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BMW with broken trunk latch, Need to know how to repair

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  • Eli Sidwell
    Eli Sidwell Jun 26, 2011

    We replaced the deck lid

  • Eli Sidwell
    Eli Sidwell Jun 29, 2011

    The model is a 323is, its the metal around the latch in the trunk lid.

    I will try to post some pics tomorrow.


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All you've told us is that you've got a BMW. You haven't stated the year nor exact model and trim level, nor have you stated in which way the trunk latch has broken.

Perhaps we can assist you if you provide enough details for us to be able to help you.

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