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  1. How to Remove and Replace your Soft Top Motor

    E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    The following attachment is a document authored by Shipkiller. I used and saved it long ago before the Shipkiller website going down. It is one of the best write-ups I have seen to date on how to remove the convertible top from a Z4 and replace its Hydraulic motor with a new one. It also...
  2. 97 E36 convertible top repair

    E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Looking for any experience or knowledge. Yesterday, my garage door came down on the roof as I was backing out. (door has issues with settings...have called a repairman since I haven’t had much luck fixing it..but that’s another story) Fortunately the top was up, but the top is a but sprung on...
  3. Snapped convertible lid bowden cable - Anyone DIY it yet?

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    One of the convertible lid bowden cables snapped on my car a couple of weekends ago. The top is in down position, the lid is locked and will not release via top up button, impossible to put the top up without some disassembly. I was traveling right after it happened so I parked the car in the...
  4. Convertible top won't go up/down manually and trunk problems

    E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hello everyone, - 1997 328iC When I first bought this piece of work the top at least went up and down, manually, perfectly fine. Two months later the top wasn't going back up it stopped at the tension point and the headliner motor/hex key hole turned but wouldn't move the locking...
  5. Yet ANOTHER Z4 convertible top issue!

    E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Haven't found anyone else with this problem so decided to share in hopes of finding a solution. 2006 3.0si Z4 convertible. The front latches were not working. Did a bypass of the storage compartment switch and now the motor runs for the latches, but the passenger side did not actuate...
  6. Recently bought a 1994 325i

    E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hey all, I recently bought a 1994 325i and the convertible top needs fully replaced. I don't believe the top that is on the car is the original because the back windows do not go up all the way with the top up. I can't seem to find a replacement anywhere online with the frame (all I can find is...
  7. Using the M235i Key FOB to put convertible top up and down. Or just the windows.

    F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current)
    Guessing that all of the M235i/M240i convertible owners already know this info. (assuming it also works on the 228i/230i) Not sure how we did not know that the BMW M235i Convertible Key FOB can open and close the convertible top. We found this accidentally when my wife pressed it in the correct...
  8. E46 vert top problem

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    My top will open but needs a small push in the front when it starts to fold it into the storage bin and then it will complete the opening sequence. On Closing the reverse its true. Once the cover opens and it starts to lift the top from the bin it needs a little pull on the front end and then it...
  9. convertible top will not open

    E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a 1994 BMW 325i convertible with a semi-automatic convertible top. I could not get the top drop down in the cove. Once I pushed it passed the tension point, it seemed to engage but only move a couple of inches and stop. I released the motors, folded the top down into the cove...
  10. 325 ci convertible top issue

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Long story short: Top last fall would close with some help after stopping halfway (jiggle and repress closing button) This spring opened first time and closed with no help.. All down hill from there Stopped opening past 1/2 way and seemed to get jammed (on nothing) I tooled around with it to...
  11. 2003 Z4 Convertible Top

    E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Kind of new to this so bear with me Or help me out!! My convertible top goes up and down just fine. Motors are humming...all seems OK. But as of today, it is like the convertible top will not fit in the storage compartment when it goes down. It is about 6 inches short of fitting. I am aware of...
  12. Can I open the soft top on my 99 M-Roadster manually without causing damage?

    E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    I have been having problems with the convertible top on my 1999 M-Roadster. I've had it successfully repaired by my mechanic twice over the last 18 months. Within a few months of both repairs another component in the system broke down and the top quit working. On the most recent occasion, I...
  13. convertible top motor/relay switches??

    E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    I just took my Z3 out after a very long, cold winter. When I put it away the convertible top worked as it is supposed to. Now, the top motor comes on every time I touch the brake. Also, if I have the brake on (which means the top motor is going) the switch to move the top doesn't engage and...
  14. Convertable Roof on a 2001 325Ci

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey Guys, I've had this convertible 2001 325Ci for about 7 months now. Bought it from the dealership with about 37,000 miles on it (A steal, I know). So i was a little surprised when a couple week ago that the convertible top stopped working. The light comes on when I press the button but...
  15. Convertible Top Adhesive

    E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    I need to re-attach my 1997 Z3 top to a support bow. There is fabric that runs the length of the bow and its held in place by a c-channel. The fabric on the bow and the top have separated causing the top to balloon up while I drive. No tears in either the bow fabric or the top; the glue must...
  16. E46 electrical help reqd.

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hi, need help with an electrical fault on my 2004 e46 convertible,when i switch on my ignition the seatbelt light keeps flashing,brake lights stay on, no horn,no stereo, and no power hood. If i continually turn key on and off it eventually clears and all works, i presume i need the ignition...
  17. Convertible Top

    E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey. I have a 2004 325Ci and I have a problem with my convertible top. A couple of months ago I was opening my top and everything was fine until the top went down in the compartment then it started making clicking noise. After that whenever I click on the button to close it, it makes this...
  18. Z3 Roadster (E36/7) New to the Z3 & BMW - have some issues

    E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Hello! I've been googling my problems and i must say find myself here a lot. You guys seem knowledgeable and as friendly as Pennock Fieros forum members (and they really are a great bunch as well). Fun story, though (problems down bottom if anyone doesnt feel like a badly typed story). I was...
  19. Convertible top reset and broken plate, help!

    E36 M3 (1995-1999)
    Hello Gentlemen, It's not been my day. I drove over the rough road last night and the LED on the convertible top switch started blinking. When I tried to reset the convertible top, it would not respond at all while LED still blinks. As instructed in many articles, I was hoping to manually open...
  20. Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Video showing z3 top replacement

    E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Just ran across this video of a guy replacing his top on a 98 Z3. I'm looking at trying this myself and thought others are likely to be considering it as well. If anyone knows of more videos or step by step photos please share them. Thanks ******** width="420" height="315"...
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