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Old 05-09-2006, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Securing an E39's ski hatch

I've just got an 02 E39 530d to replace my 528 which was unfortunately written off earlier this year and have a query about the ski hatch with the through load system. It doesn't look like there is anything to stop someone with a thieving disposition who gains access inside the car from being able to reach into the boot through the ski hatch. I've thought that perhaps I can somehow stop the ski hatch flap from pinging down inside the boot, but wondered if anybody has had the same thought and solved it more elegantly?!

Any thoughts would be hugely appreciated!
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I'm frankly not seeing much of a risk. I mean, someone's got to be "Elastic Man" to fit through the ski hole, right? You could reach in there with your arm, I guess. Can you provide a little more detail about the scenario you want to prevent?
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I've just got an 02 E39 530d to replace my 528 which was unfortunately written off earlier this year and have a query about the ski hatch with the through load system. It doesn't look like there is anything to stop someone with a thieving disposition who gains access inside the car from being able to reach into the boot through the ski hatch. I've thought that perhaps I can somehow stop the ski hatch flap from pinging down inside the boot, but wondered if anybody has had the same thought and solved it more elegantly?!

Any thoughts would be hugely appreciated!
If they gain access to the car they could just pop the trunk lid anyway.
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I'm frankly not seeing much of a risk. I mean, someone's got to be "Elastic Man" to fit through the ski hole, right? You could reach in there with your arm, I guess. Can you provide a little more detail about the scenario you want to prevent?
Hi Eric, it is literally just that - concerned about someone reaching in. I often leave a laptop in the boot overnight and it would be the info on the laptop which would be the main problem, although the insurance claim wouldn't be great either.

I know its pushing it, but I'm sure I'm not the only paranoid owner of a ski hatch! :
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If they gain access to the car they could just pop the trunk lid anyway.
I assume you mean with the boot release button? Not if you have isolated the boot from the central locking by turning the key in the boot lock.........
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You know it's been my experience that when a car is broken into, it's going to be cleared out (all that they can see and scoop easily) are they going to take the extra time and squeeze thru the ski hatch? Doubtful, take more time means more time for someone to see you. I think you may be being a bit overdramatic...besides not all BMW's have a ski hatch so is a thief going to check every time?
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Hi Eric, it is literally just that - concerned about someone reaching in. I often leave a laptop in the boot overnight and it would be the info on the laptop which would be the main problem, although the insurance claim wouldn't be great either.

I know its pushing it, but I'm sure I'm not the only paranoid owner of a ski hatch! :
Beagle - Sounds like you have a legit concern, but not many people share it. Of course, the best practice would be to not leave your laptop in the boot overnight. But I'm sure you are all too well aware of that one.

The only other suggestion would be to somehow secure the ski hatch from the trunk side with some kind of lock bar, but I know of no turn-key solutions out there, and it would be a pain to fabricate something like that. Good luck fabricating - maybe it's something you could create and market?
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