Why does BMW make a car where you can't open the trunk from inside!?

Are modern cars getting worse?

3y ago

So last night I parked my BMW 4 series on the street outside my house and opened the trunk (aka boot) to grab some items. After opening the trunk, I put the key inside the boot to free up my hand thinking I'll pick it up after I grab the items as I'd need to lock the car.

But stupidly I closed the trunk and then realised straight away that I left the keyless fob in the boot. Not panicking I thought every car has a boot switch inside which you can press to pop it open, so I'd just do that. But behold this car doesn't after checking everywhere and reading the manual. Google search suggests that there is a switch inside the car but not in UK or Ireland (helpful). Furthermore there is an emergency release switch on the trunk, but again not in the UK (helpful x2).

So why on earth does BMW make a car where the boot can't be opened at all apart from pressing the button on the key fob. Even my first ever car which was a 2001 Ford Mondeo had this basic feature.

Reluctant, I had no choice but to go to sleep and get up first thing in the morning when my neighbour wakes up who has the second key. (I tried calling him but he's fast asleep and ringing the bell at this time of the night, 2:30am is just plain rude). The car is still unlocked but luckily when I press the start button the car does not start saying it requires the key even though I thought it started if the key is within range so lets see if I wake up to my car still being there or an empty spot.. (edit: my car wasn't stolen and the key is now recovered!)

Are there any cars which have the same problem? Let me know in the comments below especially if you've shared my pain!

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Comments (21)

  • Not quite the same, but in the V-class you can not open the trunk either from the inside (or maybe i just didn't find the corresponding button/switch/knob.. yet) You can still open it without the key though - just not from the inside..

      3 years ago
    • Ah at least you can open it without the key, I absolutely couldn't open it without it despite the car being unlocked. And not to mention there bring no switch either however I could see the slot where the US cars would have it. Luckily after a...

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        3 years ago
  • I have the same issue with my 2011 X3. No trunk release button on the inside... That's such a shame. Has anyone tried to install one? Is the wiring still there? Will it be as simple as buying the button and connecting it? I mean there is a place for it covered by a plastic.

      1 year ago
  • My next car is the BMW 4 series. Thanks for the heads up! My 3 series has a release so that would have been a surprise to find that the 4 doesn’t. Do you have split folding rear seats? Could you have folded one side down and crawled through to get your keys?

      3 years ago
    • Ah awesome definitely recommend them great cars! If you’re from the US then your 4 will probably have a release, iris just the UK models which don’t. I haven’t seen an option anywhere to fold my seats so I doubt it. Do post your car when you get it...

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        3 years ago
  • That's just a problem, Be glad you had a spare key! otherwise, you'd only have one choice...

      3 years ago
  • Try having a car where the bonnet runs on a solenoid, so if the battery goes flat its basically impossible to open the bonnet to jump start/replace the battery. Bring back simplicity in cars please.

      3 years ago
    • Damn! Something similar not exactly the same happened to my friend. Basically his new Porsche got a flat battery and after changing it disabled everything including tracker

        3 years ago