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E46 Convertible Hardtop Fitting Requirements

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E46 Convertible Hardtop Fitting Requirements

Postby ryandoc » Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:07:22 UTC

I am currently selling my hardtop I have left over from the sale of my own E46 M3 (2003).

I have a potential buyer, however there is some suggestion / confusion that some sort of electrical 'box' / conversion item is required to be installed behind the rear seats to allow an electrical connection to be made to the hardtop so that the heated rear screen and interior lights will work.

Can anyone confirm or clarify this for me please. I have never heard anythign like this before and I would have thought that all E46 convertibles come ready to recieve a hardtop even if one wasn't purchased when the car was new?

The car that this will be going onto is a 2001 330 ci.

Thanks in advance
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Postby bilko2727 » Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:31:53 UTC

I have a hardtop with my E46 'vert and AFAIK the power is picked up via the rear locking mounts.

I am unsure whether these connections are factory fit on all E46 'verts ----- I have seen 'vert ads stating 'preparation for hard top' but this may be just a advert gimmick and as such meaningless.
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Postby ryandoc » Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:30:00 UTC

Yeah thats what I thought, the power is transferred through the rear stalks if you like.

Any easy way to find this out? Infact I'm going to give BMW a ring just now!!
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Postby bilko2727 » Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:43:31 UTC

As you say best to call BMW --------- might be cheaper to call a local dealer as I think the BMW UK Serviceline is now premium rate!
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Postby sjj84 » Tue, 22 Sep 2009 18:23:09 UTC

When I bought my M3 convertible early in the year I specifically asked the dealer if anything was required if I was to purchase a hardtop and he said that nothing extra is needed.
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