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  1. 2000 E46 323Ci Convertible - Front mechanism on roof failed 
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    Bit of a story but at least everyone will get the picture.......
    Came back from work yesterday with the roof down, got home and put it back up. Went to go out again so put the roof down using the key function. Windows dropped a bit like usual and nothing happened. Got in the car, started it and held the down that controls the lowering of the roof.....nothing. Just thought that I had interuped it so went out anyway. 20 mins later tried again, nothing. Took the fuses out to see if any had blown, nope. (But im pretty sure you could hear the motor working/setting when putting the fuses back in). Tried the roof again and still nothing, although I now have a red flashing light on signalling that the roof started but the button was released. I've taken it to my dads mate who ran it on diagnostics, the front mechanism isn't working correctly. The error couldn't be re-set either. Its now with my dad who has managed to release the roof a bit but not enough to get at the trim to check the problem out. Also phoned BMW in warwick and they have only experienced roofs stuck down and not up.

    Any ideas how we can get the roof back more and what the problem could be??
     
     

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    in the manual there is a set by step guide of how to get it back up, sureley its the reverse of that,

    if you look on the trim, on the roof at the front there is a ovel shaped cover, flick that out with a screwdriver

    in there is the how you delatch the front mechanism

    where the leather pod is in the back seats, take it out, remove the bit of leather on the bottom seats. the black bit of plastic in there with the alen key thing on is something to do with the motor you have to losen that up so you can pull the roof back
    i also think the button is in there for releasing the torneo cover

    let me know how you get on would be useful to know

    good luck
     
     

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    Yes, the manual release for the front is just under the top part of trim on the windscreen - it takes some turning though....

    Be aware though - if you release the motor at the back, it has to be put back on and I believe this has to be done by someone who knows what their doing! Otherwise, you can raise and lower the roof manually but this is a right ball ache especially if there's a cheeky rain shower at the wrong moment!

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    Thanks for the info gents! Its at my dads workshop at the mo so will be fine if it rains. The fault codes have been sent to BM to see if they know whats gone tits up. Cheers for the info on lowering the roof Sam. Thanks Horico, will pass the info onto my dad. Will let you both know how it goes, fingers crossed Monday brings good news. I'll post what the problem was on this post for future reference
     
     

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    nice one, good luck mate
     
     

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    Got the car back today!!! It went to BMW in Warwick in the end, after they ran there dyagnostic for around an hour it turned out to be the feed to the front mechanism. Turns out the wires that run from one end of the roof to the front (near side), one of them was broken. So simple fix. It was broken at the first joint (nearest the front), i guess after 10 years these things will break. Thanks again Sam and Horic
     
     

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    glad you got it sorted,

    thanks for the info
     
     

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    Thanks for the referrel to this thread mate. Will check.

    Cheers
     
     

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