How do you open a stuck gas tank on a BMW X5 E70?

I’ve been driving my BMW for years and have never had problems with the fuel tank door, but now it won’t open. Can you tell me how to open a stuck gas tank on a BMW X5 E70?

Pat Roache · Answered on Jan 05, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You know you’ve got a problem if the fuel tank on your older BMW X5 no longer opens when you press the gas tank release button on the lower left-hand side of the driver’s seat area. To manually open a stuck gas tank on a BMW X5 E70, just follow these steps:
  • Head around to the rear of your BMW X5 and open the trunk.
  • Look for a panel on the right-side wall towards the rear of the hatch and remove it.
  • Pull the bright green knob in the upper right-hand corner to manually release the gas tank door.
This will allow you to access your gas tank and fill up your BMW X5 E70 when you’re in a pinch, but you probably won’t want to repeat this process for long. Your car insurance likely won’t cover the costs of this car repair unless it was the result of a covered accident, so prepare yourself to pay around $200 to get this issue fixed.
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