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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-06-2008, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Automatic trunk

I just bought a previously-owned 2004 S430. It's great except that the trunk opens like a truck and is hard to close. How much would it cost to change to the automatic trunk close. I'm sure it's more than it's worth, but this is the only thing that really "bugs" me about this expensive of a car. My old 1998 BMW 740iL's trunk, even though not automatic, opened and closed with an easy, but solid feel. The S430 sounds and feels cheap. Am I nitpicking? Or is there a replacement pneumatic trunk strut that would open and close more smoothly?

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I think you are talking about the vacuum assist, or whatever MB calls it. In my mind, that retrofit's benefit would not justify the cost.

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Are you sure the car doesn't have this already, its just not working correctly? I thought it was standard on S430/S500/S600. Why didn't you inspect the car before you purchased it? This should have been discovered BEFORE you paid a cent for the vehicle.
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