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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 09-10-2010, 09:07 AM
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Front Passenger door won't open!!! HELP!!!

My passengerside door won't unlock anymore. I thinks it's the lock actuator.. but since I can't even unlock it to open the door, i can't take apart the door panel!

Remote and center console button will lock and unlock all other doors except for the passender front door. I've tried opening from inside handle and the door lock pin just goes up then back down. I've even tried holding the pin up and opening the door, no luck. From the outside, no luck at all.

Any ideas???

My Fiance is having to sit in the back seat!
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:16 AM
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It is a good test of your future marriage. If she can sit in the back seat for a week, then she passes the test LOL...

OK...Enough joking, here is a good thread, read through its entirety, written by "Cabinetman2":
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ht=cabinetman2
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:38 AM
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It is a good test of your future marriage. If she can sit in the back seat for a week, then she passes the test LOL...

OK...Enough joking, here is a good thread, read through its entirety, written by "Cabinetman2":
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ht=cabinetman2
Cool, i'll check it out.. thanks for the quickness in your reply!!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:50 AM
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It is a good test of your future marriage. If she can sit in the back seat for a week, then she passes the test LOL...
That's funny!!! And you helped him too (as always)!
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Yeah, Read cabinetman2 instructions carefully, there is a way to open the door with minimal and minimal damage to the door panel.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:38 AM
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gotcha.. read it.. going to try some steps at home later... sigh...
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Exclamation Please repost this every where about the stuck door.

I had this problem too and wasted too many hours trying to play with the door handles to no avail till I said screw it, I'll just force it open, I don't care if I break clips, I am tired of being a damn chauffeur.

I took the screw out from the inside door handle,

pulled the door panel up so the top clips that hold the door panel in place would come off,

then I stuck a flat head screw driver in the side of the door where the actuator was and pried the damn thing off

and guess what... I only ended up breaking one clip which means the door panel fit right back on without having to pay 400 to "diagnose", no trip to the dealer, and no buying new clips. After I opened it, I sprayed the whole damn locking system down with wd-40 and I am glad I did this myself.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:27 AM
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Sometimes the "old school" approach works best!
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:37 AM
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Added, for future reference, to the bestlinks.

I was having trouble crafting a keyword-rich sentence for the /search(F3); but this is what I came up with ...

- How to open a single stuck shut locked front or rear closed E39 door from a broken door latch/lock (1) (2)

As always, improvements are welcome.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:51 AM
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Once the actuator is out....

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then I stuck a flat head screw driver in the side of the door where the actuator was and pried the damn thing off
Once the actuator was off, did the just open? I got into the door, removed the actuator but neither the cable nor the exterior door handle will open the door. It's unclear to me once you have access how you release the cam which holds the cog which rotates to allow the door to open. Any hints appreciated.


'98 540i three door (at the moment)
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I found some good old posts and I think you have diagnosed it right some people say just keep trying to open it and you may get lucky. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ht=cabinetman2
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