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I have a 2013 X3 xDrive28i.

I tried to unlock my door with my key fob, but car would not unlock. I then manually unlocked the driver side door. The alarm sounded at this point. I tried to start the engine, but pressing the Start button did absolutely nothing. The alarm stopped.

I tried to "reprogram" the key fob by touching the key spot on the steering column, while pressing brake and the start button. Again, no effect. I changed the battery in the key fob, again door would not unlock, lock or open the lift gate. I tried to reprogram this key fob with the new battery, again, no effect.

I left town for a few days and tried with the second key fob. Got same, unsuccessful results as with the first key fob. The alarm ON indicator light is flashing normally.

The hazard lights do work. The interior lights will not turn ON. I used a friend's battery charger, but engine would not start. I noticed that when the charger was connected to the contact in the engine compartment that the daytime running lights will turn on for a few seconds, then die. The parking brake engaged indicator light also came ON for a few seconds then died. "Transmission malfunction" displayed for a few seconds then died. There was a second warning message that also displayed, but I don't recall what it said. The climate control lights briefly lit up.

I connected the charger directly to the battery, but car would still not start. The DRLs would not turn ON for a few seconds.

I could not get the interior dome lights to turn ON.

1. Did I unintentionally immobilize my car?
2. Or is this a dead battery?
3. I cannot open the lift gate. Is there a manual open latch somewhere? I'm trying to remove the battery so that I can get it tested. Removing from the outside is a lot easier than in a cramped and hot interior.

I searched forums and Google and only found a video for a 1st gen lift gate manual open procedure. I can't see any type of latch directly under the lift gate near the battery compartment.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Sounds like a battery issue to me. A car with a low or nearly dead battery will likely not start using a charger. You might ask a the dealer service dept their thoughts on this, but see if you can jump it. If yes, take it to Autozone or your dealer if you prefer, and have them test the battery and replace it if needed. Let us know the cause. Good luck.
 
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