The only thread with really useful information on this is archived, so I can't post there, but I'm having a real pain with fixing my boot release. Trim is off and I've done the usual of lubing the mechanism. I thought this had worked, but all I'd actually done was fix the problem temporarily by opening the boot manually from inside. Technically I could leave it at this, but I'm the kind of person who checks the boot is locked after locking the doors using the fob, given I've had to replace all four door locks and know how I could easily be leaving the car unlocked. The issue is that if I pull the boot release handle when the car is locked, it rotates the barrel and again, you're unable to open the boot using the handle. I've attached a photo of the different positions of the mechanism and the only difference is that when it's broken, the barrel is rotated backwards - you can see that the part that the release cable attaches too is higher on the right-hand side when it's broken. It doesn't seem to be a grease issue - I've used grease on this and sprayed PlusGas in there too to see if I can get things moving more smoothly. Everything feels very 'notchy', but no amount of grease or penetrating spray will change this. Part of me just wants to give up and buy a replacement boot release on eBay, but then I'd have another headache of having to strip it apart so I can take the lock barrel out of the old one so my key would work. Aside from this, the other parts seem to be working fine. The solenoid works when you use the key fob and there's no strain on the motor. If anyone's got any ideas, I'd be super grateful.