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I can't get my convertible top to go up or down, it is stuck half way. Is there a manual release for it?

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  • misscindy May 18, 2009

    OKAY, thanks so much! That worked. I now have it closed and latched so it is driveable but the boot didn't close all the way. The car still thinks it is in the middle of the operation of closing, so I can't open the trunk. Is there any release for the boot and trunk?

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The convertible top motor and release lever are in the luggage compartment.
From the Bentley manual, the following general procedure is suggested in order to close the top in an emergency situation.
Main motor. To release the top linkage from the motor, lift the left corner of the rear seat to access emergency release handle.
It is then possible to push the top manually to a near closed position. In case of the semi-automatic top, simply attach and lock the front latches.
Front latches. Once the fully automatic convertible top has been released from the motor and manually pushed to near-closure, emergency latching of the top is possible by using the S-shaped hex key provided in the emergency tool kit(attached to the trunk lid underside).
First, remove the the plastic cover over the latch motor in the front bow of the convertible top.
Next, use the hex key from the tool box to crank the front latches shut.

Posted on May 15, 2009

  • HalfmoonUSA May 20, 2009

    A microswitch in the right convertible top lid latch
    prevents the luggage compartment from being open while the lid is up. This
    lockout can be overridden by pressing on the microswitch. Diagrams at realoem.com/bmw/ (car, 3’ E36, convertible, model, USA,
    prod. month, M52, transmission). Browse parts. Pulldown 54 (sliding roof/folding top) and 61
    (vehicle electrical system, 61 35 switch, various micro switches).

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SOURCE: new owner convertable top stuck will not go up or down

There's a strong possibility that you have the dreaded hydraulic cylinder failure. You'll find massive coverage of this problem at www.benzworld.org

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: 645 i convertible top stuck half way open, windows

sounds like the control module or a micro switch has become defective. You need a dealer diagnostic really.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009

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