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1997 bmw 525 i

On 97 bmw 525 i lock my key in the trunk

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Do you have a ski hatch in middle of back seat ? if not then allegedly you "make" one and reach through with an improvised tool to release the boot catch from inside !!!!!!
look on t' bright side . your boot is next best thing to a safe on wheels.

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SOURCE: locked keys in trunk bmw 525

actually this kind of cars are kind of hard to open, i recomend you to look for a mobile locksmith guy, you should be hable to fin one here on this page, just go to main page and scroll down and on the bottomm left type your zip code and find your man,
or try contacting the dealer for any ideas

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SOURCE: 2002 BMW 325 - key locked in trunk

There are several suggestions out there on how to retrieve BMW keys from the trunk. Many of the ways I tried failed, and it takes 2 to 3 days to get a new key made up. In the coupe there is the center piece in the back seat that folds down. Then on the back wall there is material that will fold down that is held up with Velcro. Behind that you will find a rubber insulation that is mostly cut and looks like a door, but not all the way. Carefully cut the rubber to remove the piece. Now you will find a metal wall, but there is a large piece that is tack welded on. I got turned around and kicked it with the bottom of my foot and got 3 sides loose. Then a softball bat knocked the final side loose. Pull that out and trash it, the final barrier is the insulation that is held in place with plastic clips that can just be pushed down. After that you can a pretty large hole to work through and get the keys. Just put everything back in place other than the metal plate and you will never know anything was done.

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break the lock and replace or try removing the back seat to gain entrance to the trunk and retreve your key

Posted on May 31, 2009

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