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Car Problem Reports
Mercedes-Benz E500 Center Arm Rest Cup Holder May Break
Mercedes-Benz E500 Problem
Average Mileage: 85,038 mi (41,000 mi - 145,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E500, 59,000 mi
Cupholder would not come up when depressed
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500, 68,000 mi
Center cup holder will not "pop up" when silver toggle button is pressed.
Visitor, 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500, 62,000 mi
does not open automatically
no longer use cup holder too much of issue
Visitor, 2005 Mercedes-Benz E500, 80,000 mi
Silver tab does not deploy cup holder. Manually pull up, not ideal but functional
Visitor, 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500
would no longer deploy, spring retention point damaged
Visitor, 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.
Visitor, 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500, 75,000 mi
Cupholder broke. Did a "functional fix" -- not pretty, but with two hands it works.
Visitor, 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.