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Old 05-07-2015, 08:33 PM
BMWMANII BMWMANII is offline
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E83 Liftgate

E83 liftgate does not unlock using interior button on dash, but will unlock using key fob everytime ?
is this an electrical issue ?
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:05 AM
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Just curious but what year is your X3.I don`t have a interior button for my tailgate on my 06
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:04 AM
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Just curious but what year is your X3.I don`t have a interior button for my tailgate on my 06
The OP is or might be describing the lock/unlock button on the dash.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:09 AM
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Located on the dash in between the center vents under the hazards button
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:17 AM
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That's lock/unlock. You'll have to press it twice to unlock all doors if all doors are locked. You'll still need to go to rear hatch to hit the liftgate button to open the hatch, the button doesn't pop it open. If you've tried all that, then the electric switch in the hatch (liftgate button) is bad; I had to replace mine, super easy to do.
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:12 AM
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^ The lock/unlock button on the dash just requires one press to unlock all the doors - incl. tailgate and gas cap.

The difference between this and the key button for the tailgate is that key button pops the tailgate open (slightly) so you don't have to release it with the handle/grip switch.

Is this what OP is asking? If so, that is the way it is meant to work.

Otherwise, if that dash button worked exactly like the key fob, were it pressed inadvertently while the car was in motion, Rover or cargo in the back could be ejected at high speed.

OTOH, if question is that dash button doesn't even allow tailgate to be manually unlatched but otherwise works to lock and unlock all the other doors - that's a tough one to answer.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:15 PM
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Well, I killed that conversation didn't I?
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:39 PM
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You're right, one hit unlocks all. I said twice because normally my driver's door is unlocked and the rest locked, so I usually have to hit the button twice.

If the button unlocks all doors, but the hatch can still not be opened from the outside, then the problem is probably in the rear hatch button above the license plate. Salt and water get in there, neither of which are great for electric switches.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:40 PM
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Thanks dukedkt442, you are correct, normally I would have to depress the button twice for lift gate
I will inspect lift gate switch.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:23 PM
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thanks Supercourse as well .
the issue is that liftgate / door/lock/unlock doesn't release any longer. it remains locked while the doors operate normally.
Now another issue has arisen that may be related to liftgate- left rear passenger door wont open from the inside intermittently and NO its not the child proof switch.
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