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      05-09-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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Why did they design the trunk release button down there??

Now.. for a few months of ownership, I wondered why the heck BMW designed an electronic trunk release switch right where the foot well is. You have to reach down, very down to be able to open it. I would understand if it is a mechanical release latch like in Japanese cars... but it's not.

Why not put it in one of the center dash controls, where there are so many buttons.

Then today, I REALIZED why! It must be because the Germans like driving in sandals or barefoot because when my girlfriend got out of the car and told me to open the trunk, I was wearing a flip-flop and used my big toe to open it. Quick and easy!!

But this won't work if I'm wearing shoes!! Any thoughts?
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      05-09-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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      05-09-2010, 11:49 PM   #3
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Probably because there is a release button on the trunk it self. There is basically no point of having that button in the car. If the car is unlocked you can just walk back and open it. If your hands are full your SOL either way because you need a hand to lift the trunk lid.

I think they added it down there as an afterthought.
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      05-10-2010, 12:11 AM   #4
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      05-10-2010, 12:13 AM   #5
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BMW design engineers all have arms like apes, is my guess. Otherwise they wouldn't have put the window controls so far forward, either. Or maybe the guy that drew the driver's side designs just has an unusual physique...!
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Probably because there is a release button on the trunk it self. There is basically no point of having that button in the car. If the car is unlocked you can just walk back and open it. If your hands are full your SOL either way because you need a hand to lift the trunk lid.

I think they added it down there as an afterthought.
never knew that. I always just used the trunk release on FOB. Awesome
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      05-10-2010, 12:24 AM   #7
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dam toes don't get any crustier than that....
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      05-10-2010, 12:25 AM   #8
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As the hood release is meant to be opened with your hand, I believe that button is as well. But who cares when you have your key
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never knew that. I always just used the trunk release on FOB. Awesome
Yuhp. Theres some gray rubber if you reach at the area where your license plate is where it hangs over and the lights are. Right in the center.
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      05-10-2010, 12:32 AM   #10
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Time for the foot scrub.
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      05-10-2010, 12:44 AM   #11
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Yuhp. Theres some gray rubber if you reach at the area where your license plate is where it hangs over and the lights are. Right in the center.
yup just tried it ! learn something new everyday
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Flipflops/Sandals + clutch pedal= no bueno! At least for me... Also feels weird pressing the clutch pedal barefoot. But:
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BMW probably put the switch out of the way to avoid accidental openings. Can you imagine having the button in easy reach and hitting it by accident while moving. Although it won't do anything as the wind resistance will keep it shut, it would be a pain in the ass to have to stop the car and close the trunk after each accidental opening. Just my $0.02.
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While I was tinting my tail lights I only just noticed there was a place for the key to open the trunk. I discovered the key 3 weeks after I bought my car. Every week I find something new about that thing.
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BMW design engineers all have arms like apes, is my guess. Otherwise they wouldn't have put the window controls so far forward, either. Or maybe the guy that drew the driver's side designs just has an unusual physique...!
That is definitely one of the few things I don't like about the car.
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lol at pushing it with your big toe..haha
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Probably because there is a release button on the trunk it self. There is basically no point of having that button in the car. If the car is unlocked you can just walk back and open it. If your hands are full your SOL either way because you need a hand to lift the trunk lid.

I think they added it down there as an afterthought.
No, not really...

Example:

You are dropping off a buddy at the airport. They get out, you push the button for the trunk and they can now take their bags out of the luggage compartment without you having to get out of the car...
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I agree, it should at least be next to the door unlock button.
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Yes it is a strange place to have that button but at least it's better than the Trunk release on the Mustang. There was a button on the key fob and that was it... no button inside the car at all
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its best its out of the way so it isnt opperated accidently while driving..

can it be opened when the engine is running?

I use the key fob if i need to open the boot .. which is normally only when i unlock the car at the same time ..

i pulled the small cover to see if there was any wiring in place to retro fit the switch... none present
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Why didn't they just put it inside the glove box next to the valet switch? Oh, sorry, grouping related controls together would be too logical!
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