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BMW CONVERTIBLE SOFT TOP

I have a 1997 BMW convertible with an electric soft top, it has recently stoppe working and the button i press to open it is flashing.

What do you think this may be?

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  • rabiaamrouch May 17, 2008

    Thanks for replying, where will i find this trunk on my car. (sorry dn't know much about cars)

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    hood only opens 8inchs

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    The top will not go down or up. When I press the button that allows for the top to go up or down it will just flash red. In fact it stays flashing red when I do not press the button. Please help.

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I believe that your trunk is unlocked and to prevent damage the system locks it self, check the trunk.
lock it with your key then try it out.
that happened on a audi cabriolet and we locked up the trunk and problem solved. let me know if that helps, if not i will try something else

Posted on May 15, 2008

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