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Old 03-24-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Broke my top

About a year ago I broke my convertible soft top by trying to close it with a backseat full of furniture and it caught and broke.

Anyone out there have a similar experience and what did it cost to fix?

Also, anyone know a good (& cheap) convertible top guy in the Los Angeles area?
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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Bummer! Do you know which parts are broken?

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:52 PM   #3
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No clue Klaus.
I did see a small piece of plastic fly out when it broke so it must have been something towards the back.
I have seen then (twice) half way opened it manually and then the hydraulics have taken over and locked it shut.
The button is also always blinking. Grrrr.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:21 PM   #4
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If the plastic piece that flew has the color of trim, it probably came from the sliding covers on the sides - they're spring loaded and slide in when the top moves. Easy to break or snap... but easy to replace.
If you have frame problems such as bent or busted frame, than you'll need a new one I think. You can use the sot tops if they're not torn, but they'll need to be put on the replacement frame.
You can find a frame or complete setup for a reasonable price (under $1000) on eBay if you're patient and keep looking/shopping. If you busted the hydraulics than that's a bummer as that means even more work, but you say they took over so I'm assuming your plumbing is ok.
Parts are not the killer for the tops - labor is especially if the soft covers need to be replaced due to very long laborious process. Dealer charges from what I've seen up to 3-4K for a top to be replaced....

My advice: talk to a couple of canvas and upholstery people. If the problem is with the metal frame than look for a shop that deals with convertibles, not necessarily just BMWs... I have a complete M3 black top, but I'm on the other side of the country so can't be of help.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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Thanks Alfa101, I just finished DIY#1 for 2013 (CCV, OFHG & PS) I am doing shocks/struts next and before summer going to diagnose the soft top. I will keep the thread going once I get someone to peep in there and give me an estimate.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Robbins Tops in Santa Monica used to repair but now they only manufacture in Oxnard I believe. You might ask them for a shop but not sure they'd know after all these years.
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