2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Stuck Center Bin

February 25, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

That center armrest pictured above slides back to reveal some cupholders. Well, at least it's supposed to.

I was nearing the Edmunds HQ on my drive into the office and I went to fetch my parking card and sunglasses case from the bin. But that sliding armrest was having none of it. I pressed the button on the side to release the catch, but the darned thing wouldn't slide. Not even a little bit.

I tried pushing both buttons at the same time (on the driver and passenger side). Nothing.

Perhaps my glasses case or parking card is holding it up, much like any number of spoons and ladles in my kitchen tool drawer at home? I floored the gas pedal then slammed on the brakes in an effort to jog something loose. Nope. Lateral Gs? Nothing.

At that point I channeled my inner caveman and pressed the button with one hand and gave it a light punch. Nada. Then I gave it a good slug and, voila! That bin popped right open.

My case and cards were nowhere near the lid, so they weren't the problem. I slid it shut then tried to open it again and it did so with no resistance. Weird. So there, I ummmmmm...fixed it?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 16,375 miles

Comments

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    However expensive. However beautifully crafted. However rich the materials. This is still a very low volume car and things like this will simply never work as well as they do in, say, a Camry. There should be a rule when designing cars like this to keep everything as simple as possible. No hidden compartments. No sliding covers. Nothing to fall off or jam. It's just never going to get the design, testing and refinement you'll find in a mass market car.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I once had a car with a flaky speedo that I could get back to fully functioning just by slamming a fist on the dash. I liked that.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @legacygt: I agree with you, But I'm of the mindset that it should actually be more refined in certain ways. Especially when it's a product from a company that emphasizes refinement. Although cars like the Camry would of course get more testing, I would t

  • legacygt, good point and often seen on shows like top gear and fifth gear where things squeak and windows don't quite fit right when rolled up. I still think I'd expect more exacting standards like quadricycle but I do understand. no someone copy legacygt's post over to the Tesla touch screen failure post :)

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I don't think this is an issue of limited production = insufficient testing. I think this is more to do with the fact that this particular SLS was a press-loaner for 15,000 miles prior to Edmunds getting a hold of it. Those were 15K HARD miles where undoubtedly hundreds of different journalists got behind the wheel carelessly slamming that console lid shut, forcing it closed when they had too much stuff in the console, etc.

  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    really officer, I was only trying to unstick the bin latch to get my sunglasses

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