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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 01-22-2013, 11:37 AM
sullygullly sullygullly is offline
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Location: Banff, Alberta
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Mein Auto: 01 525it & 87 325is
Tailgate unlocks in reverse

I own a 2001 e39 wagon

I can't open my tailgate or the window without having to do it manually by pulling on the cord inside the hatch.

Everytime i try to open it, it will unlock and move the tailage to where you have to open it manually, but then it will re-engage the actuator and lock again. Also, when i put the car in reverse, it will do the same thing.

I've trying pulling on the tailgate while unlocking it, but it won't disengage fully, and it will re-lock again.

Could this be a wiring issue in the hatch? I wonder this because my rear wiper and washer hasn't worked since owning the car, and i've taken a quick look to see that some wires are either on their way out or already broken in the upper part of the hatch.


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