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Old 07-23-2008, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HEY on my convertable top issue

you guys know Ive been having a bad time with my top well it turns out that the motortransmission to raise and lower the top and deck lid is stripped the shop put the top back up for me and told me about 800 to fix this problem

well I dont have the cash so is there any way to lower the top and be able to raise it manually? I would like to have it down sometimes but I am afraid the lid might blow open or something like that

but I also need to be able to close it

anyone?
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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its afully automatic top no handel in the front to twist
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in the trunk... left side. remove the panel and it should expose an emergency handle so u can manually disable the auto feature.

if u'd care to search the forums, i recently posted a remedy for this.
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thanks darkhorse

I will look around the forum and try and find it you sure have a lot of knowlage on these BMW's Thanks
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Cool

I'M SORRY... i misled you. The recent post i was referring to was for a Z3...

'newei... the release lever for the top is located under the left rear seat.

The only catch is once you release that lever, you won't be able to bring down the top until the power is restored to the system.

If at some time you'll need help with reconnecting the motors after the lever has been released, let me know...

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yea I know about the lever and all so we have the top up I was just hopeing I could lower it once in a whil and then be able to put it back up without to much trouble until I can afford the motor

No biggie I guess Ill just leave it up for now
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