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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:06 PM
CT98Z3M CT98Z3M is offline
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New Top Recommendation

Hi all, new here and hope you can help.

I recently purchased a 98 M Roadster and while top is in ok condition, I would like to replace it. That said, I've found a few options using the original fabric "twillFast" at around $329 though GAHH what I think is the same for $549.

So, does anyone know if the GAHH top worth the extra money? Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:59 PM
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GAHH top vs other brands

My experience with GAHH is with a vinyl top for my 2001 Miata, so this might not be pertinent for a Z3. Good quality stuff, though. More in line with your inquiry: My 2001 Z3's original top was slashed three weeks ago, all the way through the liner. The BMW dealer wants $3500 for a new top. My independent Bimmer garage suggested a particular auto upholstery installer in our town. This installer uses EZ ON tops, using the OEM material, $2100 installed, liner included. I'm going with him and EZ ON.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:03 PM
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I purchased a GAHH top last September and had it installed. The top quality was very good and I am pleased with the installation. It looks just like the original top except for the non-zip window. I paid something in between your two prices. You may need to replace the three tension straps which are available only from BMW and cost about $150 for about $10 worth of thin web belting and elastic.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:20 PM
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would insurance cover that???

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:05 PM
CT98Z3M CT98Z3M is offline
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This is very helpful, thanks!

And why do people do stuff like that; I'll never understand.
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