I had this problem with my old CRX after like 5 years. I lived with it for a while and used a cane to prop it up, but occasionally the cane would slip and it would slam down, sometimes on my head or back. So I got the hydralics replaced for like $50 each or the pair. The CRX's hatch with 2 sections of glass and it's size of almost 1/2 the car meant it was so heavy that whenever I closed it, the car would shake and even pop the sunroof up briefly to release the air pressure. I pretty much opened and closed the hatch 4 times daily to throw my briefcase in there and whenever I bought groceries since that was the only storage area.Originally posted by QuickSilver
Hey, do any of you wagon folks have issues w/ your rear gate door lifts?
Mine the hydraulics pooped out...nothing holds the door up...and I gotta use my head to keep the door up while I get my groceries out...and now it slams like a mofo when I just release it.
I've only had the wagon for a bit over a year...shouldn't be going out so soon. I have over 50K miles so the warranty will no longer cover...
I doubt the WRX hatch hydraulics should die after only a year. I open mine just about daily and it still works fine after 19 months.
The other thing with the CRX hatch is when it started dying, it wouldn't hold the hatch up in cold weather, but on warm days like in summer, the hydraulics would work. Does yours work at all on warmer days, like after being parked in the sun or on 50+ degree days, or is it completely dead?
If they worked fine before you had it in the body shop and stopped working afterwards, you better ask the body shop to pay for the replacement. If they refuse, don't hesitate to badmouth the body shop to your local forum - bad businesses don't deserve any business.