Rear Corner Panels on Sides of Tailgate May Crack/Break on Mercedes-Benz ML320

The rear corner panels on either side of the tailgate (black plastic) can crack or break. They should be cut off and the adhesive removed before new panels are glued on.

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Average mileage: 129,687 (65,000–230,000)
6 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003
15 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
The whole tailgate it coming undone
quarter panels behind rear lift gate are cracked.
problem was from cold winters in chicago. car in garage all time but garage was really cold last ear, 2013. Both black strips got horizontal cracks. Ignored them. sold car at 128,800
Pieces of plastic on back corners of car next to rear glass cracked on both sides.
i got the car used and ever since i have it this has been an omgoing annoyong problem that is not an inexpensive fix. each side is at least 150.00 each plus install, so guess what ? it was never done and it spoils appearance of the car!
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