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BMW 3 Series, 1994-99
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts


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The tops on this page fit all the "E36 Platform" BMW models: 
U.S. Models: 318is, 318zi, 325, 328, 318, 323 and M3  
European Models: 316i, 318i, 320, 323, 324, 325, 328 and M3

Key Features:

  • Quality: Made to BMW specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Factory Material: Sonnendeck (Twillfast) canvas.
  • Original Colors: Black, BMW Blue, English Green, Titan Grey and Grenadine.
  • Alternate Materials: A5 German Sonnenland canvas, Haartz Stayfast Canvas, Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl.
  • Relief Pockets: In 1994-1995 these BMW tops were made with small pocketed areas in the corners for decorative purposes. Click here to see relief pockets. They serve no function and BMW eliminated them in 1996. Most of our replacement tops are made without relief pockets. The tops will fit all 1994-1999 BMW 3 Series perfectly. If you're fond of the pocketed tops, we offer those, too.
  • Package Specials: Cost savings for all of your installation needs with package specials, this includes the detailed installation manual, new cables, tension straps and glue kit.
  • Shop with confidence: 5 year manufacturer warranty.
  • NEW: 1993-99 BMW E36 Series, Convertible top wind deflectors, decrease back draft by 75%!
  • About our BMW 3 Series convertible tops

Have a question? Talk to us!


1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible Tops
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Description Color Price Buy!
Best Buy!
A.) BMW Convertible Top  Install Pack with Integrated Plastic Window.
You pick the material, color, and pocket style below. Add this package to your cart and you'll have the option of adding Elastic Tension Straps at a discounted price.
  • Plus:
  • BMW 3 Series Convertible Top With Integrated Green-Tinted Plastic Window
  • Installation Manual 30pages, 8 1/2 x 11 well illustrated
  • Hold Down Cables (CA159)
  • 8oz Can of Glue

Relief Pocket:
Color:

As low as:
$299.95

B.) BMW Convertible Top with Integrated Green-Tinted Plastic Window

You pick the material, color, and pocket style below. 


 


Relief Pockets:
Color:

As low as:
$289.95

Custom Made Convertible Tops Are Now Available! To see your options and get a price quote, click here.
 
For: 1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible Top
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BMW 3 Series convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999


Hydraulics
Description Price Buy!
Convertible Top Motor Pump Rebuild/Repair Service.

1 year warranty. Please be aware we cannot send a call tags for international shipments.

   The repair service is usually completed 5 to 7 weeks after we receive your motor pump Details...

$149.95


Headliners
Description Price Buy!
1994-99 Bmw 3 Series. Two (2) Piece Paddle Set for Plastic Window Tops Only. Flat Plastic Reinforcements, Located in Lower Quarter

STRINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED

$89.95
1994-99 BMW 3 SERIES STRING FOR HEADLINER

$24.95
Headliner String Kit with Hardware, 1994-1999 BMW 3 Series

$229.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series Charcoal Ribbed Headliner

This part #3053  headliner has 3 C clips that snap onto top frame bars and snap on Trim (pinch welt) across the front. Car has manual top lock. This is the most common style for all 1994 to early 1997 models with manual top lock except for late-1997 model. If you have a 1997 model with manual top lock, check Headliner pictures & order accordingly.

 
$329.95
94-99 BMW Charcoal Ribbed 3 Series Headliner

This part #3094 headliner has 2 C clips that snap onto top frame bars, front and rear pockets to slide in existing metal bars. Car has power top lock. If you have 1997 thru 1999 model car with power top lock, this is the correct headliner for your car.

 

$329.95
94-99 BMW Charcoal Ribbed Headliner, Full-Power Top

For this headliner part # 3144, car has manual top lock. This is the rare style for the 1997 model. If you have a 1997 model with manual top lock, check part # 3053 and part # 3200 headliner pictures and order accordingly.

$329.95
94-99 BMW Charcoal Ribbed Headliner, Half-Power or Manual Top

This part #3200 headliner has 2 C clips that snap onto top frame bars, snap on trim (pinch welt) across the front and rear pockets to slide in existing metal bar. Car has manual top lock. This is the rare style for the late-97 to 99 models. If you have a 1997 model with manual top lock, check Style-1, Style-2, and Style-3 headliner pictures and order accordingly.

$329.95


Installation Supplies
Description Price Buy!
1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible, 30 Page Step by Step Installation Manual with Over 100 Illustrations.

Free exclusively with Convertible Top Purchase
No Charge!
 
1995-1999 BMW 328i, 323i, 325i, 328i Convertible Top Installation Instructions on DVD

$29.95
Hand Riveter-includes: Four Nose Pieces for 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", and 1/8" and 30 Piece Rivet Assortment.
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$13.95
Pair of Elastic Tension Straps. for 1994-1999. Should Be Replaced When a New Top Is Installed.
$199.95
Pair of Elastic Tension Straps. for 1994-1999. Should Be Replaced When a New Top Is Installed.

Discount Only Available with Top Purchase

$189.95
Pair of Side Hold Down Cables.

American made in the USA (beware of inferior made imports)
   Details...

$45.00
Arrow T-50 Stainless Staples, 1/4", 300 Count

$3.49
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples 3/8", 300 Count

$3.49
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 3/8", 1000 Count

$9.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 1/4", 1000 Count
$9.49
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$6.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$9.95
3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 5oz Tube
Build out or caulk under your rubber seals.
Repairs cracks in seals.
Insure against leakage.
   Details...

$11.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

Great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc.

$26.95


Cleaning & Protectant
Description Price Buy!
A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant.
    Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
    In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$38.95
A PACKAGE SPECIAL:
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant.
    Plus:
  • Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit.
  • The Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush
    In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$34.95
Raggtopp Convertible Top Plastic Window Cleaner and Protectant Kit

Contains:

  • Bottle Window Cleaner
  • Bottle Window Protectant
  • Sponge, Applicator Pad
  • Microfiber Towel

About RAGGTOPP products
$30.95
Natural Horsehair Convertible Top Cleaning Brush

About Natural Horsehair Brush
In Stock! Ships within two business days!
$14.95


Weatherstripping
Description Price Buy!
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Driver side front window seal, OEM (shown in Blue color)
$319.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Driver side rear quarter window seal, OEM (shown in Green color)
$329.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Front Metal Retainer, OEM
$149.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Front Rubber Seal, OEM (Shown in Camel Color)
$389.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Passenger side front window seal, OEM (shown in Blue color)
$319.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Passenger side rear quarter window seal, OEM (shown in Green color)
$329.95


Parts Catalog
Description Price Buy!
Parts Printout: A full color website print out of the parts and important information listed on this page for your convertible.
No Charge!


Wind Deflector
Description Price Buy!
1993-99 BMW E36 Series, Convertible Top Wind Deflector:

  • The simple goal is to help you enjoy your convertible even more with less wind blast and more fun. Our wind deflectors are designed specifically for your convertible, and are proven to decrease the back draft by up to 75%.
  • Below is the Time, Difficulty and Tools required for the first installation, after that the wind deflector goes in and out of your car in under One Minute.

  • Fast, easy and painless to install.
  • Drive Your Convertible with the top down more.
  • Enjoy Listening to the radio or have a conversation.
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
  • 1 year warranty.

Wind Deflector Testimonials
$459.95


Top Switch, Relays, Etc.
Description Price Buy!
Top Switch
Activates Raising/Lowering.
Heavy Duty: Rated for 50 amps.
Mount in any under dash hole.
Use your original wiring, per included diagram.
$34.95



Custom Fit Car Covers
Description Price Buy!
1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 200 Series
$139.95
1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, 380 Series
$189.95
1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover, Evolution Series
$219.95




Important Information
Original Factory Color(s): Black, BMW Blue, English Green, Titan Grey and Grenadine

Original Fabric:
The original dealer fabric was Sonnendeck (Twillfast) canvas.

Alternate Fabrics: A5 German Sonnenland canvas, Haartz Stayfast Canvas, Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl.

About The Fabrics:

German Sonnenland Canvas is the original German made canvas used in many Mercedes, Porsche, BMW and other convertibles. It's general construction is very similar to the other two canvases. It is hard to tell the surfaces apart among the three. But the manufacturing specifications make this the longest lasting top. There is an approximate twenty percent greater wear rating for Sonnenland than for Haartz Stayfast. Some of this is due to the abrasion resistance of the exterior canvas. This is a factor in certain tops where the framework design tends to produce friction between the top's surface and the car's hardware. (It is a well known 'trade secret' that the Haartz Division of Glen Raven Mills purchased the Sonnenland factory.)

Sonnendeck Canvas (also called 'Twillfast') is an American made canvas, true double texture topping like the Haartz Stayfast. Many purists who own Mercedes and other German cars want to see the particular German weave (that is called "dobby weave") when they look up inside the car. Haartz Stayfast canvas has a plain (unwoven) inner lining. So for Porsche, Mercedes and BMW owners who will spend a little more in order to see that "dobby" weave we offer a fabric called Sonnendeck (in addition to the original German Sonnenland or Happich canvas. The wear rating of Sonnendeck is also greater than for Haartz, by perhaps 10%. This is due to the slightly heavier inner lining and subtle bonding specification differences.

Haartz Stayfast Canvas has a canvas outer layer and a preshrunk cotton inner layer. The two are bonded with and separated by a butyl rubber core. It is this core that makes the fabric last a very long time, with both better static and dynamic wear ratings than vinyl toppings. Haartz Stayfast is the American substitute for the German canvases used in Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, some models of Mustang and Lebaron and others. Canvas is widely regarded as "richer looking" than vinyl. It is a little harder to clean. The inside of the top is pre-shrunk cotton. The inner lining is usually black.

Relief Pockets:

In 1994-95 these tops were made with small pocketed areas in the corners for decorative purposes. They serve no function and BMW eliminated them in 1996. Most of our replacement tops are made without relief pockets. The tops will fit all years perfectly. For those of you who are fond of the pocketed tops we do offer that option: see the top selection list.

 

Tension Straps:
The elastic straps under the top serve an important function and must be in good condition to prevent premature wear in the top.

Rear Window:
There is a green plastic window sealed into the top as original.

Full Power and Half Power Frames:
These tops, just as the original ones, will fit both types of top frame which appeared from 1994 to 1997 (latch up and automatic lock up.) However there are subtle headliner differences as indicated in the headliners listed.

Headliner Hardware:
Headliners are often re-installed under the new top. If you are ordering a new headliner you will transfer the quarter section hardware from the old to the new headliner.

CONVERTIBLE TOP FABRICS
Almost all manufacturers use Haartz fabrics. They may specify "heaviest weight" or "original replacement" in ways that seem reassuring. But they do not really tell the whole story. Please bear in mind that two things dominate, by far, the quality issue: (a) the manufacturing quality control in the factory that makes the top and (b) the care and thoroughness of the installation. There is a trade-off in weight: heavier is better for resisting tear through, but lighter is better for flexibility and abrasion from within that may arise from movement. Almost all our tops are a flexible medium density (36 oz.) fabric. Heavier is not better in most cases. Where it is, because of the top design, we will say so and the top will be made of the heavier vinyl.
We will be happy to quote you on a "true double texture vinyl" top. This is a pinpoint with a butyl rubber core, like our stayfast. Generally these tops are about 30 percent higher in price than the regular pinpoint version.
  • Sonnenland® (View) is a German-made 3-ply topping made up of an acrylic twill-weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a polyester "dobby backing." The dobby backing is a knit-like weave original to many high-end foreign cars. Customers who value originality over cost often pay top dollar for Sonnenland, just to have that authentic "dobby backing," seen only when you look up at the roof of your convertible top from inside your car. Sonnenland canvas is a top-of-the-line material original to various Audi, BMW, and Jaguar convertibles, among others. Sonnenland Canvas can vary in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance, but all Sonnenland Canvas promises elegance and long-lasting durability.
  • Twillfast® (View), also called Sonnendeck Canvas, is an American-made canvas - a cost-effective substitute for Sonnenland. Twillfast is usually a 3-ply topping (though some versions are 5-ply) with Polyester and/or Polyester/cotton backings. This material, original to certain Camaro, BMW, Mustang, and VW Beetle convertibles, among others, varies in terms of surface weave and/or weight for acoustic performance. Twillfast Canvas is identical to Sonnenland Canvas - elegant and durable - only it's less expensive. This is a top-notch convertible top material, one we often recommend to savvy customers who like a good buy and a quality product.
  • Stayfast Canvas (View) is an elegant, durable canvas original to cars like the Mazda Miata and the Nissan 370Z. Stayfast is commonly used in replacement convertible tops. Stayfast canvas has an acrylic square weave facing, a rubber inner-layer, and a cotton backing. As with other canvases, the rubber core gives the fabric long-lasting durability. Stayfast canvas is a sleek, beautiful canvas, usually less expensive than Twillfast, but it does not have the dobby backing offered in Sonnenland and Twillfast (Sonnendeck). Stayfast is a popular upgrade to vinyl convertible tops, and as with any canvas, is richer looking and has a higher wear rating than convertible tops made of vinyl.
  • Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl (View) is the most popular fabric. This vinyl design is original to most American cars from the fifties to the nineties. Pinpoint refers to the little dots or pips that you see if you look closely at the vinyl surface. European cars, such as the old Beetles and others also used pinpoint vinyl as the topping fabric.
  • Chrysler Sailcloth (View) is featured on many late LeBarons, Sebrings, certain Mustangs and other cars. It is structurally (wear quality) equivalent to the Haartz Pinpoint but has a different surface grain. The grain was designed to imitate the look of canvas. As you can see from the scan of this fabric, it is an exceptionally rich looking material. It is sometimes chosen for replacing convertible tops that originally featured pinpoint vinyl.
  • Cabrio Grain (View) is also structurally equivalent to the pinpoint. It has a pigskin outer grain vinyl as original to Volkswagen Cabriolets from 1984 onward and to Mazda Miatas and Mercury Capris.
  • A5S German Canvas (Robbins) The 100% Acrylic Twill Weave Surface Cloth receives a special flame singing treatment to remove the fabric knap; and is laminated to Black 100% Polyester Dobby backing.

    This is the original topping for Porsche Boxster and Cabrio convertible tops. 59 inches (150 cm) wide, made in Germany.
  • British Bison (also called Colonial Grain) (View) is the American made crush grain vinyl that imitates the much more expensive British Everflex vinyl original to many British convertibles. Color selection is limited. These are often referred to as 'crush grain' or 'leather grain' vinyls. They are structurally equivalent (wear rating) to the pinpoint, cabrio, and sailcloth vinyls.
  • British Everflex Vinyl (View) We are now pleased to offer British Everflex Vinyl for classic English tops. This is the original material used on British convertibles including Jaguar, Rolls Royce and many others. Imported from England, British Everflex vinyl is a supple vinyl with a rich appearance and is more durable than other vinyls. A good, less expensive alternative is Colonial grain vinyl. Colonial has the same texture but is less durable.
  • HV Denim (also called Twill Weave Vinyl) (View) is heavy duty sport material composed of a distinctive twill grain PVC outer layer and a polyester/cotton blend inside lining fabric.
  • Trilogy Acoustic Vinyl (View) A heavyweight vinyl that is often used on SUVs like Jeep, because the two-ply composite has the capacity to reduce noise by about 20 percent compared to standard vinyls like Sailcloth. The vinyl material is durable, promises long-lasting wear-and-tear, and resembles the sleek twill cloth commonly found on luxury convertible cars.
  • Haartz Twillfast RPC (View) This American-made canvas has a twill weave pattern and resembles German-made Sonnenland canvas. It is a great all-purpose canvas and, according to Haartz, is used on 99 percent of convertibles. It is stronger and more durable than Stayfast Canvas and offers more sound protection. Haartz rates Twillfast RPC as a mid-level acoustic product, compared to the low-level sound reduction offered on other top materials like Stayfast


Parts in this category (BMW 3 Series) fit cars for years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

We a now pleased to offer hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic motor pumps, and hydraulic hose sets for many different convertibles, they will be listed on your cars page if available. Also, checkout our newly added roof rail weatherstripping seals, front header weatherstripping seals, door weatherstripping seals, trunk weatherstripping seals. Look for extra savings on weatherstripping seals kits.

We are continuing to grow our convertible related products: These include convertible top latches, tonneau covers, relays, switches, rear tacking rails (trimsticks), seat covers, car covers, and carpeting.


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