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Old February 24th, 2020, 08:19   #1
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Default here is a question for you new beetle guys

As you know the New Beetle when you open the trunk there is some sort of el. selinoid.

At 200k I am almost sure it is going to bail out anytime. If that thing wont open what do you do then? We were out in Col. one time and a lady came up and told us her 800.00 fix story!

I am sure just turning the key at the trunk will not open it in this event.

anyone looking to the future! LOL

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Old February 24th, 2020, 10:05   #2
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Why would the key not work?
Does it not turn?
The key is a mechanical actuator.

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Old February 24th, 2020, 10:24   #3
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Just make sure the key hole is lubes up and turns....if it does than the hatch will unlock....
My golf is the same setup and I’ve had to disconnect it electrical connector as I have issues there...... but the key function works well. I’ve got 4 of them.

I know on the later MK IV Series NB’s they did away with the external hatch key..... then you have to manually crawl in the back and drill a hole in the cover from the inside and manually unlock it.....I had seen a YouTube video of it.
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Old February 24th, 2020, 10:44   #4
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403,000 on my Jetta and the electric actuator is still going.

I don't think the Jettas have any mechanical actuator, when I use the key in mine it just triggers the solenoid. Beetle may be different.

does the Beetle have the "help! I'm locked in my trunk" lever?
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Old February 24th, 2020, 10:46   #5
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For 2011 to 2018 the short version of the video is this. On the inside of the rear hatch there is a slot near the latch mechanism. Put your key blade in the right side as you are facing it and slide the key to the left. You will hear it unlatch. Push up and it will open. This is done from inside the car obviously. No locked in the trunk lever.
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