Mercedes-Benz C230 Problems

Trunk Lid Does Not Stay Opened Duo to Broken Trunk Spring on Mercedes-Benz C230

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

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Mercedes-Benz C230 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 121,363 (60,000–250,000)
6 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2002, 2003
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The spring did not fail, but the tab that it connected to just snapped off a nice crystalline fracture. Was able to reattached to another area & has been working fine. Not sure as to if this is a problem of MFG or due to a prior accident the vehicle had before we owned it. For what it is worth, the CARFAX did not show the vehicle as having been in an accident at the time of purchase. The accident report was pulled up later by one of the service advisors that was trying to buy the car for his daughter. We were not happy about that as we paid a little higher price for the car as it showed a clean FAX report & it had very low millage. The other side of the story is my gal was employed at the dealership that we bought the car from, nice place, nice people....., So, if the dealership owns the body shop, I guess they can hold the paper work back till after a sale. Look a used car over very carefully & watch out for this system error.
Heard loud pop. Trunk lid hard to pick up. Assuming that it is the spring (which is hidden) or something attached to it.
This happened on my old 97 C230. Now it's happened on by 2000 C230K. I had the springs replaced on the 97 C230 for around $100, but I'm still to do the latest repairs.
heard loud pop on right side and spring bracket broke off. We rehooked the spring to another piece. Seemed to be working ok, except that the trunk lid didn't auto pop up like it used to. Today, the left side bracket broke as well and lid is now heavy and a potential safety issue. How is the bracket "replaced". It looks like it would need to be resoldered or something.
Heard 2 loud pops withing 2 days coming from the trunk and now the trunk won't stay up. Springs definitely broke.