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Old 04-24-2013, 02:01 PM
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thinking the other day how lucky I was that my pano roof still worked fine I was unlucky today, heard a snap crackle pop as I put it up in the vent position. using instructions I found on this board I was able to get it closed properly, but now it wont slide back even to perform the modification, it starts to lower then goes right back up to the rest position, oh well, guess I will be keeping the X for longer than I anticipated since that will have a huge hit on the resale value.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:35 PM
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Prob need to run the reset on it...

Hold the button in for 20-30 seconds and it will cycle.

Then mod it!

EDIT: resetting will cause the back glass to tilt again, so you may need to manually put it back down again! Also, make sure nothing in the way causing it to stop.


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Old 04-24-2013, 04:16 PM
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if I run the reset wont it cycle through the vent position, putting me right back at square one having to lower the roof manually again?
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:19 PM
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yup, i edited minutes after...
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:27 PM
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yeah I saw your edit right after I posted! I could open it back manually, then do the mod, then cycle, that would probably work pretty good. My dremel is dead though, so I need to go to harbor freight and pick up a new cheapie.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:32 PM
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Parts can be had and it can be fixed relatively cheaply when compared to a complete cassette replacement. The hard part is finding someone willing to tackle a painstaking and intricate job like this. There was a post on the old Roadfly E39 board that had details on the repair.
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What "mod" are you guys talking about?

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:04 PM
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this is the PDF I used to get it closed, goes into doing the "mod" to enable to front roof to operate normally and disable the rear roof.
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File Type: pdf Sunroof repair TFH_v2.pdf (284.6 KB, 37 views)
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:41 PM
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this is the PDF I used to get it closed, goes into doing the "mod" to enable to front roof to operate normally and disable the rear roof.
Appreciate that, thanks. Saved the PDF "just in case"
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Parts can be had and it can be fixed relatively cheaply when compared to a complete cassette replacement. The hard part is finding someone willing to tackle a painstaking and intricate job like this. There was a post on the old Roadfly E39 board that had details on the repair.
My indie mechanic told me last week that they have done and will do it. He estimated $1,600 cost. That's a lot, but significantly less than $3K - $4K to buy and replace the cassette. Hope I never need to have it done, but I continue to use the sunroof, so it's some peace of mind to know I have resources if repairs become necessary. If anyone in the SF Bay Area is interested, OK to PM me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:59 AM
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My indie mechanic told me last week that they have done and will do it. He estimated $1,600 cost. That's a lot, but significantly less than $3K - $4K to buy and replace the cassette. Hope I never need to have it done, but I continue to use the sunroof, so it's some peace of mind to know I have resources if repairs become necessary. If anyone in the SF Bay Area is interested, OK to PM me.
Or in under an hour you can do the mod (or have it done by an Indy like I did) and be at 95%


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Or in under an hour you can do the mod (or have it done by an Indy like I did) and be at 95%


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Aha! Your cooment made me stop and look at the mod for the first time! I had thought the mod was to completely disable the sunroof. Now as I understand it the 1st large section of the sunroof will remain operational. The 2nd smaller section is what's permanently locked out. Right?

How much did the indie charge you for the mod?
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:29 AM
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Aha! Your cooment made me stop and look at the mod for the first time! I had thought the mod was to completely disable the sunroof. Now as I understand it the 1st large section of the sunroof will remain operational. The 2nd smaller section is what's permanently locked out. Right?

How much did the indie charge you for the mod?
exactly correct

Cost me 1 hour of labor, no parts needed...
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:11 AM
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exactly correct

Cost me 1 hour of labor, no parts needed...
Well, you're right, beats $1,600! Thanks!
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