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Old 10-22-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a 1996 318ti with an automatic. It has 110,000 on and it has the California top, which makes it very appealing to me. The top is showing some wear. Has anyone had to replace the top and/or know the approx. cost of repair? Anything specific to check before I make a decision on the car?
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i had a problem (leak) with my top under warranty and never since. if you're worried about it, ask them to take it to a car wash while you're looking at it and make sure it doesn't leak. before that, open it and close it a few times, listen for any clicking or slipping of the motor (this seems to be the usual failure with the top - gears in the motor break). frankly, i would hate to know the cost of replacing the top, lol. what kind of wear did you notice?
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The top is showing wear on the folds, hope that makes sense. Also I noticed a very small hole, about an eighth of an inch. Not sure if this can be repaired or if we are talking top replacement. I drove the car in the rain and did not notice any leaks, just some wind noise. I've got a miata so wind noise is no big deal to. Need to check out the weather sealing from what I've been reading. This site has so much information.....it's excellent.
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if you do get the car and want to recondition the seals, this stuff is supposed to be "the thing": http://www.drivewerks.com/catalog/sh...inszt_pg10.htm
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current mods: bilstein sports, bavauto springs, e30 m3 LCABs, solid metal ball joints, bavauto RSMs w/reinforcements, e30 3.73 LSD & halfshafts, supersprint cat-back exhaust, turner rear sway bar reinforcements, IE poly subframe & RTABs + camber/toe kits, powdercoated e36 32x front calipers, sport mirrors, H&R 28mmF/19mmR sway bars, x-brace, auto solutions SSK w/poly bushing upgrade, BMW CD43 head unit, DICE HD Radio w/iPod integration and "stealth" HD antenna, staggered style 68s, orange electronic TPMS, leather arm rest, JT Designs metal undertray

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