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C-Class W203 Shifter, Cup holder, Arm Rest and Center Console Removal


remove shifter knobAre you trying to remove the center console, ashtray, cup holder on your Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203? Need to repalce the light bulb of the ashtray. At the end of this post we have provided a list of these parts and corresponding part numbers. These instruction go as far as replacing the center console, but you can just follow them until you remove the part that you are trying to replace. In this article we will show you how to accomplish the following following:

  • How to remove Cigarette Lighter
  • How to Remove Center Console
  • How to replace damaged arm rest
  • How to remove the center console shifter wood trim
  • How to replace cup holder cover / sliding cover
  • How to replace ashtray burn out light bulb

This applies to 2001-2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203. More specifically models such as: C320, C230 C32 AMG, C280, C240.

Be patient when you remove the center console, trims, and cupholder to avoid damaging or breaking these parts.

Tools Required

Instructions: How to remove ashtray, shifter knob, boot, wood trim on a 2001-2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203.

  1. It is highly recommended that you disconnect your car battery. Use a 10mm wrench to loosen the bolt on the negative terminal.Disconnect battery negative terminal
  2. Remove the shifter boot/bezel. This can be lifted up vertically. It is held in place with tabs.  At the bottom, it will have a couple of electrical cables connected to it. Disconnect both of them.symptoms of defective gear selector lever mercedes benz e c s cl clk cls ml gl glk classDisconnect the two electrical wires. These two connections are for the PRND light and for the S/W switch.
    mercedes w203 remove center console shifter module boot knob c320 c240 c230
  3. Next, you need to remove the gear selector knob. If you lift up the leather boot, you will notice that the bottom piece of the shifter knob can be twisted. Turn that piece to unlock the shift knob and lift up the knob. The shifter knob can be removed straight up once you twist the bottom piece to unlock it.remove shifter knob
  4. VIDEO: How to remove shifter knob, boot and wood trim.
  5. Open the cigarette lighter lid/ash tray. Use the interior trim removal tools to remove the wooden center console trim. It will simply lift up; there are no screws that need to be replaced.
  6. Push the two tabs that hold the ashtray in place and lift the ashtray up. w203 c-class remove replace ashtray lift coverOn the back, there is a light bulb for the ashtray that you need to disconnect.disconnect and replace light on ashtrayIf you need help you can watch this video which shows you how to remove the ashtray / cigarete tray.
  7. Remove the cup holder. To remove it you need to open it first. Then twist the bottom part clockwise.
  8. You should be able to see two screws right behind the ashtray location. They are black and pointing forward. Remove both of them.remove the two screws behind the ashtray
  9. Remove the bolts that hold the center console in place using a Torx socket. Two bolts are near the shifter module.replace these two 10 mm bolt to remove the center console Two other bolts are under the central armrest. To access these two bolts you need to open the storage area under the central armrest. Some models may have a motor here that need to be removed in order to get to the two bolts.remove center console w203 mercedes benz Here is a picture of the two holes where these two bolts go. They are captured from underneath. remove two bolts to lift up center console
  10. There are two bolts towards the front, near the ashtray that need to be twisted to unlock the armrest from the front dash. You will need to use your torx bits to loosen these bolts. They just need to be rotated once to unlcok the center console. w203 c320 c230 c240 c280 c32 amg center console ashtray cupholder
  11. You should be able to lift up the center console. Before you remove the center console, disconnect any cables that may still be connected.remove the center console w203
  12. Reinstall the center console, ashtray, cup holder in reverse order.

Replacement Parts

PictureName – Click Link to Check PricesPart Number
W203 REPLAEMENT CUP HOLDER PART NUMBERMercedes-Benz C-Class W203 Cup Holder203 689 08 79
c320 c240 center console removal ashtray replacement diyMercedes-Benz C-Class W203 Ashtray -Cigarette LighterA2036800852
A 203 6805250
Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203 Center ConsoleA2036830408
cup holder replacementMercedes-Benz C-Class W203 Cup Holder Cover – Roller blind cover2036800123
c class wood trim around shifterw203 center console wood trim2036805439
A 2036806482 OEM

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