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    Thumbs up Trunk hard to close? Adjust it!

    Hey all... I know I can't be the only one that had a trunk that took a little bit of a slam to get closed...

    I decided to do something about it and adjusted the striker/release assembly (mounted to the body).

    It took a 12mm socket, a ratchet and some trial and error. Must have been 5 minutes total and I'm VERY pleased with the results. The trunk closes without any pressure and pulling the lever inside the car to release the trunk is BUTTAH!

    On my particular car I just loosened the 12mm bolts that hold the trunk striker and release assembly onto the body of the car (in the trunk cavity) and moved it to the TOP (up!) of it's travel. Bolted it back down and voila!

    I know I've heard people complaining about trunk effort before. Why not give this a shot?

    Good luck!
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    have the same problem! I havent tried adjusting it yet but, I will this weekend.

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    YUP YUP GOOD ONE!!!!

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    Just a note - found out after inspection that if adjusted ALL the way to the top my trunk lid sits a little high on the driver's side.

    I had to drop the striker just a bit (2-3mm at most) and the trunk lid settled down to a more acceptable symmetrical gap and I'm lovin' the ease of use. Give it a shot!
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    I had the same problem, except mine stoped closing all together. Good thing a friend was watching and laughing at me *****ing at it, and then he walked up with the wrench.

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    I have the same problem. I am going to give it a try. I know, releasing the trunk is soo unsmooth.........
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    Thumbs up WORKS FOR ME!

    I just tried it.... like u said... BUTTAH BABY! Thanks!

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    You're welcome! The hard to shut trunk bothered me for the longest time before I tried the adjustment. Now I'm happy again.
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    Talking

    Same problem, just ran outside and adjusted mine and it's sweet!

    Thanks!

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    You're welcome.
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    Just wondering if the '03 owners out there are noticing the same mis-adjusted trunks as us '02 owners have had to deal with?
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    My '03 is a beeotch to close and open with the lever as well. Maybe they'll fix it next year.

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    Hehehe. In the meantime you can always adjust the striker.
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    Originally posted by is2scooby
    Just wondering if the '03 owners out there are noticing the same mis-adjusted trunks as us '02 owners have had to deal with?
    Richard,

    I had the same exact problem you were experiencing. I gave the trunk a normal shove and it wouldn't latch closed. I almost had to slam it hard to make it latch.

    This was eliminated when they installed my rear spoiler. I guess the weight of the spoiler gave it the extra oomph it needed to close.

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    Mine had the spoiler on it, and it was still difficult to close. But 2 minutes with my handy-dandy socket wrench, and its all better.

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