Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: St. Clair Shores, MI, USA
Re: Trunk Latch/ lever
Only thing to add about the replacement latch was the "before it breaks" was about $140, the "you didn't take my advice and you let it break anyway" repair kit was $400. The guy who made them put up with a lot of whining about the prices by people who figured the value of the raw metal, added $20 for his time, labor, engineering and machining and *****ed up a storm about the fact that they could do it for $25, if only they had the tools, knowledge and the time to do it (and of course, precisely ZERO of those people have stepped forward with their $25 product). I'm sure this reception didn't help his feelings towards the product, and I don't blame him.
Unfortunately, there's no good fix here.
Spend >$1000 for a new topcase, you probably have to paint it and it's got the same lousy design latch, so it will probably break again. Find one that's not broke, and ... it will probably break. I have seen several people who slopped on enough JBWeld to fix it, and with a bit of grinding and repainting, it can work. I didn't realize mine had been broken until it broke again. I found half the moving parts had been removed, which doubled the stress on those remaining, so really, I'm impressed it worked as well and as long as it did...so if you do it right, it might be a semi-permanent repair (I just got the repair kit...and no regrets). Otherwise, maybe some leather...or since this is a BMW, nylon? ... straps? Call it a fashion statement.