Last post on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#70 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [busiris]
Dec 08, 2012 (3:22 pm)
"comparison between a 5 year old car with 44K miles (purchased used) and two other brand spanking new 2013 models."
I went both ways.
"Our 03 Avalon is more enjoyable around town." My wife says they both drive very nice, but are very different cars. I agree. BTW, the Avalon is 10 years old, never goes to the dealer, has not had one problem and NO rattles. If Japan can do it, why can't Europe after all these years? Same for USA. I just can't see these dealers ripping off the loyal customer. Example: BMW documents list window tint as an $800 option. I don't care how much money one has, why would you let someone screw you like that? A fellow had a seat clunk in his Z3. Mine too. The dealer wanted to replace the seat rails for $1600 when a kit is available aftermarket for like $20. I made my own. Cost zero. Same for the glove box fix. Then I find my European sports car was designed in the USA by a Japanese guy. GEEZ. Not priced like a japanese car though. Don't believe? Check Wikipedia. "The Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW design team into 1993"
#71 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues 
Dec 08, 2012 (4:18 pm)
Certainly sounds as if the Avalon is your choice of car.
Life's too short, so buy and drive what works best for you.
#72 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [toppercat]
Dec 11, 2012 (8:06 pm)
I have done some research online and the word actuator keeps coming up???? This sounds expensive and difficult to install ourselves. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
The valet switch is in the glove compartment, and locking the glove box should also deactivate the remote unlocking of the trunk. If not, the problem is either part #5 or part #10 in this diagram.
#73 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues 
Dec 11, 2012 (8:14 pm)
Our 03 Avalon is more enjoyable around town.
Assuming that comment was not meant to be a joke, I'm wondering why you would ever look at anything other than a Toyota.
#74 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [roadburner]
Dec 12, 2012 (6:11 am)
Oh thank you so much-haven't tried your suggestion for unlocking the glove box...will do though. Keep your fingers crossed. Will let you know how this goes!!!!!!!!!!! If this does not work-do you know how to tell which one we need #5 or #10 and is this something we can do ourselves-husband handy but not overly with cars. House yes, cars not so much:)
#75 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [toppercat]
Dec 12, 2012 (2:19 pm)
My guess is #5. If it is anything like my old E39 5 Series, you pry off the trunk liner and then it simply unbolts/unplugs. When my wife gets home I'll check her car(2009 328i).
#76 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues 
Jan 06, 2013 (3:27 am)
Sounds like you are an Avalon guy.
#77 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [roadburner]
Jan 06, 2013 (6:32 am)
Thank you-we live in Ohio and WOW it's cold outside-so my husband has not tried anything except the glove box and unfortunately that didn't work:( Will try your suggestion and thank you again:)
#78 of 95 Re: Trunk release issues [roadburner]
Jan 06, 2013 (10:10 am)
"I'm wondering why you would ever look at anything other than a Toyota."
I always believed that if you buy the same thing, you don't learn anything. That said, I never argue with success. And I did go back to Europe 3 times for 3 brands. Must be a glutton for punishment as I now own 2 BMW's, but when they start costing me to own, they're history. Guess I'm a slow learner. That being said, my Japanese cars just keep performing without hassle. 100k miles with no problems kinda says why they have been so successful. I admit, I have had a Camry and the Avalon but other than that, very diversified including a very sharp white AMC Matador Brougham coupe with custom wheels. I have owned 45 cars, 9 motorcycles, from a 750 Kawasaki 3 cyl, 2 stroke to a Ducati V Twin - hows that for diversity, but no Harleys. Nice if you like trips to the shop, although newer may be better. They just don't trip my trigger. My Honda VTX 1800 puts them on the trailer and doesn't vibrate. Also, ten motorcycles, and Five tractors, so I don't think I'm stuck on the Avalon or one brand of anything. The crank turns, and what may be best today may not be tomorrow, so why be blindly brand loyal? I love to try different things. Keeps life interesting. We are both driving enthusiasts. If they aren't fun, I make em that way or get something else. Something hassle free does tend to stick around for awhile though. What really sticks in my craw though, is when a brand touts itself to be the best and then has ongoing problems as stated above. What the hell are they thinking?
#79 of 95 Re: You All Won't Believe This One [dholifield1]
Jan 06, 2013 (10:17 am)
My 08 Certified 528i has had the entire drivers side and hood repainted, and not well done either. It was certified 7k miles. The older gal who owned it acted surprised when I asked and said it had not been. I assumed she wasn't telling the truth, as BMW would NEVER do such a thing and then certify it. Now I'm not so sure. Would this be acceptable to BMW as a car to certify? I spose the car is still OK, still................... If so and not stated, I would feel deceived.