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Old 10-21-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Accessing passenger compartment from trunk?

I''ve got a 2003 325i sedan and this morning when I went to open the driver's door with the key, there was an unusual click and now the key rotates left and right in the cylinder but it doesn't open the door any more. Apparently, a washer in the lock mechanism cracked (which not uncommon I've read)..and I've ordered the e46 lock repair kit off ebay to fix it.

However, to fix it I need to get into the car. So, here's my question.

My key still opens the trunk. Is there anyone who can think of a way to get into the passenger compartment or otherwise unlock the car using access to the trunk? Unfortunately, my vehicle doesn't appear to have fold down rear seats or the ski "pass thru" option.

I'd probably call a locksmith and use the "lock out" service, but I'm on a pretty thin budget and would like to avoid that extra expense if possible.

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Old 10-21-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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I thought all BMWs came with electric locks...
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I''ve got a 2003 325i sedan and this morning when I went to open the driver's door with the key, there was an unusual click and now the key rotates left and right in the cylinder but it doesn't open the door any more. Apparently, a washer in the lock mechanism cracked (which not uncommon I've read)..and I've ordered the e46 lock repair kit off ebay to fix it.

However, to fix it I need to get into the car. So, here's my question.

My key still opens the trunk. Is there anyone who can think of a way to get into the passenger compartment or otherwise unlock the car using access to the trunk? Unfortunately, my vehicle doesn't appear to have fold down rear seats or the ski "pass thru" option.

I'd probably call a locksmith and use the "lock out" service, but I'm on a pretty thin budget and would like to avoid that extra expense if possible.

This is my first post on e46...and I'm amazed and appreciative of all the people who contribute to this community. Much better than anything I've seen on other car brands. Thank you.
Nice little sucking up at the end...that's always a good thing to do when addressing 180,000 people! LOL

You might not have a ski pass now, but you can make one. If you search for 'locked out of car' "God damn it, locked my keys in car but trunk is open," "locked out" or any of the "please help" "Please for the love of Jes-s, help me!"

Anyway, the theory is you just bang through the few weld spots and the ski pass breaks like a strong coffee can lid! Remove the back lining in trunk (a pitb to put back in for me!), bang out metal as suggested in many threads, and wiggle through into car!

If you're too big, just lure a young child or beagle (they're really smart and many fanatics use them for this...and other things (do not ask!)).
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I thought all BMWs came with electric locks...
I presumed he doesn't have a fob. If he does have one, this could become among my favorite threads of all time!
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #5
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I presumed he doesn't have a fob. If he does have one, this could become among my favorite threads of all time!
Yeah my first thought was to suggest he use one of the other 3 doors that are unlocked. But then that would be too simple.

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The ski pass is your best bet. Use a hammer and a chisel to cut the spot welds. HTH
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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problem solved

thanks to everyone for their ideas on how to solve problem.
I used a modified version of the truck pass-thru suggestion. I didn't have to break out the steel pass-thru panel that is tack-welded in place. Instead, since, there's a roughly 3/4" hole in the middle of that panel already, I was able to pass a rod/coat-hanger combo through and unlock the rear doors by releasing the interior handle (must pull twice to open the door).

Have also replaced the battery in my key-fob so that I can use the remote to open the car...and in the meanwhile am awaiting the lock repair kit...so in the future I can use the key again.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220737785263...fvi%3D1&_rdc=1
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