How do you open the gas tank on a BMW 228i?

My daily commute broke down, so I’m borrowing my wife’s car while mine is in the shop. She drives a BMW 228i, and the controls are nothing like in my Hyundai. I can’t even figure out how to pop the gas tank. How do you open the gas tank on a BMW 228i?

Kathryn Mae Kurlychek · Answered on Jan 06, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Opening the gas tank on any BMW two-series—including the 228i—is as simple as pressing on the fuel-filler door. That pressure should be enough to release the latch that secures the door, allowing you to reveal the gas cap and fuel up your tank`.
Take note that if your car is locked, no amount of pressing will do the trick. That’s because BMW gas tanks are designed to unlock only when the vehicle is parked and unlocked and the engine is turned off. This is a safety measure enacted by BMW to prevent anyone from tampering with your gas tank or siphoning your fuel.
If you’re still struggling to open the fuel-filler door after parking your vehicle and unlocking the doors, it could be that the latch itself is stuck. If that’s the case, it’s best to bring your 2-series to a mechanic or local BMW dealership for further assistance. Otherwise, you can check your owner’s manual for instructions on releasing the fuel-filler door latch manually—although you may still need a professional to help get the job done.
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