Here is what happened in my car. The cable was not busted or anything. The handle under the dash was loose. Not so loose that you would see it hanging, but loose. There are only two bolts that hold it in, and over time, they loosen so there is so much play, the lever really does not do anything. So, maybe stick your head up under there and check it out. It worked for me.Hey I just bought a 325I so am new to this and obviously need help. Hood was stuck and was able to insert screwdriver (thanks millions!!!!) but what can I do to prevent this from happening again?