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Old 05-07-2007, 02:50 PM
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2001 BMW X5 Unable to open/unlock back doors at all

Problem: I have a 2001 BMW X5 that I am unable to open/unlock the back doors by any means.
One morning I went to get in my vehicle and tried to unlock/open the X5 using the key in the door unlock cylinder. I do not have a REMOTE KEY nor have I used one for the last 4 years. I turned the key the correct way to unlock the doors and the key acted as if it turned freely but stopped at its normal position, the doors would not unlock nor did the alarm sound. After trying to unlock the X5 using my key, my wifes and the valet keys, I contacted a service advisor at my local BMW dealership. He did not know of any way to get the X5 unlocked. He visited with one of the mechanics and even looked at a similar 2001 BMW X5 and still had no suggestions other then to call BMW NA, a locksmith or tow it to the dealership. I called BMW NA and they were unable to offer any advice other the to inform me that my warranty had expired. After calling several locksmiths I located a locksmith who was familiar with BMWs. He was not able to get the drivers side door unlocked, however he was able to open the passenger door and set off the alarm. I immediately put my key in ignition and started the vehicle and the alarm went off. I pushed the central lock button and none of the doors or the tailgate would unlock. I tried to unlock the remaining doors with the key using the drivers door unlock cylinder, however the doors still would not unlock. I was able to open the drivers side door using the interior door handle, but neither one of the rear doors would unlock using this method. I tried the procedure of holding down the central locking button and using the interior door handle at the same time however the rear doors still would not unlock. The drivers side door lock cylinder still turns freely to it normal positions to the left and right while using a key however it will not lock or unlock anything. I can open the tailgate using the button in the center consol while the drivers or passengers door is open, but only then . I had to use the emergency release in the right rear compartment to get to the gas cap. The automatic locking feature at 5 miles per hour does not work. Has anyone else experienced anything similar to this problem? I am a little mechanical, so if anyone has any solutions that I can try I would welcome your ideas. Thanks Comanche
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:52 PM
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doors won't unlock....help!

I have this same exact problem. I see no one answered this the first time it was asked by Comanche but I'm hoping someone will answer it now.


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Problem: I have a 2001 BMW X5 that I am unable to open/unlock the back doors by any means.
One morning I went to get in my vehicle and tried to unlock/open the X5 using the key in the door unlock cylinder. I do not have a REMOTE KEY nor have I used one for the last 4 years. I turned the key the correct way to unlock the doors and the key acted as if it turned freely but stopped at its normal position, the doors would not unlock nor did the alarm sound. After trying to unlock the X5 using my key, my wifes and the valet keys, I contacted a service advisor at my local BMW dealership. He did not know of any way to get the X5 unlocked. He visited with one of the mechanics and even looked at a similar 2001 BMW X5 and still had no suggestions other then to call BMW NA, a locksmith or tow it to the dealership. I called BMW NA and they were unable to offer any advice other the to inform me that my warranty had expired. After calling several locksmiths I located a locksmith who was familiar with BMWs. He was not able to get the drivers side door unlocked, however he was able to open the passenger door and set off the alarm. I immediately put my key in ignition and started the vehicle and the alarm went off. I pushed the central lock button and none of the doors or the tailgate would unlock. I tried to unlock the remaining doors with the key using the drivers door unlock cylinder, however the doors still would not unlock. I was able to open the drivers side door using the interior door handle, but neither one of the rear doors would unlock using this method. I tried the procedure of holding down the central locking button and using the interior door handle at the same time however the rear doors still would not unlock. The drivers side door lock cylinder still turns freely to it normal positions to the left and right while using a key however it will not lock or unlock anything. I can open the tailgate using the button in the center consol while the drivers or passengers door is open, but only then . I had to use the emergency release in the right rear compartment to get to the gas cap. The automatic locking feature at 5 miles per hour does not work. Has anyone else experienced anything similar to this problem? I am a little mechanical, so if anyone has any solutions that I can try I would welcome your ideas. Thanks Comanche
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:11 AM
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If the key in the lock turns freely and does not lock or unlock the door then the linkage from the lock cylinder to the lock actuator is broken. If this lock is not functioning correctly it has been known to disable locking/unlocking via the remote and the central console button.

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Old 01-05-2016, 03:16 PM
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I now have the same issue.

My key fob stopped working and I didn't re initialize / program it.

It has been freezing out and I used the only manual lock on the drivers side to lock/unlock. The locks got stiff and I am guessing I broke the manual locking mechanism that connects the tumbler to the electronics as mentioned in the post above.

I read the theads on how to 'break in'. A locksmith was able to hit the center unlock button and pull the passenger side inside door handle twice. This sequence is necessary to unlock if the car was locked from the outside.

The alarm went off.

I put the key in the ignition and turned the key. I started the vehicle. The alarm was deactivated. Not sure if it was turning the key to position 1 or turning it over but the alarm stopped sounding.

I hit the center unlock and nothing happened.

I crawled into the drivers seat and the door wouldn't unlock by pulling twice. I sat there a while trying to think and then suddenly the door unlocked with the two pull method from inside. Does the seat have a sensor?

I tried to reprogram the key by:
Putting key in ignition and turning to position 1 and back 5 times.
Remove key
Push and hold unlock button
Push lock button three times while still holding unlock down
Release unlock

But it didn't work.

The back doors won't unlock from inside double pull or from the central lock or obviously the key fob.

MY ONLY guess, because I read on another forum, that before you reprogram the key, you must MANUALLY unlock the doors.

So I am going to replace the parts behind the key hole to fix the lock, then see if that allows me to reprogram key, which may allow me to unlock all the doors with the key thereby figuring out how to enter all my BMW cheat codes.

I will get back with more info once I attempt by next week.

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door problems too

I have the sum what problem with my 2001 X-5 4.4. I can't open the rear Pass door from inside or outside. Lock knob works with the key fob, but the door won't open.
How do you get the inside of the door apart when you can't get the door open?
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If your key turns freely in the drivers side door, you need to repair the door lock. Parts are available online for less than $20, and there are a ton of videos showing how to do the repair...took me less than 20 minutes total.

To get into the rear doors, you will need to pull the seat bottom, lean the rear seat as far back as possible and remove the screws for the door panel. Once done, the panel can be removed, but there is not much room, so be patient and work with it until it is clear. VERY TIGHT, don't force anything, and you will have to get your arm between the door and the panel to get everything disconnected.
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Old 01-10-2016, 03:13 PM
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I have the sum what problem with my 2001 X-5 4.4. I can't open the rear Pass door from inside or outside. Lock knob works with the key fob, but the door won't open.
How do you get the inside of the door apart when you can't get the door open?
There is no easy way to get the door apart when it won't open. Before you break something make absolutely sure that the fuses for the rear door locks is there and not blown. I think the important one is fuse 60 in the glove box. This fuse also controls the rear passenger door Windows so if the rear windows work then the fuse is good and does not need to be checked.

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Old 01-11-2016, 08:23 PM
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Unlock

I have seen this happening quite often on cold climates.
It is very possible there was moisture in the system causing your door mechanism to freeze shut.
How could was when this happened?
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:22 PM
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STEP BY STEP HACK FOR REAR DOOR LOCK OUT

Here is how I solved my issue as it relates to this thread.

Please read my post above.

Manually fix broken key component.
Manually unlock the doors.
Get inside and close doors.
Reprogram key.
Lock and Unlock car with key fob.
Press center lock then unlock.
Rear doors should open.

Details:

I got my replacement kit to fix the broken base plate that connects the tumbler to the electronic unlock switch from bavarian auto online for the e53 x5 '03 3.0i marked b5100131 or 2038-327016-041601.

I popped the black tabs on the drivers side door panel exposing the 3mm hex bolt that secures the entire key component to the door. Sure enough I found the second base plate tab broken. Super common problem. I watched a quick video on how to fix. The hard part is getting the spring to sit right but once you understand how it is all supposed to spin its no big deal.

So i rolled down the window as to not get locked out again, replaced the tumbler in the door by seating it in the white electronic switch inside the door, and tightened back down the bolt.

Now here is the hack. In order to reprogram the key the car must be manually unlocked. So i turned the key and all the doors unlocked, even the rear ones! I now can open the doors!.

I got inside the car and the center console button was still not locking or unlocking the doors. I followed the key reprogram procedure and the car recognized the key by locking and unlocking.

I then got out of the car and pressed lock with the fob which locked the car successfully and then I pressed unlock which worked just fine.

I then got into the vehicle and pressed the center button which now worked just fine.

In addition the fuel tank cover now opens, which was locked out previously as well. And turning the key and holding either lowers or raises all the windows.

So problem solved. $75 for the locksmith, $25 for the parts.
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