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  1. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    Well, thanks to the excellent documentation & discussions on this site I was able to complete part 1 of my top motor replacement. Got the top off. Unfortunately somebody had been in there before me as the motor seal was not factory. The reason I was digging in in the first place is that...
  2. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    On my fourth motor replacement due to lousy design. Am considering moving the pump and motor to the trunk. Anyone done this, yet? Looking for trunk mounting options for the motor. Saw another post saying they were going to post a solution, but couldn't find it.
  3. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    I have a 2007 m roadster and would like to know how to manually raise my "automatic" top. I've pulled, twisted and locked the red ring in the trunk to disengage the hydraulics but cannot figure out how to release the mechanical lock. My manual describes the procedure for a Z4 in which a button...
  4. E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010)
    I have an '07 M6 Vert...wondering what maintenance anyone does to the top. I'm sure it needs to be lubricated at some point. Any advice?
  5. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Long story short I pulled the reset/release handle for the convertible top and made the decision not to care that I had to put it up and down manually. I bought a low rpm drill and the propper bit to fit into the manual adjustment hole. (I live in Northern California so rain doesn't really...
  6. E89 Z4 (2009 - current)
    Does anyone know if the notorious drain problem (i.e. the one that causes the top motor to fail) has been resolved with the E89 ?? Thanks.
  7. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    hi, i ve been reading the forum for long time, but this is my first post. i searched the forum for last two days about the issue n couldnt find similar to mine, so if im posting the same problem im so sorry. for a long time i havent opened the roof. before the winter i thought its gonna be...
  8. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster. Firstly, thanks to everyone on here, you guys have saved my a bucket load of cash witt all your helpful hints. secondly, very excited to be apart of it all. Now my problem is, I bought my 94 325i E36 convertible about 6 months ago, had a few...
  9. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Need some help. I put the top down on my 330CI and the inside rear deck closed on a on a dog harness bolt. You can hear the deck trying to latch. Meanwhile the top is stuck and won't engage the locks. Worse yet, it will not go back up. Does anyone know of a way to release the rear deck so I...
  10. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    The top on my 2000 Z3 M will not go down. I can undo the motor and put it down manually. Once down, if I reengage the motor I can put it up. If on the way up I push the down button it will go back down. But once all the way up, it won't go back down. I am thinking the problem may be in the...
  11. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    All, I noticed a few spots with the fabric is starting to fray/thin out. Ideally would like to add fabric in and or sew in a few threads over a patch if possible... Any suggestions/recommendations??? Thanks.
  12. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Good day all. Newbie here. Keyless entry only locks. So, I opened it to check battery and now the top doesn't go down, the blinkers quit working, and the instrument panel showing doors open, etc. doesn't work. Checked all fuses that related to instrument panel and top, all are good...
  13. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Hi! I have problems with my soft top on bmw... I had it in a garage all winter and i took off the battery so it wouldn't run out of power.. And now when spring is coming and i took out the car from the garage the soft top won't work? I thought i had to reset the soft top because of the...
  14. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    I have a '95 318i convertible I've picked up. Trying to get it back together. The car needs a new convertible top. I found a guy that has a 94 318ic parts car with a good top, I'm wondering about swapping the entire top and frame onto my car. Is this possible? Is it any less work that just...
  15. E30 (1982 - 1993)
    i have a 88 325i convertable. we replaced the old soft top back in june bc the old one was falling apart and also had shifted towards the passengers side. we've noticed the past few months that my new top has started to shift as well and i would like to know if anyone else has had this problem...
  16. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    My 2001 Z3's top was recently replaced, but I recently noticed that the small cover piece indicated in the photo is missing. Does anyone know if this is a piece that serves an aesthetic purpose, or is it integral to the sealing function of the rubber strip? It appears a salvage yard might be the...
  17. E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008)
    2005 Z4 2.5. Original owner. I had BMW do an electonic repair. They reprogrammed the car as they told me they would do and I expected it to be done. Soon after that a had a foreign auto shop (not BMW) replace a part in the convertible top mechanics. Without authorization they also...
  18. 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...
  19. E36 (1991 - 1999)
    Can anyone recommend someone in the Chicago area to synchronize the fully automatic convertible top on my '99 323i? We took it to a local dealer last fall and got it back in worse shape than when we took it in.
  20. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Hello All. I am the original owner of a 2002 Z3. I have not had many problems with it - and it only has 22,000 miles on it. First problem was I needed to replace the battery about 2 years ago. After replacing the battery the radio code wouldn't work. I didn't worry about it for a while...
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