BMW 3 Series, 2000-08
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts
These include all of the following E46 platform BMW's:
U.S. models: 323i, 323ci, 328i, 328ci, 325i, 325xi, 330ci, 330i, 330ci, 320d, 330d and M3
European Models: 316i, 318i, 318ci, 320i, 323i, 328i, 325i, 330i and M3
- Quality: Made to BMW specs, 100% fit guarantee.
- Original Factory Material: Sonnendeck (Twillfast RPC) canvas.
- Original Window: Glass window with defroster as original.
- Original Colors: Black, Blue and Brown.
- Alternate Materials: German Sonnenland, Haartz stayfast canvas.
- Shop with confidence: 5 year manufacturer warranty.
- NEW:2000-06 BMW E46 Series, Convertible Top Wind Deflector, decrease wind back draft by 75%!
Original Configuration: Made with OEM style molded plastic retainer to install rear of top to body. Top fits to original headliner using our unique system of brackets into which headliner hooks attach.
Original Canvas Fabric:The original topping was Sonnendeck (Twillfast RPC) canvas.
Alternate Fabrics:We offer the Premium A5 German Sonnenland canvas version of this top, this is for those who want the optimum topping. We also offer Haartz Stayfast Canvas.
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.
Molding around window:The top is made using original dimensioning and a molding is incorporated, as original, around the rear window.
Integral Defroster: The integral defroster was originally a part of the window.
Headliner:The headliner is available. It is listed as an "accessory." The headliner is made with the original charcoal ribbed cloth.
Parts in this category (BMW 3 Series) fit cars for years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
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.