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I have a trunk locked on bmwzw - key will not open nor will remote work - need to get in to change broken battery cable

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You did not mention the year, but I am guessing that you have an all-electric trunk release and the car is electrically dead due to the battery cable problem.
If this is the problem, attach another car via jumper cables to the jumper cable attachment point under the hood and a good engine ground to power the car so the lock will work.

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