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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 10-20-2012, 12:41 PM
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Trunk Problem - Need Help

Well i replaced my trunk latch today and accidentally closed the trunk before reconnecting the connecting rod. Any suggestions on what i can do to get the trunk back open?

Car is a 97 318i convertible if that helps. (or hinders I guess)
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:31 AM
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how about folding the rear seats forward?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:18 PM
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Car is a convertible with no folding seat. Metal compartment for the convertible top is located behind rear seats leaving only a small ski pass through as access to the trunk.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:28 PM
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Coat hanger and a couple hours should fix it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:18 PM
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I'm not quite sure how he'd be able to get a coat hanger to be of any use in this instance. I'm stumped.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:35 AM
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Coat hanger, or a stick, though the ski's hole and a flash light may help. Get it in there and try to push on the release.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:23 PM
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The only way to release the trunk will be to get a firm grip on the release rod and actually pull it up to release the lock. This is the problem. Try and find a 3 foot long pair of pliers!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:38 AM
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I know you're frustrated..
Its really not that difficult.

If I was closer to the 'couver Id do it for you.

Here is some pics.

Note.. You dont PULL up on the rod.. You PUSH DOWN.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=179945
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:00 PM
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Solution found!!

I figured I'd post this in case anyone else ever finds them selves in this predicament.

After removing the rear seat completely hoping to find additional room behind the seat to gain access i was stumped. Access on both sides of the trunk is blocked by the Roll over protection system mechanism. So zero room either side on the ski pass through.

Next idea was to completely remove the ski pass through to see if that would give me any more access. Once I removed the bag and the pass through frame I noticed that reaching the trunk lock mechanism would still be impossible, plus I could not locate the rod as it had fallen and was no longer vertical.

Sitting there stumped I took one last look before giving up again for the day and noticed that the 2 bolts that hold the pin in the body were visible from inside the trunk. BINGO!! 2 feet of socket extension and an angle socket I was able to get at the two bots and remove them. Then with a fairly firm pull I was able to get the deck lid open.

***Note*** this procedure will damage the plastic trim piece where the latch goes into but it's an easy part to get from the wrecker and replace.

Reinstalled the rod correctly, closed the trunk and it now works perfect. $10.00 for a trim piece at the wrecker is a lot better than some of the crazy idea's I had heard!!

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Old 11-24-2012, 11:07 AM
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What are you looking for a pic of?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:48 AM
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