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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 3
The  E36  base  convertible  top  is  manually  operated.    The  higher  line  top  is  an  Electro
Mechanical  variant that has evolved through two versions:
•Semi Automatic

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual E36 AUTOMATIC ELECTRO MECHANICAL (EM)
CONVERTIBLE TOPS
The Automatic EM convertible top was introduced as a“Semi”Automatic in the 1994
model year.  The top was upgraded to a fully automatic top in

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual RE-CONNECTING DRIVE MOTORS
Due to the interlock of the trunk lid an unlocked top storage cover, the following procedure
must be followed to reconnect the top drive motors, to restore electrical operat

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual E36 CONVERTIBLE SPECIFIC SI BULLETINS 
Refer to the following list of Service Information bulletins when servicing an E36 convertible.
Always check the most up-to-date SI’s and recent DCS messages f

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 32
OPERATION
•Top operation is dependent on a stationary vehicle with the brake pedal depressed.  
•Unlock  the  top  at  the  windshield  frame  and  raise  past  the  tension

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BMW 325I CONVERTIBLE 1993 E36 Convertible Tops Manual Convertible Tops - 33
Z3 CONVERTIBLE TOP ADJUSTMENTS
The following adjustments are pos-
sible on Z3 convertible tops.  The
Repair Manual section of TIS pro-
vides system component R&R and
adjustment p