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Can't open the cover on my 1998 323i convertible top is down


some of the micro switches may have moved and lost contact
Lift the base of the rear seat and you will find a lever with a red tab on it
pull the lever forward and this will release the roof witch can then be operated manually you will have to take it to BMW to have it checked out and reinitialized

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The convertible top on my 2001 BMW 325ic will now


DID the top just stop? Have you lowered it before? If you have lowered it before then I am sure you are doing it correctly (parking brake set) Go to a place that is familiar with repair convertible tops. Like the dealer or a bmw specialist. they should charge a couple hours or less to tell you what is wrong. You can try a couple of things yourself but even for an experienced mechanic it is difficult. If they have a bmw code reader and not a generic one, it may tell you what sensor or motor is at fault. Sometimes the switch itself goes bad. Try pushing farther down on the switch or apply pressure at an angle on the switch. That will only work if there is a bad contact on the switch, and if it works you have a bad switch, but I doubt it. Go into your manual or online and it will give you information on how to lower your top manually. When you lower your top manually you disengage the motor (which is in the trunk). Then you could try to engage the motor and see if it will lift up and close. Sometimes this will re-time the top and that is all that is needed. Otherwise get it to the dealer. If your mechanic wants 1000 he does not want to fix it or does not know how. The motor may cost a 1000, but usually it would make noises or poop before going out and most repairs are sensor related. Hope that helps

Apr 17, 2010 | 2001 BMW 325

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Convertible top won't go down on my 1998 bmw 323ic


Sounds like the sensor has faulted or the pump has become disengaged. Usually when the light is flashing it's a sensor. You can check for a pinched line or low fluid also. There is a manual lock overide procedure to get the windows up, it's in you owners manual.
Good luck...i hope this helps,

May 27, 2009 | 1998 BMW 3 Series

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Convertible top on BMW will not raise or lower. Is there a manual way?


you can change to manual operation by pulling the releasse lever under the l/r seat and this deactivate the moters the roof will open and close manual but you will have to comvert the rear lid when open to secuer the resar lid when the roof is open and this to hold it down.two ruber hold downs like you would use a a beash buggy bonnet

May 24, 2009 | 1994 BMW 3 Series

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I have a 1995 BMW 325i convertable with an electrical problem.


First test the hydraulic top pump motor to see if it works.

Jul 18, 2017 | 1995 BMW 3 Series

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1996 BMW 318I Top will only go part way down and stop.


hi bunkeyh, try helping the top when it stops by continuing the movement in the open direction. if it continues operation you probably have bad convertible top straps. another tell-tell sign is if the rear section slams down on the cover or does not hold position. you should be able to reach your hands under the canvas and between the liner at the second bar of the top frame from the windshield to check for sagging or weak straps. in anycase the straps will need to be replaced.

Apr 07, 2009 | 1996 BMW 318

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Letting the top down


I had the same problem for four years until I purchased a CD from Ebay titled "BMW E30 Convertible". I discovered, that I was opening the top up incorrectly. The top works fine. Unlatch the top from the windshield frame, then lift up the back half of the top, unlatch the top lid, rise it up and lower the top into the compartment, close and latch the soft top lid. Hopes this helps.

Jan 29, 2009 | 1987 BMW 3 Series

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BMW 2008 328 i rear seats


Use the latches in the Trunk. They are up top.

Aug 02, 2008 | 2007 BMW 328xi Sports Wagon

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Convertible top


they are runon hydraulics you may have a leak in the hose but yes u can disconnect the motor and raise and lower it maunally

Jul 14, 2008 | 1998 BMW Z3 Roadster

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Removal of oilpan


the engine needs to be supported from the top. your oil pan is most likely hanging up on the oil pump. to remove, the subframe must be lowered abit after you've supported the engine from the top.

Jun 10, 2008 | 1995 BMW M3

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