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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 04-20-2015, 04:53 AM
stikrz stikrz is offline
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99 540iT Hatch will not open.

Hey y'all.

1999 540iT. Rear hatch will raise, but will not release, then close again. Back glass opens fine. The rear hatch did this when I first bought back in February. Then for about 2 weeks in early March it opened. Since mid March it has not opened. I suspect a partially faulty GM3 module. Thoughts?

And I searched, I made sure it wasn't the plastic cable grommet that normally breaks. I checked.

On another note- is there an e39 specific forum such as this one?

Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:49 AM
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I've been having the same issue with my 2000 528iT. The problem now is that I can seem to get it open at all. Pulling the interior release doesn't seem to help. The tail gate will unlatch and lift about 1/2 inch, then them motorized latch will pull it back down. It's getting to be really annoying.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:55 AM
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^ Exactly my problem. Even when pulling the emergency release. I hope this thread will benefit both of us, and anyone else who has this issue.
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