I read this - Quote In order to make access to its generous cargo area easier a power tailgate will be offered for the first time on a 3 series Sports Wagon. Getting into the cargo area can be done at the touch of a button either on the remote key or from inside the interior. Access is made even easier when Comfort Access is ordered which will include the Hands Free Opening tailgate. If one approaches the new 3 series Sports Wagon with hands full one need only stick a foot under the rear bumper to initiate the operation and the tailgate automatically swings open. From the complete F31 3 series wagon press release to indicate that it was going to be offered as an option not standard. Reading it again I can see it going either way. The X3 did just switch to it being standard so that could indicate what bmw is going to do. Tim
I waded through a related problem with my wagon - the rear glass kept randomly popping open. Turned out to be a short in wiring for the glass button (the one under the wiper). You may want to review the factory Central Body Electronics description here that some enterprising person in Russia has posted httpwww.bmwtech.rupdfe46ST034...20Internet.pdf The GM 5 module controls all this stuff. Its weird
What are the symptoms I have a 2006 530xi wagon - about one out of 5 times when I try to open the tailgate with the keyfob I hear the tailgate click open but no motor sound and the door doesnt open (but motor does run and open when I press switch on tailgate itself). Ive wondered if I just dont know the right timing on the keyfob press (sometimes I hold it too long and the alarm goes off) - as far as I know I have to hold it about 3 seconds for the tailgate to open and usually that works but I worry that the times when it just unlatches but doesnt open means it has some intermittent problem. BTW ... I googled a bit and found this DIY for the e61 tailgate wiring issue (not sure if that is my problem though) in case it helps you save the 3500 repair bill bmw_E61_tailgate_wires.pdf
to replace it. Dealing with the hydraulic autolift portion is certainly going to be more complicated. Im assuming the helper strut has the same part number as the struts used in the manual tailgates (51247178273) - hope so anyway. Ive replaced those struts on our E46 touring - its very easy. As it turns out the trunk lift lock has also failed Good times. Ive been playing around on realoem.combmw
Just replaced the helper strut on the wagon tailgate. I got it from mybimmerparts.com for 65.09 shipping. Seems like the tailgate is definately operating more smoothly. The tailgate used to kind of slam shut during the last 10 or 12 of travel when closing. That action seems a lot smoother now. The hydraulic pump also sounds like it is not laboring nearly as hard when opening the tailgate either. So seems like it was definately a tired gas strut. Now onto that brake job....
Although the new strut seemed to make the overall operation of the tailgate better I have since experienced the same phenomena where the tailgate only opens a few inches and just stops. Im starting to think its a glitch with the switch. Seems like if I hold the button in a little longer while its raising then it doesnt do it. I think I was at least able to rule out that its something more serious like
Well the 5ers rear tailgate went from a mild protest of the cold weather to an outright tantrum. Its like a scorned lover....distant uncooperative combative. This thing must have lived in a heated garage in its previous life....now relagated to slumber in a driveway on the North-facing slope of a mountain in central PA. After a night of the coldest temps since Ive owned this vehicle the power tailgate
Yes I did. The tailgate got worse over time. First you had to hit the tailgate Open button twice then three times the tailgate opened less over time and it sounded sicker as well (you could hear the motor straining). The first time we took it in bmw claimed it just needed a tweak two weeks later it would hardly open. At that point bmw admitted that the tailgate shouldnt work that way they had to order
Quote Originally Posted by gcreese Yes I did. The tailgate got worse over time. First you had to hit the tailgate Open button twice then three times the tailgate opened less over time and it sounded sicker as well (you could hear the motor straining). The first time we took it in bmw claimed it just needed a tweak two weeks later it would hardly open. At that point bmw admitted that the tailgate shouldnt
Hi I had a similar problem on my 2006 530xi with the tailgate. It started late 2012. Did not know what was going. In March 2013 my original battery died. I got a new battery at the dealership and since then my tail gate has worked every time. From the remote from the front driver side button and also using the button by the license plate. BTW new battery was 300 installed and recoded at the bmw dealership.
look at it and they said it was due to the key not being held down long enough. My argument was that if it was held down long enough to release the cargo cover the tailgate should go up. They adjusted the lock but it did nothing to solve the problem. My bet is that it is software related as I did not have this problem when I got the car. This issue has crept in since I got Progman 25. Maybe with bmw
There is and always has been a perceptable lag in the tailgate opening. I now just hold the button down for a very short time and then let go. takes a few millisecs and the tailgate opens. It would be nice if the tailgate started opening as soon or when the button was pressed. sort of the delay if using an mp3 cd and using the steering wheel controls to advance the tracks
OK- heres the deal...inside the locking mechanism there are two arms connected by a plastic pin. The pin is designed to break away if and when the tailgate senses resistance as it is closing. This is a feature that bmw designed to save you from replacing the whole locking mechanism (around 200-250). Only problem is THEY DONT SELL THE PLASTIC PIN SEPARATELY so the whole idea makes no sense I ended up
Quote Originally Posted by GJR OK- heres the deal...inside the locking mechanism there are two arms connected by a plastic pin. The pin is designed to break away if and when the tailgate senses resistance as it is closing. This is a feature that bmw designed to save you from replacing the whole locking mechanism (around 200-250). Only problem is THEY DONT SELL THE PLASTIC PIN SEPARATELY so the whole
Quote Originally Posted by kkesler Ok I might be wrong here but I believe the pull down part is in the bottom not the door. If you pull the spare cover etc. out you can see there is an actuator down there and the post the latch hooks onto appears to be on an eccentric. thank you sir I will take a look its part number 4 on realoem httpwww.realoem.combmwshowparts...81&hg41&fg60 I then searched google
So this is my first post here. Bought a very pretty 1999 528iT a few weeks ago. Just over 300k miles very nicely maintained good deal. A few days later my wife calls me at work and says the tailgate isnt working right wont close all the way and the indicator on the dash shows its open. Tracked down a cure from a few years back involving opening the tailgate latching it with a screwdriver while open
Quote Originally Posted by paulbaker85 Anyone heard of this problem Any suggestions The tailgate window solenoid is triggering automatically and releasing the window (not the whole tailgate just the glass which is hinged seperately). Sometimes it opens whilst driving. Never opens itself with the car locked (thankfully). This is definitely electrical sometimes you hear the solenoid firing repeatedly.
you may be confusing the problem by confounding two rather different and electrically distinct functions. There is locking and actuating. Locking and unlocking merely disables or enables the control by which you actuate the lock (or latch might make more sense in this case). Sounds like paulbaker85 has a phantom actuation problem. Literally his window is opening because the motor (thats what bmw
the dealership as I type this. He cant find anything so far but said he is going to follow the wires. Im at a total loss plus the wagon is out of warranty. Quote Originally Posted by paulbaker85 Apologies for not posting what the resolution to my problem was. It was a short in the wiring integrated into the rear glass. I ended up having to replace the glass. All-in-all it cost 163650 by the time bmw
md-va The tailgate on mine would also randomly open when the car was stopped or parked. I ended up pulling the fuse until I could figure it out. In the meantime I had the relays in my GM5 module repaired to fix my central locking problem. When I put the module back in the tailgate random opens were gone. Not sure if it was a coincidence or if the GM5 also controls the tailgate. Did you use httpbmwgm5.com
Quote Originally Posted by 1972ford Did you use httpbmwgm5.com I think the GM5 does control the tailgate functions. But for my car its only the glass that misbehaves so it hasnt been worthwhile to do the repair. Yes I used that site for the relay fix since my central locking was completely messed up. It was just my glass as well that was randomly popping open. Probably not worth the paying for the fix if you locks are still OK.
For all US E61 owners please file a vehicle complaint at NHTSA httpswww-odi.nhtsa.dot.govVehicl...ntindex.xhtml I just submitted mine Quote I discovered failures of multiple wires in the tailgaterear window wiring harnesses. Through research online I have found this is a common problem with this vehicle over several model years - search for bmw E61 tailgate wiring problems. The failures are caused
I believe power tailgate is standard...have not heard of anyone stating they do not have a power tailgate. 29k sounds like it is out of original warranty but a steal for the amount of car you are getting IMHO. Is it a bmw CPO If it were me Id ask for the service records and have a pre-purchase inspection performed by an independent bmw specialist. Personally I would look carefully at the service records
I dont have time to paste the results - here you go - httpwww.bmwarchive.orgvinbmw-vin-decoder.html It does not have the power tailgate. but I believe it does have keyless entrystart. I note that the build date puts this car as one of the earliest builds of a new model.... the only items it is missing that I think are must haves are rear camera and hi fi stereo....
Still trying to get the rear window open so that I can remove the panel to access the tailgate lock mechanism. Anymore ideas Since the tailgate wont lock (only manually) the car does not recognize it as being locked and thus wont release the rear window. The electronics on this car are ridiculous. Is there a way to bypass the tailgate lock to get the window open
If anyone has an e61 tailgate latch issues there is hope. Ive been dragged through the mud (or snow in my case) with this one. Now that it is above freezing Ive had some time and cooperative weather to figure this thing out .. Toga94m was correct in his post. If you move the manual release mechanism to the right (left opens pg 36 owners manual) it will send a message to the computer that the tailgate
Am having the exact same problems as you described with our 2001 525i Sport Wagon. Strange that they are identical and the tailgate stopped opening early last week. Same as yours latch spindle rotates but gate latch doesnt release. If you figure this out I would really appreciate your letting me know. Ill let you know if I come up with an answer. As for remote lockunlock with the key control havent
Quote Originally Posted by armstm0 ... so I drilled a couple of 1mm holes in each side of the broken shaft then put two pieces of steel paper clip in and glued it all together... do you have the bmw part number for the paper clip I used a 8 machine screw and a locknut. Been working fine for 6 months. Have to frequently push my weathertech mat away from the tailgate otherwise its jam-city and the next repair might cost more than a dollar.
rsavory Didnt you use the ziplock to reconnect the manual release cord to the actuator httpwww.bimmerfest.comforumssho...lighttailgate I (we) I think and I trying to comfirm with armstm0 that he (armstm0) is talking about opening the actuator and replacing a pin. Did you also do this My latch and soft close motor work but the system doesnt know when the tailgate is closed and doesnt pull the tailgate
Whenever I am being tailgated I look for the first opportunity to move over to the right and let the tailgater pass. They usually speed up and tailgate the car ahead. I will never understand nor attempt to understand the tailgater mentality.
Quote Originally Posted by Sharbotcom Does the happy feet feature only work when you have the comfort access option combined with the power tailgate not just the power tailgate option on its own My understanding is you can get the power tailgate option without ordering the comfort access option. Im assuming the happy feet option works with a motion detection sensor combined with the proximity sensor
Quote Originally Posted by matttahoe53 New tailgate and rear passenger door is being installed. I bought them both in excellent condition for 350. I will take some pictures when I get it back. I cant wait to use the tailgate window instead of having to always open the gate. Sounds interesting. Are they threading the existing wire harness into the new tailgate Or splicing in whats already there I wrote
Quote Originally Posted by tcoz An article in the new issue of Roundel mentioned that the tailgate of the 530xiT has a soft-close feature. When mine closes it really slams shut. Before I say anything to my dealer I was wondering whether everyone elses slams or closes softly. Thanks. Do all E61s have an automatic tailgate Mine closes pretty softly with the automatic. However I find that the OEM mat I bought for the back sometimes slips a little and inteferes with the closing of the tailgate.