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

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