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Old 02-19-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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2001 bmw 330i trunk issue

I was replacing my car battery. So I took it out but then I closed the trunk. So now I'm stuck out of my trunk and can't start my car. The key I have does not open up the back. And for some reason jumping the car won't work either. Any advice?



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Old 02-19-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Turn the key beyond what you normally would in the trunk keyhole; it'll manually open it.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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The key only goes in about 25% in the trunk keyhole though. Would it still work



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Old 02-19-2014, 06:51 PM   #4
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That's odd... Is the lock damaged? In any case as long as you can turn the lock at all, just turning it past the "open" point you're used to should get you to the manual actuation point.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:49 PM   #5
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Alright thanks I'll give it a try hopefully it works


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Old 02-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #6
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Sounds like a battery cable is loose.

Can you open the hood? Put jumper cables/another car at the appropriate locations to give your car enough power to open the trunk
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:34 AM   #7
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I have already tried using jumper cables for some reason that wont work either. At this point calling the dealer ship seems as the best choice


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Old 02-20-2014, 12:02 PM   #8
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I was replacing my car battery. So I took it out but then I closed the trunk. So now I'm stuck out of my trunk and can't start my car. The key I have does not open up the back. And for some reason jumping the car won't work either. Any advice?



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So, can't the key manually open the driver's side door?
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Is there a latch or trunk release inside the trunk of 2001 bmw 330i



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Old 02-20-2014, 01:25 PM   #10
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Is there a latch or trunk release inside the trunk of 2001 bmw 330i



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Yes. There is one in case you get locked in the trunk. It's in the lid.

Should be able to power up the car by hooking to the + and - lugs in the engine bay. That's how we change a battery without loosing presets, etc.

Or I've gotten into them by getting under the car (when it was locked up and couldn't get the hood open) and jumped the + on the starter. IIRC that was a flood victim X5 and it didn't have any key holes on the exterior of the car, but same principle applies.

Valet key will not open the trunk, so if you don't have the real diamond key with buttons you need to get one.
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