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#1 (permalink) Old 09-30-2010, 09:16 AM
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Hello group,
Just taking a moment to check in and say "Hi!"
I just purchased a 2004 330CiC convertible, black/red, with 72K on the clock...a noob, just like me! This is my second bimmer; I formerly owned an '80 320i which was just about the funnest(?) car I ever owned. Drove it till it dropped, then gave it away to a friend in need whoe resurrected it and drove it til it dropped again.
I'm spending a lot of time in forums and in the owners manual, tryuing to unlock all the BMW secrets. I've already programmed the master keys and set the auto seat functions, and the next is to program my Universal programmer to my garage door. Love this car!!
PS: Does anyone have any special convertible top care tips? Would love to hear them as mine is pristine and want to keep it that way!!
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Those are beautiful cars! Congrats, and enjoy!
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Welcome to the Werkz!

I personally do not own a car with a ragtop but I have detailed my Mom's Z4 3.0si and my Aunt's Z4M on numerous occasions and this is what I recommend...

Rag top care is fairly simple and straight forward. One major thing I cannon emphasize enough is clean bird dropping off of fabric as quickly as possible. The acidic nature of bird droppings can stain the fabric of the top and possibly stain the fabric permanently if allowed to sit for a long period of time.

I recommend thoroughly cleaning the rag top at least twice a year and do this in a cool shaded area out of direct sunlight. I like to use a soft to medium bristled nylon brush with convertible top shampoo to remove the oil and dirt from the fabric.

I will usually clean the tops on my mom and aunts car twice a year. Once at the beginning of spring and once at the end of summer. Neither of these cars see a lot of road time but I know one item that needs some care besides the paint are the ragtops.

I hope some of the helps.
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Thanks for the response...Bimmer39, what cleaning and sealing products would you recommend?
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For the most part I will use regular car wash. However, for protection and stain removal I've used this kit from Griot's Garage with great results.

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