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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.

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Posted on Jun 23, 2011


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