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      11-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #23
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I have done the same thing to my '08. The key hole next to the trunk opener button does indeed work. It takes a LOT of force, but it will open.
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      11-02-2011, 11:08 AM   #24
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I'm glad someone else took the time to tell us how you did it

Thanks a bunch raiste you are the man ... good thinking
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      11-02-2011, 11:11 AM   #25
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So the key works?
Yep... oiling it a bit helps, but it was still a b*tch
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      11-02-2011, 01:57 PM   #26
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My M5 has a cable that is under the back seat. Just lift up the lower part of the seat and pull the cable and that releases the trunk. Since the M5 has no trunk keyhole either. I would think the M3 would be similar since it has no keyhole either.
Has anyone been able to check this out?
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      11-02-2011, 02:13 PM   #27
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Has anyone been able to check this out?
We've removed the back seats (cage install), without a trace of this cable being seen.
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      11-02-2011, 02:31 PM   #28
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We've removed the back seats (cage install), without a trace of this cable being seen.
Thanks Tom! It would have been nice though...
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      11-02-2011, 02:40 PM   #29
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Yep... oiling it a bit helps, but it was still a b*tch
It's probably because it's never used so it gets seized up... I wonder if the door keyhole is the same.
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      11-02-2011, 05:46 PM   #30
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I have done the same thing to my '08. The key hole next to the trunk opener button does indeed work. It takes a LOT of force, but it will open.
Yep, just tried mine and it and it worked. Unlike yourself and some others here, mine took very little effort. I guess I got lucky.
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      11-03-2011, 05:20 AM   #31
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Not for the E92 like the OP has - its standard, and there is no non-folding back seat option. But yes, for the E90 it is an option.



Really? I'm pretty sure people have used it. I'll check it out on my '08 e93.

Yep sorry for the confusion, only those with the E90 like myself had to pay for something that should have been standard (the question I was answering had made reference to the E90)
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      11-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #32
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Yep, just tried mine and it and it worked.
That's the first time I hear it works. Which direction it opened? Clockwise or counterclockwise? By the way, my car has only seen rain once, so it doesn't matter not being used before. And I lubed it with plenty of silicon spray. My key only moved 45 to the right, if I remember correctly, but it was solid hard after that... as well as to the left. Just curious which side it should open, in case one of these days I feel like taking the damn thing apart. But to be honest, that's at the bottom of my priority list since I'll never use it anyway. The concensus a couple of years ago was it was inoperable. I learned something new today . Good day folks.
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      11-04-2011, 02:18 PM   #33
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I just twisted it to the left, so that's clockwise if you are looking down toward the location of the lock cylinder from above the decklid.

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That's the first time I hear it works. Which direction it opened? Clockwise or counterclockwise? By the way, my car has only seen rain once, so it doesn't matter not being used before. And I lubed it with plenty of silicon spray. My key only moved 45 to the right, if I remember correctly, but it was solid hard after that... as well as to the left. Just curious which side it should open, in case one of these days I feel like taking the damn thing apart. But to be honest, that's at the bottom of my priority list since I'll never use it anyway. The concensus a couple of years ago was it was inoperable. I learned something new today . Good day folks.
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      11-04-2011, 07:03 PM   #34
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I just twisted it to the left
Yep, it's counterclockwise if you're looking at the cylinder lock with the trunk open. Mine turns about 45 and then hits a stop, just like if I try to turn it clockwise. No sense in trying to force it any more . Even with the trunk open it feels the same; it's not connected to anything. By the way, what's the build date on your car? Mine was one of the last '08s, with a 06/08 build. Maybe that's why.

How much do you have to turn your key to open the trunk? And does the key open the trunk mechanically, or just activates the electric trunk opener?

All I know is I'm not going to tear my trunk open just for that. Removed the black cover on top of the cylinder lock to see if I saw anything, but no. Thanks man.
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      03-06-2012, 10:58 AM   #35
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2 options, ZK is correct about the keyhole hidden on the underside of the lip by the pad, or you can obtain power by hooking up a battery to the engine area where there is a specially marked + sign and negative to any grounded metal in the hood. Also note, the FOB has a hidden key that can be manipulated out of the FOB itself to use in the keyhole. Hope this helps
Thanks mate! My battery was drained for some reason and I had to jump my M3. I did a quick search on the forum and your post helped. Hope I don't have to get a new battery. Arghhhh...
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      12-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #36
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Otherwise, I would connect a 12V power source to the power socket or open the hood and connect it to the battery jumper points.
Is this going to work if the battery in the trunk is disconnected (as the OP stated)? I thought maybe the trunk battery negative terminal would need grounded to the chassis to complete the entire car's electrical circuit.
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      12-20-2012, 05:46 PM   #38
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you can unlock it by your key
If your '10 E92 has a keyhole for the trunk, you're special.
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      10-12-2013, 01:37 PM   #39
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So, I just did the dumbass move today! Installing M performance steering wheel and closed the trunk. Fortunately, my neighbor still has little kids. I had his 3 year old climb through the opening and pull the cable. He liked it so much, he wanted to do it again!
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So, I just did the dumbass move today! Installing M performance steering wheel and closed the trunk. Fortunately, my neighbor still has little kids. I had his 3 year old climb through the opening and pull the cable. He liked it so much, he wanted to do it again!
lol that's awesome! Kids ARE good for something it turns out!
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So, I just did the dumbass move today! Installing M performance steering wheel and closed the trunk. Fortunately, my neighbor still has little kids. I had his 3 year old climb through the opening and pull the cable. He liked it so much, he wanted to do it again!
i suppose it beats smashing your own widow to access the trunk...
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      10-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #42
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i suppose it beats smashing your own widow to access the trunk...
True, but how would that allow me to gain access to the trunk?
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      10-15-2013, 08:46 AM   #43
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True, but how would that allow me to gain access to the trunk?
Try using a wire hanger through the back seat opening.
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