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2006 BMW 530Xi Cannot open rear door

My 2006 530Xi rear door won't open. It's not fully locked either. How does one fix this? Do you need to climb in the back? If so then what? I've tried the key, the button on the driver's door jamb, everthing.- with no luck. I bought the wagon used (<20K miles) and it had been returned to the dealer under California's Lemon Law for this same problem. The door worked one day and, suddenly, not the next. At first it wouldn't lock but now it won't open. How can you take the door apart to get to the lock if it's not open?

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Hi there.

You need to climb inside the car toward the back door, removing the rear sits and accessing the latch.

On the latch you unlock the U shaped part with a screwdriver and open the door.

If the door gets stuck again, try first lubricating and then replacing the door latch, check also wirings to the door lock.

I have done the same in my VW passat Vagon years ago.

Let me know if you fixed the problem.

Thanks.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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This is a wagon correct? you have an emergency release cable on it as in this pic.2006 BMW 530Xi Cannot open rear door - 56df29c.jpg
#1 is the release. You should be able to get to this without removing panel somehow.I dont work on a lot of bmw so not sure but might can pull back panel a little to get to it? look in owners manual and see if it tells you how

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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Hi,
First took off the passenger door panel to see where the lock mechanism was and how it worked. Then carefully pried back the rear end of the leather trim insert in the area of the lock mechanism on the driver side door panel. Next cut through the hard shell material behind the leather panel and left a lip around the edge to maintain the shape. Now have access to the lock mechanism from inside. As it turned out there are two different cables that go to the latch. One of these cables had gotten kinked over and held the mechanism in limbo (unable to lock or unlock). Popped it lose and put some good ole wd-40 on everthing for good measure. Once the door was open Took off the door panel the rest of the way and contact cemented everything back in place. There is no visible damage to the door panel.

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Charge the battery pretty good and the rear door lock actuated and it will get opened . I guees the battery was too weak . I am guessing the power lock actuater just needs some lubrication to make it unlock easier.

get the diagrams and more detailed instructions to repair or replace the rear door pannel.
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/474380
click the following link.

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Remove the Rear Panel You need to remove the bottom panel (the panel below the rear window). To do this, get into the van (it helps to remove the rear seats), pop the plastic cover over the pull-down strap (this cover actually slides up), and the covers on both sides of the handle (these covers will pop from the front; use a flat-head screwdriver, insert it from the top). Once you get the covers off, remove the bolts using a 10mm socket. Remove the panel. I found out that it's easiest to remove the panel by pulling out from the bottom. Don't worry about pulling it. It's held only by pull-out pins.
Removing the Latch (from Findonefindall.com/toyota-sienna)
Remove the internal (3) 10mm nuts holding the lock/handle cover plate on. A deep 10 mm socket works best. Squeeze the white clip in the end position. Pull this away from the door a little. The backup light wires are still attached, so you cannot pull far. Remove the 2 screws that hold the handle to this plate, and remove the latch cable (it just pulls off). You can now see where the handle has broken.

Repairing the Break
The handle and lever WAS made of a single hard plastic material. After removing the handle, I drilled through the Plastic lever and handle using a 1/9-inch drill bit. I then used a 3/4-inch long, No. 40 machine screw and inserted it form the handle all the way through the lever. It's a tight fit. I twisted the screw to get it in. I then replaced the handle, reattached the thingamajig over the license plate and re-connected the cable. Test the handle before re-installing the panel.

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