Date of printing:12/13/2013
Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Mode | Service products]
Owner's Manual version: K 09/10
Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.
Service products include the following:
Approved service products comply with the highest quality standards and are listed in the Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Service Products. Only use service products approved for the vehicle. This is an important condition for the implied warranty.
You can recognise service products approved by Mercedes-Benz by the following labels:
Other labels and recommendations indicating the quality or a specification are not necessarily approved by Mercedes-Benz. Information on approved service products can be obtained at any Mercedes-Benz Service Centre and on the Internet at: http://bevo.mercedes-benz.com/
Use only approved brake fluids that comply with the Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Service Products. Information on approved brake fluids for your vehicle can be found in the Maintenance Booklet. You must pay attention to the boiling point (DOT 4 plus).
If the boiling point of the brake fluid is too low, vapour pockets may form in the brake system when the brakes are subjected to a heavy load (e.g. on long downhill stretches). This would impair braking efficiency. The vehicle's stopping distance may then be longer. This increases the risk of an accident.
Engine oils approved by Mercedes-Benz are indicated as such by featuring the Sheet No. under the "MB-Approval" notice on the oil canister. Information on approved engine oils for your vehicle can be found in the Maintenance Booklet.
These engine oils are of high quality and have a beneficial effect on:
Multi-grade engine oils of the prescribed SAE class (viscosity) may be used all year round, taking the outside temperatures into account. The oil change intervals may be shortened depending on the sulphur content of the fuel more.
If the SAE viscosity class of the engine oil used does not cover the outside temperature range in which you are operating the vehicle, it must be changed in good time, in particular before the cold season commences. Using an engine oil that does not have adequate temperature characteristics can lead to engine damage.
The temperature range information of the SAE classification always refers to that of fresh oil. The temperature characteristics of the engine oil may deteriorate significantly due to ageing in use, especially at low outside temperatures.
Engine oils are differentiated according to:
Make sure that coolant does not come into contact with skin, eyes or clothing. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of clean water. Clean affected areas of skin and clothing with soap and water immediately. Change any affected clothing immediately.
To prevent damage to the cooling system, use only approved anti-corrosion/antifreeze agents that comply with the Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Service Products. You will find information about approved anti-corrosion/antifreeze agents for your vehicle in the Maintenance Booklet.
In the coolant, the antifreeze/corrosion inhibitor is responsible for:
If there is a loss of coolant, do not replenish with water only, but also add an approved corrosion inhibitor/antifreeze agent. The water in the coolant must meet certain requirements, which are often fulfilled by drinking water. If the water quality is not sufficient, you must treat the water.
As an exception, if antifreeze protection is not required (e.g. in countries with continuously hot climates), it is permissible to add a coolant additive in accordance with Sheet No. 312.0 of the Mercedes-Benz Specifications for Service Products instead of a corrosion inhibitor/antifreeze agent.
There is otherwise a risk of impaired engine performance or engine damage. The use of special additives is always the responsibility of the vehicle operator and may result in the restriction or loss of your implied warranty entitlements.
If the recommended fuel is not available, you may, but only as a temporary measure, use regular unleaded petrol, 91 RON/82.5 MON. This may reduce the engine's performance and increase fuel consumption. Avoid driving at full throttle.
Only refuel using commercially-available automotive diesel fuel that conforms to the European standard EN 590 (or equivalent national fuel standards). Fuels such as alternative fuels (bio-diesel), marine diesel, heating oil etc. are not permitted.
There is otherwise a risk of impaired engine performance or engine and catalytic converter damage. The use of fuel additives is always the responsibility of the vehicle operator and may result in the restriction or loss of your implied warranty entitlements.
The following table is an overview of the average sulphur content in percentage by weight in fuels in the countries concerned. You may obtain information about current country-specific fuel sulphur contents from any Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia , Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia , Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia , Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Turkey , United Kingdom, Ukraine 
In Germany, the winter diesel fuels available remain reliable in operation down to about -20 °C. Winter diesel, which can be used without difficulties at the temperatures normally encountered, is available in most countries.
Flow improver is not guaranteed to be effective with every fuel. Observe the manufacturer's recommendations. Information about approved flow improver can be obtained from any Mercedes-Benz Service Centre.
If you are using summer-grade diesel or winter-grade diesel with less resistance to low temperatures (for example, in southern Europe), add a quantity of flow improver appropriate for the outside temperature.
Add this additive to the diesel in good time, i.e. before the flow properties of the diesel are affected by paraffin separation. Malfunctions caused by paraffin separation can only be rectified by heating the entire fuel system, e.g. by parking the vehicle in a heated garage.