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      08-22-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Emergency close Hardtop

Hi guys and gals. I just picked up my first 2015 Z4 35i. While I do have a lot of questions that I can probably find answers to in the manual, this one is no where in there. What happens if I have the top down and I loose power, or have a malfunction. How do you get the top back up? Is there a way to manually get it back up?
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I don't believe so, based off of when mine got stuck halfway open. Bmw just had it towed to them, I don't believe there is a way, If there is, I'd love to know too
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There's no way to manually close the top. One of the wires in the harness broke and my roof got stuck halfway. If it had been raining ...don't wanna think about it.
So now I carry a tarp and bungee cords. Just waiting for the day.
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There's no way to manually close the top. One of the wires in the harness broke and my roof got stuck halfway. If it had been raining ...don't wanna think about it.
So now I carry a tarp and bungee cords. Just waiting for the day.
Thanks. UGH! I don't want to think about it either. Don't have a garage. Unbelievable that they didn't think of having an emergency closing procedure.
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There is a manual way. It just isn't reasonable.

Requires a long tool that reaches up the side of the hinges to release something. Then manually lifting the heavy top up and over then disconnecting some rods.
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Dude, before someone at BMW sees this and gets it pulled, let me just say that you are the MAN!
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Wow! That's some huge file. I am assuming in its in there somewhere in those thousand pages?
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Wow! That's some huge file. I am assuming in its in there somewhere in those thousand pages?
Yes it is and I wouldn't attempt it, partly because you need two people to lift the roof. But this is as close as we're ever going to get to a Bentley manual for the E89. Pretty awesome for us DIYer's.
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Top man bigendbob! Thanks a lot.

Do you have any other helpful E89 manuals?
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Yes it is and I wouldn't attempt it, partly because you need two people to lift the roof. But this is as close as we're ever going to get to a Bentley manual for the E89. Pretty awesome for us DIYer's.
Can you give us an idea of what page it's on? I scanned all 6,895 pages
but found no manual top procedures. No index either.

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Online is much easier to use than this PDF.

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Online is much easier to use than this PDF.

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Great website! Thx!
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Wish you had the manual now.
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Wish you had the manual now.
Why is that big Bob?
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Im guessing its because on newtis site it says the following for some time now:

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This site is closed per demands of BMW AG.
BMW recommends the official and up-to-date BMW TIS which can be accessed at www.bmwtis.com*.
And bmwtis.com asks money to get access to information... damn shame.

BUT... you can still access all the manuals after signing in on newtis.. not sure about creating new accounts though... i fortunately have a user account and it still works.
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Right... site still works, just need to sign in so it is not publicly accessible.
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There is a manual way to get the roof up, slightly easier in US than UK cars, as we don't have the "kidnap" release handle in the trunk.
If the boot is up you can pull handle and the lid unlocks and can be pushed up.
I did mod on my car to do this with lid in any posn.
Lift the lid to access the pump under floor.
There are two brass hex sockets.
Fwd one is roof, the rear the trunk.
Prop the trunk up, turn the fwd brass hex and that drops pressure, the roof can be lift up and over.
Stand behind with the trunk up, one person can push the roof over, i did.
Next the rear hex and the trunk lid will lower.
Push the glass panel into posn.
Non of it is locked but at least you get at the components to repair.

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Does anyone still have the link to the repair manual mentioned above. With Newtis gone I could really do with the manual.

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