BMW 3 Series (318i 323i, 325i, 328i, M3 (E36 Chassis), 1994-99
Convertible Top and Convertible Top Parts

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. 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 please request (no price difference.).
  • 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: Tops are made by:
                                         Robbins with 5 year manufacturer warranty/18 month labor
                                         allowance
                                         EZ-On with 3 year manufacturer warranty/18 month labor allowance
                                         Germanex with 3 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

Convertible Tops and Packages

Convertible Tops and Packages

A.) Original Twillfast Canvas Convertible Top
                       OR
Complete Twillfast Top Installation Package
Select Manufacturer: Germanex, EZ-On or Robbins

Package has: top, clear detailed installation manual, can of
                      trimmer contact cement, pair hold down cables.


 
Top OR Complete Package:
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$329.00
B.) Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
                       OR
Complete Stayfast Top Installation Package
Select Manufacturer: EZ-On or Robbins

Package has: top, clear detailed installation manual, can of
                      trimmer contact cement, pair hold down cables.
Top OR Complete Package:
Manufacturer:
Color:

As low as:
$509.00
C.) SPECIAL STAYFAST CANVAS COLORS:
Haartz Stayfast Canvas Convertible Top
made by EZ-On
For: 1994-99 BMW 3 Series (318i 323i, 325i, 328i, M3 (E36 Chassis) Convertible Top
Color
View Color
$679.00
BMW 3 Series (318i 323i, 325i, 328i, M3 (E36 Chassis) convertible tops and parts in this category fit model years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999


Installation Supplies

Installation Supplies

INCLUDED WITH TOP PACKAGES
1994-99 BMW 3 Series Convertible, 30 Page Step by Step Installation Manual with Over 100 Illustrations.
No Charge!
1994-99 BMW 3 SERIES, Pair of Side Hold Down Cables.

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

$29.95
 
1995-1999 BMW 328i, 323i, 325i, 328i Convertible Top Installation Instructions on DVD

 

$39.95
Hand Riveter-includes: Four Nose Pieces for 1/16", 5/64", 3/32", and 1/8" and 30 Piece Rivet Assortment.
$13.95
Pair of Elastic Tension Straps. for 1994-1999. Should Be Replaced When a New Top Is Installed.
$289.95
Pair of Elastic Tension Straps. for 1994-1999. Should Be Replaced When a New Top Is Installed.

Discount Only Available with Top Purchase

$249.95
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
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

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

Atrex part #6508

$127.95
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


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

94-99 BMW 3 Series, Driver side front window seal, OEM (shown in Blue color)
$399.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Driver side rear quarter window seal, OEM (shown in Green color)
$449.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Front Metal Retainer, OEM
$29.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Front Rubber Seal, OEM (Shown in Camel Color)
$449.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Passenger side front window seal, OEM (shown in Blue color)
$399.95
94-99 BMW 3 Series, Passenger side rear quarter window seal, OEM (shown in Green color)
$449.95


Wind Deflector

Wind Deflector

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


Custom Fit Car Covers

Custom Fit Car Covers

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 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.


Parts in this category (BMW 3 Series (318i 323i, 325i, 328i, M3 (E36 Chassis)) fit cars for years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.