Convertible Models may Deploy the Roll Bar When Driving Over Large Bumps on Mercedes-Benz CLK320

Going over large bumps in convertible models may cause the roll bar to deploy, rendering the roof inoperative. Special tools are generally required to return the roll bar to its stowed position.

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Average mileage: 84,000 (40,000–140,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
9 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
Mind you when this happened the rear shocks were in need of replacement! I was in a "SPORTY" mood and went through a dip in the road a lil too fast. The rear of the car bounced and when in hit the ground. When it did the roll bars deployed and all the alarms went off in the car and a 911 call was places for me (thank you mb). The bang from the roll bar sounds like a gunshotand if that's not enough to scare the daylights out of you, the alarms will!. To put the roll bars back down, you need to put all of your weight into pushing the bar back down and, using a long flat head screwdriver, you need to feel for the locking pin and push it back into the locked position. The Pin is located below the rear deck on the right side of the roll bar. This ma take several attempts. Good luck!
Went over speedbump and rear headrest deployed. Unable to fix myself. Have to bring in fir service. Didn't help when it started to raid and the roof stayed down.
Went through a pot hole bump, and top does not operate. Is locked out in the trunk. Keeping it that way. Already spent $ 5000 + 2 years ago fir hydraulic fluid leak repair MB dealership at I 45 estimated anther $ 5000 but I said Thanks but no thanks Got a 2014 Toyota Prius with 53 MPG average and. Drive the CLK Benz on nice sunny days. To hell with the TOP. I rather drive my bitch TOPLESS than to shove another $ 5000 in the MB sealer's bottomless cleavage.
Same it happen 3 times MB of Chicago reset it.
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