So, it didn't break in the cabin, hmmm...
At the latch, everything is fairly well protected, unless rust/corrosion got to it. Don't have any idea, short of something involving breaking things (might cost a grille insert). Maybe one of the Techs has had to open a hood where the cable was broken in a secure area.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.