BMW Z3 & M Roadster, 1996-02
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

BMW Z3 & M Roadster Key Features:
  • Quality: Made to BMW specs, 100% fit guarantee.
  • Original Factory Material: Sonnendeck (Twillfast) canvas.
  • Window: A sewn-in green-tinted, plastic window, as original.
  • Original Colors: Dark Beige, Black, BMW Blue, Green.
  • Tension Straps or "Bow Straps": OEM bow straps lose their elasticity after a few years and should be replaced when installing a new top to prevent damage due to bows folding improperly. 
  • Alternate Materials: Premium materials include German Sonnenland Canvas; Budget materials include Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl.
  • Z3 Package Specials: The best value for all of your self installation needs with package specials, this includes the convertible top, detailed illustrated/explanatory manual, new hold down cables, seal pry/push tool and glue kit.
  • Shop with confidence: Robbins tops have 6 year factory warranty with 18 month labor allowance.

 

Original Factory Style Z3 Convertible Tops

Original Factory Style Z3 Convertible Tops

BMW Z3 and M Roadster OEM Convertible Top in Sonnendeck (Twillfast) Canvas
Made By Robbins Auto top
This top is made with original-style rear quarter vertical relief pockets, which were added in 1997 by BMW. The top includes top-stitched seams and black piping around the plastic window (no zipper). Tops are made with original-style plastic retainers for fastest installation.  
  • Package Includes:
  • Original Dealer Fabric Convertible Top in Sonnendeck Convertible Top, with an Original Green Tinted Plastic Window
  • Side Tension Cables
  • 4 oz can of professional grade contact cement
  • Rivet Gun with Assorted Rivets
  • 13-page Installation Manual

    OEM bow straps (also known as tension straps) lose their elasticity after a few years and should be replaced when installing a new top, to prevent damage due to bows folding improperly. Add this package to your cart and you will be asked if you'd like to purchase the tension straps for this top as well. 
ATREX PART 2750C
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$559.95
BMW Z3 and M Roadster Convertible Top in German A5 Sonnenland Canvas
(most durable of all top fabrics)
Made by Robbins

This top is made with original-style rear quarter vertical relief pockets, which were added in 1997 by BMW. The top includes top-stitched seams and black piping around the plastic window (no zipper). Tops are made with original-style plastic retainers for fastest installation.  

  • Package Includes:
  • Convertible Top in German A5 Canvas Convertible Top, with an Original Green Tinted Plastic Window
  • Side Tension Cables
  • 4 oz can of professional grade contact cement
  • Rivet Gun with Assorted Rivets
  • 13-page Installation Manual

    OEM bow straps (also known as tension straps) lose their elasticity after a few years and should be replaced when installing a new top, to prevent damage due to bows folding improperly. Add this package to your cart and you will be asked if you'd like to purchase the tension straps for this top as well. 
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$699.00
BMW Z3 OEM Convertible Top in German A5 Sonnenland Canvas
includes Side Tension Cables
Made By Robbins Auto top.

This top is made with original-style rear quarter vertical relief pockets, which were added in 1997 by BMW. The top includes top-stitched seams and black piping around the plastic window (no zipper). Tops are made with original-style plastic retainers for fastest installation.  

OEM bow straps (also known as tension straps) lose their elasticity after a few years and should be replaced when installing a new top, to prevent damage due to bows folding improperly. Add this package to your cart and you will be asked if you'd like to purchase the tension straps for this top as well. 

 

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$659.95


Headliners

Headliners

Headliner, Black Domestic Material, 1999-2002 BMW Z 3 / M Roadster

NOTE: Original Headliner has two extrusions that must be transferred by the installer. Includes felt pad stitched to headliner. It will NOT fit 1996 to early 1999 Z3's that did not originally come with a headliner.

$349.95


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

1996-02 BMW Z3 Convertible Top Latch Striker Plates, Pair, Refurbished
$45.95
 
1996-02 BMW Z3 Tension Strap Kit, 4 pieces

OEM bowstraps lose their elasticity after a few years and should be replaced when installing a new top, to prevent damage due to bows folding improperly.

$109.95
 
1996-2002 BMW Z3 and M Roadster Side Tension Cables SHORT STYLE 12 7/8", Pair

 


American made in the USA (beware of inferior made imports)
$49.95
 
Dvd-video: the Removal of the Old Convertible Top and the Installation of the New Top.
$39.95
Plastic pry tool, great for prying fasteners and seals, pushing seals into retainers, loosening fabric etc
$9.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless Staples, 1/4", 300 Count

 

$4.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples 3/8", 300 Count

 

$4.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 3/8", 1000 Count

 

$13.95
Arrow T-50 Stainless-Steel Staples, 1/4", 1000 Count
$13.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 4-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$8.95
Trimmer Contact Cement: 8-Oz. Brush Top Can. Strong, Waterproof, Flexible Bond for Vinyl-coated and Vinyl-laminated Fabrics.
$12.95
Plastic pry tool set, 7-piece kit

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

$26.95


Cleaning & Protectant

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


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

1996-02 BMW Z3 & M Roadster Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover. 200 Series
$139.95
1996-02 BMW Z3 & M Roadster Convertible, Custom Fit Car Cover. 380 Series
$189.95




Important Information

Original Factory Color(s): Black, BMW Blue, Green, Dark Beige and Basalt Gray

Can I install my own replacement BMW Z3 convertible top? Yes! The complexity of installation of a Z3 soft top is approximately, or less, than required to assemble a gas grille. There is no sewing required in the BMW Z3 convertible top installation. The top installs with quite a few alignment and screw steps. Seals are pried and reinstalled.

Our installation manual is profusely illustrated and quite detailed. We offer money-saving packages which provide everything you need to install a Z3 top, including our Z3 convertible top installation manual for no extra charge. Ready to start shopping?

About the Z3 convertible top Window: The original Z3 soft top zippered window zipped down so that it could be lowered. But the Z3 top zipper, as originally designed, caused problems and produced BMW dealer recalls. Aftermarket BMW Z3 convertible top Manufacturers eliminated the zipper to improve the longevity of the replacement top. Today, the window is a green-tinted plastic window, as original, but it's heat-sealed into the new convertible top, instead of zipped in.

How do I choose my Z3 convertible top? We offer the Z3 soft top in two fabrics and original colors--as well as custom non-original colors. Here's what you need to know about Z# top replacement before you make your purchase:

Sonnendeck Canvas: This American-made convertible top canvas, also known as Twillfast canvas, is the original Z3 convertible top material. It's a luxurious three-ply top material with an acrylic/polyester exterior, a rubber center bonding layer, and a heavy woven inside lining. These layers (in all our canvas Z3 tops) make the Sonnendeck canvas Z3 soft top elegant and durable. Many purists want to see the characteristic German weave known as "dobby weave" on the Z3 convertible top ceiling from inside. Interested in an original Sonnendeck Z3 soft top? Click here.

German Sonnenland Canvas: Sonnenland canvas is the original German-made canvas used on many Mercedes, Porsche, and BMW convertible tops. German Sonnenland top canvas is also a three-ply material made of a tightly woven outer layer, also a rubber middle layer, and a dobby weave inside lining. It is hard to see the difference between Sonnendeck and Sonnenland canvas convertible tops, but technically Sonnenland Canvas is the longest-lasting top thanks to the exterior's abrasion resistance. Interested in a Sonnenland Canvas Z3 top? Click here.

Haartz Stayfast Canvas: This custom Z3 top has a typical canvas convertible top high wear rating. It costs less than Sonnendeck and Sonnenland canvas. The Haartz Stayfast convertible top is also hard to tell apart from the other canvas convertible top replacement ones. It has the canvas outer layer and a (non-dobby weave) preshrunk cotton inner layer. The two layers, like the other Z3 replacement top canvas ones, are bonded by a butyl rubber core. (It is this core that makes the canvas top fabric last a very long time, with both better static and dynamic wear ratings than vinyl tops.) Haartz Stayfast is the American substitute for the German convertible replacement top canvases used in Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, some models of Mustang and Lebaron and others. Canvas is widely regarded as "richer looking" than vinyl. It's also a little harder to clean. The inside of the top is pre-shrunk cotton. Interested in a Haartz Stayfast Canvas convertible top? Click here, and scroll down to place a custom Z3 top order.

Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl: Chrysler Sailcloth Vinyl is featured as the convertible top fabric on many late LeBarons, Sebrings, certain Mustangs and other cars. It is structurally (wear quality) equivalent to other vinyls, but the grain of this soft top fabric is designed to imitate the look of canvas. The advantage of a Sailcloth vinyl Z3 top is that you'll have more colors to choose from than you would with canvas. But it's not quite as rich looking, nor quite as durable as a canvas replacement Z3 top. Interested in a Sailcloth Vinyl BMW Z3 convertible top? Click here, then scroll down to place a custom Z3 soft top order.

What else should I replace if I'm replacing my Z3 top? We recommend replacing your top hold-down cables with each top replacement. Hold-down cables are listed with "Installation Supplies" and they are also available with our Z3 convertible top packages. Cables are threaded through each side of your original top with a plate at either end. These cables hold the top to the side frame and tension the top. Since the plates are riveted to the top frame as part of the top installation, this is a good time to replace them. Our cable kits and Z3 installation booklets describe how to install Z3 hold down cables.

What do other BMW Z3 owners say about CTG?

"You know I never did tell you how wonderful my new top looks. A fellow BMW Z3 owner and I replaced my old worn-out unit the first of June. We had your instructions in hand and followed them paragraph by paragraph. The top took us about 10 hours to install, from removal of old to the final installation. Thanks for supplying such a quality product at a fair price.
Paul, SC

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 Z3 & M Roadster) fit cars for years: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.