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Convertible top won't latch down completely on one side

I have the same problem. 325cic 2004 and am having trouble with convertible top. Goes down ok but when cover comes down only latches on one side completely. Then when trying to go up, it gets stuck on the side that latches down. When i finally get it free, cover comes up and the top tries to complete cycle but gets hung up about 4 inches from the top of windshield and something starts clicking. I have been using the allen wrench underneath the backseat to complete the cycle. It seems like it is out of sequence or something. If anyone has the answer or a suggestion for me please help. SUMMER's HERE!! Thanks. PS> took to bmw dealer in westspringfield, MA and they don't know nothing. I have learned more by reading these forums.

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SOURCE: convertible top works 5

you need to adjust the motor. under the the rear window on the inside of the trunk there is three bolts holding it in. just move in small increments and test... do you have any lights on when this happens? like "convertable top"????? you have to reprogram it then.... let me know and i can guide you thru it

Posted on Oct 10, 2008



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SOURCE: convertible top will not retrack

Hi Stan

First of all the roof is not even soppose to operate while the trunk is open - So there is the first problem Ive been involved with BMW's for a long time and this is the first Ive heard of a roof opening while the trunk is open. There is a built in feature that tells the car not to open the roof if the trunk is open and the other way roung while the roog lid is open the trunk cant open.

The reason the roof is not working anymore as soon as there is stress on the roof the electric motors(One operates the roof and the other operates the roof lid)  disengages, You said that the roof still worked but the lid did not so probably only the one motor disengaged. So what you have to do is open the trunk on the left hand side right behind the tail light pull away the material and simply just push the electric motor into place. that should fix your problem.

It may happen that the two motors have become out of sync, Disengage both electric motors manualy put the roof away engage the motors and that should put the roof and lid back into sync.


Posted on Nov 21, 2008


greg benton

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SOURCE: i have a 1997 bmw 328i convertible and my driver's

it sounds like the window regulator may be bad. I would recommend removing and inspecting the regulator and motor. Also, before you remove the regulator, you can inspect the plastic retainers that hold the glass to the regulator. the retainers can be replaced without having to remove the regulator itself.

Posted on Mar 28, 2009


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SOURCE: Convertible Top won't go down because trunk won't latch

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Posted on Feb 08, 2010


Kori Policy

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SOURCE: I have a 1998 BMW

Do you have an owner's handbook? What happens is that they use a rod that looks like a big screw. If that track has been damaged in any way, it can bind and may require excessive force to close. The manual indicates that some resistance is felt at the halfway point and that if if triggers it to retract, to hold the button forward. If this does not work, I would push with my hand while holding the button til it is closed. The headliner may have to be removed to gain axcess to be repaired. Let me know on the owner's handbook and what you find with the sunroof.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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