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Old 05-18-2002, 01:09 PM
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1998 210 cupholder door stuck open

I have a 1998 e300dt. The cupholder door in the console won't latch colsed. The door moves freely throughout its travel; it just won't catch. Any ideas?
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Old 05-18-2002, 09:12 PM
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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),
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Old 05-19-2002, 12:38 PM
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Above noted and appreciated. I hate the cup holder and only use it to hold sealed beverages for transport to my destination. I will have the thing fixed and never use it again. I might be selling the car soon, by the way. It is a 1998 E300DT black/black MB tex. with 110k miles. It has E430 wheels with the originals included. Glow plugs were replaced 1k ago. The car is flawless and was under warranty to 100k.
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Old 05-19-2002, 02:03 PM
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You may want to try using a non-petroleum based spray product with a spray tube. Something like a silicon based lube product. WD40 or the like can get very messy with interiors.

Locate the latch mechanism, aim the spray tube directly at it and give it a couple of short bursts. Be sure to have an absorbent cloth/rag handy to catch the over-spray. The idea being that it is both lubed and cleaned by the blast.

I just fixed a non-MBZ console latch this way. It, according to the owner, had never worked well until after we did this.
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Old 05-19-2002, 04:00 PM
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Appreciate above. Will try.
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Old 05-19-2002, 08:17 PM
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Flawless except that darn cupholder
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Old 05-19-2002, 08:59 PM
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You know it! Grrrrrrrrr!
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