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Old 08-13-2012, 10:59 AM
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Origami Problems: Keeping the E36 Cabrio top working

We see 1-2 new threads about the convertible top every week or so, so I thought I'd make a thread that we can sticky, with the attachments we always post to aid in every problem.

Anyway, here they are! With these files you can usually diagnose and repair most of the common convertible top problems. They usually fall into one of these categories:

Microswitch failure
Linkage failure
Tension bar failure


Is your rear window fogged out? Have a big hole in it? Stored it all winter with the hard top on it, and now the window is cracked?

Putting aside from my jealousy of your hard top, I can tell you what to do if you want to replace your rear window. We don't usually endorse people, but this source is pretty much the consensus around here. It comes with instructions, and the materials and tools you'll need to install a new window. Read this thread for more info.

More details to come.

I tossed in the E36 Manual as well just in case
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File Type: pdf BMW-E36-Resetting-Convertible-Roof-Instructions.pdf (43.7 KB, 8383 views)
File Type: pdf resettingconvertibletop.pdf (177.0 KB, 3949 views)
File Type: pdf E36 Convertible Adjust.pdf (878.8 KB, 71622 views)
File Type: pdf e36manual.pdf (3.51 MB, 11219 views)

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Jared, why don't you just put "It's Giubo" in your sig? Save a lot of typing.
Originally Posted by e36 miguel View Post
this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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