Center Console Armrest May Break on Mercedes-Benz S430

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

 

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Average mileage: 106,650 (72,000–140,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006
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2000 Mercedes-Benz S430 140,000 mi,
center armrest broke.
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.
2003 Mercedes-Benz S430 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.
2001 Mercedes-Benz S430 100,900 mi,
will not lock back down