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How does a manual top work on a 1998 BMW 323 I??

.......just purchased a nice '98 BMW convertible and was shown once how to put down the top (then promptly forgot)!! I get the latch at the top of the windshield and the handle next to the left rear passenger seat but can't pull the boot up past the roof when trying to open the convertible up!! Is there another handle or release mechanism somewhere??

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I believe you do this in this order. Roll windows down, release the latch at the top of the windshield, raise the front of the top, release rear cover by pulling the latch near the rear seat, Pull up the back of the top and then pull up on the rear cover. The back of the top should now fit into the opening under the rear cover. Continue to fold the top into this space. Push down on the rear cover to lock (won't be able to open trunk if not engaged.) To raise it, release rear latch cover, open rear cover and pull top out of opening. Raise rear of top so you are able to now close the rear cover, set rear of top down on cover and then pull fron of top down and engage the fraont latch. Hoe that helps.

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1997 328i convertable. The lever was pulled under the left rear seat. Now the top will not work, light is blinking. I checked all fuses, assured motors are back in place and the light is still on, not working at all, what am I missing?

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you need to turn the allen screw to work the front latch release's and that will unlatch the front.also as you turn the allen you will notice the front of the top pull back slightly,after this allen has been turned un-till it stops (this may take a while) you can then start to move the top manually.pull the front of the top back,then lift the rear section,then you will be able to lift the rear lid move top into the stowed area

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