300TE Tailgate struts

Like a lot of wagons and hatchbacks, the 124 wagon uses gas struts to hold up the tailgate. Unlike most vehicles, these are completely hidden in the structure of the car. I understand this was done both for aesthetic reasons as well as crash safety. My 300TE tailgate struts had started to fail. The tailgate would mostly stay up, but randomly it would slam shut with no warning. This was somewhat concerning, as my twin six year old’s love riding in the back, and it closes with such force it could do one of them quite a damage if it […]