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How to raise and lower the 328ci convertible top manually

I am 19 years old. If this question costs me money, please disregard my question. I purchased a 1996 328 ci. We have no owners manual on the car. The top will not go up or down when you hit the biutton. Can the top be raised manually on a 1996 328 ci? If yes, can you provide instructions?
Thanks so very much.John Paul

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    On my BMW 328i 1997, normally when you lock and keep your key in a lock position the windows and sunroof closes automatically, when I do this it works but my sunroof does not close, could this be a fuse or faulty wiring?

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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 ).

Good Luck!!!

Roman

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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