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Old 07-06-2009, 01:36 AM
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Locked out!

im locked out of my 2001 e38 sport. i had something hooked up to the cigarette lighter and hadnt run my car for a few weeks. needless to say, the batteries are dead. key doesnt work on locks or trunk. how do i get in to jump start batteries? dont wanna call AAA...theyre known to be not so gentle when slim jimmin'...THANKS
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:01 AM
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Try turning the key farther than normal...

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Old 07-06-2009, 05:38 AM
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I also had trouble with the trunk lid. I couldn't find the 'catching' point. Just turn it approximately 45 degrees to the left, count off 3 seconds then continue turning to the left through 90 degrees, then it should work.
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:34 AM
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If you cannot get the key trick to work (it should, it's in the manual), then, get under the car, hook a charger lead to the positive terminal of the alternator and the negative to any metal body part....this should provide enough juice to open the doors with the remote.

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Old 05-29-2010, 07:40 AM
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Try lifting the door handle a minute amount and turn the key to unlock, This is the BMW official way on BMW e35 5 series, Yes it does work.
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