1988 300TE hatch
I took a 1990 300TE into the shop one day. When I went to leave I opened up the rear hatch and then shut it. I grabbed the hatch and pushed it down. The mechanic admonished me by telling me if I continued to close the hatch in this manner I would possibly damage the electronics in the rear hatch. Herr Mechanic showed me the correct way (no doubt illustrated in German in a Benz manual....) to close the hatch. With your hand firmly grab the hatch and slowly lower it...do NOT let go....gently close it until you feel a resistance. A slight push at this point causes the electronic locking system to "grab" the hatch and it then closes by itself the rest of the way.
Try telling this to your wife or teenager.
VW Jetta GLS TDI wagon
looking for another w124 wagon....shoulda kept the 1990