Warning! Overfilling of the fuel tank may create pres- sure in the system which could cause a gas discharge. This could cause the gas to spray back out when removing the fuel pump noz- zle, which could cause personal injury. Replace the fuel cap by turning it to the right.

  • Page 253: Check Regularly And Before A Long Trip

    Noti- fy an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center immediately. Do not add brake fluid as this will not solve the problem. For more information, see the “Practical hints”...

  • Page 254

    Engine compartment Hood Warning! Do not pull the release lever while the vehi- cle is in motion. Otherwise the hood could be forced open by passing air flow. Opening 1 Hood release Pull lever 1 downwards. The hood is unlocked. To avoid damage to the windshield wip- ers or hood, never open the hood if the wiper arms are folded forward away...

  • Page 255

    Operation Engine compartment Warning! If you see flames or smoke coming from the engine compartment, or if the coolant tem- perature gauge indicates that the engine is overheated, do not open the hood. Move away from the vehicle and do not open the hood until the engine has cooled.

  • Page 256: Engine Oil

    Do not use any special lubricant addi- tives, as these may damage the drive assemblies. Using special additives not approved by Mercedes-Benz will restrict your warranty entitlement. More information on this subject is available at any Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 257

    Operation Engine compartment One of the following messages will subsequently appear in the right multi- function display: Engine oil level Add 1.0 qt. for max. oil level (Canada: 1.0 l Add 1.5 qts. for max. oil level (Canada: 1.5 l Add 2.0 qts.

  • Page 258

    Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Operation Engine compartment SL 500 and SL 55 AMG 1 Filler cap SL 600 1 Filler cap Unscrew filler cap 1 from filler neck.

  • Page 259: Transmission Fluid Level, Coolant

    Excess oil must be siphoned or drained off. It could cause damage to the engine and catalytic converter not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Screw filler cap 1 back on filler neck. For more information on engine oil, see the “Technical data”...

  • Page 260

    The engine coolant is a mixture of water and anticorrosion/antifreeze. To check the coolant level, the vehicle must be parked on level ground and the engine must be cool. The coolant expansion tank is located on the passenger side of the engine compart- ment.

  • Page 261

    When replacing batteries, always use bat- teries approved by Mercedes-Benz. If you do not intend to operate your vehicle for an extended period of time, consult an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center about steps you need to observe.

  • Page 262: Windshield Washer System And Headlamp Cleaning System

    Windshield washer system and headlamp cleaning system The windshield washer reservoir is located in the engine compartment. 1 Washer fluid reservoir Fluid for the windshield washer system and the headlamp cleaning system is supplied from the windshield washer reservoir. It has a capacity of approx.

  • Page 263: Important Guidelines

    When replacing rims, only use genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts specified for the particular rim type. Failure to do so can re- sult in the bolts loosening and may lead to an accident.

  • Page 264: Life Of Tires, Checking Tire Inflation Pressure

    Life of tires The service life of a tire is dependent upon various factors including but not limited to: Driving style Tire pressure Distance driven Warning! Tires and spare tire should be replaced after six years, regardless of the remaining tread. Keep unmounted tires in a cool, dry place with as little exposure to light as possible.

  • Page 265

    Operation Tires and wheels The pressures listed for light loads are minimum values offering high driving comfort. Increased inflation pressures listed for heavier loads may also be used for light loads. These higher pressures produce favorable handling characteristics. The ride of the vehicle, however, will be somewhat harder.

  • Page 266

    Warning! Possible differences between the read- ings of a tire pressure gauge of an air The tire inflation pressure monitor does not hose, e.g. gas station equipment, and indicate a warning for wrongly selected in- the vehicle’s control system can occur. flation pressures.

  • Page 267

    Operation Tires and wheels Activating the tire inflation pressure monitor You must activate the tire inflation pres- sure monitor in the following cases: if you have changed the tire pressure if you have replaced the wheels or tires if you have installed new wheels or tires Make sure the tire pressure is set cor- rectly.

  • Page 268: Rotating Wheels

    Wheels could become loose if not tightened with a torque of 96 lb-ft (130 Nm). Only use genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts specified for your vehicle's rims. For information on wheel change, see the “Practical hints” section ( page 323) and...

  • Page 269: Winter Tires

    Operation Winter driving Winter driving Before the onset of winter, have your vehi- cle winterized at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. This service in- cludes: Check of anticorrosion and antifreeze concentration. Addition of cleaning concentrate to the water of the windshield and headlamp cleaning system.

  • Page 270: Block Heater (canada Only)

    Such no- tices are available at your tire dealer or any authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Warning! If you use your spare tire when winter tires...

  • Page 271

    Follow the manufac- turer's mounting instructions. Only use snow chains that are ap- proved by Mercedes-Benz. Your autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center will be glad to advise you on this subject. Use of snow chains may be prohibited depending on location.

  • Page 272: Clearing The Service Indicator

    Maintenance We strongly recommend that you have your vehicle serviced by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center, in accordance with the Service Booklet at the times called for by the FSS (Flexible Service System). Failure to have the vehicle maintained in accordance with the Service Booklet at the...

  • Page 273: Service Term Exceeded, Calling Up The Service Indicator

    Service A exceeded by xx days Service A exceeded by xx miles (km) An acoustic signal will also sound. The Mercedes-Benz Center will reset the service indicator following a completed service. Calling up the service indicator Switch on ignition.

  • Page 274

    The service indicator now displays the reset interval. If the service indicator was inadvertent- ly reset, have a Mercedes-Benz Center correct it. Only reset if the proper service has been performed. Resetting the system without performing proper service as...

  • Page 275: Cleaning And Care Of The Vehicle

    Post-production treatment is neither necessary nor recommended by Mercedes-Benz because of the possibility of incompatibility between materials used in the production process and others ap- plied later.

  • Page 276

    We have selected car-care products and compiled recommendations which are specially matched to our vehicles and which always reflect the latest technology. You can obtain Mercedes-Benz approved car-care products at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Scratches, corrosive deposits, corrosion or damage due to negligent or incorrect care cannot always be removed or repaired with the car-care products recommended here.

  • Page 277

    Vehicle washing Do not use hot water or wash your vehicle in direct sunlight. Only use a mild car wash detergent, such as Mercedes-Benz ap- proved Car Shampoo. Thoroughly spray the vehicle with a dif- fused jet of water. Direct only a very weak spray towards the ventilation intake.

  • Page 278

    Cleaning the Distronic* system sensor cover 1 Distronic* system sensor cover Use a mild car wash detergent, such as Mercedes-Benz approved Car Sham- poo, with plenty of water to clean sen- sor cover 1. To prevent scratches, never apply strong force and use only a soft, non-scratchy cloth when cleaning the sensor cover.

  • Page 279

    Operation Vehicle care Warning For safety reasons, switch off wipers and re- move SmartKey from starter switch before cleaning the wiper blade. Otherwise, the wiper motor might suddenly turn on and cause injury. Clean the wiper blade inserts with a clean cloth and detergent solution.

  • Page 280

    If possible, clean wheels once a week with Mercedes-Benz approved Wheel Care, us- ing a soft bristle brush and a strong spray of water. Follow the instructions on container.

  • Page 281

    Leather upholstery Wipe leather upholstery with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly or clean with Mercedes-Benz approved Leather Care. Exercise particular care when cleaning per- forated leather as its underside should not become wet. Plastic and rubber parts Do not use oil or wax on these parts.

  • Page 282: Practical Hints

    Practical hints What to do if … Where will I find ...? Locking/unlocking in an emergency Replacing bulbs Replacing wiper blades Flat tire Batteries Jump starting Towing the vehicle Fuses...

  • Page 283: What To Do If

    Switch the ESP back on ( page 80). If the ESP cannot be switched back on, have the system checked at an autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. When driving off, apply as little throt- tle as possible.

  • Page 284

    Continue driving with added caution. Wheels may lock during hard braking, reducing steering capability. Have the system checked at an autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. Failure to follow these instructions in- creases the risk of an accident.

  • Page 285

    Read and observe messages in the display ( page 291). Risk of accident! Carefully stop the vehicle and notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Do not add brake fluid! This will not solve the problem. If you find that the brake fluid in the...

  • Page 286

    What to do if … Suggested solution Have the vehicle checked as soon as possible by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. An on-board diagnostic connector is used by the service station to link the vehicle to the shop diagnostics sys- tem. It allows the accurate identifica-...

  • Page 287

    Have the cooling system checked. If the coolant temperature is below 248°F (120°C), you can continue driving to the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Avoid high engine loads (e.g. driving uphill) and stop-and-go driving. Stop as soon as possible and allow the engine and coolant to cool down.

  • Page 288

    Problem The red DTR indicator lamp comes on while driving. The red DTR indicator lamp comes on while driving and you hear a warning sound. The white DTR indicator lamp comes on while driving. The yellow fuel tank reserve warning lamp lights while driv- ing.

  • Page 289

    The roll bar is not operational. Suggested solution For safety reasons, always have the roll bar raised when driving with the retractable hardtop open. Attempt to raise the roll bar manually. Have the roll bar checked by an au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 290

    SRS may not be operational. For your safety, we strongly recommend that you visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center immedi- ately to have the system checked; otherwise the SRS may not be activated when needed in an accident, which could result in serious...

  • Page 291: Airbag Off Indicator Lamp

    The system is malfunctioning. Suggested solution Have the system checked at an autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. Make sure there is nothing between seat cushion and child seat. Check installation of the child seat.

  • Page 292: Messages In The Display

    Mercedes-Benz Center. Failure to repair condition noted may cause damage not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty, or result in property dam- age or personal injury. Selecting the malfunction memory menu in the control system ( page 136) displays both cleared and uncleared messages.

  • Page 293

    The capability of the ABC system is Do not exceed a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). restricted. This can impair handling. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. The vehicle is losing oil. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • Page 294

    Possible solution The ABC display or the ABC system Visit an authorized itself is malfunctioning. Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. The capability of the ABC system is Do not exceed a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). restricted. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible.

  • Page 295

    Distronic* cover in the radiator grille ( page 277). grille is dirty. Restart the vehicle. Distronic* is malfunctioning or the Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as display is malfunctioning. soon as possible. The ESP has detected a malfunction Continue driving with added caution.

  • Page 296

    If the ESP message does not go out: Continue driving with added caution. Have the system checked at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. Failure to follow these instructions increases the risk of accident. Practical hints...

  • Page 297

    Practical hints What to do if … Left display Right display Gear selector lever to P! Possible cause Possible solution You have tried to start the engine Place the gear selector lever in position P. with the KEYLESS-GO* start/stop button with the gear selector lever not in P.

  • Page 298

    The SBC brake system requires braking responsiveness. electrical energy and therefore has only limited operation. Consider- Notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. ably greater brake pedal force is re- quired and the stopping distance is increased. The battery was charged with a bat- Have the battery checked at a service station.

  • Page 299

    There is a malfunction in the elec- Have the system checked at an authorized tronic system. Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. The consumer battery has insuffi- The electrical consumers will come back online cient voltage and can no longer sup- as soon as on-board voltage is sufficient.

  • Page 300

    Do not drive any further. gency operation mode. Consider- Stop the vehicle and notify an authorized ably greater brake pedal force is Mercedes-Benz Center. required and the stopping distance Significantly greater force must be applied to is increased. the brake pedal.

  • Page 301

    The SBC brake system is in emer- Continue driving with added caution. gency operation mode. Consider- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center im- able brake pedal force is required mediately. Adjust driving to be consistent and the stopping distance is in- with reduced braking responsiveness.

  • Page 302

    There is insufficient brake fluid in Risk of accident! Stop the vehicle as soon as the reservoir. it is safe to do so and notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Do not add brake fluid! This will not solve the problem. Warning...

  • Page 303

    Canada only: Possible cause Possible solution There are malfunctions, but the SBC Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as brake system is operating normally. soon as possible. The brake system is overheated due Relieve the load on the brake system.

  • Page 304

    You can be seriously burned. Possible cause Possible solution There may be a malfunction in the Have the engine checked as soon as possible by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center fuel injection system ( page 285). ignition system exhaust system fuel system The coolant level is too low.

  • Page 305

    248°F (120°C). The engine should not be operated with the coolant temperature above 248°F (120°C). Doing so may cause serious engine damage which is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.

  • Page 306

    Do not continue to drive. Otherwise, the en- gine will overheat due to an inoperative water pump which may result in damage to the en- gine. Notify an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. If it is intact: Do not continue to drive with this message displayed.

  • Page 307

    Have the electronic systems checked by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Certain electronic systems are un- Have the electronic systems checked by an able to relay information to the con- authorized Mercedes-Benz Center trol system.

  • Page 308

    Left display Right display USA only: Add 1 qt engine oil at next refueling Canada only: Add 1 l engine oil at next refueling Engine oil level Stop, engine off! Engine oil level Reduce oil level! Possible cause Suggested solution The engine oil level is too low.

  • Page 309

    The engine oil level warnings should not be ignored. Extended driving with the symbol displayed could result in serious engine damage that is not covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty.

  • Page 310

    Check the fuel cap ( page 250). The retractable hardtop is malfunc- Have the retractable hardtop checked by an tioning. authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. The retractable hardtop is not Push or pull on the retractable hardtop switch locked properly. until the indicator lamp in the switch goes out and the retractable hardtop is completely open or closed ( page 184).

  • Page 311

    SmartKey in the starter switch. Message is only a reminder. The KEYLESS-GO* system is mal- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as functioning. soon as possible. The KEYLESS-GO* system is mal- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as functioning.

  • Page 312

    The high mounted brake lamp is Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as malfunctioning. soon as possible. The left brake lamp is malfunction- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as ing.

  • Page 313

    Left turn signal Mirror Possible cause Possible solution The right brake lamp is malfunction- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as ing. A backup bulb has been soon as possible. brought into use. Brake lamp illumination is delayed Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as or lamp is permanently on.

  • Page 314

    The headlamps switch on automati- manual ( page 142). cally. Switch on headlamps using the exterior lamp switch. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. The front left side marker lamp is Replace the bulb as soon as possible. malfunctioning.

  • Page 315

    Have the LEDs replaced as soon as possible. ror is malfunctioning. This message will only appear if all light emitting diodes have stopped working. The left tail lamp is malfunctioning. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as A backup bulb has been brought soon as possible. into use.

  • Page 316

    Visit workshop! Possible cause Possible solution The right tail lamp is malfunction- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as ing. A backup bulb has been soon as possible. brought into use. The left rear turn signal lamp is mal- Replace the bulb as soon as possible.

  • Page 317

    ( page 69). Have the roll bar checked by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. The seat belt system is malfunction- Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as ing. soon as possible. One or more main functions of the Have the Tele Aid system checked by an au- Tele Aid system are malfunctioning.

  • Page 318

    Left display Right display ì Function Unavailable! Tire pressure Caution tire defect! Tire pressure ChecK tires! Tire pressure ChecK tires! Warning! 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 vehicle.

  • Page 319

    Possible cause Possible solution The tire inflation pressure monitor* Have the tire inflation pressure monitor* is malfunctioning. checked by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Change the wheel. A wheel without proper sensor was installed. The left rear tire is rapidly deflating.

  • Page 320

    Left display Right display Tire pressure, RR Caution tire defect! Tire pressure, RR Check tires! Tire pressure, FL Caution tire defect! Warning! 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 vehicle.

  • Page 321

    Practical hints What to do if … Left display Right display Tire pressure, FL Check tires! Tire pressure, FR Caution tire defect! Tire pressure, FR Check tires! Warning! 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 vehicle.

  • Page 322

    Left display Right display Reactivate tire press. monit Tire press. monitor currently inactive Warning! 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 vehicle. Continued driving with a flat tire will cause excessive heat build-up and possibly a fire.

  • Page 323

    Practical hints What to do if … Left display Right display Ê Close trunk lid! Close trunk partition! Washer fluid Check level! Warning! Do not spill antifreeze on hot engine parts. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which may ignite when if it comes into contact with hot engine parts.

  • Page 324: Where Will I Find ..., First Aid Kit, Wheel

    Where will I find ...? First aid kit The first aid kit is located in storage com- partment under the passenger seat. 1 Handle 2 Lid Pull handle 1 up. Fold lid 2 down. You can now remove the first-aid kit. Check expiration dates and contents for completeness at least once a year and replace missing/expired items.

  • Page 325

    Practical hints Where will I find ...? Vehicles with spare wheel 1 Spare wheel 2 Electric air pump 3 Vehicle tool kit 4 Battery for electrical consumers 5 Jack (under spare wheel) 6 Wheel wrench (under spare wheel) Vehicles with TIREFIT kit 1 TIREFIT kit 2 Electric air pump 3 Vehicle tool kit...

  • Page 326: Locking/unlocking In An Emergency, Unlocking The Vehicle

    Locking/unlocking in an emergency Unlocking the vehicle If you are unable to unlock the driver’s door using the SmartKey, open the door using the mechanical key. Unlocking your vehicle with the me- chanical key will trigger the anti-theft alarm system. To cancel the alarm, do one of the following: Press button Œ...

  • Page 327

    Practical hints Locking/unlocking in an emergency Unlocking the trunk A minimum height clearance of 6.2 ft (1.89 m) is required to open the trunk lid. If you are unable to unlock the trunk with the SmartKey, open the trunk with the me- chanical key.

  • Page 328: Locking The Vehicle, Lowering The Load Assist Manually

    1 Separately unlock storage compart- ments 2 Centrally lock/unlock storage com- partments 3 Separately lock storage compartments Slide mechanical key out of SmartKey housing ( page 325). Insert the mechanical key into the glove box lock and turn it to position 2.

  • Page 329: Keyless-go

    2 to its original posi- tion. Do not overtighten the screw. Close the lid. Replace the trunk floor. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible. Replacing batteries in the SmartKey/ SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* If the batteries in the SmartKey or the...

  • Page 330

    Return battery compartment into hous- ing until it locks into place. 1 Battery 2 Tilt battery up 3 Mechanical key Replacement batteries: Lithium, type CR 2025 or equivalent. Practical hints The required replacement batteries are available at any Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 331

    Practical hints Locking/unlocking in an emergency Remove mechanical key ( page 325). Insert the mechanical key in side open- ing and push gray slide. The battery compartment is unlatched. Pull the battery compartment out of the SmartKey housing. Using mechanical key 3, apply pres- sure to position 2.

  • Page 332: Replacing Bulbs

    Have headlamps checked and readjusted at regular intervals and when a bulb has been replaced. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for headlamp ad- justment. If the headlamps are fogged up on the inside as a result of high humidity, driv- ing the vehicle a distance should clear up the fogging.

  • Page 333

    W 5 W lamp Vehicles with Bi-Xenon* headlamps: Low beam and high beam use the same D2S-35W lamp. Do not replace the Xenon and Bi-Xenon* bulbs your- self. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Rear lamps Lamp Type 7 Rear fog lamp, P 21 W driver’s side;...

  • Page 334

    Your hands should be dry and free of oil and grease. If the newly installed bulb does not come on, visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Practical hints Replacing bulbs Have the LEDs and bulbs for the following lamps replaced by an authorized...

  • Page 335: Replacing Bulbs For Front Lamps

    Practical hints Replacing bulbs Replacing bulbs for front lamps 1 Bulb socket for turn signal lamp 2 Low beam lamp cover (Xenon or Bi-Xenon* lamp). Do not remove. 3 High beam lamp cover Warning! Do not remove the cover for the Xenon or Bi-Xenon* headlamp.

  • Page 336

    Turn locking mechanism 2 clockwise. Plug the connector onto the bulb. Align headlamp cover and click into place. Replacing parking and standing lamp bulbs Switch off the lights. Open the hood ( page 253). Press ends of headlamp cover tab to- gether and remove cover.

  • Page 337

    Practical hints Replacing bulbs Gently push bulb into socket, turn counterclockwise and remove. Insert new bulb and reinstall bulb sock- The bulb socket should audibly click into place. Reinstall trim. License plate lamp 1 Screws Switch off the lights. Loosen both screws and remove lamp. Replace the bulb and reinstall lamp.

  • Page 338: Replacing Wiper Blades

    Replacing wiper blades Removing wiper blades To avoid damage to the hood, the wiper arms should only be folded forward when in the vertical position. Turn SmartKey in starter switch to position 1. Turn combination switch to wiper setting II ( page 47). With wiper arms in the vertical position, turn SmartKey in starter switch to position 0.

  • Page 339

    Make sure the wiper blades are proper- ly installed. Improperly installed wiper blades may cause windshield damage. For your convenience, we recommend that you have this work carried out by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 340

    Flat tire Your SL 55 AMG may be equipped with a TIREFIT kit. You can identify which TIREFIT kit (SL 55 AMG only) you have as follows: The TIREFIT container of kit 1 is a squeeze container. For information on sealing a damaged tire with TIREFIT kit 1, see ( page 340).

  • Page 341

    Do not drive the vehicle under such circum- stances. Contact your nearest Mercedes-Benz Center for assistance or call Roadside Assistance. Foreign objects (e.g. screws or nails) should not be removed from the tire.

  • Page 342

    Shake contents of TIREFIT container 2. Screw hose 1 on to TIREFIT container TIREFIT is now ready for use. Warning! Take care not to allow the contents of TIREFIT to come in contact with hair, eyes or clothing. TIREFIT is harmful if inhaled, swal- lowed or absorbed through the skin - causes skin, eye and respiratory irritation.

  • Page 343

    Practical hints Flat tire Remove tire valve core 6 from valve stem 1 using valve stem tool 2. Keep tire valve 6 clean and dry. Remove plug 5 from end of hose 4. Push hose 4 onto valve stem 1. Hold TIREFIT container 3 upside down (hose down) and squeeze firmly several times until entire contents of the con-...

  • Page 344

    1 Flap 2 Air hose with pressure gauge and vent screw 3 Union nut 4 Electrical plug Open flap 1 on air pump. Pull out electrical plug 4 and air hose with the pressure gauge 2. Screw air hose 2 onto the tire valve. Insert electrical plug 4 into vehicle ci- gar lighter socket.

  • Page 345

    TIREFIT to provide a reliable tire repair. In this case, TIREFIT cannot properly seal the tire. Do not drive the vehicle. Contact the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or call Roadside Assistance. Detach the electric air pump. The air hose may still be hot. Please ex- ercise appropriate caution.

  • Page 346

    Overloading the tires can overheat them, possibly causing a blowout. Visit an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible to obtain a new TIREFIT kit. Bring used TIREFIT materials to an au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center for proper disposal.

  • Page 347

    Do not drive the vehicle under such circum- stances. Contact your nearest Mercedes-Benz Center for assistance or call Roadside Assistance. Foreign objects (e.g. screws or nails) should not be removed from the tire.

  • Page 348

    Screw the air pump’s air hose 5 onto flange 6 of the TIREFIT container. Stick TIREFIT container 1 upside down into notch 3 of the electric air pump. 7 Tire valve 8 Electric air pump switch 9 Air hose with pressure gauge and vent screw a Filler hose Warning!

  • Page 349

    TIREFIT to provide a reliable tire repair. In this case, TIREFIT cannot properly seal the tire. Do not drive the vehicle. Contact the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center or call Roadside Assistance. After attaining a tire pressure of 26 psi (1.8 bar), press 0 on electric air pump switch 8.

  • Page 350

    20 psi (1.3 bar) do not continue to drive the vehicle. Park your vehicle safely away from the road- way and contact the nearest authorized Mercedes-Benz Center or Roadside Assistance. If tire pressure is at least 20 psi (1.3 bar), in- flate tire to correct pressure (see label on...

  • Page 351

    When driving with spare wheel mounted, en- sure proper tire pressure and do not exceed vehicle speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). Drive to the nearest Mercedes-Benz Center as soon as possible to have the spare wheel replaced with a regular road wheel.

  • Page 352

    On wheel to be changed, loosen but do not yet remove the wheel bolts (ap- proximately one full turn with wrench). The jack support tubes are located behind the front wheel housings and in front of the rear wheel housings. Warning When turning the wheel wrench to loosen the wheel bolts, make sure you position...

  • Page 353

    Practical hints Flat tire 2 Jack support tube hole (SL 55 AMG and vehicles with Sport Package* only) Insert a flat blade screwdriver in the opening of cover 2 and pry it out. Remove cover 2, taking care not to damage the locking tabs.

  • Page 354

    Damaged wheel hub threads should be re- paired immediately. Do not continue to drive under these circumstances! Contact an au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center or call Roadside Assistance. Incorrect wheel bolts or improperly tight- ened wheel bolts can cause the wheel to come off.

  • Page 355

    Practical hints Flat tire Warning! Only use genuine equipment Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts. They are identi- fied by the Mercedes star. Other wheel bolts may come loose. Do not tighten the wheel bolts when the ve- hicle is raised. Otherwise the vehicle could tip over.

  • Page 356

    Turn the SmartKey in the starter switch to position 1. Press the KEYLESS-GO* start/stop button on the gear selector lever once without depressing the brake pedal. Press I on the electric air pump switch. The electric air pump should now switch on and inflate the tire.

  • Page 357

    Practical hints Flat tire Detach the electric air pump. Stow the electrical plug and the air hose behind the flap and place the air pump back in the trunk. The flat tire may be transported in the trunk when the retractable hardtop is raised.

  • Page 358

    Practical hints Flat tire Replacing jack support tube cover Slide tongue of cover under the upper edge of the tube opening. Applying even pressure, press cover until it snaps into place. Be careful not to damage the locking tabs or clamp the plastic retaining strap.

  • Page 359

    Otherwise the alternator and other electronic components could be se- verely damaged. Have the starter battery checked regu- larly by an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Refer to Service Booklet for mainte- nance intervals or contact an autho- rized Mercedes-Benz Center for further...

  • Page 360

    Warning! Do not place metal objects on the battery as this could result in a short circuit. Use leak-proof batteries only to avoid the risk of acid burns in the event of an acci- dent. Warning! The brake system requires electrical power to operate.

  • Page 361

    Practical hints Batteries Disconnecting the batteries To avoid damage to electrical compo- nents, always disconnect the battery for electrical consumers (in trunk) first. This applies even if you only wish to charge the starter battery. Otherwise the electronics of the vehicle can be damaged.

  • Page 362: Removing The Batteries

    Removing the batteries Removing the battery for electrical con- sumers Remove the screws securing the bat- tery in the trunk. Remove the battery support and brack- et. Take out the battery. Removing the starter battery Remove the screws securing the start- er battery in the engine compartment.

  • Page 363

    Practical hints Batteries Reconnecting the battery for electrical consumers Turn off all electrical consumers. Connect the positive lead and fasten its cover. Connect the negative lead. Reinstall the trunk floor. Rehook trunk luggage cover into hold- ers. Never invert the terminal connections! The following procedures must be car- ried out following any interruption of battery power (e.g.

  • Page 364

    (12V). Jump start- ing with a more powerful battery could damage the vehicle’s electrical system, which will not be covered by the Mercedes-Benz Limited Warranty. Only use jumper cables with sufficient cross section and insulated terminal clamps.

  • Page 365

    Remove the jumper cables first from negative terminals 1 and 2 and then from positive terminals 3 and 4. You can now turn on the lights. Have the battery checked at the near- est Mercedes-Benz Center. Do not tow-start the vehicle.

  • Page 366

    Towing the vehicle Mercedes-Benz recommends that the vehi- cle be transported with all wheels off the ground using flatbed or appropriate wheel lift/dolly equipment. Use flatbed or wheel lift/dolly equip- ment with SmartKey in starter switch turned to position 0.

  • Page 367

    Practical hints Towing the vehicle To be certain to avoid a possibility of damage to the transmission, however, we recommend the drive shaft be dis- connected at the rear axle drive flange for any towing beyond a short tow to a nearby garage.

  • Page 368

    Warning! The brake system requires electrical power to operate. A malfunction in the vehicle’s power supply or electrical system may impair brake sys- tem operation and switch it into its emer- gency operation mode. To brake, the driver must then apply significantly greater brake pedal pressure and depress the pedal much further to obtain the expected braking ef- fect.

  • Page 369

    Practical hints Towing the vehicle Installing towing eye bolt Front of vehicle 1 Cover on right side of front bumper. To remove cover: Press mark on cover 1 in direction of arrow. Lift cover 1 off to reveal threaded hole for towing eye bolt. The towing eye bolt is supplied with the tool kit (located in the storage compart- ment under the trunk floor).

  • Page 370

    Main fuse box Only install fuses that have been tested The main fuse box is in the engine com- and approved by Mercedes-Benz and partment on the driver’s side in front of the that have the specified amperage rat- bulkhead (wall separating the engine and ing.

  • Page 372

    Technical data Spare parts service Warranty coverage Identification labels Layout of poly-V-belt drive Engine Rims and tires Electrical system Main dimensions Weights Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. Consumer information...

  • Page 373

    Spare parts service All authorized Mercedes-Benz Centers maintain a stock of genuine Mercedes-Benz parts required for mainte- nance and repair work. In addition, strate- gically located parts distribution centers provide quick and reliable parts service.

  • Page 374: Warranty Coverage

    Emission System Warranty Emission Performance Warranty California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont Emission Control Systems Warranty Replacement parts and accessories are covered by the Mercedes-Benz Spare Parts and Accessories warranties, copies of which are available at any Mercedes-Benz Center. Technical data Warranty coverage...

  • Page 375

    Technical data Identification labels Identification labels 1 Certification label (above driver’s door lock latch) 2 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (below right rear storage compart- ment) 3 Engine number (engraved on engine) 4 VIN, visible (lower edge of windshield) 5 Emission control label 6 Information label, California version Vacuum line routing for emission con- trol system...

  • Page 376: Sl 55 Amg

    Layout of poly-V-belt drive SL 500 1 Automatic belt tensioner 2 ABC tandem pump (pump for power-steering assistance and ABC chassis) 3 Air conditioning compressor 4 Crankshaft 5 Coolant pump 6 Generator (alternator) 7 Idler pulley SL 55 AMG The SL 55 AMG has two poly-V-belts (belt one shown in purple/belt two shown in black).

  • Page 377

    Poly-V-belt 2390 mm The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for the corresponding data of all special bodies and special equipment. Premium fuel required. Performance may vary with fuel octane rating. SL 600 (230.476) 4-stroke engine, gasoline injection 3.23 in (82.00 mm)

  • Page 378

    Poly-V-belt 2462 mm/1289 mm The quoted data apply only to the standard vehicle. See an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for the corre- sponding data of all special bodies and special equipment. Premium fuel required. Performance may vary with fuel octane rating.

  • Page 379

    Rims and tires Rims and tires Only use tires and rims which have been specifically developed for your vehicle and tested and approved by Mercedes-Benz. Other tires and rims can have detrimental effects, such as Poor handling characteristics Increased noise...

  • Page 380

    Same size tires 17’’ tires SL 500* Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.38 in (35 mm) Summer tires (radial-ply tires) 255/45 R17 98W Winter tires (radial-ply tires) 255/45 R17 98V M+S 18’’ tires SL 500 Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.38 in (35 mm)

  • Page 381: Mixed Size Tires

    Technical data Rims and tires Mixed size tires SL 500 SL 500 (Sport Package*) Front axle: Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.38 in (35 mm) Summer tires (radial-ply tires) 255/40 R18 95W Rear axle: Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.57 in (40 mm)

  • Page 382

    SL 55 AMG Front axle: Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.18 in (30 mm) Summer tires (radial-ply tires) 255/40 R18 95W 255/40 R18 95Y Rear axle: Rims (light alloy) Wheel offset 1.30 in (33 mm) Summer tires (radial-ply tires) 285/35 R18 97W 285/35 R18 97Y Must not be used with snow chains.

  • Page 383

    Technical data Rims and tires Spare wheel SL 500 6 B x 17 Wheel offset 0.98 in (25 mm) Collapsible tire 185/60-17 93P Must not be used with snow chains. SL 55 AMG: May also be equipped with TIREFIT ( page 339) in place of collapsible tire.

  • Page 384

    Electrical system Model SL 500 Generator (alternator) 14 V/150 A Starter motor 12 V/1.7 kW Battery Starter battery 12 V/35 Ah Battery for electrical consumers 12 V/70 Ah Spark plugs Bosch F 8 DPER NGK PFR5R11 Electrode gap 0.039 in (1.0 mm) Tightening torque 15 –...

  • Page 385

    Technical data Main dimensions Main dimensions Model SL 500 Overall vehicle length 178.5 in (4535 mm) Overall vehicle length when opening/ 185.4 in (4709 mm) closing hardtop Overall vehicle width 71.9 in (1827 mm) Overall vehicle height 51.1 in (1295 mm) Overall vehicle height when opening/ 65.9 in (1674 mm)

  • Page 386

    Technical data Weights Weights Trunk load max. 220 lb (100 kg)

  • Page 387: Fuels, Coolants, Lubricants, Etc

    3.0 oz (85 g) each High temperature roller bearing grease 1.1 US qt (1.05 l) Mercedes Benz. Please refer to the Facto- ry Approved Service Products pamphlet, or inquire at your Mercedes-Benz Center. Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. Approved engine oils MB Automatic Transmission Oil...

  • Page 388

    Follow suggested mixing ratios ( Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. Model Capacity Fuels, coolants, lubricants, etc. SL 500 approx. 12.3 US qt (11.6 l) MB 325.0 Anticorrosion/Antifreeze SL 600 approx. 13.6 US qt (12.9 l) SL 55 AMG approx.

  • Page 389: Engine Oils, Engine Oil Additives

    Mercedes-Benz. Information on approved products is available in the Factory Approved Service Products pam- phlet, or at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center. Always check the oil filler cap ( page 257) for important informa- tion pertaining to the engine oil need- ing to meet a specific Mercedes-Benz specification (e.g.

  • Page 390: Brake Fluid, Premium Unleaded Gasoline, Fuel Requirements

    Therefore, the brake fluid must be re- placed every two years, preferably in the spring. Only brake fluid approved by Mercedes-Benz is recommended. Your au- thorized Mercedes-Benz Center will pro- vide you with additional information. Premium unleaded gasoline To maintain the engine’s durability and performance, premium unleaded gaso- line must be used.

  • Page 391: Gasoline Additives

    Gasoline additives A major concern among engine manufac- turers is carbon build-up caused by gaso- line. Mercedes-Benz recommends only the use of quality gasoline containing additives that prevent the build-up of carbon depos- its.

  • Page 392: Coolants

    The re- placement interval published in the Service Booklet is only applicable if MB 325.0 anticorrosion/antifreeze solu- tion or other Mercedes-Benz approved products of equal specification (see Facto- ry Approved Service Products pamphlet) are used to renew the coolant concentra- tion or bring it back up to the proper level.

  • Page 393

    Before the start of the winter season (or once a year in hot southern regions), you should have the anticorrosion/antifreeze concentration checked. The coolant is also regularly checked each time you bring your vehicle to an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for service.

  • Page 394: Windshield And Headlamp Washer System

    Windshield and headlamp washer system Both the windshield and headlamp washer systems are supplied from the windshield washer fluid reservoir. The windshield and headlamp washer fluid reservoir has a capacity of approx. 7.4 US qt (7 l). Refill the reservoir with MB Windshield Washer Concentrate and water (or con- centrate and commercially available premixed windshield washer...

  • Page 395

    Technical data Consumer information Consumer information This has been prepared as required of all manufacturers of passenger cars under Ti- tle 49, Code of U.S. Federal Regulations, Part 575 pursuant to the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966”. Uniform tire quality grading Quality grades can be found, where appli- cable, on the tire sidewall between tread...

  • Page 396

    Temperature The temperature grades are A (the high- est), B, and C, representing the tire’s resis- tance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high tem- perature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and ex- cessive temperature can lead to sudden...

  • Page 398

    (indicator lamp 7 on the glove box comes on). See your authorized Mercedes-Benz Center for availability. BabySmart compatible child seats Special restraint system for children.

  • Page 399

    Technical terms CAN system (Controller Area Network) Data bus network serving to control ve- hicle functions such as door locking or windshield wiping depending on vehi- cle settings and/or ambient condi- tions. Cockpit All instruments, switches, buttons and indicator/warning lamps in the passen- ger compartment needed for vehicle operation and monitoring.

  • Page 400

    (Flexible Service System) Service indicator in the multifunction display that informs the driver when the next vehicle maintenance service is due. Gear range Number of gears which are available to the automatic transmission for shifting. The automatic gear shifting process can be adapted to specific operating conditions using the gear selector le- ver.

  • Page 401

    C operation, see above), you can use MANUAL for manual shift pro- gram Remote Vehicle Diagnostics Transmission of vehicle data and cur- rent location to the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center for sub- scribers to Tele Aid service. REST (Residual Engine Heat Utilization)

  • Page 402

    Retractable hardtop Hardtop roof that can be opened and closed at the push of a button and stored in the trunk. Roll bar Occupant protection system which consists of tubular steel sheathed in plastic. The roll bar is lowered into the car body during normal driving condi- tions and raised automatically.

  • Page 403

    Technical terms Traction Force exerted by the vehicle on the road via the tires. Vehicle level control The ground clearance of the vehicle is automatically controlled according to a selected setting and speed. The driver can choose manually within a range of ground clearance, for example on very rough roads.

  • Page 404

    ABC 207, 397 Messages in display 292 Oil level 258 Setting vehicle level 208 ABC switch 26 ABS 75, 76, 397 Messages in display 293 Warning lamp 23, 283 ABS/ESP Warning lamp 23, 282 Accelerator position, automatic transmission 162 Activating Air circulation mode 175 Air conditioning (cooling) 180 Anti-theft alarm system 85...

  • Page 405

    Index Air conditioning (cooling) Turning off 179 Turning on 179 Air pressure see Tire inflation pressure Air pump, electric 324 Turning on 355 Air recirculation mode 175 Air volume adjustment 173 AIRBAG OFF Warning lamp 290 Airbags 59 Children 60 Front 64 Head-thorax 64, 65 Kneebag 64...

  • Page 406

    Backrest supports Lumbar region 109 Shoulder region 109 Backrest tilt 35 Backup lamp bulbs 332 Backup lamps 335 BAS 75, 77, 397 Batteries, SmartKey Changing 328 Batteries, SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* Changing 329 Check lamp 98 Batteries, vehicle 260 Charging 361 Disconnecting 360 For electrical consumers 260, 324, For starter 260, 358...

  • Page 407

    Index Central locking Automatic 105 Central locking switch 105 Switching on/off (control system) 146 Unlocking from inside 105 Central locking switch 25 Central unlocking switch 25 Changing Batteries (SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO*) 329 Batteries (SmartKey) 328 SmartKey setting 91 SmartKey with KEYLESS-GO* settings 96 Vehicle level 209 Charging...

  • Page 408

    Control system 127, 130, 398 AUDIO menu 132 Convenience submenu 148 Distronic* menu 135 Functions 128 Instrument cluster submenu 140 Lighting submenu 142 Malfunction memory menu 136 Menus 128 Multifunction display 127 Multifunction steering wheel 128 NAVI menu 134 Standard display menu 127, 132 Submenus 131 TEL* menu 152 Trip computer menu 150...

  • Page 409

    Index Engine with the SmartKey 53 ESP 79 Exterior lamps 117 Hazard warning flasher 121 Headlamps 52, 117 Immobilizer 84 Interior light delayed switch-off 145 Parktronic* 212 Rear window defroster 177 Residual heat 178 Seat heating 110, 111 Seat ventilation* 113 Tow-away alarm 87 Deep water see Standing water Defrosting 175...

  • Page 410

    Doors Message in display 306 Opening from inside vehicle 99 Storage compartments 215 Downhill driving Cruise control 194 Downshifting 156 Drinking and driving 239 Drive sensibly - save fuel 239 Driving 40, 45 Driving abroad 246 Driving hints Distronic* 205 SBC brake system 83 Driving instructions 239 Driving off 242...

  • Page 411

    Index Engine oil 255, 388 Adding 257 Additives 388 Checking level 255 Consumption 255 Display messages 307 Filler neck 257 Messages in display 256 Engine oil level see Oil level ESP 75, 78, 398 Control switch 26 Switching off 79 Switching on 80 Synchronizing 295 Warning lamp 78...

  • Page 412

    Fuse chart 369 Fuse chart see Vehicle tool kit Fuses 369 Fuse chart 369 Fuse extractor 369 Main fuse box 369 Spare fuses 369 Garage door opener 27, 231 Gasoline see Fuel Gear range Automatic transmission 157 Indicator 23 Limiting 157 Shifting into optimal 156 Gear range limit Canceling 156...

  • Page 413

    Index Identification labels 374 Ignition 31, 33 Switching on 31 Immobilizer 84 Activating 53, 84 Deactivating 84 Indicator lamps see Lamps, indicator and warning Infant and child restraint systems 70 Instrument cluster 22, 124, 399 Select language 141 Instrument lighting 124 Interior lighting 122 Automatic control 122 Delayed switch-off 145...

  • Page 414

    Coolant 286 DTR* 198 Engine diagnostics 285 ESP 78 Fuel reserve 287 SBC 81 Seat belts 289 Service indicator 271 SRS 59, 289 Turn signals 23 Language Multifunction display 141 Leather upholstery Cleaning 280 License plate lamps 142, 332 Replacing bulbs 336 Light sensor 313 Lighter see Cigarette lighter Lighting...

  • Page 415

    Index Maximum cooling MAXCOOL 174 Memory function 399 Storing exterior rear view mirror park- ing positions 115 Storing key-dependent settings 149 Menus 128 AUDIO 132 Distronic* 135 Malfunction memory 136 NAVI 134 Standard display 132 TEL* 152 Trip computer 150 Microphone Hands-free microphone 27 Miles/kilometers in speedometer 141...

  • Page 416

    Navigation system Operating 134 Night security illumination 143 Octane number 401 Odometer, main 23 Adding 257 Consumption 255 Filler neck 257 Oil level Checking 252 One-touch gearshifting 156 Canceling gear range limit 156 Downshifting 156 Upshifting 156 Opening Doors from the inside 99 Fuel filler flap 250 Hood 253 Luggage cover 185...

  • Page 417

    Index Parktronic* 26, 210, 400 Activating 212 Cleaning system sensors 277 Deactivating 212 Malfunctioning 213 Minimum distance 211 Range 211 Rear sensors 211 System sensors 277 Warning indicators 21, 211 Passenger side Front airbag 64 Head-thorax airbag 65 Parcel net in footwell 217 Pedals 239 Phone book* 153 Loading 154...

  • Page 418

    Regular checks 252 Regular driving style 208 Remote Vehicle Diagnostics 400 Replacing Backup lamp bulbs 335 Brake lamp bulbs 332 Bulbs 331 Front lamp bulbs 334 Front turn signal bulbs 334 Fuses 369 High beam bulbs 334 License plate lamp bulbs 336 Low beam bulbs 334 Rear fog lamp bulb 335 Rear lamp bulbs 332, 335...

  • Page 419

    Index Self-check 82 Warning lamp 81 Seat belt force limiter 68 Seat belts 40, 58, 65 Cleaning 279 Messages in display 316 Telltale 289 Seat heating Switching off 110 Switching on 110 Seat ventilation* Switching off 113 Switching on 113 Seats Adjusting height 35 Adjusting lumbar support 109...

  • Page 420

    Setting current speed Cruise control 194 Setting last stored speed Distronic* 202 Setting speed Cruise control 195 Distronic* 201 Setting to last stored speed Cruise control 195 Settings Calling up Distronic* 135, 199 Convenience functions 148 Factory (SmartKey) 91 Resetting all (control system) 137 Selective (SmartKey) 91 Settings menu Individual vehicle settings 137...

  • Page 421

    Index Global locking 96 Global unlocking 96 Locking 98 Loss of 98 Messages in display 311 Reprogramming 96 Selective setting 96 Unlocking 32, 93 SmartKey with remote control 90 Snow chains 269 Spare fuses 369 Spare fuses see Vehicle tool kit Spare parts service 372 Spare tire see Spare wheel 339 Spare wheel 323, 324, 350, 382...

  • Page 422

    Unlocking storage compartments 217, 326 Ventilated compartments 180 Submenus 131 Convenience 148 Instrument cluster 140 Lighting 142 Resetting functions 138 Selecting 138 Settings menus 138 Vehicle 145 Summer opening feature 188 Sun blind see Sunshade Sun visors 169 Sunshade 191 Closing 192 Opening 192 Suspension tuning...

  • Page 423

    Index Telephones and two-way radios 247 Temperature Outside temperature indicator 126 Sensor 27 Setting interior temperature 172 Setting units in display 140 Tires 264 Tightening torque 356, 401 Time display mode Setting 140 Tire inflation pressure 343, 347 Checking 252, 263 Setting units 147 Tire speed rating 244, 401 Tire traction 244...

  • Page 424

    Trunk lid Opening 99 Trunk lid emergency release 102 Turn signals 21, 47 Additional in mirrors 332 Front bulbs 332 Indicator lamps 23 Rear bulbs 332 Turning off the engine 53 Units Setting speedometer units 141 Setting temperature units 140 Setting tire inflation pressure units 147 Unlocking 30...

  • Page 425

    Index VIN (vehicle identification number) 374, Voice control system* 21, 402 Hands-free microphone 27 Warning lamps see Lamps, indicator and warning Warning sounds Distance warning function* 204 Distronic* 198 Drivers seat belts 65 Warranty coverage 373 Washing the vehicle 276 Wear pattern (tires) 267 Wheel bolts Tightening torque 356...

  • Page 432

    If you have any questions about carrying out any type of service, turn to the advice of an authorized Mercedes-Benz Center.

  • Page 434

    Order No. 6515 3051 13 Part No. 230 584 39 82 USA Edition B, 2004...

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