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Old 06-19-2012, 05:56 PM
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eas | SmartTop Remote-Closing module demo for E46 Convertible

Not to leave the E46/E85 crowd left out, we just wrapped up development of the new SmartTop module for E46 Convertibles.



Enjoy that ultimate top-down driving experience with even more ease. The last thing you want to do is wait for your top to go up or down, demanding you to stay parked and hold a button down. Now the SmartTOP module allows you to operate your BMW Convertible top by using your Factory Key Fob as you walk up to, or away from your vehicle. Can't wait? You can even put the top up or down while driving up to 40 kmh / 25 mph.



Features:

- Remote control of convertible top
- Open/Close the top while driving
- One-Touch power convertible top
- Plug-And-Play installation (E46 only)
- Full text setup in car display
- Passive / Invisible mode
- Separate window control
- Top convenience mode
- USB Port for easy updates

Supported Models:
2001-2006 E46 Convertible, including M3
2002-2008 Z4 Roadster, including Z4M
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:24 PM
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Not to leave the E46/E85 crowd left out, we just wrapped up development of the new SmartTop module for E46 Convertibles.



Enjoy that ultimate top-down driving experience with even more ease. The last thing you want to do is wait for your top to go up or down, demanding you to stay parked and hold a button down. Now the SmartTOP module allows you to operate your BMW Convertible top by using your Factory Key Fob as you walk up to, or away from your vehicle. Can't wait? You can even put the top up or down while driving up to 40 kmh / 25 mph.



Features:

***9658; Remote control of convertible top
***9658; Open/Close the top while driving
***9658; One-Touch power convertible top
***9658; Plug-And-Play installation (E46 only)
***9658; Full text setup in car display
***9658; Passive / Invisible mode
***9658; Separate window control
***9658; Top convenience mode
***9658; USB Port for easy updates

Supported Models:
2001-2006 E46 Convertible, including M3
2002-2008 Z4 Roadster, including Z4M
OMG. Having to wait forty seconds for your top to go up or down. Quelle horreur. How can anyone endure this torture?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:22 PM
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OMG. Having to wait forty seconds for your top to go up or down. Quelle horreur. How can anyone endure this torture?
Automation is 1 step closer to making it manageable.
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OMG. Having to wait forty seconds for your top to go up or down. Quelle horreur. How can anyone endure this torture?
There is appeal to this. I pretty much only drive the M3 with the top down. What's the point in driving with the top up? So I'm operating the top every time I drive the car. Having to sit and hold the button is annoying, as I'd rather be using that time to buckle up, close the garage, don my sunglasses, etc. And the ability to open/close the top remotely may be beneficial, especially if you have back-seat passengers, as the operation of the roof whacks them in the back of the head!

Of course, the appeal would have to be weighed to the cost and difficulty of installation. Which I haven't looked into yet.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:50 AM
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There is appeal to this. I pretty much only drive the M3 with the top down. What's the point in driving with the top up? So I'm operating the top every time I drive the car. Having to sit and hold the button is annoying, as I'd rather be using that time to buckle up, close the garage, don my sunglasses, etc. And the ability to open/close the top remotely may be beneficial, especially if you have back-seat passengers, as the operation of the roof whacks them in the back of the head!

Of course, the appeal would have to be weighed to the cost and difficulty of installation. Which I haven't looked into yet.
Here's a video of the option setup menu, on the Z4, e46 is identical. Note there is no computer required for changes.



All options can either be programmed by laptop or via the radio controls.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:56 PM
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I would be afraid of too much load on my battery. I never put the top up or down without the engine running. I don't put too many miles on my M3 and a car sitting for a few weeks may not have a full charge. I do like the plug in installation though. I would also not risk bending hardware just to put up the top while moving at any speed. I know product says you can, but not worth the risk to me. Just my .02
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:29 AM
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I was very interested until I saw the price. Too much, imo.
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:40 PM
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I'm seeing a lot of positives with getting this device. Has anyone had any issues with it? It looks like a good bit of kit. Also has anyone spotted any of these for sale in the UK other than importing one for 230 via eBay?
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