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  1. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a 1998 328i with the fully auto convertable top. I just bought the car and don't know much about it but I tried to test to see if the convertavle top worked and it went up a little and stopped. I then proceeded to research on how to manually open it and close it and reset the motors. I...
  2. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hi all, My original soft top stops working intermittently. Tried the reset steps for the electrical motors from YouTube but did not help. Dealer tells me straps are too old and weak and loose. I understand there is a simpler solution replacing some of the springs and beams. Can I anyone point...
  3. 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...
  4. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Hi all - I have a 2007 Roadster, and had not put the top down in a month. This morning the latches would release at the front, I could hear the top motor running, but the top would not engage and retract. The two levels in the truck are in the correction position, the open / close buttons...
  5. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Hi guys, so today I was driving home and the big plastic cover that covers the motor for the soft top broke and was hanging in front of my view. (The part that connects right before the wind shield) Unfortunately and randomly the clips that keep it held up broke. I've looked everywhere and can't...
  6. F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current)
    Dear fellow BMW lovers, New member here and lifelong fan of the Bavarian brand. I'm going to buy a M235xi and hoping it's a convertible however I wanted to ask a few questions and see if I can get some current owner feedback on their experiences. I live in snowy Rochester NY. This will be...
  7. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I ripped about 2 feet worth of seam around my '99 vert top:(. That being said, I would like to replace it. Long story short I got a sweet deal on a new black top, out with the old in with the new. Shame since the old top is in pretty great shape minus the big seam rip and two small corner seams...
  8. 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...
  9. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Hi guys! I'm from Russia, so please forgive me for my english:) Here is the problem. I have bmw z3 2000. The soft top goes up, when I push the button "up". But when I want to open it, it doesn't work. Nothing is happening. I rise I lit the roof, until the switch in the roof(what is up the...
  10. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    06 m3 with just under 30k miles on it, only problem ive had is that the hydraulic line that carries fluid to power the top has a crack in it. i did a ton of web troubleshooting when i couldnt close the top, however everything i tried didnt seem to work. i checked the fluid canister which...
  11. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Just bought an 06 M3 vert, whats the best outdoor cover for weather protection? I live in seattle where it rains and gets a little cold. not too extreme in any direction, but a fair amount of damp days. thanks - sl0whand
  12. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    I just bought a z4 2003, the soft top was working great but all of a sudden has started to make an odd noise when i open or close the soft top. Yesterday, i opened and it took a couple a minutes to open and when i tried to close it, didnt worked and just made the weird noise as if was trying to...
  13. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    2000 323ci I was putting the top up on a hot day and it stopped working right before it was going to lock itself in. I had to hold the top up button while pulling down on the top itself to get it to close. Now it will only unlock and then nothing happens. Can anyone help me trouble shoot please..
  14. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hi All, I'm a first time poster, long time reader and I have a problem with my soft top that I can't find a definitive solution for. Basically, I've taken the hard top off of the car for the first time in a year and the stored soft top went up first time without any problems. Now when I tred...
  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...
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