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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Getting into trunk with dead battery?

My battery died (left the inside lights on.) So, I went to get my jumper cables out of the trunk, and there's no way to open the trunk when there's no power! Hummm... that can't be, I thought.

So is it true, and I need to keep my jumper cables in the back seat, or am I missing something?

On a side note, why the F*&% didn't the inside lights shut off after some time?! I thought the Zoom Zoom tech would have accounted for that. Is there a setting I don't know about?
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As far as I know the lights should always turn off unless the dome light switch is left in the on position or one the of the doors isn't properly closed. As far as opening the trunk I'm a hatchback owner so I'm not sure but many other car lines are putting trunk release handles inside the trunk that you can reach by climbing in through the back seat. Does the sedan not have this?
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Look at the attachments that I have on the post. It'll show you instructions on how to open the trunk manually.

Sorry if it's small, it's just screenshots from my laptop.

If you have your manual handy, look at the pages that are indicated in the bottom right of my screenshots.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-21-2014, 05:58 PM
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Just pull the back seats down...
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Just pull the back seats down...
Ours can't pull the back seats down unless we're in the trunk. The trigger isn't there in the back seat.


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I was gonna make a thread "HELP AN IDIOT OPEN TRUNK" but thanks about this.

Anyhow, I was messing with my aftermarket camera, unplugged the conector in the trunk and long story short, got distracted and closed it with the conector unplugged = cant open the trunk!
I did consult the manual but after finding at the begging of it the stuff how to fold seats didnt bother to search further to page 510$#"%
It got dark so I was thinking wtf, icant get my hand through inside to open and stuff like that and was on my way thinking how im gonna make some kind of thing to get to the handle....horror!

Just the other day there was one of those plane crash investigation documentary where the crew got "low oxygen" signal lamp, so they went through the manual but since they had like 15 secs to do it they didnt made it to the part that said "put the masks on" so the plane crashed.

So, in a silly situation when the only thing to save your life is getting out through the trunk of a Mz3 sedan - unless you have a screwdriver and enough time to do the procedure - YOURE SCREWED!!!

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Prior Training Prevents Piss Poor Performance. That was the second thing I asked the salesman, when I didn't see a trunk key hole, before I bought 3MOE, how do you get into the trunk when the battery is dead.

I saw on the news about 2 years ago, a story about a man, and a dog, in Texas dying while locked inside a new Corvette. The door handles on new Corvettes are electric and the battery died after the man had closed the door. There are many puzzling things about how something like this could happen, but the bottom line is; if the man had prepared himself and learnt about his new car before driving it, he could have gotten out of the car safely. Many things are becoming keyless, learn emergency procedures before hand.

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I was gonna make a thread "HELP AN IDIOT OPEN TRUNK" but thanks about this.

Anyhow, I was messing with my aftermarket camera, unplugged the conector in the trunk and long story short, got distracted and closed it with the conector unplugged = cant open the trunk!
I did consult the manual but after finding at the begging of it the stuff how to fold seats didnt bother to search further to page 510$#"%
It got dark so I was thinking wtf, icant get my hand through inside to open and stuff like that and was on my way thinking how im gonna make some kind of thing to get to the handle....horror!

Just the other day there was one of those plane crash investigation documentary where the crew got "low oxygen" signal lamp, so they went through the manual but since they had like 15 secs to do it they didnt made it to the part that said "put the masks on" so the plane crashed.

So, in a silly situation when the only thing to save your life is getting out through the trunk of a Mz3 sedan - unless you have a screwdriver and enough time to do the procedure - YOURE SCREWED!!!
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 11:26 AM
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On the UK Mazda 3, there is a cap at the top of the parcel shelf. You remove the inner cover then move a lever to fold the seat. You can then reach into the boot and trip the boot latch from the inside - p 7-67 of the UK Mazda 3 manual refers (see UK Mazda web site).

I found another problem - how do you disable the alarm if your key batter is dead? I found if I locked the car with the key fob then tried opening with the auxiliary key (which you would do if the battery had failed) then the alarm sounds. The only way to turn off the alarm seems to be to hold the key fob onto the Start button and start the car. Is there another method since this seems to be a stupid design?
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It would made a lot more sense to just ad a simple push lock on the seat inside, easily reachable.
This way you have those two things in the trunk that can get in the way + in case of need to open trunk from the inside you have this time consuming procedure.
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