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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-04-2008, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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husband and I are in our 70's ( don't you dare laugh )
I just got a 1990 BMW soft top convertiable and we don't know how to put the top down...just got a headache from having a round with each other ...can you give me VERY SIMPLE instructions ?
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2008, 01:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, Model please, 3.5.6.7. series?? ie; 325i, 520i etc
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being that its a convertible it narrows the possibilities, im going to assume a 3 series? if so it should be a fairly simple operation, unfortunately i know Nothing about convertibles...the one place i never expanded my knowledge
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Agree, should be 3 series, I have seen a 5 & 7 drop top, which all work different, alas we will await for reply!!!
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Hi it is a 325I

BMW convertiable....I posted a photo somewhere LOL We got it as far as almost ready to put it in the place we opened from the place seat the back headrest
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This is going to sound strange. Very strange. Have you tried reading the owners manual?
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Agree, should be 3 series, I have seen a 5 & 7 drop top, which all work different, alas we will await for reply!!!
4 door drop tops? Really? The ONLY one i have seen in a CUSTOM Chrysler 300 by a Limo company....
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Most convertibles have latches on the windshield headliner near each outer corner to unlock the soft top. After that, there is either a dashboard or console button to lower and raise the top. If not, then it is a manual top like on a Miata. Hope this helps.
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i would look in the owners manual as stated before

moving to E30 section
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I'm a little bored so here goes on how to put the top down on a manual 89 vert:

1) roll down all the windows
2) flip both visors down. under (or above depending on how you look at it) each visor is a handle that will spin in towards the rear view mirror. both of these latches release the front of the top.
3) raise the front of the top (but don't try to lower the top all the way at this point)
4) pull the latch handle that is located on the drivers side wall in the back seat. It looks like a door handle. This will release the hatch that the top is stored in when put down.
5) grab the top at the base under the back window (on the outside of the car) and raise the back of the top (this can only be raised if the front of the top is also raised as per step #3)
6) while holding the back of the top up with the left hand, use the right hand to open the hatch to store the top in. There is another hidden lever that you need to press to fully release the hatch. This lever is located between the top of the back seat and the edge of the hatch on the drivers side. You have to slide your finger in, press the lever, and raise the hatch lid.
7) with the hatch lid raised (and being help up with your right hand), lower the back of the top (that you've been holding with your left hand) and once the back of the top is lowered grab the front of the top (near the windshield) and put the entire top down, letting (and making sure) that it folds nicely in the hatch.
8) once the top is nicely folded, set the hatch lid back down and press firmly on both front edges on each side until you hear it "click" into place.

and your done...putting the top up is the opposite of putting it down. Again, that's with a manual top...I don't know how to do those automatic ones.

it's sounds lengthy, but the whole process can be done in a matter of 45 seconds.

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hahahahahaha yes I did that LOL
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^ so you got the top down?
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^ so you got the top down?
Dude, she's in her 70s, you should be ashamed of yourself.
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^ what the hell? dude your disturbed....
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