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  1. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    My convertible top leaks around the bottom of the rear window on my 97 Z3. HAs anybody ever used silicone or contact cement or whatever to seal the area. The Ribbing (if that's the correct name for the piece that is on the fabric that seals the outside and around the window). Any suggestions...
  2. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Aloha. Long story short, the only thing I got from my ex gf was a 97 Z3 V6. 95k, automatic, purple with beige top. I just redid the breaks and had a couple gaskets/leaks fixed. Nothing else is wrong with the engine/drive train. I am planning on changing to a black top and black wheels. Also, the...
  3. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hello, In my 98 328ic the tonneau cover will not close properly. (see photo below) This may or may not be linked to the problem with my convertible top not working properly as well. I have watched and done the online tutorials for resetting the motors which did not work. In my amateur...
  4. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Hi everyone.. So i have a problem with my 2003 Z4 when i press the button for the top to go down the light turns Red and Unlatches the top but it does not go down or even move after that. I can hear the motor (same sound as if it was working) but the top will not go anywhere? I checked the...
  5. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a 1998 323I convertible that is a FULL MANUAL no power anything. The decklid is locked down on the drivers side, the passenger side will release. The cable is not stretched out and the trunk can open and close. I can hear the mechanism working when I push down on the decklid so I don"t...
  6. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    My roof does not open full. Is it a e-hydaulic system and how can I repair it? thanks
  7. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I am F$%KING PISSED AND NEED HELP!!!! I have a manual soft top. I can't open the trunk and I can't put my top down. I just changed the trunk catch piece a couple of weeks ago. The trunk worked fine for a while and now it will not open. I can lock and unlock the doors but when I push the button...
  8. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    So im absolutely NOT car savvy at all, let alone bmw savvy.. but i need help figuring out what this part is called.... :dunno: after i put my convertible top down, i see these holes to the left and right of the backseat headrests. ive looked online and apparently they are supposed to be...
  9. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a 1999 328I full auto covertible top and I need to find out what the draw should be on the front top motor above the wind shield. I am getting a .25v draw in forward and back motion. is this too much? I tested it by unhooking motor from harness only and running it off the battery with...
  10. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    This car has got me going crazy. Ive worked on many of these and have been able to figure them out but this one is a riddle..... The top have the 3 motor system (fully automatic) and it will not close all of the way. All the motors are operating after I re sinc the top however it will stop dead...
  11. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Any advice on how to do this without breaking the bank? Lost automated top to WATER saturating the hydraulic motor, then used the top manually and now one of the main supports on the chassis for the soft top broke - cannot be fixed. Need new assembly. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have...
  12. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    My 1996 328C soft top seems to have a gap between it and the car body when it is closed ( up). see pictures. is this normal or am I missing some small piece or was the new top made incorrectly?
  13. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    After manually opening top and lowering windows, the top will not retract. No light comes on when I press the swith. Fuses all look good. Previous owner said it always worked for them. Need guidance
  14. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Maybe I am a bit paranoid and I don't trust sensors but can the pop-up rollover bars behind the rear seats in the e36 or e46 stay up all the time? If so, will it prevent the convertible tops from closing? How does one do this without having nutty warning lights constantly on as I imagine they...
  15. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    My 1994 325i is ready for a new top. Dealer quoted $4,200 for entire replacement, $2,500 for canvas top only!!!!!! A local specialty shop quoted $1,200 to replace Canvas top only, which is all it needs. The headliner is good and is mechanically fine. Which have you all had best experience...
  16. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a 95 325i with 29,000 miles, the top is like brand new except for the rear window. It has a convertible top, the years of up and down have clouded the rear vinyl window and cracked it. My question is Do I have to buy a new top? There seems to be what looks like zipper teeth at the...
  17. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    I just learned that my car has a hydraulic pump for the convertible top mounted in the trunk area and if the fluid is low, the top will stop working. Some people say it's a closed system and that would be hard, but maybe ? I have already checked my brake lights and they work so the brake light...
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