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Old 04-30-2010, 09:38 PM
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Default Replacing the armrest lid.

So my '07 A4's armrest lid broke today. The latch mechanism that holds the lid shut snapped off.

I purchased a new lid to replace it with, but I'm not entirely sure how to take the old arm rest apart so that I can put the new lid on.

Could anyone offer advise?

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Mine broke too. I told my wife to deal with it as trading will be within the year.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:18 PM
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mine broke too about a year ago. The dealership said it would be $95 to replace it... so i just left it broken.
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Ok, I figured out how to fix it.

I purchased a new lid for like $68.

From there, you just squeeze the old one a bit and pop the one side out of where it's mounted. Once it's out, you can flex it a little more while turning it, and the 2nd side pops out. Suddenly your lid is free. Then do the same thing to get the new one in place. Takes all of 1 minute.
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where did you purchase your lid? I need to do the same.
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I wish that Audi/VW could make parts like this more durable. My Jetta's armrest latch broke in a similar manor, and was about $40 to replace. Eventually the hinge that keeps the lid on failed. One to many closings with the phone charger cord caught in the way! I just dealt with a loose armrest lid since it was way to much to fix on a car with over 100 thousand miles.
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I got mine from the local dealership. Even though I didn't purchase my car there, they've given me 15% off of every parts purchase I've made.

They're a nice group of guys working there.
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The armrest cover on my '07 A4 is yet to break (may be because I don't open/close
that often :-)). But recently, have started seeing a annoyingly loud, creaking noise
when I rotate the whole box about the axis.

Any easy fix for this? Still under warranty, I'm taking it to the dealer next
week for the rear brakes. Don't know if they would agree to take a look
(since it is not really broken).
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I have a 2008 2.0T. The dealership replaced my busted armrest cover under warranty.
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I just purchased a 2007 Audi A3 and the armrest mechanism is broken on the front as well they told me $120. Is there a seperate part number for just the top of the armrest? Also the armrest in the rear broke the same way and it cost $800 any ideas on where i can get just the piece I need for this fix? Thanks
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I have 2005.5 B7. My armrest lid and glove box door broke within a few months of each other just after my car's warrenty expired. The stealer was able to give me a discount on repairs. A month later my sunroof switch broke. The interiors look nice but for a luxury car the suck!
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I know this is an old thread, and I think everyone knows the "repair kit" for the latch is no longer available.

However, I found a replacement lid from genuinevwaudiparts.com (I assume a dealership in San Diego since that's where the package came from) for about $55 shipped..It seems like a lot for fixing a busted latch, but the local dealership on the East Coast wanted $83 before sales tax for a replacement lid.

Anyway - the wife is happy and now I can move the arm rest out of the way again when I am driving so my elbow doesn't whack it when shifting & all the stuff won't fall out either. Thanks to the earlier posters that provided the easy 'how-to' on replacing the lid..that was really what brought me to this thread.

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I know this is an old thread, and I think everyone knows the "repair kit" for the latch is no longer available.

However, I found a replacement lid from genuinevwaudiparts.com (I assume a dealership in San Diego since that's where the package came from) for about $55 shipped..It seems like a lot for fixing a busted latch, but the local dealership on the East Coast wanted $83 before sales tax for a replacement lid.

Anyway - the wife is happy and now I can move the arm rest out of the way again when I am driving so my elbow doesn't whack it when shifting & all the stuff won't fall out either. Thanks to the earlier posters that provided the easy 'how-to' on replacing the lid..that was really what brought me to this thread.

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Thanks for the info bc I need one as well. What one did u order. I dont know the difference between all the ones listed and not sure the difference from "Leather" and "Leatherette". I just want it to be the same as oem one. Let me know if u can what one u ordered and if it looks the same as oem (and color u have). Thanks again.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:34 PM
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I came across this thread today while hunting for a replacement A4 armrest lid.

My VIN indicates I need part# 8E0864245P 38M, which is a black leatherette lid "w/mobile phone". The site referenced above has this part for $115 (my dealer wanted $160).

However, there is another part listed as black leatherette "w/o mobile phone" which is $44 - significantly less.

Does anyone know what the difference is? Are the hinges different to accommodate phone wiring? I do not have a phone installed in my armrest and would like to know if the less expensive lid will fit.

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The cheaper one is all u need. I just had mine replaced and that was the same issue with my car. I had no phone stuff in it and the cheaper one was just fine. I got mine at the dealer so was like 50 something instead but the 44 one on line is what u need.
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Default Easy fix

I just had this happen to me 2 weeks ago. I ordered the armrest from the dealership and it cost $64. Even the parts guy said he thought it was going to be a lot more than that. I had the top of the armrest changed out in less than 5 min.
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Hey everyone - So I did eventually order the cheaper part, but unfortunately, it did not fit.

I definitely needed part# 8E0864245P 38M, which is the one "w/mobile phone".

The other part ("w/o mobile phone") has a different hinge, is rounded on the front edge (above the latch), whereas mine is almost flat and the leatherette is slightly different in color and texture.

Purchasing the correct part through http://genuineaudiparts.com was still cheaper than my dealer (even with return shipping for the first order), so everything is good now.

This part is also up on Ebay for $140 + $16 shipping if anyone wants to see pics:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT

I just wanted to point out that anyone else searching should definitely get the lid indicated by their VIN if they can't see it before purchasing.
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you can by a new lid at:

Shapeways - Make & Share Your Products with 3D Printing and search for A4 B6 or B7

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there you can have black or other colors.

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Take the 2 little rubber bumpers off of each corner near where the piece of plastic broke off. Scissor cut four little pieces of velcro to each of the flat plastic corners. 17 cents of velcro and your done. More than enough tension to keep it closed when in the upright postion.
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