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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-28-2011, 06:13 PM
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Question 2001 BMW 330Ci covertible top won't go down

I have a 2001 BMW 330Ci convertible, and starting today, the top won't go down. When I push the button to lower the top the orange indicator light on te switch comes on and nothing else happens. I haven't had any issues with the top before, but it has been about 2 months since I've had it down due to rain and low temps.

The trunk is empty, so no issues with blockage, but I did notice this appears misaligned but I am unsure if it's related to the convertible top issue I'm having:





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Old 03-28-2011, 06:35 PM
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Gernerally its the Trunck expansion lever. Happened to me just today. first day of sunshne in a while here in the Napa Valley, I push the button, nothing happens. Then I remeber that I put up the trunck expansion to take my daughter to the airport last week!
Problem solved!!
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:38 PM
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that piece is not related to the top going up and down. But the trunk divider will have to be down. It will also have to be above 37 degrees out for the top to work.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:42 PM
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I can't seem the type the word Trunk correctly!
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I can't seem the type the word Trunk correctly!
lol, I didn't even notice until you posted it
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:57 PM
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Talking w00t!

Thanks for the replies guys, got it working. Feel dumb now, the trunk extention was just in the wrong position. Still, I would have felt far more dumb if I had ended up taking it to a BMW shop to get it 'fixed' ;-) Thanks!
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys, got it working. Feel dumb now, the trunk extention was just in the wrong position. Still, I would have felt far more dumb if I had ended up taking it to a BMW shop to get it 'fixed' ;-) Thanks!

Don't feel bad. I did the same thing a couple of years ago. You are just not in summer mode yet!
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:30 PM
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Well Mine is still not working. I'm not sure what the problem is. Does anyone have a list of common issue with these tops so I can trouble shoot??
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Well Mine is still not working. I'm not sure what the problem is. Does anyone have a list of common issue with these tops so I can trouble shoot??
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Go to E46fanatics.com and check the convertible forum. More info than you want to know.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:57 PM
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Top Light flashes

I bought a used 2005 3 series convertible today and the top light is flashing

Tried to lower the top - no luck. Checked the trunk and the storage bin appears to be in the correct position. Anyone have a suggestion of what else to check.

I did notice the cap for the allen wrench hole in the roof is missing and the allen screw is tight. Does this need to be fully released to put the top down or doesn't it matter? I figure if it has been manually closed it is because the top motor is shot. Don't get any noise from the motor.

Advice appreciated. Bob
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:59 PM
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Repair shops, Allentown, PA

Does anyone know if there are legitimate repair shops other than the dealer in Allentown, PA.? Thanks, Bob
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