Tailgate Latche may Stick Causing Battery Drain on Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

The tailgate latch may stick causing a drain on the battery while the vehicle is parked.

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Average mileage: 52,140 (34,963–68,000)
4 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2007 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 50,000 mi,
Rear latch sticks open. If not noticed and left, it drains batteries. Batteries now require replacing. Regularly lubricate to free up but it continues to occur.
2009 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 68,000 mi,
Tailgate sticks , battery constantly dead
2007 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 34,963 mi,
I reported tailgate problem when I took it in for dead battery. They reported that dead battery and that fixed the tailgate. The tailgate is worse now.