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Old 07-08-2010, 02:52 AM   #1
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Exclamation Trunk release button under dash not working HELP

Not that big of a deal but i would like to have it fixed if it is DIYable or cheap. I have a 1999 328i sedan (pre-facelift) if that helps.

The button on the key still works its just the button under the dash that doesnt work.
Nothing else is wrong with the car

Could it be a fuse? or a loose connection? Im not good at all with electrical so I have no idea.
Help would be appreciated
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:57 AM   #2
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Not that big of a deal but i would like to have it fixed if it is DIYable or cheap. I have a 1999 328i sedan (pre-facelift) if that helps.

The button on the key still works its just the button under the dash that doesnt work.
Nothing else is wrong with the car

Could it be a fuse? or a loose connection? Im not good at all with electrical so I have no idea.
Help would be appreciated
Is the key hole on your trunk horizontal? If it is, rotate it counter-clockwise so that it's vertical. Button should work fine then.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:58 AM   #3
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Dude, your trunk is double locked. If the slot in the keyhole on your trunk lid is horizontal then you can't open the trunk with the button under the dash. Its a security feature. Stick your key in there and turn it counter clockwise and remove key before trying the button again. Let me know if that helps
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i heard that this cars go like 300k miles

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Old 07-08-2010, 03:01 AM   #4
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Is the key hole on your trunk horizontal? If it is, rotate it counter-clockwise so that it's vertical. Button should work fine then.
Damn, beat me to it!
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:03 AM   #5
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first check if your trunk is in valet mode (horizontal). if not, then perhaps the plug which connects to the key cylinder in the trunk got loose. if that is not connected, the key fob and push button on the trunk handle will still work.. but the button under the dash will not.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:23 AM   #6
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Im curious, where is the button under your dash?
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:06 AM   #7
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You're in Valet mode...
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:54 AM   #8
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Broken wires in the sleeve between the trunk lid and body.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:23 AM   #9
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Im curious, where is the button under your dash?
It's on the driver side near the door (kinda by hood release lever)

It was in valet mode. Thanks fanatics. I just don't know who put it like that. It used to work fine. Mustve been my mom messin with my car haha.

Btw I'm only 16 so no living with your mom jokes and I bought my e46 with my own money so no spoiled rich kid jokes either
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:45 AM   #10
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Btw I'm only 16 so no living with your mom jokes and I bought my e46 with my own money so no spoiled rich kid jokes either
Lol, ive copped them enough from me mates...i havent siad that on here

im 17 and bought my car wif me own money
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:40 AM   #11
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I have the same problem. I checked the trunk lock and it is horizontal. The problem is that I can't turn it counter clockwise in order to disable the valet mode. It is blocked in this position. If I turn it clockwise, the trunk will open. Can someone help me out here please? Thx
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:54 AM   #12
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She was checking your trunk for drugs, and whatever else you crazy kids do these days.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #13
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I had the same problem for the past week. Now it's solved. E46Fanatics FTMFW!!!
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:09 PM   #14
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I have the same problem. I checked the trunk lock and it is horizontal. The problem is that I can't turn it counter clockwise in order to disable the valet mode. It is blocked in this position. If I turn it clockwise, the trunk will open. Can someone help me out here please? Thx
Turn the lock so the key is vertical, then pull the key out.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:31 PM   #15
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Turn the lock so the key is vertical, then pull the key out.
Convertible key holes are always horizontal. The valet mode is engaged by locking the glove box, not by turning the lock to vertical. You need to make sure your glove box and doors are unlocked. If that doesn't work inspect the wires in the sleeve between the trunk lid and the body for breaks.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:53 PM   #16
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My convertible (an E36, so there is a certain apples-and-oranges quality to the comparison) has a horizontal position where the lock does not respond to the central locking system. The glove box has a lock, too, but it doesn't talk to the trunk.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:22 AM   #17
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Sorry to bump an old thread but what fuse is it for the trunk release?
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:41 AM   #18
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The younger kids on this forum wonder why we give them a hard time about their age when they are the ones who always tell us how old they aren't. The only people who mention their age are all younger than 18. You'll notice it if you haven't.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #19
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The younger kids on this forum wonder why we give them a hard time about their age when they are the ones who always tell us how old they aren't.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:47 AM   #20
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just the button under the dash that doesnt work.
Is our sedan the only car in North America that doesn't have that button? If so, how difficult is it to retrofit?
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