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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 03-02-2012, 03:21 PM
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99 328i trunk stuck, where to drill?

Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:27 PM
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:11 PM
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are you sure the button hasn't decided to stop workiing?? also, what about the key??






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Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
Thanks
EXTREMELY unlikely the con rod has come loose. Before you resort to desperate measures ( ) get some Lock-Ease and soak the inside with that. Let it sit for a few hours (more if it's cold where you are), then try using the key in it, back and forth, and THEN try the button. If that fails to open it, for God's sake, call a locksmith. Don't butcher the trunk lid with a dang hole saw! (Can't believe you're actually considering that!)
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dang it ken...

why do you have to go all 'logical' and what-not...now it looks like the op will actually look into the proper way of doing things and *not*, i repeat, *not* go ahead with the planned destruction of the decklid.

now what are we supposed to use for omg/lol fodder if we can't get teh pictarz??




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damn you ken, i opend this all then read and now im
SEE!!!!! i'm tellin ya ken...you ruined a perfectly good lulz thread!!!


i'm not the only one to say so, too...



so now it looks like we'll be looking for your 'what not to do, a psa from the timex corp' some time in the next few days or so, eh??




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Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
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Drill? Holesaw? Size?

STEP AWAY FROM THE E36.


Yikes.. You DO know that the trunks are SUPPOSED to open, right?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=179945

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I need to revive this..

I need to revive this old thread..

Someone tried to break into my car a few weekends ago, but didn't succeed. Both the trunk and door lock are damaged to the point where the key will not fit all the way. I'd like to get back into my trunk, because well, it has my spare tire and such, in case of a flat. I was told the trunk lock has to be replaced, but that I wont be able to get a new lock, and need to go find an old one from another car. I'm hoping there's a cheaper way than having to pay a locksmith just to open it. I don't care that it doesn't lock right now, I just want it opened. I can replace the lock another day.

Is drilling a good idea?
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I need to revive this old thread..

Is drilling a good idea?
I wouldnt do it unless you have exhausted all other avenues.

The lock cylinder and tumblers can be swapped to another latch/lock mechanism.
Review this link.. I got locked out of my trunk also.
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