My man! Your luck with this car is pure rotten! I'd have quite possibly had a meltdown if McDs did that to me. At the end of the day, you're taking in stride though. My hats off to you, as well as my sympathies having had a similar experience with a Chevy years ago. A big hug for you for sure. Keep it going!
And I've had many interior components apart in my 2016 3. The clips are pretty hearty and I never broke one. They go back together quite well too in my experience. That said, I can understand your anxiety in taking your brand new car apart. It's gonna start to lose that mental new car feel before too long here, if not already. Hang in there mate!
I had time to look at this tonight. More information is definitely needed (ie instructions).
Things were going smoothly, I got the leather knee kick panel off (easy, just pops off), 2 screws for leather arm rest, arm rest off (more on that later) and then I felt like I needed to be able to get up underneath the cup holder to remove it as there are a bunch of screws (3 on each side), which, looking at the schematic does seem to be the case. DON'T remove the leather arm rest without taking the screws out from underneath it like the Upper Panel Disassembly figure shows. It's all one part (64-47XZ). It comes apart but I don't think it's supposed to. :/ So don't do what I just explained.
I believe you have to take the side panel off of the centre console before you remove the leather arm rest part...The arm rest has a plastic bracket/reinforcement inside it that, I think, is supposed to come out WITH it. It is screwed into the console with screw heads pointed up, so you can't get to them with the side panel on.
Any info. I have found online has been of an older Mazda6 which has a screw in the side panel, mine does not. There is a pop rivet near the middle that comes out easily and then you can pull the part of the panel off as it is clipped in but it seems to be snugly secured about 1/2 way back, and that is where I stopped. I felt myself getting close to breaking something so I threw the towel in.
I suspect the back of the console pops off, there may be screws behind that and then the whole side panel slides towards the front of the car and off the console.
Chazzy, are you able to get a schematic to remove the side and rear covers of the centre console from the dealer?
All the clips are indeed tough, so none broke. Everything went back together as it should.
The frustrating part is I feel like if the side panels are off the centre console, you can probably clean under the cupholder...D'oh!
That's it for me tonight.