Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Vehicle: 2006 SLK 55 AMG
Other Toys: 2008 Goldwing
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After nearly getting bonked on the head, I picked up some struts from the dealer, $27 each, and installed them this afternoon.
There was an extra step - the skinny end of the struts needed to be turned 45deg which required a wrench to get enough leverage.
Also, for some reason the plastic/rubber stops weren't in place on the hinges!!! So after the new struts were installed, the trunk went up too far and locked into position. It required a pull on one of the hinges to get it to come down. I jury rigged a stop out of a spare rubber foot from my coffee cup holder install.
According to EPC Online, the stop's part number is A-171-750-00-26, so I'll check with the dealer in a day or two about price and availability.