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Old 05-25-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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What's this thing? And What does it do?

The rear edge of my fabric top slightly bumps these post things on the bottom of the top cover on the way down. It will momentarily bind on the down cycle when it comes in contact with them and you can actually see some wear on the bottom of the little posts where it has been happening for quite some time. My question is what are they for and what do they do? What would be the consequence of removing or shortening them? I stopped by my local stealership and they said there is no way to adjust the rear cover to open further to clear the top as it lowers.

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Old 05-26-2015, 06:21 AM   #2
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My guess is they hold the top down so it does not rattle when stored.

Others have a had a similar problem. Here is one thread
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=top+hit+cover

there might be others
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:41 AM   #3
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I assume they are supports for the top lid, probably put there so parade queens can sit on it when the top is down and not crack the cover. The cover might also eventually sag without them. The dealer sounds full of it - something is out of alignment or adjustment. Is the cover hydraulically operated? (Never looked on mine). If so could your pump be weak?
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:01 PM   #4
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The dealer sounds full of it - something is out of alignment or adjustment.
Verdict is in - the local BMW dealer is full of excrement. When I bought the car the top was inop. They replaced the hydraulic ram top left trunk compartment near the antenna and installed a new pump. When I went back with this problem they told me there was no adjustment in the lid operation and that I needed another new pump to the tune of $2k.

Through another thread on this forum I found the way to adjust the alignment of the very ram they had replaced two months ago and in 5 minutes with a 14mm ratchet the problem is solved. I've never had less trust and confidence in a service department. I've had well over 100 cars in my lifetime. My wife works for an auto auction. It isn't like this is my first experience with a service department. This is by far the worst. I love this car, but have been forced to hate Checkered Flag BMW service.
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Old 05-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #5
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Verdict is in - the local BMW dealer is full of excrement. When I bought the car the top was inop. They replaced the hydraulic ram top left trunk compartment near the antenna and installed a new pump. When I went back with this problem they told me there was no adjustment in the lid operation and that I needed another new pump to the tune of $2k.

Through another thread on this forum I found the way to adjust the alignment of the very ram they had replaced two months ago and in 5 minutes with a 14mm ratchet the problem is solved. I've never had less trust and confidence in a service department. I've had well over 100 cars in my lifetime. My wife works for an auto auction. It isn't like this is my first experience with a service department. This is by far the worst. I love this car, but have been forced to hate Checkered Flag BMW service.
Make sure to document that if you can! I cant say I have heard of that issue, and you found a way to fix it.. please share and also get to Taylor, the master of all things Vert repair?
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:19 PM   #6
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I was sued by Checkered Flag Honda a few years ago for refusing to pay them; Robert Chen was the manager's name. Very VERY shoddy business - they also prey on Military and their families. absolutely deplorable.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:07 PM   #7
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My top was hitting those rubber feet also. I shav3d them down just a bit. I tried to adjust my tonneau cover, but its at the highest adjustment. Where r the rams u adjusted. Can u show me pics?
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