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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 10-02-2009, 07:32 AM
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If your battery is dead, cut a hole through the trunk lid with a reciprocating saw. I've done that twice now. Works great!
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:28 PM
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If your battery is dead, cut a hole through the trunk lid with a reciprocating saw. I've done that twice now. Works great!
It would help the OP more if you please post a DIY.

PS. Congrats on opening page #2

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Old 10-02-2009, 12:30 PM
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I can't believe there are 20 something posts about unlocking the trunk...LOLOLOLOL
There can always be a better way to open a trunk. We are still exploring the complex problem.

Can you please be more supporting?

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:05 PM
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I would just suggest removing the trunk lid entirely. It serves no useful purpose and distracts from the spacious beauty of the trunk interior anyways.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:23 PM
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:35 PM
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Old 10-03-2009, 05:41 PM
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Courtesy bump.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:50 PM
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What if I accidentally put my key in upside down? Will it still work?
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:18 AM
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i'm wondering if you remove the switch at the foot pedal and give it a 12v jolt, will that trigger the lock to open?
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:52 AM
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:30 AM
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Hi All,

Im new here .. and i've seen your thread which once happened to me.

But the thing is My car is 525i and when it happened to me i simply connected a battery to the Jump Start bolt that is in the engine..This One:



and by doing so .. the car electricity was back, and i simply opened the trunk


i tried to search the google for the 540 jump start point in the engine but i couldnt find it

if you know where it is, just connect the positive side to the bolt and the negative to any place at the body that is connected to the chasis and i guess you'll have electricity back in the car..
by doing that you can simply open your trunk!
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:58 PM
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Is your blinker fluid topped off? That can cause trunklockitis sometimes if it isn't.
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Hi All. Im new here ... i tried to search the google for the 540 jump start point in the engine but i couldnt find it

if you know where it is, just connect the positive side to the bolt and the negative to any place at the body that is connected to the chasis and i guess you'll have electricity back in the car..
by doing that you can simply open your trunk!
The jump start location for the I6 & V8 are in the owners manual:

I6
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The jump start location for the I6 & V8 are in the owners manual:

I6


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So what exactly are you saying? Is it turning right or turning left to open the trunk?

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FYI..did you know that if you lock the trunk manually you cant use the key remote nor the button inside the car to open the boot..its for time like valet parking so they cant steal your stuff.. (similar to the glove box) for when you give them the valet key.. I found out when I thought my boot latch was broken when infact my dad randomly recided to lock my boot with the key.. just a little something people might not have realised
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:46 AM
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So what exactly are you saying? Is it turning right or turning left to open the trunk?

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what he and me are saying is:

if you connected your jump start point to another battery you can simply open your trunk from the handle without using the key
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:15 PM
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what he and me are saying is:

if you connected your jump start point to another battery you can simply open your trunk from the handle without using the key
Thanks, but there should be a much easier and faster way than to look for somebody to jump the battery.

One option is to buy a battery to jump his. That's expensive. Even if he is willing to pay the money, where is he going to put the new battery to take home? His trunk is locked!

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Old 10-07-2009, 03:02 AM
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Thanks, but there should be a much easier and faster way than to look for somebody to jump the battery.

One option is to buy a battery to jump his. That's expensive. Even if he is willing to pay the money, where is he going to put the new battery to take home? His trunk is locked!

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Well, if u did buy a battery to jump the car, then you can take it home!! right?


i guess its the easiest way to me!
stop any one from the neighbours and ask him to jump start the car!!!

any way, its an option! and its good to know it!
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FYI..did you know that if you lock the trunk manually you cant use the key remote nor the button inside the car to open the boot..its for time like valet parking so they cant steal your stuff.. (similar to the glove box) for when you give them the valet key.. I found out when I thought my boot latch was broken when infact my dad randomly recided to lock my boot with the key.. just a little something people might not have realised
You're 90% correct. If you have the master remote key...the trunk release button (ON the key) will open the trunk EVEN when the trunk lock cylinder is in the secured position.

When the trunk lock cylinder is turned & left in the horizontal (secured) position ( -- ) the trunk is removed from the central locking system...so the interior trunk release button, the center console button, the driver's door lock cylinder, and the UNLOCK button on the key...will NOT unlock the trunk.

BUT...if you press the TRUNK release button on the key, or stick the key manually into the trunk lock cylinder and turn it COUNTER CLOCKWISE...the trunk will open. That's why you have to use the valet key when using valet parking and you have stuff in your trunk that you want to secure. If they had the MASTER key, they could use the trunk release button or stick the key manually into the trunk lock cylinder and access the stuff in your trunk.

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Well, if u did buy a battery to jump the car, then you can take it home!! right?


i guess its the easiest way to me!
stop any one from the neighbors and ask him to jump start the car!!!

any way, its an option! and its good to know it!
OR...

The simplest option is to just stick the key in the hole and turn left (counter clockwise), until the key is parallel to the ground. After all, this is exactly what KEYS are designed for, but we tend to forget with all this electronic age gadgets and gimmics.... LOL

Just like it says in the first response to this thread.

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So what exactly are you saying? Is it turning right or turning left to open the trunk?

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I covered this back on page 1 in posts #11 & #18...here's direct links:
The post with the jump start locations is basically for those that (for what ever reason) have difficulty either figuring out left/right or counter clockwise...or just don't get that they need to turn the key further to the left etc...and have another key (other than the valet key)...and still fail to open the trunk when the battery is dead. In their panic and confusion...if they can get into the cabin of the car...they can pop the hood...and hook up a battery charger or jumper cables to the remote locations...and this will supply enough power to unlock the trunk with their spare key(s) (except for the VALET key) to the normal position that they're used to...or if the trunk is NOT secured and the trunk lock is in the vertical position ( | ) they can now use the interior trunk release button as well.

Just trying to cover all bases due to the varied response of owners who find themselves with a dead battery and locked out of the car.
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I covered this back on page 1 in posts #11 & #18...here's direct links:


I covered this back on page 1 in post #2. "To open, Turn the key to the OPPOSITE direction of LOCKING the trunk....

But, and lets be honest here with each other, we BOTH, no... we ALL came short in our explanations here. What we need is cn90 writing a DIY and Bluebee commentary and analysis, and THEN, and ONLY then, MAYBE we will be ok.

Now WHERE is cn90 and Bluebee when you really need them?????

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That's what she said...


Between this and the thread on E36 forum about how to open the hood, I am not sure which takes the cake!!! Everyone must have eaten one too many "stupid sandwiches" lately.
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Mat...sad thing is...Jesus could do a write-up with instruction that say "turn the lock cylinder ALL the way to the LEFT (counter clockwise) to unlock the door or trunk when the battery is dead"...and we could post that thread as a STICKY at the very top of the page...and guess what?...people with dead batteries would still post asking how to get into their cars...and after 5 people have told them to "follow the instructions in the VERY first sticky and turn the key to the left "counter-clockwise". You'd still get 50% of those people post back that they tried but it still didn't work!
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If your battery is dead, cut a hole through the trunk lid with a reciprocating saw. I've done that twice now. Works great!
A crow bar solves most problems in the car hehe...
bmw_n00b13, please post a DIY how to cut a hole in the trunk...
Do you need help?
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