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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 10-07-2009, 10:37 AM
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this is good info for hiding dead hookers
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this is good info for hiding dead hookers
Post pictures, or it didn't happen.

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OR...

The simplest option is to just stick the key in the hole and turn left (counter clockwise), until the key is parallel to the ground. After all, this is exactly what KEYS are designed for, but we tend to forget with all this electronic age gadgets and gimmics.... LOL

Just like it says in the first response to this thread.

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sure it is!

but in my case the key couldnt open the trunk because the key switch in the trunk was broken (how bad is my luck !!!! ) and i didnt know it was broken because i never used the key to open it!
i mean who would open it with the key when u can simply click the handle!!

so i knew it was broken in a very bad time, which is a dead battery!!!


so i had to jump start it from another guy
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Ah... an unexpected chain of events.

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Old 10-08-2009, 12:54 PM
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Go into the back seat, drop the seats... oh wait, do your rear seats fold down?
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Ah... an unexpected chain of events.

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i would call it a bad luck!
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So you're saying that if they are lying on the trunk lid looking at the ground they should turn it to the RIGHT. Thanks. That clears it up nicely.
But, wait....That would be clockwise then.
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Old 10-11-2009, 03:27 AM
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this is good info for hiding dead hookers
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Post pictures, or it didn't happen.

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Is his line of work it wouldn't surprise me if he did.


P.S. I was wondering why this thread kept popping back up on top.
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Is his line of work it wouldn't surprise me if he did.


P.S. I was wondering why this thread kept popping back up on top.
1. Yea, when they are one in a jar, he can fit about 50 of them side by side in the trunk.

2. Because you've asked a question, and now we have to answer.

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Post pictures, or it didn't happen.

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this info is stored for future use. once it happens, pics will be shown.
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About a year ago I had to do the hard counter clockwise turn and ever since then the manual open button (under trunk edge) does not work. Any idea what part may need replacing?
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:40 AM
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About a year ago I had to do the hard counter clockwise turn and ever since then the manual open button (under trunk edge) does not work. Any idea what part may need replacing?
My manual open button (under the trunk lid lip) used to work fine until yesterday when, in desperation, I sliced open my trunk loom and accidentally snipped this brown wire.

If you haven't checked your trunk loom, my suggestion is to look there first.

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Electrical trunk entry Fail

This thread had me laughing most of the way through it, but I haven't found an answer to my particular question.

I'm driving a 2001 525i, and I cannot get the trunk to open using any of the electrical means. Yes I could use the key manually, but it's getting on my nerves when I forget to unlock the car before using the key... causing the alarm to go off.

The trunk lock is in the vertical position, and my central locking system is working just fine. But the trunk does not respond to my remote entry, nor the button below the steering wheel. Any ideas?
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This thread had me laughing most of the way through it, but I haven't found an answer to my particular question.

I'm driving a 2001 525i, and I cannot get the trunk to open using any of the electrical means. Yes I could use the key manually, but it's getting on my nerves when I forget to unlock the car before using the key... causing the alarm to go off.

The trunk lock is in the vertical position, and my central locking system is working just fine. But the trunk does not respond to my remote entry, nor the button below the steering wheel. Any ideas?
Hmmm, well forget what I wrote in the other thread...it sounds like you may have an issue with the trunk's wiring loom.

Check out what bluebee writes in her thread above...and do a search on that topic. It's been discussed enough that you should run into good DIY info...if nothing else...do an advanced search for threads by bluebee on this topic...she's great with pics and notation/instructions.
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Hmmm, well forget what I wrote in the other thread...it sounds like you may have an issue with the trunk's wiring loom.

Check out what bluebee writes in her thread above...and do a search on that topic. It's been discussed enough that you should run into good DIY info...if nothing else...do an advanced search for threads by bluebee on this topic...she's great with pics and notation/instructions.
Thanks again for the quick response

I'll dive into that tomorrow and see where it leads. Then I'll post my findings (or just links) here in this thread to disperse the info a little more
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Dude, you've save my ass.

1. I don't have the key for the boot (lost my master)
2. I took off the negative cable from the battery while I was working on my car
3. while working on the car, it started raining so I closed the boot
4. without power I could not open the boot

So I took your advice on the 9V and got my self a battery and a couple of wires to wire up via the cig lighter plug. At first it wouldn't work because I didn't know which is positive and which is negative in the cig lighter plug, but got it working eventually.

**** started to light up (ie. security led and something else) and so I quickly jumped out (just in case I ran out of power due to the system draining it) of driver seat and open up the boot and pause for a moment thinking to myself that I will never ever close the boot again with the battery disconnected.

It's one of those stupid thing where you don't have access to the jump starter battery or friends that could help out with spare batteries etc.

Thanks again.

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If you supply power (12v) to the pos & neg jump start locations under the hood...you can remove the battery entirely from the car and use any of the electrical components.

Even if you supply 9volts to the cig lighter...you can undo the battery and not loose any of your car's setting.
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Check out what bluebee writes in her thread above...
I just saw this and agree with Q. Since the wiring loom has 13 wires, some of which can break or touch others, lots of weird things can happen - especially to the trunk latch and license plate lights.

In my case, NOTHING would open the trunk except the key manually.
- Not the remote unlock on the key specific for the trunk
- Not the four-door unlock by pressing twice on the door unlock button
- Not the unlock button on the console
- Not even the handle in the outside of the trunk itself

All that was fixed when I repaired my trunk wiring loom as shown in the aforementioned thread.
- Trunklid open, check licplate light, and other trunk wiring loom woes (1) (2) (3)
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I'm not sure what's more entertaining––whether this thread was started in the first place, or that it's gone on for three pages over a period of a year and a half.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:45 PM
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or that it's gone on for three pages
Simple solution.

It's only 1 page for me (as are most threads).

Simply set your posts-per-page to a big number.

Then, almost all threads are a single page.

Works for me.

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This thread had me laughing most of the way through it, but I haven't found an answer to my particular question.

I'm driving a 2001 525i, and I cannot get the trunk to open using any of the electrical means. Yes I could use the key manually, but it's getting on my nerves when I forget to unlock the car before using the key... causing the alarm to go off.

The trunk lock is in the vertical position, and my central locking system is working just fine. But the trunk does not respond to my remote entry, nor the button below the steering wheel. Any ideas?
Poss. just a small spring that has snapped. If you take the mechanism apart you'll see, or you could just do a search.
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I'm not sure if the guy who can't open his trunk electrically has answered that he has checked/fixed his wiring loom; but, if not, that's the primo suspect!

So, it bears repeating the relevant links:
- Trunklid open, check licplate light, and other trunk wiring loom woes (1) (2) (3)

If just (the wrong) one of these 13 wires are cut, there is absolutely no way you will open the trunk electrically; and you can forget opening it manually with the trunk handle too (ask me how I know).

BTW, two epic threads are worth perusing if you have the basic manual operation problem:
- How to open the trunk manually when you have a dead 12v car battery (1) (2)

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:22 PM
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For the record, there are some good hints for opening the trunk with a dead battery inside, over here:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > battery dead- doors open trunk locked- really mad! help
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For the record, someone asked how to open the doors when the car battery is dead over here today:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Car battery is dead and cannot open doors! Please Help!

And this trunk related post was also today:
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So I'm on vacation in south carolina, and I've locked my key in the trunk. I've read plenty of threads, and I would be comfortable drilling a hole in the trunk, but I'm not really sure where I'm supposed to drill. It seems like everyone has heard of the concept but I haven't seen it done on an e39. I've seen the video of where it was done on an e38, but from what i can gather from realoem the locks arent quite the same. So can anyone tell me exactly where to drill? When I took off the license there was already a hole drilled dead in the center, but I havent been able to find the cable I'm supposed to be hooking, so I'm thinking it way be in the wrong place. Please help me, thanks.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:11 AM
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Cam kindly posted this today:
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These threads have been beating to death haha!

OK, if you turn the key manually and the door does not open, then your door tumbler is frozen from years of non-use.

Anyway, the quickest way to solve the problem is:
- Jack the Left Front up (no need to remove the wheel), support with jackstand for safety.
Or rest the wheel down on a wood ramps etc.
- Under the car is the starter motor. Look for the RED cable feeding the starter motor.
- Connect Red to Red (from donor battery)
- Ground is ground.
- Then hit the remote. You will likely need an assistant for this job.

The location of the Red terminal is at the same area as the aft part of the tire. Locate the aft part of the tire and move inward, you will see it:

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