Having an automatic tailgate to your BMW adds some real convenience. But, depending on your usage, it might cause a few headaches, too. We take a look at a few issues you might be having with the power tailgate in your BMW, and show you how to solve them.
Let’s see. You’re working on your car, your battery is disconnected and suddenly you close your BMW trunk by accident… Sounds familiar? You’re not alone in this pain. BMW owners with automatic tailgates often get locked out of their trunks due to several reasons — either their car battery is dead, the trunk release button is not working or their BMW key gets locked in the trunk. Fortunately, there are a few ways to get yourself out of those sticky situations.
If your BMW trunk release button is not working, the most obvious way to open your trunk is by using your BMW key blade. When the electronics fail, or you have a BMW trunk latch problem, there is nothing as reliable as a basic mechanical key. So if you happen to have a BMW with a key slot in the trunk and a BMW key fob with an additional blade inside, you’ll manage to quickly get access to your trunk.
To take the key blade out of your key fob, just squeeze your fob on the tab on one end and pull the blade from the other. Exactly where the tab is depends on your key fob design.
If your BMW doesn’t come with a key slot, you might want to try out this solution — open a locked trunk manually from inside. You simply have to go to the backseats of your car, release and pull down the center section of your seats and wiggle yourself through to the trunk. Once you're there, just pull the emergency release handle and you’re good to go. Of course your BMW will have to have an emergency release handle to begin with.
See how to open BMW trunks manually in this video.
Want to bring your electric tailgate opener back from the dead? You might need some external power from a jump box or another vehicle to charge your car battery. Here’s how to do that:
First connect the positive wire (red end) to the positive terminal. Next connect the negative wire/ground (black end) to the negative terminal. Turn on the external power or have somebody start the connected car.
If everything in your car works perfectly apart from the blocked trunk, you may want to check whether you have your BMW valet switch on. The valet switch is a safety tailgate lock located in your glove box or in the central armrest. To turn it off, just slide the switch to the right to connect it to the central locking system again.
See how to operate BMW Valet Parking mode.
So you're at home, and you just need to grab something from your car quickly. So you pop out to your driveway, open the trunk... and all the doors unlock. Well, that's a bit of a pain! Or maybe you're heading out somewhere with your family, and you open the trunk to load up some stuff... but the doors are still locked, so you've got frustrated kids pulling on the handles trying to get in. Man, that's a bit of a pain, too! Luckily, it's up to you how you want the trunk release button to work. You can open the trunk and keep the rest of your BMW locked, or you can unlock the whole vehicle when you open the trunk.
Just head to your BMW's iDrive menu, where you'll find the door lock settings. Alongside a few other things, it will let you set what you want to happen when you open the tailgate with the car locked. You only need to decide which option is going to be more convenient for you.
There's a little problem with the BMW key fob. I mean, just look at it.
Those buttons aren't recessed at all, they're perfectly flush with the body of the fob. Fine for aesthetics, maybe, but for something that's going to be squeezed into your pocket most of the time, there's an obvious downside — your jeans are going to be pressing those buttons every time you move.
Seriously, they're sensitive. And now most new BMWs come with keyless start, you might even have the fob in your pocket when you're driving. We've heard of people accidentally opening their BMW's tailgate on the road. And if you're relaxing in a coffeehouse, it might be worth peeking out to the parking lot every now and then, in case you've inadvertently popped the trunk.
BMW offers leather cases that are custom made for its fobs, which you should be able to pick up from your local dealership. The leather's thick enough to eliminate any accidental button-presses, so you shouldn't have to worry about any unpleasant surprises.
Of course it also means you'll have a harder time getting at the buttons yourself, if you're the kind who tends to press through your pants instead of pulling out the fob. But that's what Comfort Access — either BMW original or an aftermarket Comfort Access kit — was made for.
With an automatic tailgate, you're at the mercy of your car how wide your trunk opens. That might mean that the motor doesn't open the trunk as wide as you'd like, so it isn't easy getting everything loaded into your BMW. Or if you drive an X Series or Gran Coupe, you might even find the tailgate opens too wide, particularly if you've got a low garage where the trunk lid might scratch something about the vehicle.
BimmerTech's Power Trunk Retrofit makes it easy to adjust your BMW's tailgate to your liking. Just open the trunk manually to a height you're happy with, then hold the trunk release button on the key fob for five seconds. Your preferences will be saved, so when you open your tailgate in future, it will open to the height you specified.
There are two methods of opening the trunk manually: with a key blade and from inside. To open the trunk with a key blade you need to make sure you have a BMW with a key slot in the trunk and a BMW key fob with an additional blade inside. To take the key blade out of your key fob, just squeeze your fob on the tab on one end and pull the blade from another. If you want to open your BMW trunk from inside, simply to go to the backseats of your car, release and pull down the center section of your seats and wiggle yourself through to the trunk. Once you're there, just pull the trunk latch and you’re good to go.
To open your BMW trunk from inside out you simply have to go to the backseats of your car, release and pull down the center section of your seats and wiggle yourself through to the trunk. Once you're there, just pull the emergency release handle and you’re good to go. Of course your BMW will have to have an emergency release handle to begin with. See how to open BMW trunk manually in this video: https://youtu.be/H9fMbFlicqM
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