Center Arm Rest Cup Holder May Break on Mercedes-Benz E500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The cup holder in the center console may break.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 83,951 (40,000–145,000)
4 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
59 people reported this problem
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My center console cup holder broke twice since owning my car in addition to the door knob on the passenger right back side, no one sits there 98.9% of the time I am the only occupant in my car... I went to wipe down my interior door and the knob FELL off!!!

** I have another concern, tell me if anyone out there have had problems with the Air-matic system, twice this has happen to me
as well. I am a very conservative 60 yr old, I do not speed, or run over pot holes, hit bumps etc... TWICE this is ridiculous!! These cars are suppose to be one of the Best Brand on the market, I beginning to think otherwise!! I bought my car straight off the truck in the spring of 2003, I shouldn't have these problems with a "high end" car!
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.
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.
At first the holder just gummed up and didn't slide smoothly. I cleaned it, thinking it was just syrup from Cokes or coffee, and that fixed it for awhile, but eventually it just fell apart. It was poorly constructed for the amount of wear and tear it was going to receive. Now, I just put my cup in the cavity. That works better.
I have the same problem on the Center arm Rest Cup Holder will not open when I push the release button. Is their an easy way to fixed this problem. Thank you,

Art Cabrera