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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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My wife's E36 1998 328iC convertible top does not function. I took the car to the dealer for an inspection and they estimated $2500 for new motors for the top. While top down is fun, I wish to make the repairs myself with used parts to save some $$$. If I can get it operational, it would definitely allow me to delay my honey-do list for a while.
Questions for the thread:
1. Are there tests I can run on the individual motors to identify problems/failures?
2. Can I hook them up to a 12V battery and see if they start working?
3. Relays/switches. How/what can I test electrically before I start ripping out the motors and such?
4. Any advice from E36 convertible owners out there who are tired of that little red light on the center console flashing at you would be appreciated.
Thank you all!
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