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Old 04-14-2016, 11:04 PM   #41
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This thread saved me... so thank you to everyone who has contributed here. It turned out my passenger side latch was broken clean in two. The driver's side was cracked and on it's way. I unfortunately didn't add the putty or glue (it ended up being a two-day deal and I didn't get a chance to get any), but the two bolt resolve was beyond helpful and it looks to be extremely solid now on both sides. Thank you, and thank you!!
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:09 AM   #42
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It saved your wallet as well! Congrats!
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Old 04-15-2016, 12:53 PM   #43
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Has anyone replaced the broken plastic part in the latch? I bolted and epoxied mine as a short term solution, but will probably order the "VSR8-9 ROOF LOCK LATCH Parts LEFT and RIGHT for BMW E46 Convertible" available on Ebay for $209 to keep around for when my rigged repair fails. VSR8-9 ROOF search eBay for "LOCK LATCH Parts LEFT and RIGHT For BMW E46 Convertible." If anyone installs these, I'd love a tutorial and review.

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Old 07-01-2016, 02:36 PM   #44
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Has anybody fabricated this part out of metal yet? I was able to do the mod on the drivers side but the passenger side is broke of in a manner that there is nothing to drill into.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:33 PM   #45
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Removing cover

I recommend doing step 7 and when trying to pry off the cover use a hook to pull down on the inside of the cover (part that the fabric attaches too) while also pulling down on the front of the cover (windshield side). I struggled with it for almost an hour but once I removed everything and used the hook it came off with ease
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:00 AM   #46
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Do not loosen or remove the screws that the headliner is attached to or you will have unnecessary obstacles re-installing.

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:54 AM   #47
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Thank you for everyone's contribution on this thread.

Unfortunately, I saw this thread too late and mine were beyond repair. I ordered the through eBay brosautoparts.net $190 + $13 shipping. They arrived in 5 business days from Turkey via UPS and were as advertised. I had a local indy top/sunroof specialist do the install and all works perfectly.
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Old 08-06-2016, 05:18 PM   #48
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Well you should get about 10 years of use from them depending on how much you lower your top? Juhaus6 @ Ebay is a good seller also.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:50 AM   #49
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Will the cracking of the pieces affect the action of the elbow latches? I seem to get an occasional hang up where these latches are. The top action will be fine until the top is about to make its final move into the storage compartment but will stop, the pump is running and trying to move but this joint seems locked. This doesn't always happen. I haven't opened it up yet to see what the latch mechanism looks like.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:42 PM   #50
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I doubt its affecting that . I could be wrong but the only thing that I know those latches affect is your over head latch release & lock system.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:51 PM   #51
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YEARS later and this post is still saving money. Thanks to the writer for this one!!
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:57 PM   #52
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Hi guys,
I am glad I found this forum!

I have 2006 325ci with 101k miles on and convertible just stopped closing, please see attached video (Youtube) and photos,
Do you guys think it is the common latch issue or wiring as well?
One last question, I see this thread started a bit over 2 years ago and how is your top doing so far? Has anyone experienced same problem after repairing it?


Thank you.

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Old 09-18-2016, 11:32 AM   #53
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Looks like the latch issue. You can tell by looking at the last elbow before the front latches. There is a "u" fitting the is pushed into place by a piston connected to the front latch
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:59 PM   #54
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That looks exactly like the latch issue. I am only a couple of months into my repair but so far the aftermarket parts are working well.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:28 PM   #55
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Hi guys,
I am glad I found this forum!

I have 2006 325ci with 101k miles on and convertible just stopped closing, please see attached video (Youtube) and photos,
Do you guys think it is the common latch issue or wiring as well?
One last question, I see this thread started a bit over 2 years ago and how is your top doing so far? Has anyone experienced same problem after repairing it?

Thank you.

This is how my repair is going so far, I used Loctite Plastic Epoxy as this one was the only one available at Home Depot.
On right latch I had to use three washers, somehow screw was slightly high with two washer, left one was OK with two. I will install these on Tuesday
FYI to DIYers, my battery died while it was parked top open in garage.
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:12 AM   #56
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Good job, nice repair!

I'm also interested in how well the screws plus epoxy solution holds up. So far no-one has reported issues post repair.
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Old 09-19-2016, 05:57 AM   #57
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Thanks for sharing! I took my latch out yesterday and it is pretty damaged. I am going to try to super glue all the part back together and then do the repair. I am also going to completely disassemble the latch mechanism to clean and relubricate everything. As I slide the parts, I can see why they failed from the old lubricant becoming contaminated with dust
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:34 PM   #58
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My notes so far; (I havent put it back together)

- Your battery may drain, be aware
- Get extra Epoxy, I had to buy second one
- Epoxy I used require 24 hours for complete dry, be-prepared to leave your parts out for a day or two
- Get extra washer, I had to use total of 10
- Get extra super-glue
- Sandpaper I used was 120 grit (home depot didnt have 150)
- Use airspray to blow broken pieces and plastics leftover from drilling
- You will not drill through a metal, so ANY type drill bit is OK, pilot hole is a must!
- Cover your eyes with goggles, I was about to damage my eyes while drilling that plastic
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:52 PM   #59
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IGNORE QUESTION BELOW, somehow car has adjusted itself and now everything works perfect! Thank you so much everyone specially taylor192


Repair is done, top is working as it should now I think I have a little issue due drained battery,
- Before, when I hit top close button windows used to close all the way, now rear small windows close only, I have to close front ones manually
- Front windows were all automatic meaning I used to pull button one time and they used to close all the way, now I have to hold my finger until windows are closed
Any idea? how can I configure it back to way it was?

Thank you

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Old 01-27-2017, 03:43 PM   #60
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In case Anyone was curious, this can be completed on the car. I just did. Drivers side was completely broken while passenger side was cracked in half but still worked , but it wouldn't last much longer. Did this repair and it works great. Thanks for such a detailed string.
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