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Old 11-28-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Once released, how far should the trunk open?

Simple question.

When you hit the trunk release switch in the car or press the trunk open button on the remote transmitter, how far should the trunk open? Is it supposed to swing all the way open 90 degrees? or is it supposed to simply 'pop' open for you to manually lift the rest of the way?
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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Mine just pops.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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This isn't a Cadillac. You gotta open it yourself. :-D
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
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This isn't a Cadillac. You gotta open it yourself. :-D
Cadillac? I know you are just joking, but all Mercedes-Benz trunks open fully, whether pneumatic or motorized, makes no difference.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:47 PM   #5
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Mine just pops. I have to raise it manually.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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I have a convertible with a manual top. My trunk simply unlatches and doesn't lift at all. I never gave it much thought.

After the effort it takes to put the top up/down, raising the trunk lid is not really an effort.

My Honda (1997 civic 4dr) trunk lid however, springs to attention like a love-sick adolescent when I hit the release. I guess it might be a nice feature if you have an armload of stuff to put in the trunk. Has BMW added this feature to newer cars?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #7
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My E46 & E39 just "pop" as well as my New Beetle convertible.

The E38 will open if it has the electric opener option as I recall.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:10 PM   #8
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It doesnt open, just pops. You gotta lift it up manually
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:49 PM   #9
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Dude, how lazy are you that you can't be bothered to lift the thing up to open it and push it down to close it?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #10
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its done like that as a safety feature.. so incase you accidentally pop it. it looks as if its not even open so people dont go snooping.... i actually like it that way ive poped mine before on accident and didnt even know until i started the car and it showed me it was popped on the dash.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:06 PM   #11
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It just pops a little and if you lean on it on the littlest bit it will close
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:09 AM   #12
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Same with the E90's and F30's... The trunks just unlock, they don't swing open.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:52 AM   #13
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Pops. Then lift to open.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:05 AM   #14
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its done like that as a safety feature.. so incase you accidentally pop it. it looks as if its not even open so people dont go snooping.... i actually like it that way ive poped mine before on accident and didnt even know until i started the car and it showed me it was popped on the dash.
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Mine does the same thing, just pops. Don't mind at all.
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:27 PM   #16
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Dude, how lazy are you that you can't be bothered to lift the thing up to open it and push it down to close it?
he was just wondering how it operated...
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:29 PM   #17
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Here's another video that shows how to get that opening effect, and usually see people use the buffer stops with ejector (#51248137994) and throw some springs on the trunk shocks:

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My Honda (1997 civic 4dr) trunk lid however, springs to attention like a love-sick adolescent when I hit the release.
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:36 PM   #18
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While the mechanics of opening the Vert boot is the same as any others, the length of them are quite different from that of a non-Vert E46, so the addition of short springs alone won't do the job unfortunately.
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:37 AM   #19
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its done like that as a safety feature.. so incase you accidentally pop it. it looks as if its not even open so people dont go snooping....
I don't think it's (not) done for safety reasons. The new 3/4 series have fully opening trunks.
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Here's another video that shows how to get that opening effect, and usually see people use the buffer stops with ejector (#51248137994) and throw some springs on the trunk shocks:
wow that's pretty cool. never seen the springs added. which reminds me, I special ordered a set of those BMW spring loaded bump stop to replace the factory ones on the trunk lid. didn't fit on my CSL trunk. have them sitting in a bag still to this day brand new.
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