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Hey everyone,

I don't get the car for a week, and I don't have the user manual, but I am really anxious to know what some of these buttons/switches are for in the car. Could anyone please shed some light? Thanks!
 

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A= rear entry lights on/offB= entry lights auto operate when door openC= front entry l...

A= rear entry lights on/off
B= entry lights auto operate when door open
C= front entry lights
D= Light sensor for auto dimming mirror
E= cant quite make out what the image shows??????
F= heated front seats
G= joystick for left/right mirror (centre position to fold mirrors)
H= rear window child control on/off
I= fader
[;)]

by the way, I have never seen a W140 with zebrano wood before....i guess this makes yours all the more unique [8D]
 

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Re: A= rear entry lights on/offB= entry lights auto operate when door openC= front entry l...

by the way, I have never seen a W140 with zebrano wood before....i guess this makes yours all the more unique [8D]
Thanks! You guys are really helpful!

You call that wood "zebrano"? Hmmm . . . I just thought it was like some kind of Oak with a dark wood grain. What kind of wood do you guys have? Most likely burlwood or something?
 

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"E" indicates "winter mode."

This feature is intended to be utilized whenever you attach snow chains to the tires. As I recall, the manufacturer recommends that you do not travel at speeds exceeding 35 MPH without disengaging it. [:)]
 

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Re: Re: A= rear entry lights on/offB= entry lights auto operate when door openC= front entry l

by the way, I have never seen a W140 with zebrano wood before....i guess this makes yours all the more unique [8D]
Thanks! You guys are really helpful!

You call that wood "zebrano"? Hmmm . . . I just thought it was like some kind of Oak with a dark wood grain. What kind of wood do you guys have? Most likely burlwood or something?
Yes. The wood finish is called zebrano. Zebrano was used on earlier mercedes before Burl and birds eye maple was used. Cars from the era of your W140 and later were equiped with Burl as standard. Some Markets (The middle east and germany) still used zebrano as the public perception in these regions was that burl to too 'plasticated'

I also noticed that your gearbox seems to be missing the E/S switch to the left of the selector. This is used to switch the shift pattern between standard and economy.

In my part of the world we dont ever use winter tyres or snow chains so our cars are not equipped with the snow chain switch that you have marked on your diagram with an 'E'. We also dont have the switch marked 'I' as the Bose sound system was not standard in the UK.

USA spec cars seem to be better equipped as standard than those in Europe. A lot of what you guys have standard is an extra cost option over here.
 

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E/S Switch . . .

I also noticed that your gearbox seems to be missing the E/S switch to the left of the selector. This is used to switch the shift pattern between standard and economy.
What kind of W140 do you drive? I have the 300SE, which has a 5-speed automatic transmission. I have read that model with larger engines have a 4-speed automatic transmission. Possibly, you have the E/S switch because your car has overdrive, where as mine has the 5th gear?? Can anyone verify this?

In my part of the world we dont ever use winter tyres or snow chains so our cars are not equipped with the snow chain switch that you have marked on your diagram with an 'E'.
I wonder why I have a button for snow chains? I have a Canadian model, but snow chains are ilegal in Canada . . .
 

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Re: E/S Switch . . .

I also noticed that your gearbox seems to be missing the E/S switch to the left of the selector. This is used to switch the shift pattern between standard and economy.
What kind of W140 do you drive? I have the 300SE, which has a 5-speed automatic transmission. I have read that model with larger engines have a 4-speed automatic transmission. Possibly, you have the E/S switch because your car has overdrive, where as mine has the 5th gear?? Can anyone verify this?

In my part of the world we dont ever use winter tyres or snow chains so our cars are not equipped with the snow chain switch that you have marked on your diagram with an 'E'.
I wonder why I have a button for snow chains? I have a Canadian model, but snow chains are ilegal in Canada . . .
I have a April 1994 300SEL/S320 with 4 speed auto transmission. My car is not equipped with overdrive. The E/S switch merely changes the shift pattern and has nothing to do with restricting gears.

As for the snow chain button, we cant quite make out from the picture what of the button actually shows. Its merely an assumption.
 

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Re: Re: E/S Switch . . .

I have a April 1994 300SEL/S320 with 4 speed auto transmission. My car is not equipped with overdrive. The E/S switch merely changes the shift pattern and has nothing to do with restricting gears.
Oh I see . . . I wonder why my car doesn't have that then. . . now I wish it did! Maybe this was an option, or was a feature that was not introduced until 1994. Does anyone know?

As for the snow chain button, we cant quite make out from the picture what of the button actually shows. Its merely an assumption.
I thought that the button looked like it had a snow-covered tire on it. I firgured that it had something to do with winter driving, but I don't have the user manual to find out exactly what it does. Maybe it is for some kind of ice traction system or something? I ahve no idea . . . I would take a better picture, but I don;t get the car for about a week. these are just pictures of the car that I took when lookig at it at the dealer. (And I used all of these pictures to convince my Dad that he really needed this car [;)]
 
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