Question about 2005 Jaguar X-Type
It is possible to open from the inside, but causes a little bit of (hidden) cosmetic damage, so only do this if you have to get the boot open because it is completely jammed shut.
Remove the headrest from one of the sides of the back seat. I used the side where the smaller part opens when folding the seats down, but I would suggest you use the other side as once you get the seat down you have a bigger opening to let you get the other side down too.
The parcel shelf is in 3 parts, a wide centre part and 2 small endpieces which carry the slots for the seatbelts. Once the headrest is removed, insert a screwdriver into the join between the end-piece and the center part of the shelf, and lever the end-piece up an inch or so, grasp it and pull it up enough that a couple of clips disengage. Then, you will see that the centre part is now a loose fit. Next, using a sharp knife, a Stanley knife or similar, cut the centre shelf from the outside edge towards the middle, for about 30cm. Make this cut as far down at the back of the seat, and when you put it back and the headrest is reinstalled it will be invisible (well, almost)...the neater the cut, the less likely it will be seen afterwards.
Next, peel the centre shelf towards you, away from the rear window, until you can see a hole in the metal sub-shelf below. Ignore the two round central holes with cloth covering, but go for the elliptical hole near the side of the shelf.
Remember what the seat-back release cables look like in the boot? Held up with clips either side, the cables have a ribbed rubber sheath. Stick your hand in the hole into the boot and locate the cable. It will not be possible to unlock the seat release because the knob is out of reach (unless you have VERY long, bendy arms) but the clips are nt very secure, so just grasp the cable wherevr you can and pull hard to diislodge the clip. The cable will come away from its retaining clip, or actually, the clip will pull out of its housing and then you can simply fish the end out and release the seat-back.
Next, reach in and yank the other cable out too, or, if you can release the other seat-back easily in the normal way that would be better!
Now you can crawl into the boot.
With a screwdriver, remove the plastic cover that covers the boot-lock mechanism. A good torch is handy here! The 2 visible screws come out ok, but you will probably have to yank the cover off since you cant get at the bottom edge to ease it over the lock. Don't worry, it will split open, and can be popped back on later with no difficulty, just a small split in the plastic.
Finally, looking at the exposed lock, you will see a little lever with a hole in it, on the left hand side as you face the back of the car. Simply flick this up with your finger and the boot will open.
OK, it sounds complicated, but actually it took me just 20 minutes, 10 of which were used up trying to decide whether or not to cut the parcel shelf!
My mechanic has now fixed the problem so my boot opens as normal now, but I don't know what he did yet as he has gone on holiday and didn't tell me what had gone wrong, but it was certainly an electrical problem. However, his list of parts used lists only wire and terminals, so I don't think the solenoid was broken, just not getting power.
Anyway, until you get it fixed, just leave one of the rear seats unlocked, and you can crawl in and open the boot anytime.
Hope this helps! Colin
Posted on Nov 11, 2010
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