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Old 07-30-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Center Console Armrest Plastic Latch Broken

The Frau is unhappy again.

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!

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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.
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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Default Had mine changed under warranty.

Due to the lid slamming down frequently - no damping mechanism.
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Default I had to have mine replaced also, with very little use of the latch

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Damn thing. Mine just broke too. Too thin for such a high-use piece.
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Old 07-31-2006, 11:19 PM   #5
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Default Mine broke too

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.
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Does anyone know the part number & cost for a replacement?
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Does anyone know the part number & cost for a replacement?
The TSB for the center arm rest is in the TSB library in my signature. I have pasted in the link for the individual TSB
http://www.uberlame.com/a6_tsb/Front...0to%20open.pdf
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Thanks! Any idea what my color code is to add onto the part number? I have black leather interior.
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Thanks! Any idea what my color code is to add onto the part number? I have black leather interior.
I have a black too:
4F0898173B6PS
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Console, Console, Cover assy, Black, PARTS KIT - Covers & components
price: $34.20

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...
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Thanks. Is the install straight forward once you get the part. I glanced at the broken latch and the replacement didnt seem obvious.
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Easy install, just carefully pop off the underside (top plate) of the armrest assembly that flips up - if you get the parts kit you'll see what's holding it on.
insert the latch and reinstall the top plate.
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Replaced mine too under warranty.

Car is '05 A6 and broke last year just before the new car warranty expired.

Dealer never made a big deal out of it though said that trim pieces were only supposed to be covered till 12mo/12k miles.

I remember my old '04 A4 had the same problem of the latch breaking but never got it repaired till I traded it in.

I agree that it's poor designing of Audi since I broke in on two different cars. Now I make sure that I close the lid very~very gently but it sometimes just drop closes by itself.
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To revive an old thread, I entered the part # and got 4 results back. 2 from the collision catalog, 2 from the OEM catalog. Are all 4 of these the same thing?
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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.
what exactly do u guys mean when u say latch ... is it the hinge part ..the back part where the lid pivots. Or is it the front release lever ..the part you have to squeeze up to get the lid to be able to lift up?

i have a front release lever thats broken.. is that the part # that was given

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Does anyone know the part number & cost for a replacement?
I ordered a replacement from Audi Parts Nationwide www.audpartsnationwide.com (located in CA). Cost was $89 then shipping and handling. They are very quick and have always packaged their items very well.

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I ordered a replacement from Audi Parts Nationwide www.audpartsnationwide.com (located in CA). Cost was $89 then shipping and handling. They are very quick and have always packaged their items very well.

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you should try http://www.genuinevwaudiparts.com/ I had the exact problem in the image and replaced it myself too. Trust me I am not good with cars either, anyways I remember being a tad cheaper. Its too late now but i would book mark this site for reference and they have a nice diagram of how are cars are built. I also use it to see if the dealer is ripping me off. haha
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Default Replacing the console cover.

06 Audi A4 Cabriolet--how do I replace the center console cover? Short of taking it to the dealer, yet again, and paying an arm and a leg.

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Triplecore, are there in www.genuinevwaudiparts.com ALL audi parts original???
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