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  1. Convertible top color restoration

    E46 Convertible
    Hi, all- my black top seems to be discoloring/fading in areas (see pics) In one of the pictures, it looks like it's fading where it folds, and the other shows these little dots that are showing up on two of the support ribs. The inside of the top is perfect, no leaks or anything. Thanks in...
  2. E46 Convertible Success Story, Advice, Findings, Etc.

    E46 Convertible
    Hello fellow German convertible sadists. After having picked up an 01 325 convertible with a broken top, I am here to share a success story with the hopes I can put some more info out there. Originally, my top did the following: Top open, press botton: Nothing. Top almost closed, press...
  3. Vert Experts Needed

    E46 Convertible
    Ive been working on and off on this dang vert for over a year now. Still the same issue. Top will not open or close. It just seems like its too weak to do anything. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! Here's what was wrong: Car didn't have hydro unit Top was in bad condition with corrosion...
  4. Normal Vert Top Operation?

    E46 Convertible
    When putting the top back up, is it normal for the top to "fall" into position after it passes the apex? It seems like the entire operation should be smooth to prevent additional stress on the top. It catches itself about a foot from closing after the "fall." I'd prefer to catch an issue before...
  5. E46 vert top hydraulics failure

    E46 Convertible
    My top will open but needs a small push in the front (the section that locks into the windshield) 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...
  6. Can hydro unit be tested on car

    E46 Convertible
    I have been ripped off by an Indy shop before I was aware of what the hydro is and its function. (Charged $1200 for the unit plus labor). Now that I have learned, thanks to you nice folks in this forum, and having problems again with my top (that only worked for a month after the new hydro) I...
  7. Soft top diagnosing has begun

    E46 Convertible
    How it all started: A couple of years ago I tried closing my top with the back seat full of furniture and it jammed and stopped working mid close. Since then I have manually opened and closed it several times but now I'm stuck with it open. I installed and ran INPA this morning to begin trouble...
  8. 323ci convertible top will not operate at all

    E46 Convertible
    My convertible top does not lower. Last year the top was working fine, but this year as the first fine day dawned I pressed the button for the automatic top-down and----nothing. I have checked all the fuses and they are in good shape. When I press the "top-down" button the orange indicator...
  9. convertible top only works after manually being unlatched

    E46 Convertible
    Hoping someone can guide me in the right direction to figure out what's wrong... mechanical, hydraulic, etc. Behavior and symptoms: - Blinking light when top is closed - Normal function in middle - Off-sync in the final opening/tucking into trunk I was moving a tons of things in the back seat...
  10. 2004 330ci Vert Brakelights/Stereo/Dash/Top Electrical Problem

    General E46 Forum
    Hi Everyone, I'm a relatively new BMW owner (less than a year), with an odd set of electrical problems that recently happened to my 2004 330ci Convertible. I've read other threads, but haven't seen a solution or this exact mix of problems. Here's what's not working: Convertible top switch...
  11. Broke my top

    E46 Convertible
    About a year ago I broke my convertible soft top by trying to close it with a backseat full of furniture and it caught and broke. Anyone out there have a similar experience and what did it cost to fix? Also, anyone know a good (& cheap) convertible top guy in the Los Angeles area?
  12. Top issues! 2002 330ci

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    Hi fellow E46 Fanatics! I made the mistake of opening my top in stop and go traffic and although the top completed the cycle to do down, the up and down buttons started flashing and hasn't gone back up withou help since. I found a reset video where you push them simultaneously while turning on...
  13. 323ci Instrument Panel/Conv Top/Air Conditioning

    General E46 Forum
    What Mechanic Did: Touched hot wire to ground wire near the driver seat fuel pump Impact: all gauges on instrument panel stop working, but light still on... air conditioning stop for a while and convert top stop, no bells for door opening with key in ignition and no seat belt bells any...
  14. Automatic Convertible NOT WORKING

    E46 Convertible
    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..
  15. Convertible Top Noise

    E46 Convertible
    I am posting this only to help other vert owners solve a problem w/ vert top noise. I searched extensively on this issue on three different forums, and found the answer to my particular problem buried in one of the threads. Another recent thread reminded me to post. Symptom - Annoying...
  16. 2003 E46 318 convertible roof issues

    E46 Convertible
    Hello everyone, my roof is having issues and I have no idea what to do. The cars been on the diagnostics 3 times and they cannot find any errors on the car. The issue is as follows: I press the open button and it lowers the windows and then stops. I press the open button again and the roof at...
  17. 2005 M3 Convertible

    DIY: Do It Yourself
    I was wondering if this issue has ever happened to anyone else. I was opening my roof the other day and the rear rubber gasket -- or at least I think it is called, the part that connects to the bottom of the roof that touches the vehicle when the top is closed came off the roof. It's the...
  18. Convertible Top Does Not Respond With Key Helppp!!!!

    General E46 Forum
    I drive a 2001 BMW 330Ci, and for some reason whenever I try to put the top up or down with my key it does not seem to respond. When I put the key in the actual door, and turn it the top does go up and down. I was wondering if this is a code error? I went to the BMW dealership and they wanted to...
  19. FS: 3 series hardtop, Orient Blue

    Exterior
    Hello... I am selling my hardtop from my 2001 330ci convertible. Color is Orient Blue, but can easily be painted to match your car. The roof is in fantastic condition and will fit any 3 series convertible from 2000 - 2006. Pick up only. I am also willing to drive and meet someone part way if...
  20. e46 330cic hard top

    Exterior
    Silver hardtop - great condition. Price reduced -1600 obo [email protected] Located in kirkland, wa
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