BMW 3 Series Manual Tops
318i 320i, 325i, M3  (E30 Body), 1986-93
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

 

 

BMW “3 Series” Convertible Tops (Manual Tops) Information:
These include Model E30 convertibles: 325i, 320i and 318i and M3 with MANUAL TOPS; Power top replacement tops are on a separate page.
Quality:  Our factories (Robbins and Kee) use original patterns is replicating the original dealer tops. Robbins and Kee have been making convertible tops for over fifty years.
Original Configuration: These tops are made as original with sewn in green tinted unzippered rear plastic window.
Fabrics: The original tops were German Sonnenland Canvas. These are offered in original colors: black, dark blue and brown. Haartz Stayfast Canvas tops, a less expensive alternative topping is also offered. Sonnenand Canvas and Stayfast Canvas are very similar in appearance; the Sonnenland inner lining is woven which adds some to its wear rating. Stayfast has an unwoven inner lining.
Installation:  To locate a nearby shop enter “automobile upholstery shops near me” in your browser search bar. Handy, meticulous restorers may consider DIY installation.
Warranties: Robbins tops carry 5 year factory warranty with 18 month labor allowance. Kee tops carry 6 year factory warranty with no labor allowance.



 

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) BMW '3 Series' (e30 Body Convertible Top
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
For Manual top frames.
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$467.00
B.) BMW '3 Series" (E30 Body) Convertible Top
Original German Sonnenland Canvas Convertible Top
For manual top frames
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$635.00
C.) PACKAGE SPECIAL:
BMW '3 Series' (e30 Body Convertible Top
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
For Manual top frames.
PLUS THESE INSTALLATION ITEMS:
Installation Manual
Seal removal/install tool
Tension Straps
Pair hold down cables
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$682.00
D.) PACKAGE SPECIAL
BMW '3 Series" (E30 Body) Convertible Top
Original German Sonnenland Canvas Convertible Top
For manual top frames

PLUS THESE INSTALLATION ITEMS:
Installation Manual
Seal removal/install tool
Tension Straps
Pair hold down cables
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$853.00
BMW 3 Series Manual Tops
318i 320i, 325i, M3  (E30 Body) convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

INCLUDED IN TOP PACKAGES: 
Installation Manual: 30 page (8 1/2 x 11) convertible top removal and installation manual; Clear thorough illustrated explanations..
No Charge!
 
Dvd-video: the Removal of the Old Convertible Top and the Installation of the New Top.
$39.50
Pair of Elastic Tension Straps
EZ-On  TS613
$197.00
Pair of Side Tension Hold Down Cables.

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

$29.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$11.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$10.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
3M Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, 5oz Tube
Build out or caulk under your rubber seals.
Repairs cracks in seals.
Insure against leakage.
   Details...

$13.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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

$26.95


Headliners

Headliners

Bmw Headliner in Choice of Cloth Color. Specify Color in Checkout Message Box.
$224.95


Cleaning & Protectant

Cleaning & Protectant

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
$79.95
A Combination Pack of RAGGTOPP Brand Canvas Cleaner & Protectant

About RAGGTOPP products
$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
$79.95
A Combination Pack of the RAGGTOPP Brand Vinyl Cleaner and Protectant Together

About RAGGTOPP products
$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
$14.95


Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping Seal: Driver side rear quarter window seal (shown in Green color)
$179.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Passenger side rear quarter window seal (shown in Green color)
$179.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Front Header Seal, OEM. Shown in Camel Color
$489.95
Weatherstripping Seal: Front Metal Retainer, OEM
$119.95


Wind Deflector

Wind Deflector

1987-93 BMW E30 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
$349.95


Top Switch, Relays, Etc.

Top Switch, Relays, Etc.

Top Switch
Activates Raising/Lowering.
Heavy Duty: Rated for 50 amps.
Mount in any under dash hole.
$34.95




Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, Blue, Brown and Pearl Beige

About Germanex: Established in 1987, Germanex Imports Inc has fast become one of the industry's leading manufacturers of auto interiors and convertible tops. Satisfying clients has always been their priority and they are constantly looking for ways to exceed industry standards. Employing highly skilled artisans, they combine old fashioned craftsmanship with state of the art technology and the latest equipments to produce quality merchandise second to none.

Manual and Power Tops:
Please reselect your car if your top frame is powered. The tops on this page are for manually operated top frames.

Bauer Conversions:
Tops on this page will not fit the "Bauer Conversion" sedans made into convertibles.

Original Patterns:
These tops are made from original dealer tops and are not "copies of copies."

Original Material: German Sonnenland Canvas

Alternate Materials: Sonnendeck (Twillfast) canvas, Haartz Stayfast Canvas, Haartz Pinpoint 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.

Haartz Pinpoint Vinyl's 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.

Rear Window:
The patented BMW zippered rear window is not available except at a BMW dealer. Our tops are made with the large green tinted plastic rear window, fixed into the top.

Retainer and Seal:
The front seal and its metal retaining bar can usually be transferred to the new top. We do list replacements for these parts. They are under "Accessories."

Top Straps:
The BMW elastic straps are a vital part of the restoration. Please check your top straps for wear. If the top frame straps are too worn the top will no longer fold properly and cuts or holes may occur from raising or lowering the top. New straps are listed under "Accessories."

Hold Down Cables:
Cables are threaded through the side cable pockets in the top. They attach at their fronts and rears, securing the top to the frame there. Cables are hidden after installed. We recommend new cables with each top.

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.


Parts in this category (BMW 3 Series Manual Tops
318i 320i, 325i, M3  (E30 Body)) fit cars for years: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993.