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I have 1999 323i BMW and apparently my battery went out. I can't get to the battery because there is no power to unlock the entire car and plus the key whole on the trunk is messed up so now i can't even get to the battery. Is there a regular trunk latch like most cars have that i can use to pop my trunk open.
 

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noy559 said:
I have 1999 323i BMW and apparently my battery went out. I can't get to the battery because there is no power to unlock the entire car and plus the key whole on the trunk is messed up so now i can't even get to the battery. Is there a regular trunk latch like most cars have that i can use to pop my trunk open.
Can you manually unlock the driver's door and pop the hood? If so, there should be a battery terminal in the engine compartment (used for jump-starting the car). You could use that to jump-start the car, and then the electric trunk release should work.

Or... If you have folding rear seats, you could get into the trunk that way and use the emergency release (if 1999 models have it) to manually open the trunk.
 

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noy559 said:
I have 1999 323i BMW and apparently my battery went out. I can't get to the battery because there is no power to unlock the entire car and plus the key whole on the trunk is messed up so now i can't even get to the battery. Is there a regular trunk latch like most cars have that i can use to pop my trunk open.
If you can gain access to the interior, you can use the hood release (it's mechanical not electric) to gain access to the engine bay. Under the hood you will find two terminals (+/-) that you can use to jump-start the car (look in the manual for a description and exact location). Once the car has been started you can then gain access to the trunk and replace the battery if needed.
 

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Terry Kennedy said:
Can you manually unlock the driver's door and pop the hood? If so, there should be a battery terminal in the engine compartment (used for jump-starting the car). You could use that to jump-start the car, and then the electric trunk release should work.

Or... If you have folding rear seats, you could get into the trunk that way and use the emergency release (if 1999 models have it) to manually open the trunk.
:mad: beat me to it
 

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noy559 said:
I have 1999 323i BMW and apparently my battery went out. I can't get to the battery because there is no power to unlock the entire car and plus the key whole on the trunk is messed up so now i can't even get to the battery. Is there a regular trunk latch like most cars have that i can use to pop my trunk open.
I apologise in advance BUT Does anybody else suspect that the battery is dead because the ignition column has been "stripped"? :dunno: Goes along with the lock cylinder in the trunk
being "messed up". :dunno: Again I apologise for my paranoia.
 

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Terry Kennedy said:
Or... If you have folding rear seats, you could get into the trunk that way and use the emergency release (if 1999 models have it) to manually open the trunk.
Umm, on my '05 330i, the folding seat release levers are in the trunk so there's no way to release them from the cabin...
 

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markl53 said:
Umm, on my '05 330i, the folding seat release levers are in the trunk so there's no way to release them from the cabin...
Bummer. In the wagon the releases are on the top of the seat backs. :dunno:
 
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