Replacement Convertible Top
My first post. I have a 99 M3 convertible which is barely broken in with 71,000 miles. Baby needs a new top. Molding (Edging) is pulling away around rear window and tension straps need replacing.
GAHH wants $886 for the top and tension straps. Topsonline.com wants $539.00 ($347.00 cheaper than GAHH). I live near Tampa, FL and have talked to 5 different installers.
Appears the going labor rate to install top is $500.00
Some questions for anyone with experience in getting a new top:
1. Is GAHH really worth the additional money? Is there that much difference in material?
2. Does it really take 6 to 8 hours to replace the top or is $500 just the going rate because it's a BMW?
3. Last...my wife and I are thinking about trying to do the install ourselves. Stupid idea or what?
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.
This is about the most informative link I've seen....I've still got several years left in my top but have investigated the process for when the day comes to replace.
Thank you very much. That really helps make up my mind on self install!
I have the GAHH top and I feel it is no different from the guys in my area that got the topsonline top. Quality of both is very good and one friend self installed, perfect, other has a shop do it but went overboard tinted rear plastic window, something you may wish to do since you are in Tampa and other things.
Tensions straps are a must. Just wait until it is cooler and plan on a full day.
Plus if I can find the link that shows a member removing and installing the entire top, tension strap and headliner.
I'm sure you can re-do the top yourself--but it will take plenty of time. I've done the old Mecedes 560SL top which is comparable in complexity, and can say that as long as you've got the basic skills you'll be able to do a proper and good job. Research all the steps and have everything at hand before you start. There are a couple of related tutorials on Youtube you ought to check out before beginning, as well. Post pics and tips when done!!
Thanks for the advice. I think I've combed the web pretty well. Couple of videos and a How to manual. Just have to do it.
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