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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 Yesterday, 12:29 PM
777-300ER 777-300ER is offline
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Lock issue.

Today when I went to unlock my car, the front driver and passenger doors would not unlock. The only way I could get it to unlock was to start the car and then mash the unlock button on the center console. I don't want to climb through the car from the back seat again, so is there any specific reason it happened?
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Possible that both actuators died at the same time. Do they make any noise when you press the remote button? Do they unlock manually with the key?
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Possible that both actuators died at the same time. Do they make any noise when you press the remote button? Do they unlock manually with the key?
The locks now work correctly. Very confused. When the locks would not work, I could pull the interior door handles but the lock indicator would come up but would go down when I let go of the door handle.
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Your door lock actuators are failing. The failure is typically gradual and intermittent. Having two doors fail simultaneously is rare. Repair this immediately. Otherwise you will need to drill a hole in your door panel to open the door. Search for the symptoms, my DIY and the reason to effect repair immediately.
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Your door lock actuators are failing. The failure is typically gradual and intermittent. Having two doors fail simultaneously is rare. Repair this immediately. Otherwise you will need to drill a hole in your door panel to open the door. Search for the symptoms, my DIY and the reason to effect repair immediately.
+1 I had to drill. Button wouldn't stay up, broken mech.
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