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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dan330, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter


    I have a 2001 BMW 330ci (2 door coupe)
    all power..
    the button to unlook the trunk is not responding...
    the button on the trunk is not responding..
    cant even push the lock the door buttons...

    i used the key entry (only have 1) to unlock the trunk to get something out. closed the trunk with the keys inside. I but for some reason.. all the power buttons do not respond.

    there is power.. the radio works fine.

    the back seats do fold down, but require a lever to be pulled in the trunk to release. there is a pass through, but i can not open it; i am guessing there is something in the trunk to release it as well.

    any one have any ideas how I might open that trunk?

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  2. Pep

    Pep Android Enthusiast

    If you have the original book for it have a look for how the seats drop.
    I wouldn't think that the lever would be inside the truck itself (tho i could be wrong)

    Sorry if i'm not of much help

  3. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    Only one set of keys to the car? A locksmith or a cab company is going to be your best bet.
  4. Mada

    Mada Android Enthusiast

    Is there not a button in the interior of the vehicle that opens the trunk? For example, in my Nissan that button is on the driver's door somewhere, heh.

    Sorry that I am not much help, as I have never been even inside a BMW :p
  5. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    after an accident i had.. the button to release the trunk from in side the car and on the trunk does not work.

    i think i am SOL...

    all the dealers are closed today... i guess i will have to pay a high price for a new key to be ordered off the car's VIN
  6. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    Call a locksmith or a cab company first.
  7. ParishL31

    ParishL31 Android Enthusiast

    If the seats fold down, you may be able to just take the seats out. For the part you sit on, slide your hand under the cushion and try to find a pin. Usually it's a pin and you can pull that and the cushion should pop out.

    Then it might reveal bolts for the back of the seat holding on which you can try to get off. You may be able to pull it back enough to get a screwdriver in to open manually the hinge or even just pop it off by wiggling.

    I have no clue how BMWs are put together seat wise and if this will work or not, but it's worth a shot. And as others have said a lock smith will be much cheaper than getting a replacement key from the dealership.
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  8. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    i will try tomorrow.. thanks for thinking outside the box.
  9. Tangent

    Tangent Android Enthusiast

    The trunk on an E46 is kind of a vault. You have slim hope if you have the ski pass-through in the back seat. Otherwise you're either going to have to call a locksmith or get a replacement key at the dealership. I'm not sure how long it will take to get one done or if it can even be done at the dealership, but a coded key with the remote runs about $140.

    BTW I know it won't help you now, but since the trunk release isn't working since an accident I have a stupid question. Is the trunk lock horizontal or vertical? If horizontal the buttons won't work by design...
  10. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    i do have the ski pass through... but it is closed... i think there is a latch for it in the trunk :(
  11. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    I used to feel uneasy about putting anything of value in my trunk until that feature came around; it used to be too easy to just fold down a back seat and there is the opening to the trunk for anybody who likes to break windows to get into your vehicle.

    Sorry you're having this hassle, but if there existed some secret, magic way to easily get into the locked trunk of your model of car, the bad guys would know about it. So, in a way be glad you're in the spot you're in, as far as security goes.
  12. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands

    I have a funny story about keys locked in a BMW.... My friend runs a campground and they do day trips in canoes on the river adjacent. He recommends leaving keys in a basket he has specifically for that on his office counter. One day a gentleman came in and decided he could hide his keys and not have to worry about someone taking them out of the basket (which has never happened in 30 years of business) Anyway, he ended up locking them in the car. Josh (my friend) has become pretty good at getting cars with locked doors and missing keys open, but found the BMW to be impossible. It was a sunday afternoon, and a locksmith was going to cost $500 to come out. The owner of the car decided it would be cheaper and more convenient to smash out the window than to wait until monday and have it sorted. Josh tried numerous tools to break the window, lastly being a 10 lb sledge hammer. He could not even nick the glass with it. It bounced off every time. Ended up the guy had to wait until monday to buy a key anyway. True story.
  13. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    pics or it didn't happen... :p
  14. ScorpDX

    ScorpDX Android Expert

  15. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands

    You and your requests for pics.... :D
  16. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    That sounds soooooo wrong...

  17. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    thanks for trying....

    but my model.. has a full metal cover... it is completely sealed.. I could drill it out..
    i even called the dealer and a custom bmw repair shop.. they both said that there is no way into the trunk of my model.. unless i plan to completely take apart the rear end.

    it seems that...
    no locksmith wants to touch a bmw !!!

    seeing that I only have 1 key and i should have a backup... i decided to go ahead an order a new master key.. $190... it should be her by thursday.

    really? that is cazy..

    update: I took out the bottom seat.. and I did find there was a bolt ..
    but only one side.. the other was a hinge that was hidden.
    that would leave the top locked and one hinge at bottom locked.. so I do not think that would work.

    i also thought about busting out one of the tail lamps... but that would cost to much to replace.
  18. 330D

    330D From My Cold Dead Hands

    I could hardly believe it myself....
  19. Tangent

    Tangent Android Enthusiast

    Tempered glass is amazingly tough when hit with a blunt object. The trick is to hit it with a very hard pointed object. Something like a LifeHammer with its hardened steel point is good to keep inside the car for that reason. If you don't have a tool like that available, throwing a shard of ceramic (Also a very hard material) from a broken old spark plug insulator at it will often shatter it very easily.

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