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Hardtop for 1996 318i

Discussion in 'E36 (1992-1999)' started by Loupisano, Aug 20, 2010.

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    Can anyone tell me if a hardtop from a 1999 328 will fit on my 1996 318? Please email me at Loupisano@aol.com; thanks,

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    John in VA

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    Should work on;
    E36 318i Convertible
    E36 323i Convertible
    E36 325i Convertible
    E36 328i Convertible
    E36 M3 Convertible
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    It will fit, BUT if your 1996 318 was never ordered with the factory hardtop...

    You need to also buy an E36 hardtop installation kit for your convertible for the two small perches that the rear pins lock into. This kit also contains the electrical contact points. It's pretty easy to install.

    These are widely available from the dealer and most other BMW parts retailers. Expect to pay around $150 to $200 for this kit. They are fairly plentiful on Ebay also.


    I thought about emailing you, but I realized that this information could benefit many other E36 convertible owners interested in fitting their car with a hardtop.

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