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  • Hiren's '99 Titanium Silver M3 Convertible

    Creating this page to document my car over time.

    Why I bought BMW E36 M3?
    When I came to the United States (2004), first few years I stayed at my Sister's house. My brother-in-law had 1997 E36 328IS which I loved it. Since then, I had made my mind of getting me one day E36 M3.

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    So fast forward 11 years, I was in market of buying E36 M3 in 2015 and was looking for M3 Convertible,but was not able to find one locally. So after few months in, on November of 2015, 1997 E36 M3 Sedan (Cosmos Schwarz Metallic) came on Craig list for sale locally, so looked at the car and bought it:

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    Fast forward another 4 years, this time 1999 E36 M3 Convertible (Titanium Silber) came on craig list locally, so jumped on the deal and bought it. Unfortunately, I didn't had enough room to keep my '97 M3 Sedan, so I sold it locally.

    Bought 1999 E36 M3 Convertible in November of 2019. I am hoping to take a lot of pictures of any maintenance or modification I do with this car, so its perfect time to start/create a journal.

    Car Specs (as I bought it):
    - 1999 BMW M3 Convertible
    - 03/99 Production date
    - Titanium Silver over Dove Grey Leather
    - 116k miles
    - Original engine/transmission
    - Stromung Exhaust
    - Koni's adjustable Struts/Shocks with H&R Lower Springs

    Known issues:
    - Top is working, but rear plastic window was cracked in the middle and while testing the top, it broke
    - Driver side window is not working 100%, meaning, it will work sometime and it will not working the other time
    - Passenger side rear window stopped working
    - Cooling system is all original, so going to swap during summer time

    The day I brought the car home:

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    Last edited by mpower99vert; 04-03-2020, 11:10 AM.
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    https://www.mforum.net/forum/member-...m3-convertibl

  • #2
    Cleaned the engine bay thoroughly to remove all the gunk it had developed/layered over the time while sitting outside under previous owner.
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    Last edited by mpower99vert; 04-03-2020, 09:31 AM.
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    https://www.mforum.net/forum/member-...m3-convertibl

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    • #3
      Cleaned the interior and did leather conditioner. Seats seems to be in really good condition for 20 years old leather.

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      Last edited by mpower99vert; 04-03-2020, 09:52 AM.
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      • #4
        Bottom was already in clean condition and as I bought the car during winter time, I didn't do much underneath the car. In summer, I am planning to overhaul cooling system as it was never done on this car, I will clean out the bottom.

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        • #5
          Cleaned and buffed out headlights:

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          • #6
            Nice convertible! What's the deal with that sedan in the background? 😏

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            • #7
              11/17/2019 - Installed Rogue Engineering CF Strut Tower Brace:

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              • #8
                Did following:
                - CF wrap around Ashtray
                - Replaced factory shift & E-brake boots with M color stitches
                - Replaced factory shift knob with ZHP Style shift knob
                - CF wrap glove box trim

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                • #9
                  11/20/19 - Added Wind Deflector, what a world of difference it makes when you are riding with top down:

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                  • #10
                    Swap out DS2's with LTW, it changes the whole look of the car instantly.

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                    • #11
                      Bought matching Hard Top locally and hard top mounts off of eBay.

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                      Cleaned up Hard top with clay so surface gets smoother and then put on Honda polish:

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                      Mounted mounts for Hard top:

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                      • #12
                        Issue: Passenger side Rear window will only go till half-way up and will not go any further.
                        Resolution: Replaced the window regulator, bought from eBay.
                        Reference Article: M3Rocket on Bimmerforums has done a Great job in creating this DIY which I followed all the way through. Initially it looked like a huge effort, but following his DIY made is lot simpler:

                        https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...gulator-w-pics

                        Here are some of the pictures I took it during the work:

                        Aluminium cable on old regulator was tangled up and window clip (brown color in pic) which goes up and down with cable was broken as well. If cable was not tangled up (if you zoom in pic by the motor), I could have gone by replacing only the plastic window clip.

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                        These are few pictures I took it for my reference during the work:

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                        Replacement from eBay:

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                        Once you install replacement regulator, make sure to align Front and Rear window so they are not apart from each other when closed and also they can synchronously go Up/Down.
                        I can't guarantee your results, but thought this DIY might help others with this repair (which is more difficult than fixing the front door window regulators). Here are the steps I took to R&R my left rear quarter window: 1. Pull-up the back seat cushion; pull-out the headrests; pull-out the seat back (grasp the top and pull hard/pops out of two metal clips). 2. Remove center side panel w/armrest and speaker grills (pops out). Also remove the rear seat belt latch that's bolted to the
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                        • #13
                          *****Quick Mother's Day ride*****






                          *****Replaced all 20 year old Cooling System*****














                          *****Replaced Stock Plastic Headlights with Glass Headlights and HID's:



                          *****Replace Stock AI with aFe CAI *****







                          *****Added GT splitters*****


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                          • #14
                            Did oil refresh with Liqui Moly Gen from FCPEuro:

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                            • #15
                              *****Started Top Manual Conversion Process - Mine was Fully Automatic *****
                              Great Reference Link: http://www.lifeofreily.org/1999BMW328/E36manualtop.htm

                              Ebay Parts - Manual Latch Mechanism:


                              Ebay parts - Manual Latches, Deflector Lever & Left/Right/Rear Cables:



                              1. Remove Headliner permanently (I like mechanical look) followed by Manual Top Conversion process. Remove philip screw to detach top motor trim:2.


                              2. Remove 4 philip screws:


                              3. Remove pair of Hex screws from Front Right and Left side of the top:


                              4. Remove plastic trim piece which is in the center, it will just pull out:


                              5. Remove pair of another Hex screw at end of the top from both sides and center. Then just peel out the headliner underneath the trim.


                              6. Remove 6 Hex screws from each side where headliner is attached via strings. That's it, headliner can be removed out of the car at this point


                              7. Manual Top Conversion starts here: Using Allen wrench start turning the front Automatic top motor till it stops turning (Be careful not to turn forcefully once it stops turning)


                              8. Remove rear seat headrest by pulling them upwards, backseat by pulling them straight out & seats itself by pulling them straight up. Make sure Trunk is OPEN. You will see Red Lever, pull it all the way to forward and this will release cable from Top Cover and Top Motor which is located in trunk.


                              9. Remove the circled cable, but first you would have to remove the cable lock from front & rear. This will help open the Tannoue Cover (top compartment cover)


                              10. Remove 4 screws using 10mm deep socket. Remove circled cable. Slowly take the Top Cover motor out. You might have to wiggle a little to take it out.




                              11. Make sure Tannoue cover opens up, once verified put it down slowly, BUT don't lock it, lower it down enough so you can open the Trunk. If trunk do not open, remove Fuse #7. If it still doesn't open, use your car keys and Lock and unlock the Trunk, that will open it. At least that what I had to do to mine and it worked.

                              12. Remove plastic pop up screw to remove trunk liner to expose old latch & electric cable


                              13. Remove electric adapter, please not that manual latch will have electric adapter as well and it will go in this same spot.



                              14.Lower down the trunk, but don't close it. Pull out dismounted cables through top cover compartment. Using T30 adapter, remove 2 torx screws from right and left cable latches


                              15. Clean up the top cover compartment at this point before putting in new manual cable latches.


                              16. Attach the manual cable and latches on both sides


                              17. Circled part is the electric adapter which will go inside the trunk. This is how it will look like for manual conversion in the rear end


                              18. This is the deflector level which connects the left & right open level cables. It gets mounted to car via self tapping screw and expanding nut,



                              19. Pass level cable which will pop up the tannoue cover through small hole which will lead directly into lever.


                              20. Remove both the lever at this point using T25 adapter. Remove level from top mechanism using 19mm socket


                              21. This is how I used bungee cords to keep top open while working on removing levers


                              22. Now we will work on front part of the car. Unhook the motor cable


                              23. Remove C clips from behind the slid pin


                              24. Take the slid pin out and that will give you access to remove torx screw


                              25. Remove 2 torx screws using T25 adapter and another one with 13mm adapter


                              26. Do same on passenger side


                              27. Remove the automatic latches from the ball joint to disjoint from the car on both sides


                              28. Remove 2 rubberized top motor mounts using 19mm socket. Once rubberized boots are removed (they will just bend, so you can then remove them) using same 19mm socket remove two bolts which are used to mount motor brackets to the car


                              29. Put the manual latching mechanism and you use same torx screw you took out in previous step


                              30. Now we will put the handle which is little tricky (at least to me in the first go). You have to push the hook inside while trying to put pin which goes between handle and hook


                              31. You are done with Manual Top Conversion.
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