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Mercedes-Benz ML350 Rear Tailgate Latches May Hang up and Cause Battery Drain

 
Mercedes-Benz ML350 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 52,337 mi (30,000 mi - 81,000 mi)

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

  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    rear hatch won't open. Motor is working, but hatch won't open manually nor automatically with key or button

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  •  Rookie

    happened a few days ago ...not fixed yet. Liftgate closes but not latched/locked. can hear slipping/grinding sound in the latch asm.

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  • Visitor, , 47,000 mi

    Tail gate won't open with remote . Manually and button inside car work fine.

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  •  Rookie

    I have had problems with my 2008 ml 350 rear latch by it failing to lock, or locking but not a tight fit. BAttery drained and had to be replaced etc. It was worked on at the dealers many times and at an independent mechanic with a new latch being installed finally. Not sure if this is it or do I keep fixing it. Current mileage is 72,000

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  • Visitor, , 69,000 mi

    The trunk latch stopped workin and the trunk wouldn't shut. Got it towed to the nearest dealer and they kept the car for a few days until they get the approval from the warranty company. By the time they fixed the latch, the battery was drained completely and now the dealer is billing me nearly $500 for the new battery.

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  • Visitor, , 75,000 mi

    Battery drained while on vacation, thought it was the extreme cold -22F. Charged battery and all ok. Two weeks later with car parked in Garage, heard beeping noise inside car. Battery had drained. Put the charger on it and when I checked about an hour later (opened drivers door to see lights come on) on closing the drivers door the rear tailgate latched. Looks like the same problem as reported by others. There was no indication that the rear latch had not fully closed.

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  • Visitor, , 53,000 mi

    Hitch light came on and after locking unlocking car, came off. In a couple of days, battery drained while ml320cdi was parked and locked in garage. After a jump, hitch motor no longer works, have to open manually.

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  • Visitor, , 37,000 mi

    Rear Tailgate does not latch

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  • Visitor, , 36,000 mi

    Rear Tailgate does not latch.

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  • Visitor, , 39,000 mi

    Rear tail gate not opening, battery drained.

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