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Manual trunk release?

Dumb question for ya here, the other day I got back from vacation and my battery was dead (I had left the GPS plugged in and on), no problem I thought "I've got cables in the trunk"....hmmmm...battery is dead and electric trunk release won't work from the fob or the dash switch, can't get into the trunk to get the cables, lucky someone else in the airport parking lot had cables & boosted me.
Is there any kind of a manual release handle in the interior of the car? also I do not have the fold down rear seats or I could have gone in that way.

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I would have been looking for a keyed lock at the exterior of the trunk.........

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Nope - no manual release in the cabin - just an emergency release handle in the trunk itself... Kind of a design flaw, if you ask me, since most people store their jumper cables in the trunk (like yourself!)... If you don't have a fold-down seat, you are kinda SOL... I suppose that you could somehow rig something up to the emergency pull handle if you really wanted to if you don't have fold-down seats.

But honestly, how often is your battery going to go dead? I wouldn't worry about it...

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Is there no keyed lock at the trunk?

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Only the police equipt 8th gen Impalas have trunk key holes.

An overly complicated possible solution...an isolated separate battery to, in theory, jump start the trunk opener

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Police package has a cylinder lock. I don't use it though because I usually end up keeping my keys in my car to run my emergency lights on-scene so I just pop the trunk when I step out. I need to get a quick-release fob.

Other than that, no.
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Yeah I'd never really given it much thought but with no manual key lock on the trunk there's no way in, there should be a manual handle inside similar to a gas door release.
Another thing that happens is if you put your key in the ignition and turn it to start when the battery is dead you cant turn the key back far enough to remove it, which means if you need to go for help you have to leave the key in the car and the doors unlocked, anyone that comes along with a set of booster cables can just drive your car away, that's really a bad design too.
I'll see if my cables fit under the passenger seat, it's good heads up for anyone who has their cables stored in the trunk.

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If your in a real pickle, and key is stuck with a dead battery and need to leave, you can remove the key-in ignition lock cylinder. The shroud/cowl around column comes off, then there's a small hole above ignition switch, if you poke that hole, the key&cylinder slide out.

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If your in a real pickle, and key is stuck with a dead battery and need to leave, you can remove the key-in ignition lock cylinder. The shroud/cowl around column comes off, then there's a small hole above ignition switch, if you poke that hole, the key&cylinder slide out.
Except my F#*&ing tool box is in the trunk!!!

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Good point haha.
You could keep the two specific tools required for that in the glove box.
(Or just keep cables in the cabin in the first place )

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Yeah, it really is a poor design - both the trunk opening and the "can't remove key from ignition" issue when the battery is dead (don't understand that one at all). They could have had a manual trunk release just like they do for the hood... But, like I said, your battery shouldn't die very often, so it's not typically a big deal (until it happens!).

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They saved a nickle by deleting the keyed lock.........

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Yeah, it really is a poor design - both the trunk opening and the "can't remove key from ignition" issue when the battery is dead (don't understand that one at all). They could have had a manual trunk release just like they do for the hood... But, like I said, your battery shouldn't die very often, so it's not typically a big deal (until it happens!).

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Yeah, thank god they weren't "smart" enough to install an electric release for the hood.

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They saved a nickle by deleting the keyed lock.........
And really, there is a perfect spot for the keyed lock on the trunk - they could have made the bowtie logo "slide" open to reveal a keyed lock! I've seen that on other (older) cars and it seems like a good design.... Oh well.

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Personally, I'm with chevy on the keyless trunk. Theres so much crap on these cars to prevent you from killing your battery, I think another option would have been a good idea..but I feel it works. What you could do is install a holder for cables behind rear bumper..no need for power to get cables out, of coarse you'd have to get on the ground..

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