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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 06-01-2005, 09:11 AM
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E30 hood lever problem...

Hello, I have an 87' 325is and found that the hood release lever was broken. the lever and wire inside the car seem to be fine, so the problem is on the other end. Does anyone know how to open the hood manually? Any help would be much appreciated...

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Old 06-01-2005, 09:28 AM
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There should be a hole in the front grille right by the driver's side headlight; poke a screwdriver in there to release the hood.
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Old 06-01-2005, 09:50 AM
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I have looked at the area that you are talking about and have found 3 such holes. two on the upper part of the grille and one towards the lower part( all on the drivers side). i have poked in all three with now success. can you identify which one of the three you are talking about. as with all older cars, i dont want to force anything. thanks again for your help...

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Old 06-01-2005, 10:35 AM
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:50 AM
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:24 PM
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Does this apply to 1990 325i?

Hi, I have the same problem with my 1990 325i... the hood won't open, the lever from inside is pulling the wire but the hood won't budge... if this manual release applies to my model car, can you please tell me where exactly the opening is where I need to jam the screwdriver? don't want to poke a whole in the rad

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Old 07-05-2008, 02:20 PM
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There should be a hole in the front grille right by the driver's side headlight; poke a screwdriver in there to release the hood.
thank you so much, your a (car) life saver.
Oh and i took a pic incase anyone needs to know the exact location

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Old 11-02-2008, 09:36 AM
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Great!!!! But...

Hey I just bought a 325I so am new to this and obviously need help. Hood was stuck and was able to insert screwdriver (thanks millions!!!!) but what can I do to prevent this from happening again?
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Old 11-02-2008, 04:36 PM
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Hey I just bought a 325I so am new to this and obviously need help. Hood was stuck and was able to insert screwdriver (thanks millions!!!!) but what can I do to prevent this from happening again?
Kelly325i

Here is what happened in my car. The cable was not busted or anything. The handle under the dash was loose. Not so loose that you would see it hanging, but loose. There are only two bolts that hold it in, and over time, they loosen so there is so much play, the lever really does not do anything. So, maybe stick your head up under there and check it out. It worked for me.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:04 AM
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does this apply to bonnets that open from the window screen end too ?
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does this apply to bonnets that open from the window screen end too ?
yes they all do on E30s. that pops the hood up and out like when you pull the lever under the dash
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Thanks so much for the pic and info. It saved me a lot of time and $.
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