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BMW Convertible Electric Roof Rack

Thanks for replying, where will i find this trunk on my car. (sorry dn't know much about cars)

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  • hadland Jul 05, 2008

    I have a BMW 318I 1996 soft top with electronic hood. The hood has stopped functioning and the red light is flashing. I have tried locking and unlocking the boot. Any ideas, before I pay a fortune for someone to look at it. I can hear the motor making a noise when I press the button, but nothing happens only the flashing light.

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The trunk is your back lid.
there should be a switch where you insert your key to open it
turn it until it locks
and check the light to see if is still flashing

Posted on May 21, 2008

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