Center Console Armrest May Break on Mercedes-Benz S500

The center console armrest can break. Replacement is commonly the recommended repair.

 

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Average mileage: 90,854 (26,000–176,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006
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Armrest cup holder broken
2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 176,000 mi,
the cup holder hyper extended and broke, the dealer wants $300 fo rthe repair
2003 Mercedes-Benz S500 80,000 mi,
Center console lid latch broken, instead of a simple one piece design, it is three parts include the lever, a dogear device and the latch itself. Apparently the middle component broke and I cannot even see how to remove the part
2006 Mercedes-Benz S500 90,000 mi,
Started sticking and would not closed properly. Finally broke completely.
2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 90,000 mi,
Center console arm rest is hinged. Passenger side armrest will not fully re-seat to proper position. No obvious fix.
Center console cover hinges both broken with 80K miles. Haven't fixed, found hinges yet. Intend to fix myself and would like repair and replacement procedures on how to remove the old hinges and install the new hinges
Yep the whole component just cracked from the cup holders to the phone holder to the compartment. When I bought it all worked fine but after only 6 months it failed to glide slowly down when lifted up. It now slams to close if you let it go. However I did convert the phone to bluetooth and it is working excellent. The leather cover is also very very ugly and worn out.
2005 Mercedes-Benz S500 26,000 mi,
Pushed down center console cup holder will not disengage and pop up.
2006 Mercedes-Benz S500 50,000 mi,
did not fix... very expensive and not worth it