My left trunk latch broke off about a year, ago.
The right trunk latch broke two Saturdays, ago.
Jon Ross, the Service Manager at Capitol BMW in Raleigh
was willing to rebuild my latch,
but as I thought about it,
we'd be using the same parts that I expect will also eventually fail.
So, I ordered the replacement kit from Evan @ http://www.lttrunklatch.com/
Just put it in, today.
Quality workmanship, everything fit as designed.
Thought I'd pass on some lessons learned.
Add: T10 Torx wrench
Itís not on the tool list in the front of the instruction manual.
Itís in the diagram near the end of the manual.
Youíll need it to remove the lock assembly.
E-clips. Small, little SOBs that are easy to get lost.
You'll have a couple left over from the disassembly.
Keep them little suckers.
You may need them.
Lay out all the parts,
then dry assemble the entire latch
before you assemble with Loctite.
When disassembling the Latch Hook Assembly,
after you use the Dremel tool cutting head to cut off the ends,
lightly tap the inside of the latch hook (toward the outside)
to detach the latch hook from the cross member.
Even with the ends cut off,
the cross member will not push through the holder.
Recommend that you always push down on the trunk lid
before opening or closing the latch.
Less stress on the latch mechanism and the locking pins on the lid.
I have 96,000 miles on my "01 LT.
Not planning to get rid of it any time, soon.
Cost of ownership and better than $1000 for buying another trunk bottom.