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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 09-21-2012, 04:40 PM
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Convertible e36 window HELP :o

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I have my e36 vert which is my second car I really didn't like it cause I was attached to my long lost accord basically only thing I put in the car was gas but she's grown on me and I want to get the window fixed but to me and from what I read it's a aftermarket top with a sewn in window. What I want to know is there any like reversal to where I can get a zip in window and sew that one in PLEASE HELP !!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:51 PM
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It's a sew in not a zip in . Can I take it out and put a zip in ?
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:25 PM
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It's a sew in not a zip in . Can I take it out and put a zip in ?
I'm sorry. My mistake. I should have said:

"Google emiata and read what is plainly on the first page of the website."


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Old 09-22-2012, 09:40 AM
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On the factory rear window the outside flap is glued down like your photo shows. Take a look on the INSIDE and pull the flap back. If there's a zipper there you have an OEM top and the emiata window will work. If no zipper then it's an aftermarket top with a sewn in window. Some top shops will sew in a new plastic window but I'd only look at that approach if the rest of the top is in really good condition. You can get good aftermarket tops to install yourself for about $500. If you need tension straps (you likely will) that adds another $250.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:28 PM
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My top is in good condition and I just want to replace it to where I can see out the back window
So your saying instead of being on the OUTSIDE of the car go on the INSIDE and do it ?
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:31 PM
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Oh and DCWRIGHT it wasn't glued down it was sewn down if that makes a difference
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My top is in good condition and I just want to replace it to where I can see out the back window
So your saying instead of being on the OUTSIDE of the car go on the INSIDE and do it ?
Look in exactly the same place as you did on the outside, but on the inside....
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Oh and DCWRIGHT it wasn't glued down it was sewn down if that makes a difference
The flap you have lifted by your finger is the part that gets glued sown with a very soft glue. It usually separates with age and the flap is just laying there. You still need to look on the inside to verify if you've got the zipper. If it's a zippered window the stitches you see on the outside of the top are holding one side of the zipper assy and the stitches you see in the plastic would be attaching it to the other side of the zipper assy.
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Here's the inside ... I think I'm screwed its sewn on the inside and out

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Yep, it's an after market top. Next steps depend on mechanically inclined and patient you are. You can buy a replacement aftermarket top, tension strap set and hardware for $500-$750 and install it your self. The other option is to go to an automotive upholstery/top shop and get a quote to have the old window removed and a new window sewn in. If they want to take the top off to do it it will cost as much as getting a new top, but if they'll hand stitch it the cost might be reasonable. Last option is to start searching forums and Craig's List for a hard top for the car.
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I got a local quote for $300 is that good ? New window sewn in
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:34 PM
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Hello Wheresmye36,

Can you share where you get that quote? I'm having same problem with that rear window.

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I've had bad business with a partner of his so he fired him and said he'll hook me up from now on
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:45 PM
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Where do you find the place that would have your new window sewn in for 300? I'm in San Jose, CA

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I got a local quote for $300 is that good ? New window sewn in
If the rest of the top is in good shape, do it! That's a good price for a really labor intensive job.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:38 PM
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:55 PM
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Yep, it's an after market top. Next steps depend on mechanically inclined and patient you are. You can buy a replacement aftermarket top, tension strap set and hardware for $500-$750 and install it your self. The other option is to go to an automotive upholstery/top shop and get a quote to have the old window removed and a new window sewn in. If they want to take the top off to do it it will cost as much as getting a new top, but if they'll hand stitch it the cost might be reasonable. Last option is to start searching forums and Craig's List for a hard top for the car.
Don answered your question.... Done.
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