Rear Corner Panels on Sides of Tailgate May Crack/Break on Mercedes-Benz ML430

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: 118,000 (76,000–200,000)
3 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001
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2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 76,000 mi,
Left panel is cracked. Do not have a timeline for replacement.
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430 90,000 mi,
Rear Corner Panels on Sides of Tailgate May Crack/Break
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 120,000 mi,
Rear corner panels on sides of tailgate are cracked Have not fixed todate