how do I get into my 2003 525i (E39) if the key will not unlock the car

Asked by Nov 08, 2013 at 09:38 PM about the 2003 BMW 5 Series 525i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The battery has died and is refusing me entry into the car. I can't unlock the car or the
trunk so I can't get to the battery. Completely locked out.

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107,605

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=533034 --- this may help

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107,605

In case of battery failure. Turn master key to the left in luggage compartment lock clear to the stop. The luggage compartment will open.

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unlock the door with a tennis ball~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNaSTipOYy8

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if the lights were left on....and you had a screwdriver....you could trickle charge through the light bulb socket...a couple of hours until the automatic system has enough power to start wearin' a hat~

or jumpercable if you could get to the solenoid~

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2,805

the trunk must open with the key mechanically, if the lock in the trunk is damaged you will need to take the grill on the drivers side and pull the cable manually and jump the car from the engine bay.

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Hector: the cable was too hard to find. Even undismayed trunk lock doesn't open manually in my experience.

2,805

If the trunk is working properly it opens manual but you have to turn the key and maybe press a little bit harder than usual since the motor won't open the trunk just the force of your hand. From the hood if you take the grills out you'll have to l

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