Driving with the boot open?

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Driving with the boot open?

Post by DB2k » Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:52 pm

My XC40 is a does not like unsafe things happening and will bong its heart out whenever it doesn't like something. Super frustrating when I'm trying to reverse out of my drive. Anyway.. 2 questions

1) Can you drive it with the boot open or does it not allow it, or whinge a lot or limit the speed at all?
2) Has anyone had any success in tying it semi shut - if so what did you use to tie it and where did you tie it to?

Yes, I'd be driving with windows open - even sunroof.
I want to go and get some 2.4m pieces of wood from BnQ and thought I'd ask here before trying to do this and then getting annoyed.

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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by Salmonfisher » Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:10 pm

No direct experience. However my garage in a block is away from where I park and I quite often unload fishing tackle in to garage in dark and forget to close boot when I drive round to house. No adverse affects but its only about 2/300 yds and I'm only doing 5 mph or so. No bongs either. Mind you it won't shut while moving.

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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by DB2k » Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:12 pm

interesting - thanks for the comments!
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by m@rk » Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:36 pm

Assuming you have a powered tailgate, you probably won't need to tie it shut.
You can stop the tailgate moving at any time by just pressing the close button when it reaches the desired position. You can also manually move it by hand. It does feel like there's a lot of resistance but it is designed to do this.
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by DB2k » Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:07 pm

thats interesting - thanks. I hope it then doesnt decide to open fully during driving! :lol:

(and yes its the keyless car)
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by WelshRobin » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:08 pm

Hi DB2k. Doesn’t your car have a ski hatch in the back seat? If it does, you can carry 2.4m lengths comfortably with room to spare. That is assuming their width is not too great for the hatch aperture of course.

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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by DB2k » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:16 pm

Hmm unsure. Might. Never sat in the back! But the seats do go down fully flat. So I will give it a good measuring. Thanks!
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by BlackDagger » Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:03 am

while on the subject, after walking my dogs I leave the boot open for them to get some air while I am changing, then I drive off forgetting to close the boot, everything else seems to have a warning chime to it, but not the boot, is there a setting somewhere that can be turned on, if there is I can't find it?
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by jamie307 » Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:13 am

I have found that 2.4 metre fence posts fit in quite easily without having to drive with the boot open - just lay them diagonally from the nearside A-pillar to the offside boot corner, adjusting the passenger seat as necessary to get it out of the way, and wrapping the ends in rags so they don't scuff the trim.
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Re: Driving with the boot open?

Post by DB2k » Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:42 am

really? I'm surprised! but thanks - and good shout on the protection.

It's off for its 2nd service in a week or so. 2 years 36k mile service. Miles achieved. 18k. :-/
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