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jen_mini 05-28-2012 02:03 AM

Convertible roof stuck - not opening
I'm having a problem with my 54 mini one convertible.

Basically the roof is jammed and won't open at all (not even into 'sunroof mode') Instead of the usual windows coming down, sunroof mode, etc, it made a few clicking sounds in the boot, then went on to make a rather loud noise as if the motor to pull the clips open and the roof back is turning but the clips aren't unclipping at the front. The sound seems to be coming from the central plastic section of the roof. I had read a lot of forums where people have reported the roof opening on just the passengers side, although mine is the complete roof that is jammed. Any ideas on what the fault could be / whether it's an easy fix?!


fazzer 03-02-2015 04:46 AM

Mini Convertable
Did you manage to get the roof fixed as Ive just bought a mini cooper convertible with exactly the same problem

Gr8ful 06-21-2015 04:00 PM

Check the boot. If is looking unlocked the top will not move.

fazzer 06-21-2015 11:21 PM


Originally Posted by Gr8ful (Post 9144579)
Check the boot. If is looking unlocked the top will not move.

Ive sorted the problem now ,it was the nylon wheel in the motor in the middle of the roof(the motor that moves the sunroof part)dead easy fix but I couldn't just replace the wheel as BMW don't sell this part I had to buy the whole motor for just under 300 quid.

Slinky1266 07-19-2016 12:52 PM

Roof not opening
Hi, did you find that the motor was work but making a loud clicking noise when operated?
If so was it the drive gear or the plastic gear inside the motor housing that was causing the problem? Got the same dame problem by the sound of it and the sun is shine, typical!!!

fazzer 07-19-2016 12:59 PM

yes it was the motor and yes it makes a clicking noise.if you can open the sunroof with allan key then I would say it's the motor.about 300 quid from bmw

Slinky1266 07-19-2016 01:08 PM

Thanks for the speedy reply fazzer, I take it it the Allen key in the centre of the drive your talking about? Didn't want to try it just in case it wouldn't shut again. Will give it a try. Cheers again.

fazzer 07-19-2016 01:33 PM

I think you have to release the latches first by the windscreen then push up on the allan bolt then you can wind the sunroof back,i I just did a little to confirm the cables were both working,The motor itself was fine just the nylon wheel was all worn down

moon64 08-24-2016 06:13 PM

Having the same problem with mine. How were you able to get the motor cover off without damaging it? Manual says pry off with a screw driver. I have tried but started leaving scratches in the plastic. Is there an easy way to get that cover off? Thanks for any help

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