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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-18-2010, 07:13 AM
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Trunk "Wont Open" 97 328i convertible

97 convertible 328i

I've spent three days and countless hours on this and the trunk will not open. I've tried pushing the micro switch on the passenger's side, removing the number 7 fuse, pushing on the lid, and using the key. Is there any way to get the trunk opened if the micro switch is bad? I think I've tried everything and searched everywhere, please help I can not find the answer.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:54 PM
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Sounds like the sensor that tells if top lid is up or closed is malfunctioning. Have you tried opening with the top up? With it down? Having a helper engage the sensor in the closed position ? The trunk lid will not open if it thinks the convert top lid is open.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:43 PM
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my trunk wont open either any other ideas on this topic??
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:57 PM
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Brad, do you have a 'vert?
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:20 PM
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Well you can always use a saws all and cut it off
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:44 AM
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NO this car is not a vert.

and believe me cutting out this trunk n latch has crossed my mind.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:30 AM
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I've seen a couple E36 'verts on used car lots that have this problem. Ultimately, it's a top problem, since there's an interlock that prevents the trunk from opening if the top isn't fully up or fully down, or if one of the switches makes it think it isn't fully up or down.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:38 AM
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I love the BMW engine everything els, just growing weary of these electrical engineering issues.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:37 AM
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Brad,

1. The reason I asked if you had a 'vert is the original question in this thread was a purely convertable issue.

2. They aren't electrical engineering issues, they are old car that was kept outside issues. (My car (until I got it) was religiously garaged and has no gremlins).

3. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=912547 Try post #15. It may be your only option.

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Old 08-06-2010, 07:39 PM
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@ Jonesin thank u so much for sending tht thread link!! For some reason i couldnt find the proper thread, so i ended up responding to the vert issue thread.

thx again!
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:02 PM
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No worries Brad, I'm Ed btw. I didn't find it here, I just used Google. (A fact, not me being a prick).
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Old 08-08-2010, 01:29 AM
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heres another link that may help

stage 5 pic shows the connecting rod from push button switch to the lock catch
http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...smooth-t37858/
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