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1996 bmw 328i convertible top won't open

Puchased this car....top won't open and radio won't work. Guy said all worked when he put away for winter....are the two related??? had a mechanic friend check fuses..all ok there...other suggestions??? Weather too nice to have top up and no radio. Thank

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  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2008

    I re-engaged one of the motors which was obvious - this allowed the top mechanism to work. What is not working now is the 2nd motor, which for the life of me I cannot find. I have a 1997 BMW 328 Convertible. I do not see a second motor and don't see anything to re-engage. Can anyone help me? huffmandavid@bellsouth.net

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same issue the car was stored and battery disconnected all winter the radio needed recoding which I DID but the top won't go down is anything related to the battery being disconnected.

  • lcw67 May 06, 2009

    new battery put in the lid to store the top wont open do we have the wrong battery 1996 bmw328i

  • spudnik77 May 24, 2009

    i have a 1996 328 convertible my problem is the roof will **** up at the front and back but the lid will not open to let the roof fold away,can any one help pls

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Top will not work, all fuses and switch checked and are OK

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The top works with two circular motors in the trunk. The motors are similar to the ones that open and close the windows. The motors of the roof can be engaged and disengaged. One motor drives the roof lid the other one drives the roof itself. The trick to engage and disengage the motors so that they are correctly syncronized to opening and closing.

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  • Clifford  Crerar
    Clifford Crerar Jul 03, 2008

    If you look behind the left tail light you will see two cables these gables pull down the roof lid cathces and secures the roof lid. If you look behind the braket where these cables are you will find the second motor to the roof.


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