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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:31 AM
z3 2.5 z3 2.5 is offline
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best replacement top for bmw z3 roadster

i am looking for the best replacement tan convertible top for my bmw z3 roadster without breaking the bank too much

any names to look out for

ive heard robins tops are good but is there anything else?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:13 AM
Z3Droptop Z3Droptop is offline
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I bought mine from AutoTops Direct and I'm very happy with it. Gahh also comes highly recommended.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:46 AM
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does the one from auto tops have a warranty
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:55 AM
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5 years

I went with the OEM quailty material and hired a pro to install. The installer felt it was top quaity and it fits like a glove.

www.autotopsdirect.com
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:37 AM
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i am looking for the best replacement tan convertible top for my bmw z3 roadster without breaking the bank too much

any names to look out for

ive heard robins tops are good but is there anything else?
I too am searching for an aftermarket tan top. I'm considering Robins and Auto Tops Direct. Still in the process of trying to convince myself I can install it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:31 PM
nfunk nfunk is online now
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I had a professional auto custom shop install a Gahh light tan top and the canvas is as good or better than the original BMW top. The only problem with after market tops is that the don't have the replaceable rear window. But for the price of the top and installation (appr. $1300) doesn't even compare to the price of BMW's top let alone the installation cost by BMW. And I figure about the time the rear window goes bad, it is close to the time the top requires replacing. So I figure I can replace the top several times before it equals the price of BMW's top and installation.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:41 PM
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i installed the top from auto tops direct
it went really good using the installation guide posted on this forum as well as the one supplied by the company. i was able to get the top done in a weekend with just me and my dad, all you need is basic hand tools and some fancy socket adapters,wobble joints and such to get to the hard to reach bolts
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:08 PM
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DIY how to top installation guide

Here is a great step by step installation guide. Many many thanks to the guy that took the time to put this together as it is a great and thorough job.

http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dplassma/str/str.html

http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dplass...op_replace.pdf

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Old 11-20-2015, 11:09 AM
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Hi, sorry to bump such an old thread but I'm looking at the top from Auto tops direct and I really like it but my top is a lighter tan color and the only option that's even close is dark beige. Is that the same color? I want to order it but I want to be sure it's the exact same color. http://www.autotopsdirect.com/1996-2...04-e37-006.htm
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