I've been having issues lately with my 1999 E36 323i Convertible and I was hoping someone could help.
Ok, first signs of problems were 6 months ago, the functionality of the fully automatic hood was intermittent. Sometimes the roof would fold down OK, and other times nothing would happen at all when the button was pressed, not even a flashing light on the button.
I took the car off the road and didn't drive it for a couple of months. When I started it up, the roof would not work at all. At this point I checked some fuses etc, and tried the roof manually. When I was unwinding the roof, the hood button was flashing so I guess the button / relay is OK. (I didn't take the roof all the way down because I was not sure how to open the back hood cover)
Next I left the car for another couple of weeks. In this time the battery went totally dead and I took it out and charged it. When I put the battery back in the front windows would not work. The back ones work fine, but the front ones do not move at all. I can hear clicking relays behind the glove box though.
I've been investigating these issues this weekend and I replaced the fuse in the boot (next to the battery). I then did the hood reset (holding the button etc). And finally I got some life to the convertible button for the first time in ages. BUT all that happens when I press it is the rear windows jerk down an inch at a time until they reach the bottom, and then nothing.
Can anyone suggest what the issue might be?