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    2000 323CiC Top working but buttons are not

    The top can open and close by holding the key in opening or closing position. However, the buttons at the bottom of the dash do not work at all. It's a little annoying having to bring two keys at all time or having to shutdown the car just to open or close the top. Any suggestions? Is it just a superficial contact problem with the buttons or something more serious? Is there any risk the key will stop working for the top too any time soon?


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    I can only guess...bad switch, maybe? Has...

    Anything recently been spilled in the area of the switch?
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    Re: I can only guess...bad switch, maybe? Has...

    I don't remember spilling anything myself . . . but one can never know what the kids did when taking the car out. LOL. Is the top operation via the keys an emergency operation procedure or something standard? Would there be any harm if I keep using the car keys instead of the buttons?

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    If someone were to take a logical troubleshooting

    approach to your top operation, they would probably start with a simple check of your dash buttons. If you can eliminate that, then my next guess would be to suspect the electronic interface with the electric/mechanical system.
    I'd think the key operation will continue to work reliably as a separate system than the one that failed.
    Always best to walk your problems to a service center where someone with experience will do better than guessing. You want to search for a guy who starts to talk knowledgeably as soon as you start to describe your dilemma.

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    Shouldn't be a problem


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    You could also buy an after market kit that.....

    allows opening and closing of the top using your key fob buttons.
    Bavarian sells a kit.


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    Top Operation via Dash vs. Key

    Operation of the top is just a convenience feature.

    The fact that it works when using the key indicates that your problem is in the dash switches, not the top itself. That's good news - repairs on the top itself can be very, very expensive. I had to replace the wiring harness in the top a couple of years ago, and it cost me $2400.

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    Re: Top Operation via Dash vs. Key

    Oops, I meant to say operation by key is a convenience feature. It's not just for emergencies.

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