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The Most Common Mercedes Benz R-Class Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your Mercedes Benz R-Class. Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the R-Class

The R-Class is a marge luxury multi-purpose vehicle manufactured by the German automaker Mercedes since 2005. Following the great success of Mercedes-Bens’ small MPVs the A-Class and the B-Class, the company brought out the R-Class to follow in their footsteps.

First seen as a concept car at the 2002 Detroit Motor Show, the R-Class shared the same platform with the M-Class and the GL. There were 2 wheelbase lengths available with a multitude of engine configurations, and the flexibility of the vehicle extended to the seating arrangements where a customer could choose a model that could allow for 5, 6 or 7 passengers.

2011 saw an update, predominantly to the back grille and mirrors and this version was showcased at the New York International Auto Show. A 5.5-liter V8 engine was sold from this point, and after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the R-Class, they awarded it ‘good’ for frontal crashes, but only ‘acceptable’ for side impacts. Changes were made to the seatbelts and the interior trim, following which, the Thatcham Research New Car Whiplash testing in the UK rated the R-Class also ‘Good.’

Mercedes-Benz predicted 50,000 sales with half of those attributed to USA. Starting out strong the R-Class sales began to slow drastically around 2008, many blamed the economic climate, but that didn’t explain why the R-Class only secured less than 10% of ML-Class sales. Production ended in Northern America in 2002, with the model withdrawn from the UK a year later. The one country the R-Class did excel in however, was China where the vehicle remained on sale.

In a post-mortem, numerous car review sites questioned the reason for the decline of the car, with some suggesting that it had no real solid identity, and in an attempt to appeal to many, it appealed to none.

No one seemed to be able to agree on whether the R-Class was predominantly an SUV, a crossover, a station wagon or an estate. The image problem was worsened by the continual comparison to the very similar-looking Chrysler Pacifica, a car that was plagued with a number of production issues and unreliability reports.