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Old 06-13-2018, 07:42 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, 12:31 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, 02:15 PM
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Emergency release cable

Originally Posted by pmsummer View Post
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, 02:25 PM
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