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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:58 AM
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trunk release inside car

whats up guys? the trunk release inside my 97 528i doesnt work..it hasnt worked since i bought the car..any ideas of what the problem may be?
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:55 AM
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Have you checked the Central Locking System fuses in the glovebox area AND in the trunk?

What position is your trunk lock cylinder? You have the ability to remove the trunk from the central locking system (secure/valet mode). If you turn and leave it in the horizontal position ( -- ) ...the the trunk is SECURED and can only be opened with the master key's trunk release button or by sticking it manually in the lock cylinder.

If you turn and LEAVE the trunk lock cylinder in he VERTICAL position ( | ) ...then the trunk will lock/unlock with the central locking system and the buttons inside the car (trunk release and central lock/unlock) will work as you think they should (unless something else is WRONG with your central locking system).

This is explained in the owners manual...see the section in the right column in image below under SECURE SEPARATELY:

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Old 06-03-2009, 03:05 PM
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Thanks QSilver7 for the info that just fixed my trunk release problem!
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:17 PM
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That info is in your owner's manual. If you don't have one, get one from the dealer.

There are many features that are not obvious, to wit: how to control whether the right side mirror moves down when in reverse; how to shut off the IHKA.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:17 PM
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You gotta love a response like QSilver7. Nothing in it for him/her except helping fellow man. Beautiful.
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Old 06-03-2009, 04:07 PM
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thanks alot i appreciate the quick response..it still is not working im thinking maybe it has something to do with the wiring
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Old 06-03-2009, 05:33 PM
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Got a question for you. When you open the trunk by using the handle just below the roundel symbol, do you hear the little electronic sound of the release actuator engaging?

If so, then it may be as simple as a bad switch inside the car. Don't know if this helps or not, but hope so.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:33 PM
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actually the handle doesnt even move..if i press it it just doesnt budge...idk if this helps but i dont have the stock alarm system in the car anymore i have an aftermarket system
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:31 PM
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The handle (or bigass button) doesn't really move. But like BMR_LVR said, if you don't hear a clickwhir type sound when you press it, it's the switch or the fuse for it.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:48 AM
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thanks..1 more thing..which fuse is it?
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:40 AM
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I had the same problem with my 98 528i. Actually ended up being the wiring in the harness that comes out of the trunk in the upper right corner and into the lid. When I pulled the rubber harnessing back, I found the wire had become brittle and snapped over years of movement. During the repair two more of the wires broke so handle with care. Fairly easy DIY.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:11 PM
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it still is not working im thinking maybe it has something to do with the wiring
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ended up being the wiring in the harness that comes out of the trunk in the upper right corner and into the lid.
It took me six months to figure out what the problem is.

If anyone knows what 13 things are innervated by this problematic trunk lid harness set, please post to this thread so we all benefit in the future.

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