Release Cables For Rear Seat May Stretch/Break on Mercedes-Benz ML350

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Release cables for the rear seat (second row of seats) tend to stretch or break requiring replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 120,250 (87,000–149,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
20 people reported this problem
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I bought this vehicle new and had this problem fixed at least 3 times while under warranty. I feel they should have replaced but they just kept putting the cable back on the track. In the psst this only happened when the seat was up and we learned how to put it back in, now the seat is down and the cable came off and there is no room to reach under and put the cable in. Any ideas on how to get the seat up?
2 months after I purchased the used vehicle at EuroMotor in Bethesda, Md. this cable broke. They told me it wasn't covered I wanted me to pay. I haven't been back since. This was my 3rd car from this dealer. No more. Can I fix this.
Release cable for the second row right seat came loose, preventing the movement of the seat. I was lucky that the seat was in the up position, otherwise it would have cost me a bunch since the mechanic said it will take at least a couple of hours to fix.
Had to remove double rear seat and have entire assembly replaced with new cabling and reinstalled due to seat being locked in down/flat position.
Same deal. Seat levers needed extra pulling to actuate the cables in tandem. I went under the seat to carefully twist the cylinder release lever at the terminus of the cable. That moved the seat on one side. Watch you don't get a finger or hand stuck in all the sharp metal moving here. Eventually one side is now stuck in the down position where we cannot reach under to play with the cable/lever point.
Rear seat is locked in the down position, appears the cable has come off / detached and will not return to the upright position.
Rear seat locked in halfway down position. Won't fold flat or return to full up position. This is the 60% side. The smaller side is fine.