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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-13-2015, 05:49 PM
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Red handle under rear driver side? convert.

Hi,
I've been dissecting our new 328i convert. and I pulled the back seat looking for the possible build sheet to determine whether or not it has the sport suspension.I noticed this red handled lever on the drivers side, ejection seat? not likely, trunk release? Maybe someone can enlighten me. Still not sure on the suspension either.
-three spoke steering wheel w/ M3 insignia
- springs are sagging so can't get an accurate measurement
-seats are white leather w/ the front pull outs
I'll try and pull a # off of the shocks

Cheers,

Jeff
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:26 PM
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That red handle is the emergency release for the top storage compartment lid and the top motor. You only pull that if the top stops and you need to close it manually. Once you pull it you have to reengage the two motors and run the resync procedure to get everything operating properly again.
Kudos for asking BEFORE pulling the handle. Most of the posts we see are when someone's pulled the handle, hosed up their top operation, and then wanting to know how to fix it. Check out the "Origami problems" sticky for more info on your vert.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:37 PM
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Red handle

Thanks for the reply dc, generally red means don't... so I didn't, now I am glad.

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Jeff
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