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Mercedes-Benz C280 Trunk Springs May Break and Cause Trunk Lid to Fall When Opened

Mercedes-Benz C280 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Average Mileage: 130,230 mi (35,000 mi - 245,052 mi)


Trunk springs can break and cause the trunk lid to fall back down when opened.

  •  Rookie

    closed trunk - loud bang, when opened again left side broken. bruised my arm when lid shut on it unexpectedly.

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  •  Rookie

    Trunk balance spring mount on passenger side broke causing injury when the trunk fell.

    Is there a recall on this?

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    Trunk was opened with remote and when I went to open it fully ,it felt very heavy,unaware there was a problem,it came down with force and hit me on the head bruising the back of my head.When I investigated, I found a broken bracket and unattacked springs on both sides. I'm furious!!!
    Is there a recall on this dangerous malfunction?

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  • Visitor, , 105,000 mi

    The problem is a serious safety hazzard but Mercedes has a repair kit available to fix the broken spring hook on the trunk hinge. Sorry I do not have the part number handy. It was about $60. One kit contains two brackets and four bolts and nuts, the kit will repair both hinges. The repair is fairly simple and can be done without removing the trunk lid or hinges. Just remove the trunk linings to gain access to the hinges and attach the new brackets with the included fasteners. One of the bolt holes in the hinge needed to be enlarged slightly with a drill bit. Attach the new parts and reattach the spring and test. Voila!

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  • Visitor, , 245,052 mi

    Passenger side Trunk spring broke. Trunk will fall closed. I have not gotten a replacement yet

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  • Visitor, , 170,000 mi

    Both trunk springs broke. The repairs are estimated by MB at 3-4 hours (~$500). The springs are only few $.

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  • Visitor, , 129,000 mi

    One day the spring from the trunk jumped and since that day the trunk falls unless you hold it.

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  • Visitor, , 129,562 mi

    there is other places to hook springs to in truckthis is what i did it worked.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Trunk will not stay open. My battery went out and couldn't open the trunk with the key or from the inside and the battery is in the trunk.

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  • Visitor, , 175,000 mi


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