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e30 Convertible Factory Training Video

When the e30 Convertible came out the factory sent out a video covering everything from operation to adjustments to a very good walk through on changing the top. You can find copies of the VHS tape on eBay ranging from $25 to $100, what you will get is just a copy of the original tape.

I recently digitally converted it and mastered a DVD for it - if you'd like a copy for a nominal cost just give me a shout (this DVD is sent out for a nominal cost for your personal use and is NOT for copying or resale.)

The video covers operating the (manual) top, adjusting the top frame (fore/aft/left/right), replacing the top in detail, adjusting the windows & boot lid, and body changes specific to the e30 cabriolet.

Here are some vendors of replacement tops (no endorsements...)

  • AA Best Co. (eBay)
    I was able to talk to one of the people that runs this shop - they were exceedingly nice and spent a good deal of time explaining the computer cutting and hand-finishing process, and even sent me swatches of the material. Since the price is better by far than anyone else I have found ($495 for Sonnedecke cloth with both new straps and cables) I will probably order from them.
  • AutoStyles' Robbins Tops
  • Premium Tops
  • World Upholstry
  • Gahh

Top Cloth Manufacturers

Some good tech pieces on top replacement

Some info on Top material -

  • Original German Cloth - 38 to 40oz weight, the original three-layer top for e30's. Consists of a Polyester/Acrylic blend synthetic cloth outer layer, rubber middle layer, and patterned cotton cloth inner layer.
  • Sonnedecke - the US equivelant made with Haartz twillfast, virtually identicle to original German cloth.
  • Sonnenland - a three-ply composite made of twill weave outer fabric, rubber inner layer and a dobby weave lining fabric made by Haartz (DE).
  • Stay-Fast "G" - A three ply composite made of 100% acrylic square weave outer fabric, a butyl rubber inner layer and a 100% cotton drill lining fabric.. The non-G version appears to have a flat cotton inner layer.
  • Sunfast - no info.
  • Sailcloth - a Vinyl top.

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