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Old 08-20-2005, 10:59 PM
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Can't open door.

E34 w/M20 motor (1990) BMW 525i in question here.

I can't open the drivers side rear door. The lock button won't pull up (I tried really hard), nor will it activate with the regular locking mechanism (key in the drivers door). The car is new to us, so any help would be nice before I forcibly remove the doorpanel from the inside while the door is closed (it won't be pretty).

Additionally, Is there a lock/unlock button in the car somewhere?
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:44 AM
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Hi, kaweahnet and others

did you find the solution for this one, bcz I have the same problem with my e34 520i, 1989 and I am not able to open the same door.

pls if you have found the answer, let me know.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:39 AM
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same problem

1990 535i

any solutions or ideas?

Thank you!
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:07 PM
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If you cant pull the lock up, then it is double locked and the panel must be removed.

Remove the back seat bottom as shown in this video to help facilitate removal:
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:21 PM
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This sounds like a mechanical lock problem. At the risk of sounding like a #$%^&er try taking the driver's seat out before you remove the door trim. Pain the butt job I know but less chance of damage to the door card in the long run. I bet some one had a go at stealing the car and has damaged some part. With the seat out you might be able to pull the door seal off and inside the car - more space for the card removal.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:49 AM
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The trunk's lock is part of the central locking mechanism of the car. I've experienced situations where the driver's key does not unlock certain doors but the trunk lock does.

Another weird door situation is that my remote lock only works for all doors at one go when I manually lock the trunk by turning it clockwise to the right. Then, unlocking the driver's door manually or by remote activated all the doors at one go.

These permutations are not intuitive and were discovered pretty much purely by accident, so perhaps you have not tried them on your side as well.
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