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2000 BMW Z3 convertible top stopped moving with motor

Motor runs but top neither opens or closes. Top opens/closes manually with no trouble. Thanks

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I just had the same problem. There is a hydraulic fluid reservoir in the trunk on the left wheel well. It should be filled to the little dot inside a circle on the tank. If not, turn the T-handle on the motor, just above the reservoir, counterclockwise. Unscrew the plug with an allen wrench and fill to appropriate level with hydraulic fluid. Replace cap and then turn T-handle clockwise and secure tightly. If tank was completely empty, it will take a few lifts back and forth of the top with button to build up good pressure. Thank goodness it is a cheap and easy fix. Its kind of difficult to get the fluid in the little hole though. I used a small turkey baster.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010

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There are a number of switches that need to be closed in order for the motor to operate. In particular there's a microswitch in the hood just above the left-hand seat which makes sure the motor doesn't operate until the hood has been lifted slightly.

My hood stopped working and I found the cable to the microswitch had been cut by the hood mechanism. Replacing the cable solved the problem.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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