Hi fellow BMW owners,
I own a 1996 328i Cabrio manual in Boston Green with a semi-auto black hood.
To save my post getting long winded talking about how fantastic this car is (as all BMWs are, in my opinion), I will just say that, this one of mine only has 46k genuine miles on the clock and is in immaculate condition - an ideal candidate for shall we say 'facelifting'
OK, so you may ask, what do I mean by facelifting?
Well, my car is NOT the facelifted model i.e. it has NO:
Parking distance radar
18 Button OBC
AND, NO full-auto hood!
OK, so back on topic - I have recently purchased a full-auto hood off of ebay in green (with a slight split in the back window, but i'll soon get that fixed provided I can install it!)
So, here are my findings (and obstacles that I need to overcome):
1) Some if not most pre-facelift convertibles have a Folding top module that will only run a semi-automatic hood only - BMW part number 61358357679 upto 09/97 - my car does indeed have this module fitted.
2) The above mentioned module has been superseded by one of 3 BMW part numbers that suit both semi and full-auto operation. I need one of these modules that does NOT end with the number 679
3) The wiring is almost identical between the two types of hood, with the following exception:
a) microswitch S4 (semi-auto) which is used to tell the Top module that the hood has passed the 'Tension point' is no longer required with the full-auto hood
b) there are 2 additional microswitches and a top motor assembly mounted in the hood. The wires that read/supply info to that assembly have 2x light blue coloured wiring connectors.
OK, so I have the hood, and it's wiring complete, BUT on the car side of things here is what is required:
1) a Top control module that does not end in '679' and more importantly....
2) the light blue coloured wiring sockets - that the top motor plugs into - I require the connectors complete with the wiring to the top control module.
So far I have managed to track down a suitable module - BUT I have had no luck locating the wiring connectors that are visible when you remove the back seat!
Most of the BMW breakers that I have phoned have the modules, but have since destroyed the cars in question, so the chances of locating the wiring connectors have been so far, slim.
Does anyone know of, or own a facelift E36 convertible that they are breaking?
Sorry about the long-winded (but informative) post.