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Old 05-19-2004, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't know if anybody had a similar problem. I often find my car with the trunk lid opened. I figured this is due to the remote on my key being too sensitive. Went to the dealer to ask them to reprogram for a double click to reduce the chances of that happening, which they told me could not be done. They said trunk opening function on the key remote could be put on or off, nothing else. BTW I have an '04 325i
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Old 05-19-2004, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your key is probably broken, mine takes a fair amount of pressure before it clicks. I doubt it could be triggered by accident. try using your other key and see what happens
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Old 05-19-2004, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ive heard of this before, where a guy throws his keys in his pocket and the doors open or the trunk lid opens, i guess you can ask BMW to replace the remote, and say its way too sensitive, it triggers with nearly no pressure.
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Old 05-19-2004, 05:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In the UK you get a leather cover/pouch type thing - its stops this happening and stops the key wearing a hole in your jeans!!
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Old 05-19-2004, 08:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is my experience:
When I take key from ignition and gettin out of the car wit the key in right hand, I quite often grab steering wheel with right hand and sqeezing the key to the steering wheel (i do not have key chain with this key). If trunk release bottom is facing to the steering wheel, it gets pressed down and trunks opens...
At the beginning in noisy surroundings, I wouldn't hear trunk lock click...

May be not your case....

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Old 05-19-2004, 09:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I pulled out on to the street and was travelling about 15 mph and looked in my rear view mirror----to find my trunk open!. Didn't think I had pressed the fob that hard. This has only happened once.

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I pulled out on to the street and was travelling about 15 mph and looked in my rear view mirror----to find my trunk open!. Didn't think I had pressed the fob that hard. This has only happened once.

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MAybe you bumped the trunk release under the dash??
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we are on the oposite ends of the spectrum. i cant get my trunk to release with the key with out getting in a fight with it. i as well have a 2004 325i
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we are on the oposite ends of the spectrum. i cant get my trunk to release with the key with out getting in a fight with it. i as well have a 2004 325i
I received two fobs with my car. Does your other one work the same way? Seems that it probably is defective. Should be replaced under warranty.
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Thank you guys, as per your comments I think I will have my key changed under warranty.

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Don't know if this helps... I have a '99 328I and after a few years of regular driving, the door actuator was bust. What happened was the 4 doors in my car would not respond properly to remote, sometimes locking, and recently unlocking by itself.

Instead of solving the problem, I've chosen to ignore it, being a student on minimum wage. It was ok since it only locked by itself after some time driving.

Recently, the problem expanded such that all 4 windows + sunroof opens automatically, sometimes in the middle of the night!!!

The dealership didn't know how to deal with it (they charged $40 to disable the automatic window-opening feature on the remote, which we both thought to be the problem--we both thought that maybe the remote was TOO sensitive) After the useless attempt, I ended up calling around town and found a local garage that told me he's seen similar problems, usually because of wiring issues (worn out, etc) As a result, I've asked him to disable the driver's door actuator, which he said was causing the problem. My little black beauty no longer chooses to open her windows and sunroof by herself... which is good considering the recent weather... :lol:
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In the UK you get a leather cover/pouch type thing - its stops this happening and stops the key wearing a hole in your jeans!!
I got the leather pouch when I bought my car here in the US. I find it rather annoying to use though, so it holds the spare key.

My Beretta used to open the trunk all the time when I would thow the keys in my pocket. My Grand Am used to sometimes trigger the panic alarm whenever I even picked up my keys. The bimmer remote has not had any of these problems.

I say, get a new key or quit wearing skin tight pants B)
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Is that a fob in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
(tweaked line from an old movie) Maybe your gf can use it! lol
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