2011 BMW 528i: Go Ahead, Drive with Trunk Open
November 29, 2010
The other day I pulled out of a parking lot only to have my wife yell, "Karl, you left the trunk open!"
I didn't believe her at first, as I'd checked my rearview mirror while pulling out of my parking space and didn't see a wall of dark blue in it. But she was correct, the trunk was wide open.
I'd opened the trunk to get my man-purse out, and I know I hit the power-close button as I walked away from it. But for whatever reason it didn't close, and when it's open it doesn't easily register in the rearview mirror (the photo above was taken with the trunk open).
Not sure if this is by design or just a fluke of the rear window/trunklid shape. And I'm not sure why you'd want to drive around with the trunk wide open, but if you own a new 5 Series you can do so without compromising rear visibility.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large