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Old 04-12-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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Bmw e46 folding roof compartment in boot

Hi, I'm new here. I couldn't find a thread about what I need help with so Ive made a thread.

I have a BMW e46 318 ci convertible 2005 55 plate, I found it really hard to find the roof compartment that fits in the boot, the one with lever to release the roof. I've now found one, I think. its from a 2002 vert. but I think its not compatible with my car, I don't know. seller on eBay wasn't responding to my message so I bought the thing. sooo is the part compatible, and if so how does it fit, there's is also a connector/ wire attached on it, I have no idea where it connects to. also if it is not the right one, anyone know where I can get one from?

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:41 PM   #2
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Welcome. It would help if you show a photo. This assembly is not normally something one needs to replace; what was your original symptom? In any case, there should be no difference between E46 models or production years.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #3
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Hi John, thanks for the reply. I just realised the unit I have is to replace my one completely. Take a look at my pictures attached. The pictures explain the reason why I have bought another roof compartment. Is it possible to remove the bits of the new one and attach into my existing unit?
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Old 04-14-2015, 04:00 PM   #4
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I took mine out when putting in my rear shock reinforcement rings, so that I could use the full circular type reinforcement, rather than just the half circle ones normally used for the convertible. Its not too hard.

Take a look at this diagram from RealOEM showing the roof compartment. http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...84&hg=54&fg=10

You'll need to open the rear top cover and support it with a piece of wood or something, so it stays open where you can access the compartment from the top. You then remove the screws going around the outside of the compartment trim, (shown as part # 10 in the diagram), and the entire compartment lifts out with a little bit of flexing it back and forth. According to the diagram, there are 17 screws going around the outside of the trim piece. Also, of course, unclip the connector wire and replace it when you put the new one back in. Good luck.
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