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Old 03-13-2017, 09:19 AM   #41
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Is this what u mean:

green/white wire 13 was broken, repaired that section of wire 13 at the last bend in the top near the windshield (where most people's convertible top harness's break)

Here is the link for that DIY fix:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=854059
I just noted that my break was in the GREEN wire which may have had a white stripe as well. And yes, it was at the bend point.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:29 AM   #42
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All2kool - I have used 303 spray on water repellent and a brush on water repellent from West Marine. I prefer the West Marine product, appeared more heavy duty. Brushed two coats on the entire top and finished with a third coat just on the very top part of the top. Water beads up like you wouldn't believe.


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Old 03-15-2017, 05:57 AM   #43
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Do any of you park your convertible outside permanently? I'm looking to bring a convertible into the family, but it will be a 5th car and unlikely to dethrone any of the cars that currently occupy the garage. Do you worry about leaks, wear, etc?
I'd make sure your drains are clean:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...932&highlight=

Also...when you know it's going to rain...make sure you park with the hood downhill!!! If parked nose high on an incline, sometimes the water just can't make it to the drain and will drip a bit into the trunk...Flat/level is no problem!
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:09 AM   #44
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...make sure you park with the hood downhill...
I 2nd that. If you park in a sloped driveway, back the car in. The convertible storage area can retain water in the rear, which can leak into the trunk, the spare tire well and the battery well. And although it is not suppose to leak, it can.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:10 AM   #45
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...and a brush on water repellent from West Marine.
Thanks. Somehow I get the feeling that a marine product would work best. I also read on a forum that the new product from Rustoleum is great but can leave a white film.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:14 PM   #46
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Top goes down every time i use the car (Florida) and i just dont leave anything at all in car

My dad always told me to leave a convertible unlocked because a new radio is alot cheaper than a new top so thats what i do and i dont really even put the top up unless im worried about rain.

Just keep the crappy stock radio in there that no theives want and nothing left out and your good.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:51 AM   #47
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Mines down every chance I get.
Autoglym has a cleaner/proofer 2 bottle system, I really like it.
Comes with a special sponge, the cleaner lathers thick, and the proofer beads water like glass.

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Old 04-12-2017, 09:14 PM   #48
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Every time I drive the car the top is down.
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Old 04-12-2017, 10:12 PM   #49
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Mine needs to be cleaned and treated, but I've come to the conclusion after this winter that I'm really tired of being rained on even when the top is up, so once I get my wagon back (e91) the top is going to stay down in the garage.

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