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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 129,687 (65,000–230,000)
6 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003
16 people reported this problem
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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
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!