Guys, guys, guys...
The problem is that the rubber panel adjusters mounted underneath the trunk lid are set too low. This is causing the bottom edge of your trunk panel to bang into the top of your bumper -- and puts so much pressure on the latch that it cannot keep closed. If you don't correct this, the paint on your bumpers will continue to worsen and the latch will eventually fail.
To fix this problem, open your trunk and look in the corners underneath your trunk lid (in the area that, when closed, rests over the tail light assembly). On each side, there is what appears to be a large rubber plug. These can be adjusted either up or down by turning them. I would begin by turning each of these stops 1/2 turn counterclockwise so you'll get more positive support out of them when the trunk is closed.
A properly supported trunk lid should not rub the top of your bumper, should latch securely -- and should have a nice pop and raise slightly when you push the trunk release button on your fob or in the glovebox. And you shouldn't have to slam your trunk shut.
More than a 1/2 turn may be necessary.
Last edited by b_a_betterperson; 04-23-2005 at 05:19 PM.