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Old 01-09-2014, 09:33 AM
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Unhappy trunk opens randomly

2013 328I trunk opens randomly. in driveway, garage, parking lot. x5. last time was when i stopped the car at the dealer service department. Dealer is now looking into it. it is not the key fob. one must first unlock the car and then push the trunk button for the trunk opener to activate from the fob. I saw a few older threads about this but nothing in 2013
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:37 AM
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You can unlock the trunk before unlocking the car with the fob. Hence, if you have it in your pocket, it is entirely possible that something in the pocket compressed the button. If you can rule that out, then the dealership will have its hands full trying to chase this one down. Good luck!

By the way, there are also reports of people coming to the car with all windows rolled down and the sunroof open. This is a feature if you hold the unlock button for several seconds and keep it held until the windows are rolled. It was always chased down to someone having the key in the pocket while in proximity of the car, such as while being at work with the car sitting close-by outside. You wouldn't be the first to do this. ;-)
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:21 AM
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2013 328I trunk opens randomly. in driveway, garage, parking lot. x5. last time was when i stopped the car at the dealer service department. Dealer is now looking into it. it is not the key fob. one must first unlock the car and then push the trunk button for the trunk opener to activate from the fob. I saw a few older threads about this but nothing in 2013

Yes. CW has correctly stated - OP, you carry WAY too many keys, spare change, and maybe a flashlight in your pocket.

Recommendation: See a craft person about a fine necklace for your fob.

Bonus: No more fishin' for the fob! Win-win.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:52 PM
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You can unlock the trunk before unlocking the car with the fob. Hence, if you have it in your pocket, it is entirely possible that something in the pocket compressed the button. If you can rule that out, then the dealership will have its hands full trying to chase this one down. Good luck!

By the way, there are also reports of people coming to the car with all windows rolled down and the sunroof open. This is a feature if you hold the unlock button for several seconds and keep it held until the windows are rolled. It was always chased down to someone having the key in the pocket while in proximity of the car, such as while being at work with the car sitting close-by outside. You wouldn't be the first to do this. ;-)
I tend to agree as this happened more than once with my E92 as I kept my key fob in my 'cluttered' pocket. While backing out of my driveway, my 'trunk open' icon alerted perhaps a dozen times.

I soon became very sensitive to not touching it (fob) as I parked the car...anywhere.

More than once at a shopping center I would hit the "lock" again as I was walking away, or return to the car to make sure it was secure. Pain in the ass.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:19 PM
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No, something else is going on then simply pushing trunk open on the fob. Have a 2011 528i purchased brand new. No issue like this ever happened till early this summer of 2014. Trunk starts opening randomly. Nowadays, 6 times out of 10, I unlock car by putting my hand in door handle; all door locks unlock and trunk pops open! This never happened before. To make things worse many days when I approach the trunk and try to open by squeezing the latch, it does not open even though my keyless fob is in my pocket. Its gotten bad enough I think I should be able to reproduce it at the dealer so will try taking in soon.
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No, something else is going on then simply pushing trunk open on the fob. Have a 2011 528i purchased brand new. No issue like this ever happened till early this summer of 2014. Trunk starts opening randomly. Nowadays, 6 times out of 10, I unlock car by putting my hand in door handle; all door locks unlock and trunk pops open! This never happened before. To make things worse many days when I approach the trunk and try to open by squeezing the latch, it does not open even though my keyless fob is in my pocket. Its gotten bad enough I think I should be able to reproduce it at the dealer so will try taking in soon.
Did you ever figure this out? My trunk's been randomly opening as well and I believe it's related to when I use the proximity unlock on the door handle. Nothing is in my pocket except for my key fob.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:51 AM
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The leather fob cases, available thru the BMW parts department or available in multiple third party formats thru retailers on the web, (example photos)

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...11&postcount=1

is a handy way to both preserve the appearance of the fob (from the ravages of housekeys, etc. in the pocket) but most beneficial is the prevention of buttons being pressed accidentally.
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The leather fob cases, available thru the BMW parts department or available in multiple third party formats thru retailers on the web, (example photos)

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...11&postcount=1

is a handy way to both preserve the appearance of the fob (from the ravages of housekeys, etc. in the pocket) but most beneficial is the prevention of buttons being pressed accidentally.

I just got one of these and come to mention it, I have had no accidental unlocks since.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:06 AM
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I just got one of these and come to mention it, I have had no accidental unlocks since.

An idea for you to consider...

I bought a package of the small round white felt adhesive-backed pads at the hardware store, and applied ONE to the inside of the fob case so that it is positioned exactly over the Lock button...
So when I get out of the car I can immediately walk away from the car while feeling for the raised 'bump' thru the case, and I can press it to lock the car without flipping the fob out from its case.

If anything 'accidental' happens, it is only the LOCKING of the car while you are standing outside.

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Old 05-04-2015, 11:23 AM
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Very neat idea. Thanks!
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