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Where can i order online a top lock drive cable on a 97 318 bmw convertible please,drivers side it goes from motor centre of roof to the lock/catch

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Dealer only these sort of parts so take chassis number to dealers and order one its the only way you will get the right one

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You should have the top in the down position before engaging the motors back in place.

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