wlkelley3 HalfDork
Sept. 2, 2009 8:48 p.m.

A friend just bought what he calls a project car, a 97 BMW 328iC. It has convertible top issues, as in won't go up/down without help and asked me to help dig up some info for it. I thought of asking here first. Looking for wiring schematics and/or manuals online if possible. Ideas on what could be wrong wouldn't hurt either. He thinks it's probably electrical but will check the motors this weekend. I don't know that much about convertible top motors, the only droptops I have ever owned is my Miata and early MG Midget that has the assemble on the car with side curtains type top. Any help/ideas would be appreciated.

2002maniac Reader
Sept. 2, 2009 9:36 p.m.

Here's the ETM for E36 Convertibles. I'm not sure how useful it will be though.

Amazing what google can turn up these days!

http://www.wedophones.com/Manuals/BMW/1998%20BMW%20318is-c%20-%20323i-c%20-%20328i-c%20-%20M3-c%20%20Electrical%20Troubleshooting%20Manual.pdf

1slowcrx Reader
Sept. 3, 2009 1:52 a.m.

Hmmm, outside of miatas I've always hated convertibles for just this reason!

BMW does make a hard top and you can find them pretty cheap used...Well when I say cheap, I mean in comparison to a miata hard top

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