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Old 02-18-2005, 07:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm happy with my 1995 318ic but the roof is troubling. The plastic has a tear in it and I used shoe-gu to patch it, but it looks really bad. Also, it seems whenever I put the roof down the plastic whitens so that I have a cloudy haze across the plastic when the roof is back up. Unzipping the back isn't an option because it's sewed into the roof.

1. Is there any way to get rid of that cloudy haze on the plastic?

2. How do I prevent the seams from coming out at the edge of the plastic?

3. WHERE DO I GET A ROOF REPLACEMENT .... HOW MUCH?

4. WHERE DO I GET JUST THE PLASTIC REPLACED?

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Old 02-18-2005, 03:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought a brand new factory window on E-bay for about $250 I think....I had a local shop that does interiors/convertible tops put the window in for like $150. I do most stuff on my own, but I dont f**k with the top....you mess it up and it leaks...then you have a real mess....

I think a whole new top from bavauto costs like $600...probably another $500 to be installed though...but thats just a guess on the install...I really have no idea...call around to an auto interior place and price the labor out, then hunt around and but the parts on your own....good luck
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I just replaced my rear window also...a jog for a professional. Bought the window from stealership, paid an uphostery shop $150 to do the job. I also have issues with the plastic bending too much when I close the top, have yet to figure this one out...
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Old 02-21-2005, 07:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with RIB - get it done professionally, and would even say do it at the dealership. A lousy job and you ruin your car...to save $100 bucks?
I'm also looking for something to remove the "clouds" from my back window. Has anyone used a spray or other product that works?
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