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      02-13-2019, 02:37 PM   #1
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Vert top E88

Can anyone tell me why the top is so costly to replace? Mine works fine although I am contemplating a switch from Tan to black and all I see is approx. $5,000 cost which seems so ridiculous considering the actual top can be had for 1k. Is it really that difficult to replace? Are independents just as pricey? Thx
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      02-13-2019, 04:03 PM   #2
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      02-13-2019, 04:29 PM   #3
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The quote I got for black was $2400, but I did not go to dealer. My Indy gave me name that did his E46 since he thought they did good work.
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The quote I got for black was $2400, but I did not go to dealer. My Indy gave me name that did his E46 since he thought they did good work.
$2400 at dealer or Indy? Seems more realistic.
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I just got a quote for $1600 for a black top.
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      02-13-2019, 05:16 PM   #6
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Yeah, I've been quoted $3,200 AUD from a convertible soft-top specialist with an aftermarket top.

It's the labor. I'm told it's 12+ hours work for installation of a new top.
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I just got a quote for $1600 for a black top.
wow, Indy in your home state? Just a top change right, no mechanicals?
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I put a new top on an old Fiat 124 Spyder. It wasn't very hard. But it was not lined and was manual open and close. The liner has to add cost - but also helps keep things quieter. The bimmer top is significantly bigger, has a back window of glass with a defroster, and is lined. That would all seem to add cost and complexity.

My car will be 10 in June but I got two new tops early from BMW under warranty. So my top is more like 7 or 8 years old. I treat it annually and it seems to be doing fine. I plan to keep taking care of it and see how long it lasts.
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I put a new top on an old Fiat 124 Spyder. It wasn't very hard. But it was not lined and was manual open and close. The liner has to add cost - but also helps keep things quieter. The bimmer top is significantly bigger, has a back window of glass with a defroster, and is lined. That would all seem to add cost and complexity.

My car will be 10 in June but I got two new tops early from BMW under warranty. So my top is more like 7 or 8 years old. I treat it annually and it seems to be doing fine. I plan to keep taking care of it and see how long it lasts.
Thanks for post. My car has the taupe original top, operates fine and because it's original a bit faded. I would love to change color to black at some point but the costs I am hearing makes me think that will never happen.
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I've never done it but it might be worth looking for information on dying the current top. The water repellant probably makes it difficult for the dye to penetrate, however.
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I had an E30 manual top with vinyl window replaced by a local indy in Seattle, it was 1600 plus tax and a couple bits they needed to replace (cables & stays). Total with tax was still under 2K. I imagine they'd be around 2400-3000 for an E88, since the top is so much nicer and is motorized.
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