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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 05-12-2017, 12:57 PM
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E39 Auto Trunk Pop

I'm looking to see if anyone knows if the automatic trunk pop when you pull on the handle was only started in 1999 or if it should work on the 1998 models as well. Also, if the 1998 model is supposed to have it, what could be causing it to not work.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:13 PM
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"Automatic trunk pop?" Don't know what you mean.

If the car is unlocked, when you squeeze the rubber handle in the center of the trunk lid, the actuator works, and the trunk unlatches, unless the key slot is in "Valet mode" (horizontal).

If it does not, the rubber is worn out, and is preventing operation. Replace it.
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Old 05-12-2017, 03:14 PM
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Perhaps you're referring to SCA (soft close actuation) whicih is what the e38 sedans have...and (correct me if wrong) only the e39 Tourings had SCA (tailgate) if imported to the USA.

The SCA trunk (e38) and tailgate (e39 & e53 facelift)...does not fully open the tailgate or trunk...but it does pop it open a few inches above the level that it catches the trunk/tailgate to close it.

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Old 05-12-2017, 05:18 PM
1998silbere39 1998silbere39 is offline
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"Automatic trunk pop?" Don't know what you mean.

If the car is unlocked, when you squeeze the rubber handle in the center of the trunk lid, the actuator works, and the trunk unlatches, unless the key slot is in "Valet mode" (horizontal).

If it does not, the rubber is worn out, and is preventing operation. Replace it.
Yea this is what I was referring to. Sorry to sound confusing, I just didn't know how to word it. When I squeeze my rubber handle I can feel the handle pressing in, but nothing happens. How would I get the key slot out of valet mode?
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:31 PM
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turn the key slot in the trunk lid to vertical and remove the key.
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Old 05-13-2017, 04:05 AM
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The different modes for the key valet mode is explained in the manual.
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