The latch broke on my center console armrest - you know, the one that houses the non-existant phone adapter for my non-compatible to '05 A6 phone. A replacement console, under warranty, is on order as I type this.
Upon examination of the latch piece I am dissapointed that Audi engineers allowed this part to have such a thin amount of plastic in a critical stress point. I am a design engineer, myself, and I would have used a metal die-casting instead (like magnesium). I am concerned when it is fixed it will still be susceptable to fracture again - and I didn't do anything to abuse it to cause the latch fracture in the first place.
I think I'll file this one away with the inadequate MMI mouse ****. My surgical precision epoxy job is ten times better than a replacement with the same flawed materials (see below).
Wow! Awesome performance, handling, acceleration, speed, and style - with cheap plastic ***** and latches.
Audi, if you're listening, I'd pay a little more to prevent this kind of stuff. Kick it up a notch!
PS: MMI **** Fix for those interested.
If anyone has their MMI mouse **** come off, I have a sure fix using clear, two-part, 5-minute epoxy and a toothpick:
1.) Clean mating surfaces with rubbing alcohol - let dry.
2.) Mix epoxy and apply sparingly (about the size of a drop of water) to mating surfaces of inside MMI **** and same to console MMI **** shaft. (DO NOT DRIP ON ANYTHING! - Use wax paper or something to shield the area if needed.)
3.) Carefully press the MMI **** back into place with a little bit of pressure. If the fracture was uneven you must align the bits.
4.) Let sit overnight.
All fixed and better than original since the epoxy will hold up better than existing material interface.
1.) To reboot your MMI, press the Setup button, the MMI center button (or mouse), and the button to the upper right of the mouse simultaneously for just a second or two.
2.) To unlock a stuck transmission, remove the ashtray to expose a little cover. Remove this little cover and there is an emergency release rocker switch. Press and hold down the switch with a screwdriver or pen. Now you can slide the transmission into neutral. (Don't forget to also depress the button on the shift ****.)
3. The key fob takes a #2032 battery. Replace it every 18 months (or sooner). Don't be afraid to replace it yourself.
Mine broke in the first year I had my '05. The dealership made a big deal out of it, saying they had to get special permission to get it fixed under warranty. I agree the thing is poorly designed. I am extremely gentle when closing the arm rest now, and it is holding up just fine.
2015 A6 TDI Prestige with 19" Sports Package with Season Dedicated Tires - Oolong Gray Metalic, Nougat Brown Interior, Dark Brown Walnut Inlays, Black Headliner, Driver Assistance Package, Cold Weather Package, Night Vision Assistant with Pedestrian Detection. Summer Tires - Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Winter Tires - Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4,
I just ordered and replaced this part too. here is the info
Originally Posted by 05A632
Thanks! Any idea what my color code is to add onto the part number? I have black leather interior.
I have a black too:
Console, Console, Cover assy, Black, PARTS KIT - Covers & components
ordered from genuinevwaudiparts.com. it comes with both the latch and top plate of the assmbly - if you need the top plate and not the latch, mine is available - i just used the latch. easy 5 minute install.
oh, and i thought I should add that the car in my sig pic is my old A6 - not the one I ordered for...