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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 02-28-2013, 10:45 AM
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Door locks

I have locked my drivers door and now it won't unlock, tried it with the key and the fob with no luck its seems like the lock is not attached. I obviously can't get inside the door panel to have a look as the door is locked shut does anyone have any tips or tricks to get it open or get the door panel off without any damage. Thanks
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:40 AM
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It sounds like your door lock actuator has failed. If your remote door lock has been failing to lock or unlock occasionally in the recent past, then that is the problem.

If it is, the good news is that the DIY is attached: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...959&highlight=

The bad news is you've waited too long if the actuator has failed completely. It will require you to damage the inner door panel to unlock the door in order access the actuator for repair. Look for some of the links in the attacced DIY for methods of minimizing the door damage. Before attacking the door panel, keep trying to remotely unlock the door. If the actuator activates and unlocks the door, DO NOT LOCK IT until repairs can be effected.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:34 PM
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Typing /actuator F3 in the bestlinks nets these, which may help:
- How to replace the exterior door handle in the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) & how to open a single stuck shut locked front or rear closed E39 door from a broken door latch/lock (1) (2) & how to properly maintain a door lock (1) & a DIY for how to replace the front lock door actuator (1) & how to disable automatic door locks (1) (2)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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