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Old 08-15-2003, 07:13 AM
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Center console lid - why the slide?

I can't figure out why this lid slides forward... doesn't seem to be any logical reason for it. To rest elbow on? To place drink can on to be more accessible?

Anyone enlighten me?

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Old 08-15-2003, 08:37 AM
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Elbow!
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:10 AM
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Definitely elbow!
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:36 AM
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My prosthetic arm won't fit in the map pocket so I can place it on the extended console while I'm driving...
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Old 08-15-2003, 04:05 PM
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Martini tray!
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Old 08-15-2003, 07:18 PM
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Yes, elbow rest makes sense. Gotta have something to brace it for sharp turns. Particularly when holding a a martini with your prosthetic arm

Any more ideas? This has to be the most peculiar design quirk I've ever struck, and knowing the Germans it won't be there just for frivilous elbow resting. I think it's a manual throttle, but if so, mine's been disconnected.

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~1991 Daimler, shiny grey on grey leather, best in country!
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Old 08-15-2003, 08:10 PM
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I always assumed the same feature in my Saabs was intended to allow more flexibility in positioning the elbow at rest--or was it simply a feature they planted on their cars just to see if they could hoodwink Mercedes into copying them?
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Old 08-15-2003, 10:09 PM
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Got it! Slide elbow rest to rear. Accelerate to 230km/hr. Hold coconut firmly 4" in front of slider. Brake suddenly...
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Old 08-15-2003, 11:57 PM
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Right, Ken! The world's most expensive coconut splitter!
And people think we Benz-heads are frivolous Sharper Image yuppies...
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