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So, at about 10:30pm last night, my wife got a call from an old friend with whom she hadn't spoken in something like 10 years (it was planned - their mother's are best friends...wasn't hard to track each other down). I was about to reinstall my newly sanded "brushed chrome" sideview mirror covers (a la Chris) and figured I probably had a few minutes extra to kill. That damn center console cupholder I got when I bought the car has literally been sitting around for a year waiting for me to install it. Yeah, talk about low priority.<p>The covers, of course, pop on and off with minimal effort. After that, however, I'm not sure what I was thinking. The cupholder install is nothing like "just flip the tabs and remove" as in the '04 models. The '05 <b>requires</b> you to remove the radio, the stainless steel trim, etc. And, not really giving it proper thought beforehand (if I had, I'd have realized that I was a little tired from 2 solid days of chasing my 14 month old daugher since 6am) I decided it was a good time to pop the cupholder into place.<p>So, I pulled out some of the tools, pried off the trim piece around the shifter to expose the 2 torque screws which allow you drop the center panel, dropped 1 (in the shadowy darkness that was my garage) and then, in my feable, overtired attempt to retrieve the screw, dropped the little torque wrench right after it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The Polish blood was beginning to flow strong.<p>Had it not been for my fumbling fingers and the fact that I couldn't find the 4th torque screw in the back of the radio that held radio in place (despite the fact that it was right smack dab in front of me...again, in the relative, overtired, misty-eyed darkness. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">) it would have been a relatively easy install.<p>It wasn't.<p>Damn thing went back together in less than 5 minutes. It probably took me a good hour to figure out what the hell I was doing (or wasn't doing) to get it out. At least now I have an oversized cupholder which my wife doesn't like ("now where do I put my cellphone") and won't properly hold a cup of coffee (as I learned this morning)! Time well spent...after a year of waiting. It's Monday now, isn't it? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Eric
 

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Re: '05+ Center Console Cupholder Install... (Sue Esponte)

I ordered one and was gonna install it myself, but chickened out ... My dealer only wanted 3 tenths of an hour labor (which I would have gladly paid), but when they found they had to replace my head unit, installed it for free <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>Contrary to your situation, my wife loves it. She giggles every time she sees it do it's whole unfolding thing. She thinks it's "funny".
 

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I did the same install and it wasn't terrible but I will tell you one thing. I do miss the cubby hole but the holder WILL hold a Viente Mocha from Starbucks very well.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I do miss the cubby hole but the holder WILL hold a Viente Mocha from Starbucks very well.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I love the way it looks (not a big fan of the original gaping hole without a cover - looked like something was missing) but I skipped the Venti from Starbucks and picked up a "medium" Green Mountain (or whatever it was) from the gas station on my way in this morning. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> It didn't like the medium or vice versa.<p>If I had to do it again (even in the dark), it probably wouldn't take more than 10 minutes. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Eric
 

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Slowery, after my install I pulled out the Cup Holders from under the sliding metal door. This was my intent all along as I wanted MORE storage space than the cubby provided. I never have any more than 1 cup of anything in my car at a time, if at all (usually my wife brings something cold to drink on a long trip).<p>So now I have a single Cup Holder (and can use the others under the armrest if I REALLY need to), plenty of close at hand storage for garage door opener or other bulky items under the metal door, and CD jewel cases fit perferctly in the main storage bin under the Armrest ... about 10 or 12 of them I suppose. Also have the SunGlass Holder to keep those out of the way <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> .
 

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Re: '05+ Center Console Cupholder Install... (Quick Brick)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Quick Brick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> She giggles every time she sees it do it's whole unfolding thing. She thinks it's "funny".</TD></TR></TABLE><p>So sad this is a PG rated forum. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: '05+ Center Console Cupholder Install... (Our R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Our R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So sad this is a PG rated forum. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Enough said to elicit a laugh on this end! lol<p>-Eric
 

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Re: '05+ Center Console Cupholder Install... (Our R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Our R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>So sad this is a PG rated forum. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I can't keep supplying straight lines like this ... eventually somebody will have to bite <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> .
 
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