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I have a 1984 380sl I bought from my father. It's a great car with just 13,000 original miles. The soft top is in the up position and the rear latch will not release. I think the the safety cable needs adjusting, but there is no way to gain access to it with the soft top stuck in the up position. Has anyone else had this problem, or have any ideas on how to fix?

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WOW.....only 13k miles....be proud of that car!!

On the top, mine does that on occasion but usually wiggling the back near the latch frees it...obviously by your post, pushing the lever down has no effect at all in your case?...I do recall seeing some procedure for this problem but at the moment cannot remember it

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DWIGGY wrote:
I have a 1984 380sl I bought from my father. It's a great car with just 13,000 original miles. The soft top is in the up position and the rear latch will not release. I think the the safety cable needs adjusting, but there is no way to gain access to it with the soft top stuck in the up position. Has anyone else had this problem, or have any ideas on how to fix?

lay a blanket across the deck lid so as not to scratch the paint and insert a small screwdriver into the latch and push it to release - it's a bit of a fiddle, but I have done it several times.

Once you get it released, fix the problem before latching the soft or hard top . . .

Best to buy the Shop Manuals on CD from MBUSA at 800-367-6372 . . .

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Thank you George Murphy

Worked like a Charm!!

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