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Old 02-18-2013, 03:50 PM
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Why doesn't the power liftgate close?

The Ford Escape and Kia Sorento have power liftgates that close with a kick or key FOB respectively. The GLK has a drivers seat button as well as key fob. Maybe there are others.

I took at face value in the BMW X3 Brochure that the X3 power liftgate closes with the key fob. But according to this post, it's disabled in the US and Canada.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...4&postcount=15

Interestingly, the Audi Q5 also does not close under power.

How is the Mercedes, Ford and Sorento do but not BMW and Audi? I know the party line is safety but they all have pressure switches so how is it not safe?
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:51 PM
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The Ford Escape and Kia Sorento have power liftgates that close with a kick or key FOB respectively. The GLK has a drivers seat button as well as key fob. Maybe there are others.

I took at face value in the BMW X3 Brochure that the X3 power liftgate closes with the key fob. But according to this post, it's disabled in the US and Canada.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...4&postcount=15

Interestingly, the Audi Q5 also does not close under power.

How is the Mercedes, Ford and Sorento do but not BMW and Audi? I know the party line is safety but they all have pressure switches so how is it not safe?
I don't know but I don't find it a big deal to hit the button on the bottom of the lift gate when I want to close it and there is even a second button that closes the liftgate and locks the vehicle.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:36 PM
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I don't know but I don't find it a big deal to hit the button on the bottom of the lift gate when I want to close it and there is even a second button that closes the liftgate and locks the vehicle.
Umm because you just removed 2 armfuls of packages? Or your 4' tall kiddo put their backpack in the back after school and can't reach the button?
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:13 PM
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Umm because you just removed 2 armfuls of packages? Or your 4' tall kiddo put their backpack in the back after school and can't reach the button?
IMO, easier to hit liftgate button than fumbling with key FOB.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:26 PM
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Not when you are sitting in the driver's seat after remotely opening the tailgate for someone to put something in. Ford's foot swipe beats the switch but even still, if all you are doing is going into the house or something close, the FOB lets you close it from there and is better than going all the way out again, especially in bad weather.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:32 AM
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Not when you are sitting in the driver's seat after remotely opening the tailgate for someone to put something in. Ford's foot swipe beats the switch but even still, if all you are doing is going into the house or something close, the FOB lets you close it from there and is better than going all the way out again, especially in bad weather.
I don't think you will convince me (must be my use model ). Just curious, do you own an X3? I don't see any reference.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:48 AM
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I have re-coded both the cabin button and keyFOB "close" options. And I use it regularly. Haven't harmed anyone yet ;-)
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:30 AM
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Me too... along with a few other coded fixes.

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I have re-coded both the cabin button and keyFOB "close" options. And I use it regularly. Haven't harmed anyone yet ;-)
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:17 PM
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Makes no sense to me, either. My Lexus RX driver's buttons or fob would open/close tailgate and/or windows.
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I have re-coded both the cabin button and keyFOB "close" options. And I use it regularly. Haven't harmed anyone yet ;-)
^this. The feature is coded out for North American vehicles, just like the convenience close of the windows and electric folding mirrors (if so equipped) via the key fob.
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Question on liftgate operation. How does a seated driver unlock the liftgate/boot lid from inside the car for someone outside to load something in the trunk? Is it by pressing the central lock switch in between the air vents in the dash?
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:35 AM
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There is a small button on the left side of the footwell that opens the liftgate.
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I blame the lawyers for the missing feature in the US. If everyone wasn't always suing to make a quick buck we would have code out features.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:07 AM
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Their clients...

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i blame the lawyers for the missing feature in the us. If everyone wasn't always suing to make a quick buck we would have code out features.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:44 AM
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I blame the lawyers for the missing feature in the US. If everyone wasn't always suing to make a quick buck we would have code out features.
Far be it for me to come to the defense of all lawyers but it's also people who bring the law suits. Attorneys oblige of course.

Does anyone know if the GLK allows remote closure? Like the BMW, it's in the brochure.

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:44 PM
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Far be it for me to come to the defense of all lawyers but it's people who bring the law suits. Attorneys oblige of course.

Does anyone know if the GLK allows remote closure? Like the BMW, it's in the brochure.
There is some truth to that as well, but unfortunately there are a lot of lawyers that are actively seeking out and convincing people that they need to sue. Heck, there are a ton of commercials on TV telling people to call the Law office of .... and we can get you compensation.

Not sure on the GLK, I looked at one but didn't test that feature.
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