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Old 11-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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2011 323i Opening the trunk manually

Hi all,
I am totally new to BMW, love the car, great handling and looks. After calling a few dealers and getting info about storing my car for the winter I decided to disconnect the negative from the battery. I know you are suppose to use a trickle charger but I have no electrical access where I store my car.
The problem is that we closed the trunk and I now find out that there is no way to open the trunk with a key on those 2011 models...what are my options, there is a ski pass-through in the back seat so I might have access with a long wire to pull the manual lever.
Anyone has a 2011 323i, is there a hidden key hole somewhere? Thanks
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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there's a positive battery terminal under the hood. use booster cables to give it power from there, then the truck will have power and open. Positive to the pos terminal, negative to anywhere on the frame. You could start the car like this, i wouldn't, just use it to open your trunk.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:40 PM   #3
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thanks Propr,one. No danger to damage anything electronic by doing this? I called dealers and they said I was in trouble, basically.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #4
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no it will be fine. if you're worried you can connect a trickle charger there which has a lot less juice (2A vs 600A). Actually any 12v battery will work.

dealer will always tell you not to mess with the wiring. there is also a manual release inside the trunk if you have the seats down and want to climb back there.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot, will see this spring. I just stored it for the winter. Hopefully it will work. I also have a ski pass between the back seats but I am sure it must locked somehow.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:57 PM   #6
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If you have the ski access, you can shove your arm in there and pull down the back seats (there are two latches)...then just get in there and reconnect the battery...that is by far the fastest way IMO
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