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Old 06-13-2018, 08:42 PM
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After receiving the part from ECS, I determined I could drill a small (10mm) hole and trip the latch with a piece of coathanger wire.[/QUOTE]

It would be very useful if you could take a photo and post it here of exactly where you drilled the hole to access the latch so others could get the door open if they get in a similar situation.
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:31 PM
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Here's how I got my left door open:

Take out the flat load floor and the panel underneath and everything you've got in there.
Fold down your rear seats so you can get in there.
Pull out the center of each of the four plastic rivets that hold the rear sill trim piece and remove the rivets.
Next I twisted a small loop of wire. Test fit it to your new lock's manual release indicated above in this thread.
Lift up the rear sill trim (you can't remove it until the door is open)
Feel your way to catching the release with your wire loop and pull

Pop - your door is open!

Replacing the lock mechanisms is easy after that. Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:15 PM
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Emergency release cable

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Nor I. I am even more incredulous now that I see the hardtop has an escape handle. Although, if my car is sinking nose-first in quicksand, not sure I'd remember to remove the rear seat cushion to prepare for escape.

Come to think of it, maybe the Motoring Advisors at MINI dealerships should do a demonstration like airline steward/stewardesses do prior to take-off.

my ‘02 MCS didn’t came with emergency release cable under the rear seat, i found out 10 years later i mentioned it to the dealer and they seems dont give a f...k, everytime i disconnect the battery i always forget to block the lock mechanism, i bought the release cable from ebay and solved my problem.

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Old 08-16-2018, 03:25 PM
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:50 PM
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Drivers side issue

I just got my mini a few days ago and the drivers side barn door was stuck shut. I was able to open it after reading this page. I also ordered a replacement part from ESC. However, my left side still did not work with the new part.
It’s an odd setup. I don’t see how or where the driver side barn door handle/button actually connects to the actuator that holds the door shut. The driver side only has two wires going into it and they both come from the passenger side actuator. Does anyone have a wiring schematic for this? I connected an Ohms meter to the door handle/button and it seems to be working correctly. My passenger side barn door is working correctly.
I don’t understand how this setup works lol.
In the mean time I made a release cable and installed it on the old actuator. I ground it into a t shape slid it in, drilled a hole in the frame and plastic trim, installed a grommet and now can easily pull my “emergency truck release”.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:07 PM
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Thanks to this thread I was able to replace my driver's side actuator. I ended up breaking the trim panel to get it out since blindly stabbing at it with a pic was NOT working for me.

Got both the left and right side replaced after ordering them from ECSTuning.
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Old 11-10-2018, 04:51 PM
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Pain in the butt to get it open, i ended up breaking the lock from inside i did everything , screw driver etc, ect, it just doesn’t give in, i kicked the hell out from the inside because its pop out but it will not unlatche... ended up replacing both..

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