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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-31-2013, 03:33 PM
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Hi I was wondering so soft tops have to be kept dry most of the time ? Also what is the best way to clean a soft too and how often and should it be done with special shampoo or any shampoo is fine.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:10 PM
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Try the convertible 3 series forum at E46fanatics.com MUCH better information there. Don't forget to come back!
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Try the convertible 3 series forum at E46fanatics.com MUCH better information there. Don't forget to come back!
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:41 PM
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I use this stuff every couple of years. My car is a garage queen and usually only leaves the garage when the top can go down.
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I never use shampoo on the fabric convertible top, only water. Then dry it off with a clean leather. If you get any stains like bird sh1t just use warm water and a soft brush to remove it. I also used a product called "RagTop" to condition and re water proof the fabric but you need to cover the glass when you use it so you don't get overspray. My 330CIC is used most days but always garaged at home and parked securely underground and out of the hot Australian sun when I am at work. SJ Bimmer is right about the E46 fanatics forum for good vert info. There is a good DIY on maintaining and lubricating the roof mechanisms and hinged joints to keep them in shape.

Great car. Never get tired of driving my E46 330 CIC! The E92 vert somehow does not look right and you cannot fit a set of golf clubs in the trunk!
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You do not have to keep a soft top dry most of the time.. How do you think owners of convertibles drive in the rain ? . . . . I have a convertible and mine is a daily driver... my only car. . . the top gets wet.. oh well... it keeps the water out of the car. My car is garaged at home, but if it is raining I still have to drive to work and park it outside there.. or outside anywhere else I may go when it is raining.

Clean it with the same regular soap and water as you wash your car with... if you get bird crap or whatever on it, wash it off or it can stain.. they make special protectors and cleaners you can wash your top with that help keep it waterproof that you should use about once a year maybe... but you can use pretty much anything.. it is best not to use a silicone based water sealer since dirt can stick to it.
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