Originally Posted by jamesvmvmurray
So How does the armrest open on my 96SE?
It won't open in the down position or in the up.
Any suggestions on getting it open?
I have a '96 SE and have had trouble in the past with getting it to open. What I found works best is to have it completely down on the seat, as flat as it will go. Anytime I have had even a slight incline it feels "locked".
If you are looking for an actual secret compartment, I do not have one on my Bonne, though I always liked the hatch that could open into the trunk from the back seat! If you are referring to simply get the armrest open, try this:
Flip the armrest down so it is completely flat. Feel around the front side of it for the little tab. Squeeze the tab lightly and pull up, which pulls the top half of the arm rest up. Assuming you have tried that, and its not working, as you grab the tab and top of armrest with one hand, grab the bottom of the armrest with your other hand at the same time, holding it down flat on the seat. As you are pulling the top piece up, trying firmly rocking the lid piece from side to side as you pull up. That was the second problem I had. Either it was fully in the down position, or if it was fully down, I had to squeeze the tab while pulling up and lightly rocking it while pulling up to make it "pop". Hello flimsy flip out cup holders!