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Old 08-25-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Need trunk help

Let me start by saying hello to everyone and how happy I am there is an e46 community. Alright, last Tuesday I purchased my first e46, a 2001 330ci 5 speed. The car is beautiful, but has an issue I need to take care of. The trunk has no lock in place (empty hole) and none of releases work, including my key. I can get into the trunk through the back seat, but the emergency release is missing. I'm assuming the wiring harness for the trunk is disconnected, because the reverse lights don't work and the dash shows the trunk being open. So, how do I get the trunk open and what is the best method to resolve this issue. Thanks everybody, take care.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:08 PM   #2
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Your safest bet is to remove the rear trunk lid liner from inside the trunk and mechanically open the trunk. When you take off the trunk liner you'll see the mechanical linkage that will open the latch.
Most likely the root issue is the harness within the passengers side trunk hinge has severed. You'll need to cut and place an extension wire to repair it.

Good Luck!
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