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    top color for Oxfordgruen?

    I have a Z3 with Oxfordgruen paint. It currently has a black top. Considering replacing it with tan (matches the interior) but wondering a) what your color preference would be if you were outfitting the same car, and b) is there an advantage to the black top over the tan or beige one?

    Anyone have a pic of Oxfordgruen with tan or beige top? Does not seem to be a popular color...

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    Get a green one.

    Do a google for british tradition edition Z3, it had a green top, and looked good. Follow this link and scroll down and there's a pic of a boston green bt edition/ green top. http://www.zroadster.net/tim/colors/z275-bost.html
    Beige tops show more dirt and are harder to clean.
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    Green's the color I went with.


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    FYI: Green oem is highest quality canvas top...

    ..it's actually thicker and denser than others(black is 2nd..least is Beige)..guessin' few know this gem of top info(more now though?)..Z3Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R

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    Re: FYI: Green oem is highest quality canvas top...

    Do you think the green top would go with the Boston Green?

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    Follow the link in my post above for pic....


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    ans: YES.......in fact, that's exactly what ...

    I'm going to exchange for my beige oe on my BG '97 2.8...I need to set aside a top for our other 2.8(it has a beige interior) and rather than just replace with a "beige", i'll get the dream Green combo for the '97 and save the oe beige for the '98(it's indistinguishable from new, btw)for such future time as may be needed)..making the replacement almost an economical necessity(too good to pass on)..Z3Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R("..aint e-z bein' green?"..huh!)

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    Re: FYI: Green oem is highest quality canvas top...

    I can see that there is an OEM Green top. Is there GAHH green or any other quality aftermarket green top too?

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    Re: Get a green one.

    The green top looks great on the Boston Green car but I don't know about the Oxfordgruen which (to my eyes) seems darker than the Boston... not sure if the two greens would look as nice if they differ more in hue. How do Oxfordgruen and Boston Green compare?

    Also I read somewhere on here that the green tops are actually thicker/higher quality than other colors? Seems strange, but?

    Leaning towards tan right now but my mind can change at 2-3 Hz so who knows where it will be in the spring when I have it installed. I'm not against black other than it sucks up sunlight more than other lighter colors do.

    It's a decision I'll have to live with a while so I want to deliberate.

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    I saw the green top on one at the last HC, what a

    surprise it did look terrific.

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    That was mine....

    The top's from Cabrio World, it's the darker of the green shades and has been holding up well over the past five years I've had it on. To be honest, one of the Z3's that I really liked before I bought mine was an Oxford with a golden-beige top. I think the blue metal-flake in BG really makes the green top look sharp.

    BTW, it was nice to meet you Carlin :)

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    It was great to see a green car with the green

    top, did have my doubts, but nice job! Good meeting you too.

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    I have a tan top on mine, don't do it!

    I'd replace mine with black or green when the time comes. The tan is tough to keep clean. Besides, the top is down most of the time anyway, isn't it?

    I'd keep playing! I don't think the heavy stuff will be coming down for quite a while!


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    I have a tan top on Topaz

    It's held up well- an '02, but when it finally wears out I'll probably replace with black due to the hassle of cleaning it to get off stains,etc. I have found that if you use a marine canvas preservative/water repellant on the tan top once a year it retains it's original color- plus the preservative takes out the stains. This is commonly available in a non-aerosol spray. You just spray in on, work the just sprayed area lightly with an old piece of cotton towel, and go on to the next section. The preservative dries overnight. I usually do this when I'm putting the car into storage for the winter.Doug

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    Check out a blue top, looks great on blue car.

    Here's a montreal Blue w/blue top.

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    There is a pic above, even though it says NT.


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    Blue top on Montreal Blue looks great.....

    ....but I don't know if that would work with Topaz....at least not to my eye. The Topaz paint changes its color radically with light conditions,some days it looks to be blue, other days it looks like blue with some red or purple added, some days it looks gray, some days it looks a bit pink. Thus, I think the blue top won't always match. The blue top would go very well with the interior on my car, which was ordered with Impala Brown seats and door panels. It was one of the last Z3s built, and the factory was "flexible" in what they would build without an extra charge if you twisted their arms a bit. For the '02s, only Topaz and Atlanta Blue colors were built as standard, and only black or tan tops were listed- at least per my 2002 catalog.Doug

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    Mine's tan

    Oxford Green, tan interior, tan top - 10 years old this past March. Yeah the tan is a tougher to keep clean than black, but I think it's worth it, and as you can see even after ten years it still looks good.

    This is a "birthday pic" taken this spring... (link down at the bottom of the post for a high-res version).




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