Inside Grab Handles/Upholstery/Door Trim Panels May Delaminate on Mercedes-Benz SLK230

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Inside grab handles, the upholstery on the center console cover, and door trim panels can delaminate. Most commonly replacement of the affected part is necessary.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 71,986 (16,250–130,000)
7 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004
50 people reported this problem
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Center console, glove compartment and door handle paint coming off.
Center console laminate peeling. Looks horrid.
Center console (black) laminate pealing off.
No known fix as of yet. We are at 125K now and can not locate anything that will hold!
MB should have covered this. Everyone I know with '98 or '99 had this problem. I paid MB dealer to "fix." They painted top coat. Surface worn off again. And my car is a one person car! Really sad. Have 86,000 now, but resurface was failing within a few thousand miles.
Interior paint peeling on interior door handles and interior console
Many interior parts have the paint wearing away showing a black color - looks terrible.
The passenger side panel is coming unglued: it is a grey on black panel and the grey will meed to be re-glued: it is warping away from the black panel on it's leading and back sides
Recently purchased this car. Coating on console, interior door handles, dashboard and glove compartment feels sticky and chips off easily. I understand that this is a problem with SLKs that Mercedes has known about for many tears but chose not to address. Have heard that the only solution is to remove all parts, strip coating and repaint/recoat,
Leather on console peeling and center popping up around radio and gear shift, not fixed
Yes, makes the car look terribly aged and ugly.
peeling and no solution
convertible top button holder in center console broke. moves around and affects electrical wires. Shop fixed but breaks again very easily. Plus covering (top rubber-like layer)on center console rubs off...visually unattractive but not a safety hazard.
delaminating door panels
vinyl paint used to cover interior panels has been continuously flaking off to reveal black of underlying material.
I have those issues. and cracking issues with the dash and glove box, and center console.
Door cards just started to come loose when I shut the door.remove and use no nails to reseal them..
Interior vinyl on center consoling is delaminating.
Console is peeling
center console and sorrounding area delaminating !