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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 04-06-2012, 12:17 PM
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Mein Auto: 99 BMW M3 CONVERTIBLE 199
1999 M3 Convertible top

Bought few weeks back. PO showed me how to work top worked great. Tryed to raise top yesterday and nothing happens.( top is up and in locked position). It seems for for some reason that the emergency handle must have been pulled, the reason I say this is both motors in trunk have been disengaged. I engaged both motors fully and still do not get anything to happen. Light still blinking. All fuses are good at least the three I can find. What is next step I can take. Do I need to take allen wrench to unlock at front windshield and manually lower roof to be able to do the resyncing of top. I do not understand what or why caused the motors to be disengaged. Any help will be appreaciated .I am still reading all threads but none seem to be like my situation. I can not get any motors to run with switch. How do I manually lower top?

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 PM
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I had a similar problem. Nothing worked that was already known. In the end I took it to an upholstery and they said I should take it to BMW so they can scan it and find out what's wrong with it. Try all the guides and look at the manual for the convertible top. If it's not resyncing then it might be the switch (if you're lucky) or something more expensive

But maybe you'll be luckier. Best of luck
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:10 PM
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If you want the top to operate correctly I suggest you use the Allen wrench to open the top to the stops then fold the top into the tonneau cover and engage the motors (rear) and then try to re-sync the top.
To see the video of how this works just do a search for Zach's (Millertime325) and you should have some success.
No idea why your motors were disengaged...
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=718030

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:23 AM
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Thanks,Got it working.
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