This happened on mine once when the cable was not put back properly, but in my case im sure it was the drivers side, that was accessed from below but a few bits needed removing to get to the cable.
It it the latch or has the cable slipped out?
Personally id wait a while till the restrictions ease, it seems the sellers aren't selling because of it, there seems to be a real decline of cars on the market at the moment and the ones that are there have a premium. good luck with the search.
yes you are correct, even though the styling on the E63 is better, the electrics and brakes better, the engine is not as desirable due to a number of factors. Price point on them is also too high hence they end up on forecourts for months!
If you get on for the right price point , they are a...
Sadly its one of the most common theft methods at the moment. Tracker is the way to go, together with a steering lock and also a faraday pouch, but it they want it they will take it via burglary, assault etc etc.....
all we can do is make it as hard as possible so they move on to an easier target.
she's still looking good Pat, glad to see your looking after her for me ;)
As for the wheels, I don't those had ever seen a refurb, all original., I use a good refurb place in Essex, but diamond cut wheels do start going milky at the slightest chip, all depends how hard the replacement lacquer is.
Put in in sport mode 2 and they ride lovely, if its still bouncy and wallows then it might be weak rear shocks.
You can't go wrong with a 211 E55, the tech is dated , but a lot of it for the era.
driving these is the best thing you can do, otherwise the gremlins get angry and you see more of...
Just replace the rear boxes with C63 ones.
easiest option, id leave the cats and middle silencer too.
Headers will add to the sound and give it the correct amount of rumble, this is the setup i had in my e55 and it was spot on.