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Beetle convirtible trunk won't open.

The trunk does not open anymore. It's a new beetle cabrio 2004 and does not have a manual override button or keyhole on the trunk.

From the inside it's very hard to get to the lock, I only have the ski opening.
Does anyone know what to do?

I checked all fuses but they seem to be ok.

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  • stijn_hey726 Jul 15, 2009

    The trunk does not open using the button on the key nor the buttom in the driver's door.
    It doesn't have a keyhole nor button on the trunk.

    I can't find an emergency release ...

  • jerry powell Jun 09, 2013

    I can`t get the button on the door or the fob to work put a new actuator in and still wont work is there a fuse somewhere

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I was looking for a solution but found none.  Here is what happened.  I opened my trunk and wound up pulling on a little red plug that will open the trunk.  The red plug pulled loose in my hand.  The cord on the red plug snapped in half.  What I did not know was that there was a small plastic clip that had pulled loose.  The clip connected the various releases (remote, door switch, and inside the trunk handle) to the actual latch.  

Here is what I did.  First I removed the back seat and the frame to the hole that goes back to the trunk (this is a convertible).  The bottom of the seat pulled up and had a rod connected to the car.  I pulled the rod out of the hole and slipped the other side off.  Next I removed the head rests off (they popped up and off).  I used an hex wrench (I think 8mm).  There were three bolts on the bottom of the seat back.  The seat back then comes out.  The frame has 4 or 5 more hex bolts.  Now the hard part.  I was able to reach in and remove a screw under the handle release.  Then I pulled out the plastic inside cover to the trunk, enough to reach a small rod that extended up from the trunk latch.  This released the trunk, allowing me to repair everything.  I replaced the plastic plug cord with a metal cable (this time wrapped around the metal arm of the trunk release).  I put the little plastic connector back on (it did not break, just popped loose).  Now everything works great again.  
Good luck!

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New Beetle use low quality push button switches,

As a quick fix,you can swap the gas door switch to trunk switch until you can order the new switch from the dealer.


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