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My 99 got rear ended and I can't open the trunk no more. I have the fold down seats but in order to release them I need to have access to the trunk. Anybody knows of a way to get the seats down from the inside or another way to open the trunk?
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You can try to lift the rear seat bottom to expose the bolts for the back rests. The back rest should give some room to reach the back rest release cables.

Are your seats 60/40 split?
 

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You can try to lift the rear seat bottom to expose the bolts for the back rests. The back rest should give some room to reach the back rest release cables.

Are your seats 60/40 split?
Yes they are. I already took out the bottom part and removed the bolt in the center but I can't really reach the ones on the side. Do you know how many bolts there are to get at least one side out?

Since the trunk is already destroyed, I'd just bash it/bend it enough to open it up. The whole trunk lid is easy enough to replace, the hard part would be painting it to match or finding a silver donor car.
That's why I want to flip the seats down, so I can smash the dent from the inside out
 

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I'm reading one article which says there's 3 bolts. The one at the middle bottom you got, and two at the top corners by the seatbelts. Although I can't find a good video or picture of their location. I might go have a peek at mine.
 

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Yes they are. I already took out the bottom part and removed the bolt in the center but I can't really reach the ones on the side. Do you know how many bolts there are to get at least one side out?
There’s 3 bolts. 1 on either side by the door opening and the one in the center. Since it’s 60/40, I would get the 40 side. The latch is located at the package tray. You might be able to use a flat head screw driver to push up on the release to see if the seat opens that way.
 

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Thanks, that's what I've found as well, but this is for the solid rear seat. Mine has 2 bolts on each side under the cushion
Look for the U shape metal bracket at the base of the seat back this is for the bolt to the seat pan.

Hopefully it works out to open the seats.
 

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I would use an angle grinder to cut a nice big hole in the top of the trunk lid. No more problems. Get another trunk lid first, so you can swap it out right away. If you can't find a color match at the junk yard, get the lid in the best shape and paint it yourself (your rear bumper also while you're at it). You can buy color match paint online. Just get the paint code on the door jamb.
 

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So I finally managed to get it open by using lots of pushing up force and putting an empty soda can under the release lever inside. It doesn't look too bad but I feel it might have been pushed a little inside because I can see through between bumper and body. Never noticed that before and am a little worried that when I get a new trunk lid that it might not close anymore. Could someone check their car and confirm this is normal?
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So I finally managed to get it open by using lots of pushing up force and putting an empty soda can under the release lever inside. It doesn't look too bad but I feel it might have been pushed a little inside because I can see through between bumper and body. Never noticed that before and am a little worried that when I get a new trunk lid that it might not close anymore. Could someone check their car and confirm this is normal?
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Try reseating the weatherstrip. It isn’t terrible. You can also take the weatherstrip off and straighten it so the surface is flatter.
 
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