What Does This Button Do?

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 hardtop convertible hides its controls for the top’s operation in a nifty command pod on the center console. Opening the pod reveals two buttons. One button’s duty is clear — to open and close the top — while the other button looks like a window control. But there are window switches on the armrests already, so what does this one do?
Could this flying windows symbol be for the built-in Microsoft Windows 3.1? That would be sweet. I haven’t played Minesweeper in years. 

It is, in fact, another way to open the windows. The second switch inside the pod opens and closes all four side windows, including two smaller rear windows, not just the large side windows that the armrest controls.
After all the windows are down, the only way to raise the rear windows is to use that button. This was revealed to me after I used the armrest switches to raise the windows, assuming all windows would close. Upon returning to the car, I initially thought the door wasn’t closed all the way or that the top really lets a lot of noise through. As it turned out, those rear windows never closed. Whoops.
If two ways to open the windows aren’t enough, there’s a third. The key fob also opens and closes all four windows from outside the car. Holding the unlock button lowers the windows, and doing the same for the lock button raises them.




My guess is it's the mechanism MB uses to lift the wallet out of your pocket when they service your car.


Rolls front and back windows down.


This window button is actually a big convenience feature and makes sense next to the convertible top control. Anyone who's ever driven any convertible with power top and windows can attest to having to hunt for and use the window buttons with your opposite hand is a minor annoyance. No idea why the armest controls won't put the tiny rear windows back up, however.

Top lever is a bit overly large and garish, though. I'd prefer something just a wee bit less huge. Sort of a marketing gimmick for salesmen, Mercedes likes to try to demonstrate that they engineer things well beyond the normal everyday use. Exactly how much leverage DO you require to push that button??

By the way, that giant lever clearly puts the top down, but as with most levers only appears to operate in one direction. So in using the car for the first time, my next question would be: OK, how do I now put the darn thing UP? I'm sure I'd end up yanking again, and it hopefully would know what that means.

Leave it to the SLK350 to continue leading the way with new innovation... This time, with windows. The thing is, it really isn't all that difficult to roll all the windows down at the same time. All four window controls are available to the driver on their door's arm rest. Still a very nice innovation that I'm sure Mercedes enthusiasts will enjoy.

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