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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 01-29-2015, 07:39 PM
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Door latch and inside trunk latch

How common is it to have to replace a door latch on a 2003 530 with 80,000 miles? In addition, my inside trunk release is no longer working. It is not my primary car so surprised things are falling apart already.
On a side note, after getting the door latch fixed, the trunk release stopped working??
I do plan on taking car back to shop because door is not as tight when opening and has to be opened all the way to stay open...
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:12 PM
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I have never heard door latch failure on e39, but door lock actuator failure is a common problem.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:42 PM
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The trunk actuator failure mode is not electrical. You can still hear it work but a plastic arm of the solenoid breaks. Easy replacement.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:48 AM
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How common is it to have to replace a door latch on a 2003 530 with 80,000 miles? In addition, my inside trunk release is no longer working. It is not my primary car so surprised things are falling apart already.
On a side note, after getting the door latch fixed, the trunk release stopped working??
I do plan on taking car back to shop because door is not as tight when opening and has to be opened all the way to stay open...
What were/are the symptoms?

This is the first instance of a door latch failure that I recall seeing. As mentioned above, lock actuator failure isn't common, but not unheard of either.

The trunk latch inop may be caused by broken wire(s) in the loom running through the boot/snorkel from the body to the trunk lid, right side. It's a fairly common problem. Several DIYs available. Have a look through the "best links" thread found as a sticky on page 1 of this forum.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:31 AM
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Thank you! I thought it was odd too.
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