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Turn on the radio so the battery is engaged, or turn on the engine.
Fold down the cargo partition in
the trunk and lock it on both sides. If the cargo partition is not
down, there will be no place in the trunk to store the convertible top.
Press the convertible button
forward to open the top. It's located under the circular control button
on the consul. The button has a picture of a window with one arrow
pointing up and another pointing down.
Pull the convertible button backward to close the top.
Use your key to open or close
the top when you are outside of the BMW but still close to it. Press and
hold the arrow button on top of your key to open the top. To close the
top, press and hold the Lock button. The car does not need to be
turned on to operate the top with the key.
Hey there, I have experienced the same problem. You need to reengage both motors if you have disengaged them pulling the lever undernearth the rear driverside seat. Make sure to put the black lever back under the seat to the position before pulling on it.
You should have the top in the down position before engaging the motors back in place.
To engage the motors: The motors are located under the carpet in the trunk on the driver side. There are two black clips you will need to remove in order to pull the carpet back. One of the motors is located near the taillight. This motor is responsible for the storage lid cover. The motor that is located further in the drunk is the motor for the fabric top to move up and down. Make sure to firmly press these motors back into place. They should not move.
Once you have engaged the motors, 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. You will finally see the trunk lid get pulled closed. The car will now attempt to completely close the lid. If your motors are working fine it will close. If your only intention is to get the lid to close on it's own it should be accomplished.
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.
top still needs to be adjusted to fully seat properly in the trunk/boot. if the upholsterer who replaced the top is not familiar with the adjusting process for a BMW, then i would take it to a BMW dealer and have them do the final adjustments.
I had the same problem for four years until I purchased a CD from Ebay titled "BMW E30 Convertible". I discovered, that I was opening the top up incorrectly. The top works fine. Unlatch the top from the windshield frame, then lift up the back half of the top, unlatch the top lid, rise it up and lower the top into the compartment, close and latch the soft top lid.
Hopes this helps.
The problem is that your roof(SOFT TOP) lid isnt closing properly. If you open the roof lid you see there is a button on one of the latches that tells the car that the roof is securely closed if your roof lid is not secure the trunk wont open. To test this press down on the roof lid and the try to open the trunk.