Finally got the hood open!
Following Keif's procedure for removing the handle and covers inside the car to get to the cable itself and then pulling on it with a set of pliers managed to release the latches and get the hood open!
But the problem that caused the hood to get stuck turned out to be exactly the same problem Keif had in that the plastic stop for the cable sheath was broken so the metal sheath had been pulled along with the cable.
So now I just have to order a new cable and bracket. But at least now I can drive the car without any worries that the battery charger or any of its wires I had under the hood will cause a catastrophic engine failure.
2004 BMW 740d
Last edited by Hamilton1974; 08-07-2011 at 08:45 AM.