Hi MarkX. I do not believe they open, so they are simply design elements. Just there to make the side of the console look nicer than a large, flat, monochrome slab of vinyl would look.
Hi MarkX. Nope. The raised center panels and chrome surround trim gives the side of the console some design and depth and makes it not a large, flat, monochrome slab of vinyl.Are they not just "monochrome slabs" of plastic?
Hi MarkX. It is your car, so feel free to modify it however you like. Post pictures and a how-to if you do. Others may follow your idea and do the same.I would prefer no panels of any sort or description. More carpeting would be just fine. But a net side pocket would be even better.
I bought a “smoker’s car” once but only after insisting on specialist deep clean before delivery. It cost the vendor several hundred dollars but only managed to get it back to neutral — no new-car smell.Since i bought the car only by photos, specs and reviews, initially I was pretty convinced that those are storage and the wife will finally will have at least some more volume to fill with "travel litter".
For me it is also a long time planned DIY project to install some kind of net at passenger side.
P.S. After some stubborn pulling on the passenger side "slab of plastic" in order to open it I induced a squeack that lasted two months, that's how convinced I was that it should open and is just sticky. LoL
Several mending hits later it doesn't squeack anymore LoL
Bad thing is that my cabin air filter is still OE at 28k miles and smelling (smokers car when I ride alone) and the filter replacement DIY is still pending. Thus the squeack might well reappear.
On my car there is ambient light behind the panels. So to me that is the purpose of the raised part of panel to help light the footwells.I bought a “smoker’s car” once but only after insisting on specialist deep clean before delivery. It cost the vendor several hundred dollars but only managed to get it back to neutral — no new-car smell.
So, what is the point of these panels? Anything beyond cosmetic? Access to something? An attractive design ethic of this car is the relative absence of decor-only elements so I am inclined to suspect a higher purpose. Has anyone figured out how to remove these panels if only for inspection? Shop manual cover this? I’ve got a bit of noise coming from the region of the driver-side panel that I would like to better understand.