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Old 06-22-2007, 11:41 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by NKB E46 View Post
PS was your car unlocked to begin with? if so then no damage is necessary
This post was from February, I'm sure he has figured it all out by now.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:40 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Mr.Ci View Post
while attempting to install an in-dash dvd player in my e46, i ran into an obsticle:

after disconnecting the battery and starting installation of the head unit, i realize i need something that is located in the trunk. as i grasp the handle and squeeze, nothing happens. ah! the battery!. i reach for my keys, and... nothing. they're locked in the trunk... with no power to the power locks. as an added bonus, i only have one key to my vehicle... called every locksmith around, none could do anything with a beamer, except break the whole lock cylinder, but they wouldn't be able to do that for another week, minimum. so, I called bmw of manhattan and explained my situation. my options? well, i can have my car towed to the city, and have a replacement key in 2-3 weeks. or, i can ask the service dept. so, they ask me if i have a subwoofer behind my rearseat armrest, i say no. i tell him i have a metal plate (don't even know what this is for), but he tells me if i hit it very hard with a sledge hammer repeatedly until i am blue in the face and pass out from exhaustion, then i might be able to knock it open, however, it's rivited in 12 locations along the perimeter, several of which are stationed behind my seat which would have forced me to damage my seat, which is unacceptable behavior. what IS, however, acceptable behavior is putting a mettal cugging blade on my dremel and cutting the whole god damn metal plate right out of the car. so now, i have access to my trunk from the back seat. then it's easy, io just fish my keys out with a pole and flashlight and that's that. maybe i'll get a carbon fiber door with a lock in the metal plate's place. haha. next.
DUDE... I got a better story... We went to the Crystal Cove Nation Park, in Newprt and my girl locked the keys in the trunk... I live in los angeles, and had to get towed from Newport to my house a 75 mile drive in traffic with Bob the tow man since i have a coupe the locksmith said he couldnt get in to actual car itself without breaking the window. he broke the window and tried to push the trunk release button but it didnt work. so i had a broken window and still no access to the trunk. so i look for the ski door. this is different than a 4 door access. Mine had serious welds in place... I had to drill ug holes where the welds were... pry the door halfway open stick my hand in the trunk to reach for them... i got em around 2am... the incident happened at 4pm
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:29 PM   #43
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Reviving an old thread but similar situation happened to me. Got a csl trunk and got a delete keyhole. The shop guy didnt install all the electrical parts back and he slammed the trunk close *deleted keyhole* . He looked at me and laughed. Make story short, he wanted to cut my a hole at the license plate but i said get me a coat hanger and i'll get my trunk open. Luckily the trunk handle wasnt completely tightened and i used the coat hanger to fish the rear seat handle to open. Afterward i told him, "i just save you 300 bucks for a new trunk".
Moral of the story is, just leave the keyhole or always leave the rear seat handle unlocked.
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