Does the hood release mechanism have any affect on the hood? I mean, when you pull the lever under the dash, does hood pop up at all? If not, the problem is likely with this feature as pulling on the handle that pops out when the hood pops up, with the hood in the down/driving position is not going to do anything.
If the cable broke I am sure the dealer or an independent knows how to get the hood to release, and I would recommend having one of the experts take care of this. Good luck, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles
1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)