Center Arm Rest Cup Holder May Break on Mercedes-Benz E500

The cup holder in the center console may break.

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Average mileage: 84,985 (41,000–145,000)
4 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
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2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 68,000 mi,
Center cup holder will not "pop up" when silver toggle button is pressed.
2005 Mercedes-Benz E500 59,000 mi,
Cupholder would not come up when depressed
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 58,000 mi,
My center arm rest cup holder broke at about 40,000 miles. loe to find a used one.
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 62,000 mi,
does not open automatically
The spring on inside of the cup holder can be reattached if you are handy with scissors.
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 75,000 mi,
cup holder wont work
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 89,000 mi,
Broken cup holder will not come up
no longer use cup holder too much of issue
2005 Mercedes-Benz E500 80,000 mi,
Silver tab does not deploy cup holder. Manually pull up, not ideal but functional
would no longer deploy, spring retention point damaged
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 75,000 mi,
Same thing, but I didn't bother to have it looked at. I simply pull up the cup holder with two hands and it works. Annoying, but functional.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 75,000 mi,
Cupholder broke. Did a "functional fix" -- not pretty, but with two hands it works.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 60,000 mi,
Small plastic spring anchor tab broke. The spring does nothing now, so the cupholder doen not respond when the button is pushed. I looked at a new one I think they wanted about $160. I just push the button and pull the cupholder up with a small hook i keep in the center consol.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 65,000 mi,
At first the holder just gummed up and didn't slide smoothly. I cleaned it, thinking it was just syrup from Cokes or coffee, and that fixed it for awhile, but eventually it just fell apart. It was poorly constructed for the amount of wear and tear it was going to receive. Now, I just put my cup in the cavity. That works better.
I have the same problem on the Center arm Rest Cup Holder will not open when I push the release button. Is their an easy way to fixed this problem. Thank you, Art Cabrera
2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 60,600 mi,
The cupholder is broken and has not been fixed at this point
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 98,000 mi,
Cupholder won't pop up and have to manually force it back down.
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 125,000 mi,
cup holder won't close
2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 80,000 mi,
JUST BROKE OFF