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Mercedes-Benz S430 Center Console Armrest May Break

Mercedes-Benz S430 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Average Mileage: 105,725 mi (72,000 mi - 140,000 mi)


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


  • The armrest sticks when I open it and when it does open it rubs on the back part of the armrest causing the material to peel off, so it looks bad.

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  • Visitor, , 72,000 mi

    Center console cover/armrest broken off at hinge connection area cracked plastic housing to metal hinge. Also cup holder trim cover not attached and holder won't pop up to position due to broken plastic latching release part. Notice the fails are all due to fatigue of PLASTIC PARTS ? . Today sudden catastrophic failer of plastic idler pully causing serpentine V-fan belt to come off causing emediate overheat and cracked the PLASTIC radiator housing next to upper rt. hose connection releasing all fluid from cooling system. All in a matter of seconds. Towing from freeway needed. Need back to basics lightweight metal or carbon fiber at heat and stress points possible solution.

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  • Visitor, , 100,900 mi

    will not lock back down

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    center armrest broke.

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