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Old 11-04-2007, 03:39 AM   #1
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How to remove electrical wires from trunk lid handle?

I've removed the Trunk Lid Handle on my 2002 325xi and it's hanging by a bunch of wires. The connector and wires do not clip off!!!

Has anyone run into this? I am guessing I have to remove the trunk carpet inside and somewhere in there I hope to find a removable plug.

Anyone have some experience with this. Lots of posts about the thing just "uncliping in 5 minutes" but this one certainly does not ...

Thanks in advance...

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Old 11-04-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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Some e46 will clip right off, but some u have to remove the lid cover. When u remove it you'll see a little hole in the middle of the trunk. From there you should be able to see the plug. I think it's also cover by a little plate.
I have a 2000 323ci, and it comes off easy. My friend has a 2003 330ci and his is a pain in the butt.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:03 AM   #3
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Exclamation B U M P

Anyone that had this problem and solved it?
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:59 AM   #4
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Remove the four torx screws under the handle by the license plate lights, pull the handle off and the wiring harness will be exposed.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:09 AM   #5
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what ^he said. Sometimes the connector is stuck a bit between the metal sheets and you'll think it won't come out but if you try you will eventually get to the connector.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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Remove the four torx screws under the handle by the license plate lights, pull the handle off and the wiring harness will be exposed.
Yes but it does not unclip. Anywhere !
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:24 AM   #7
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I don't know if facelifts are different but on my prefacelifft I was able yo disconnect the wiring harness when I took my handle to get painted. There's a clip that slides into the side of the box on the handle.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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They must be different than. Anyone with a 2002 (or later) sedan?
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:07 AM   #9
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Thumbs Up Impossible to remove Trunk Lid. Well, almost ...

So I ordered a brand new trunk lid from BMW to see what the is going on. It's impossible to remove the electrical wires without disconnecting from the inside. The detachable connector is about 6 inches in.

Here are the pictures of the relevant parts:





I also tried to see if it was possible to take the handle apart but it seems it was epoxied shut. Looking at this brand new handle, it's obvious once you close it, it ain't never gonna open !!! It's like a clam shell type attachment and even without the epoxy, I think it's impossible to pry it open without breaking some (or most) of the many many tabs:




I ended up having to destroy the original gasket in order to apply the Avery tape nice and tight. No biggie, a new gasket is last than $10 at the stealership





Final result with Avery tape applied:







Apart from the imperfections in the lid itself (no those are not bubbles but they sure look like bubbles...) I can't tell the Avery from the paintjob... Love it!
You'll notice I prefer to snap pictures than typing text works much better IMO.

Hope this helps !

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Old 11-16-2007, 04:09 AM   #10
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Click here for more info on Avery tape:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=518716
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:48 AM   #11
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Click here for more info on Avery tape:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=518716
Amazing job man.

Wow with that closeup of the pic, that does look like the perfect match for titanium silver.

Man this is going to suck... I wanted to do the trunk handle but to get the tape to tuck perfectly like how you did then I will need to buy the whole new handle so I can attach it before clamming it together forever.

Thanks a bunch for all the information!!!!!
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:31 AM   #12
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Wow, I wasn't aware that there was that big of a difference with the handles. I was able to vinyl my handle without prying it apart, just tuck and cut. It was a perfect match with TiAg but it's since been painted.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:59 AM   #13
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Exclamation No need to pry it apart...

You don't need to Pry it apart. If I re-do the handle, I will disconnect it from the electrical. It's quite hard to do if you don't disconnect because it as it's dangling by the wire. I put a towel behind and in front of the license plate holder to rest the whole assembly, but if you don't good luck not scratching your paint job or license plate holder.

I just didn't have my trim removal tools yet so no choice...
But these are on order:
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Ya I seen those that can just tuck it under but I want to clean wrap it just to make the tape secure like how you did.
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Ya I seen those that can just tuck it under but I want to clean wrap it just to make the tape secure like how you did.

Those tools are not for applying the Avery tape, they are used to remove the carpet lining inside the trunk !
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How do you take the handle completely off? I need to remove it from my old trunklid to apply to my new one.
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must have fished this thread out of the abyss?
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:25 AM   #18
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See start of this thread...

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How do you take the handle completely off? I need to remove it from my old trunklid to apply to my new one.
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Check out post #2/#3 .... You might have a really hard time depending on your model. If it's a post face-lift ... Yikes!
I couldn't detach completely, but was able to work around it... What year is your car?
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:18 PM   #19
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o have a 2000 323i and i thought that you could just take the outer piece off but i have yet to get it off. i dont want to damage or have to replace anything and im having quite a time getting the piece off. i want to take it off an paint it to match the rest of my trim but can it be done?lol
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:46 PM   #20
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I could not take it off at all. There was no wiring harness connector which seems impossible, but that'show my car is. You can look in the http://www.realoem.com/bmw/ website and search under E46 electrical, trunk area to see if your car has a real harness connector...

post what you find!

Mine is here: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...22&hg=41&fg=60
but that still doesn't tell me anything actually ... maybe someone here knows where to look for the electrical connector ...?
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