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I have now got my under 20K miles 07 X-Type but after only 48 hour ownership the boot will not open.
I have read up as many threads on the subject as I can find and the omens are not good.

Prior to this problem I had opened and closed the boot several times but on arrival home last night it refuses to open.

Using the remote or pressing the button by the rear number plate I get the same results. I can hear the mechanism rapidly whirl followed very shortly afterwards by a slower whirling sound . I am guessing that it tries to open the boot and then decides to re lock it.

I have tried unlocking the car with the key in the drivers door the tried the boot again.
Started the engine, switched off retried the boot.
All attemts give me the same whirling sound.
The version of X-Type I have has a fixed rear seat. I read some vague comments at removing this but how?
Even then what needs to be done to the boot lock to release it?

Has anyone created an emergency release? I have seen a few comments but no precise details.
I agree with comments about this "design" for the boot. What a rubbish way to arrange things.


I guess it is off to the dealers and a BIG bill. ( Just a digital SLR camera and lens trapped in there so I hope the dealer is honest.)

I have had recent troubles with Ford door locking, drivers door ( only) double locked and would not open.
I hope I have not bought another awkward vehicle.
 
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There was a thread on here to create an emergency release but at the moment the link is lost. It takes about 15 minutes to do and involves a plastic tie which hides under the number plate to manually release the boot.
Remove number plate, pull tie and bingo.
 

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After trying various amounts of pressure on the boot lid I visited my local main dealer.
One of their guys had a look at it and applied his special form of pressure and the boot opened.

Oh dear! Oh dear! Confession time. A thin sun hat now has on oily mark where it was trapped in the catch.
I am much releaved.

Thinking about this method an alternative might be to hide the pull cord behind the towing eye panel.
 

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Here's the link to my Emergency Access idea.

http://www.jaguarforum.co.uk/f26/emergency-boot-access-37454.html

Unfortunately, it only works if installed before the failure!!

As far as getting the boot open, this should not be too difficult for you if you're reasonably able with the toolkit and slim enough to crawl into the boot once the rear seat is removed!! The rear seat squab (officially!) just lifts up at the front edge with a sharp tug to release the two plastic clips. My experience was that it wouldn't come clear, so I just cut through the two white plastic bits and fitted new ones from the Dealer later (£6). Once lifted at the front, pull it forwards to release it completely. Then remove the centre seat belt and buckle - just one Torx bolt. Remove the two seat retaining bolts and that's the seat back out. Now crawl into the boot and undo the two screws holding the cover over the boot latch and pull the cover away.(Details in the link)You won't be able to get access to the three screws that hold the lock assembly to the boot lid, but you should be able to see the slot in the metal casing that is provided for the US market emergency boot release (From inside the boot only - for children who get themselves locked in!) and on the other side to that, be able to press the release arm enough to ulock the boot. If not, you might have to fish with a wire hook through the slot. The photos in the link show all the internal details you might need. Hope all that makes sense and gets you in! It sounds as though the rectangular link has broken or disconnected.

Posted this before seeing your solution above. I'll leave it for future reference!
 

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