First off id like to say im sorry if this is in the wrong area, I am new to the forums. I have a 2003 mini cooper S
If have read quite a lot of post but none seem to have picture or anything so im not sure what to do.
Basically I opened my tailgate put something in it closed tailgate got inside went to drive and the light for tailgate / bonnet was on... got out tried to close tailgate and it wouldnt latch.
After closing it about 10 times progressively harder and harder it latched and closed. I drove to my destination and it wouldn't unlock.
After researching I I found rear handle can leak, and i wash my car at least every other week and I washed it 2 days before this issue and first time opening handle.
What i tried i took it all apart and dried it still doesnt open, i got the tailgate open by putting a screw driver in the lock and opening it i can get it to open and latch with a screw driver just fine. but the button on tailgate appears to not do anything. i also noticed so rust build up on the inside of door ;(
So is it the button electrics just need to be replaced i guess ? only had the car 1 month cant have opened it more than 10 times...
Thank you for reading my super long post any thoughts or pictures would be amazing help thank you so much
Oh... my June 2003 has one...maybe its a US thing.
Edit.... OK yes it is, found this post from Mini CS
"In any event, all new MINI Coopers & Cooper S models >manufactured from mid-October 2002 are equipped with an >remote trunk release located under the rear seat cushion. >This was originally a European-only feature and it was >unintentionally listed in the owners manual for 2002 MINIs >produced for the US market. I apologize for this error >but want to assure that you were not charged for something >that you did not get. It was a publication error only"
yea no problem when it happened i read online and saw in manual that there was an emergency release and got super excited unfortunately its not there haha! Plan on installing one my self just not sure what i want to make it out of def don't want to pay a dealer ship to install it.
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