How to open hood of a 2003 bmw 530i
http://5series.net/info/2004_5_Series_Manual_US.pdf -- this manual might help you
Page 10 of manual. Item marked 13
http://www.bmwtips.com/OwnersManuals/2002-5ser.pdf -- here's one for a 2002.
Page 137 in 2002 manual it appears to be the same as the 2004
Once you pop the hood by pulling the hood release on the inside of the car stand in front of the car. At the edge of the grille on the right you'll see a small black lever sticking out slightly. Pull up on it. This will release the secondary latch so you can raise the hood. HTH. -Jim
Js is right, but some added info....It's tricky sometimes, as just not pulling up on the outside lever works, you also have to pull out or towards you as your pulling up to release the latch holding the hood down.
You could also go to a BMW dealer and ask them. Just a thought. Shouldn't cost you more than $75.00 for the consult. Just kidding.
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