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Pelican Technical Article:

Center Console Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, T25 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz E320 (2003-09)
Mercedes-Benz E500 (2003-06)
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-06)

Parts Required:

Trim panel clips and center console

Hot Tip:

Clean once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to items under console

Complementary Modification:

Route accessory wiring under console

Interior trim pieces in Mercedes-Benz W211 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out the trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

A number of electrical components are installed in the center console. Before removing the console, disconnect the battery negative cable and insulate the cable end to prevent accidental reconnection.

The center console runs from the dashboard along the transmission tunnel to the rear seats. You may have to remove it to work on your stereo system or to replace the transmission shift module. Be careful when levering off the wood trim panels. If you twist or lever too hard, the wood can crack. If you're running new wiring under the center console for an iPod or other aftermarket equipment, run it through a protective loom and be sure it is well out of the way of the parking brake cable.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

This tech article shows you how to replace the center console (red arrow).
Figure 1

This tech article shows you how to replace the center console (red arrow).

Open the cup holder door.
Figure 2

Open the cup holder door. Then open and remove the cup holder by lifting it straight up (red arrow).

Open the main storage compartment.
Figure 3

Open the main storage compartment. Then remove the bottom panel. Mercedes-Benz calls for tools that pull up on slots (blue arrows) on the panel. However, I don't have these tools and you may not either. If not, pull up on the center hole (red arrow) to remove the panel. Wiggle the panel back and forth to detach it.

Lift and remove the panel.
Figure 4

Lift and remove the panel. The red arrows points to the tabs you detach when removing it.

Next, remove the foam insulation at the bottom of the storage compartment.
Figure 5

Next, remove the foam insulation at the bottom of the storage compartment.

Working in the storage compartment, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 6

Working in the storage compartment, disconnect the electrical connectors. There are quite a few. Some detach by pulling apart (blue arrows). Some require a release tab to be pressed to disconnect (red arrows). Once the connectors are disconnected, remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (green arrows).

Move to the shifter.
Figure 7

Move to the shifter. Squeeze the shift boot and detach it at the sides. Then lift up and pull over the shift knob. It stays on the shift knob.

Open the ashtray.
Figure 8

Open the ashtray. Then pull up on the front of the shift bezel (red arrow). Lift the shift bezel up and disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) by pulling it straight out.

Lift the ashtray (red arrow) up.
Figure 9

Lift the ashtray (red arrow) up. Then remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (green arrows) at the front of the center console. 

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle and lift it slightly.
Figure 10

Slide the center console toward the rear of the vehicle and lift it slightly. This will detach the front. Then, lift it up and remove it from the vehicle.

When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions.
Figure 11

When installing, reverse the order of the removal instructions. Be sure to replace any damaged trim panel clips. Properly route all of the wiring as before. You will have to feed the wiring (red arrow) through the hole in the center console (green arrow).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Savage Comments: if both my cup holders wont open but dont appear to be broken how would i open it in my 06 e320
November 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure. Try gently levering them open. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steph Comments: David... Can you interchange with an earlier model's console.. I have the same concern as you.
October 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Best bet is to call the Pelican Parts specialists, they can look up your part number for your model, and the donor part number. If they match the should fit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
FRED Comments: Very nice! Thanks.
August 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
David C Klasse Comments: Nick, well that's why I was asking you guys! How would I check to see if the part number for my vehicle would go into the other?? Physically inspect it... visually?
May 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Like I mentioned earlier. The VIN from the donor vehicle will help, because you can see what the vehicle(s) had as original equipment. Or looking for a physical part number on the part - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David C Klasse Comments: Nick, well that's why I was asking you guys! How would I check to see if the part number for my vehicle would go into the other?? Physically inspect it... visually?
May 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Like I mentioned earlier. The VIN from the donor vehicle will help, because you can see what the vehicle(s) had as original equipment. Or looking for a physical part number on the part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David C Klasse Comments: Can this center console me interchanged with the later W211 console? THe ones where the cupholders are fixed, there is less storage... and no real armrest... it has the wooden sliding door mine doesn't slide!. I have a 2006 E350... but I used to have an 03 E320 and i liked that console the one shown on this tech write-up MUCH more!

Could I, in theory.... install this unit into the 2006 E-class?
May 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Good question. It may fit, due to the vehicles being so close in production. Maybe check if the part number for your vehicle can go into the model with this console. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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