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I can't seem to get the convertible top to do anything when the handle is pulled to release it where does it stow and how does it operate at all, it is manual on a 1994 BMW 318I

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  • baxtersara May 24, 2009

    The manual latch is behind the driver's side what? We can't get our top up again and it is suppose to rain today. Is there a manual way to put the top up and down? Thank you for your knowledge.

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You should purchase a manual from the folks at Bavarian. It's not that expensive. I have the same model. There are a number of steps to get the top down. You need to make sure windows, key, etc. are in a certain position. You need to pull the back of the top up before the front will move. There is a manual latch behind the driver's side, etc. etc.... get a manual.

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