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Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
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As mentioned this is a known issue; you've already found the other threads on it. My SLK has the problem and I've just mentally blocked out the fact that there's even a storage compartment there
. I just don't use it.
That said, this is a very poorly designed piece of the interior, and one that after one bad model year was not fixed by MB. Poor showing by them...
Oh and welcome to the forum!
The center console arm rest storage compartment was changed to one without the upper chamber in mid-model year 2007 (North America) precisely because of the many complaints. The change uses only one large compartment with a small shelf for the Bluetooth puck, the lid is a single piece that opens from the front by pulling upward. This lid is locked when the vehicle is locked via the remote key. AMG models have the leather-covered lids while non-AMG have the same material as the black dash.
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Pewter(cubanitsilber metallic)/Beige, PIII package, Airscarf, Hands-Free Communication System, Lighting package; Designo Black Leather Cover on e-brake handle(Thank you Bill T), SmartTop v3.x, John's 3BFM, M113 AMG OEM air filters, Modified R170 ant., clear side-markers & front parking lamps w/error-free LEDs, chromed front & rear turn indicator lamps, steel mesh at battery bay cover & cabin air intake, sock-over-seatbelt buckles, belt-loop guide protectors, Lamin-X fog lamp protectors, bilateral rear fog lamps enabled, AMG crest on gear shift knob