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Old 05-18-2002, 08:12 PM
JimSmith JimSmith is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
Posts: 3,596

I had the same problem, but I detected it while the car was still under warranty. The whole assembly was replaced. I never use the thing, so I do not expect to have to replace it again, and if it does fail again, I will glue it shut or something. I can't change old lessons drilled into my mind, but eating and drinking in the car when I was a kid could cost you a lot if my Dad caught you. So the idea of adding a mechanical Rube Goldberg gizmo to assist doing something I agree should not be done in a car strikes me as a waste. If you are going to do something like make a cupholder, do is simply and reliably, and most of all cheaply. Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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