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Old 04-13-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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Top goes down but wont come back up!

Hello all, Im having some issues with my convertible hoping somebody here could help me out!

A little background the car is a 2006 6MT M3 Convertible with 105,000 miles on it. Ive had the car for about 3 years now and this is the first time I am having issues with the convertible. The car is my daily driver and living in New York with this weather It was time to put my hardtop on for the winter. When the hard top is locked on the car properly the convertible buttons do not light up at all when pressed and the soft top will not actuate because the hardtop is there. Normally once i take the hardtop off and i hit the button to close the top the top reacts right away. Unfortunately the top would not come up and the buttons did not illuminate either! nothing was working. I checked all the fuses in the glove box and found that all the fuses for the top were good. I ended up pulling the top up manually (real pain in the A**) and left the car be for a little bit.

The next day I decided to try putting the top down and it went down with the push of the button! It was moving WAY slower then normally but i didn't care because i was happy it was moving. Then i went to put it back up and the button didn't even illuminate so again i had to pull my top up manually.


Can anybody shed some light on my issue?????
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:44 PM   #2
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I'm having a very similar issue with my top not operating after hardtop removal (not sure if confounded by battery replacement with hardtop on). Did you ever get any resolution?
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:24 AM   #3
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Check the connection for the hardtop. The CVM checks for the presence of the hardtop and locks out soft top operation as you've experienced, so maybe the connections are fooling the CVM into thinking the hard top is still installed.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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Check the connection for the hardtop. The CVM checks for the presence of the hardtop and locks out soft top operation as you've experienced, so maybe the connections are fooling the CVM into thinking the hard top is still installed.
Thanks, but... (assume I'm mechanically inept, because that's mostly true) how do I check the connection for the hardtop?

When I turn the car on I get the yellow roof/top icon briefly on the dash, but I forget if that's "hardtop on" indicator or just the car cycling/checking all the lights.
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Thanks, but... (assume I'm mechanically inept, because that's mostly true) how do I check the connection for the hardtop?

When I turn the car on I get the yellow roof/top icon briefly on the dash, but I forget if that's "hardtop on" indicator or just the car cycling/checking all the lights.
The yellow light is the storage area not down indicator.

Search this forum for hardtop install kit instructions.
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