Question about 1994 BMW 3 Series
We have a 1994 BMW convertible 325 i and cannot get the top to go back up. Is there a manual way to raise and lower the top? Please help...
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
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I just bought a 1996 328iC (the "C" is for convertible). I bought the car with the knowledge that the roof needed a motor replacement (~$300 for the part alone + ~1-2 hours labor) and that I would need to open and close the roof manually if I wanted to take advantage of the convertible part of the car.
After some trial and error, I figured it out and now it takes me <30 seconds to open or close the top (manually). Note: my top is a semi-electric roof, which I think is what came on the 328iC, you have to lock into place after you close it.
Here's what you do:
1- open all of the windows
2- unlock the roof by turning the latch between the sun visors.
3- push the front of the roof towards the rear of the car - be sure to push in the middle of the roof, where the latch is.
4- lift the back of the roof up off of the roof storage compartment
5- while holding the back of the of the roof up, lift up the roof storage compartment door
6- let go of the back of the roof so that it drops right into the storage compartment
7- push the rest of the roof into the storage compartment
8- close the storage compartment door.
To close the roof, follow the steps above in reverse order. Remember: this is a German car, so you use a little bit (or a lot) of force and you won't hurt it (I think it actually likes it ;-D ).
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
There are 2 hydrolic rams that raise and lower your roof. You can just disconect them from the top, then manualy raise and lower the top. But it sounds more like your fluid level is low. Open your trunk and find the pump pull the plug and fill the resiorvor.
Posted on Apr 28, 2009
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,
Posted on May 27, 2009
IT is probably a fuse. Does it work at all? my mustang had a busted cylinder and only 1 side would go up. If it doesnt work at all then check your fuses. With no manual you will have to use a flashlight and shine on them and see if one is blown. IF they all look good then I would go buy a testlight for about $10 and manually check the fuses for power. It oculd be the motor, however that will cost you several hundred dollars and that is if you install it yourself.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
Testimonial: "Thank you so much. I have a friend checking fuses now, not sure. The top would still work to go down, but would give me a problem to go back up.THANKS"
ev3rthesame's solution on 6/22/09 worked perfectly well, except that instead of "...go into your car, put the key into the ignition and have the convertible top button pressed up (meaning to close the top), move the key to the accessory positio and hold it for 10-12 seconds", I pressed the button downward (to open the top), then turned the key. (I don't really know if press up would work as well, my intuition just told me to press down to engage the cam paths.) To my excitement, nothing happened for exactly 12 seconds, after which the lid mechanism engaged the flap. Yes!
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
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