In Reply to: Rear Window Blanket & Soft Top Questions posted by Rosenberg on January 13, 2000 at 11:12:31:
1) Does the rear window blanket come with the car or is it an add-on option (I didn't get one with the car) ?
It's suppose to, but some dealers would rather charge for it. Including mine who even denied selling me the car in the first place when I tried to get one. I was one of the fortunate few who were given one by Rick H. BTW, has anyone heard from him?
2) Is the rear window blanket necessary, does it really help maintain the window and/or does it do anything else?
There's some debate about this, but I feel it does help to prevent backlight scratches; and, IMO, makes the crease caused by one of the roof bars somewhat less noticable.
3) Should I be putting anything on the soft top (perservative, waterproofing, etc.)?
Absolutely! Some here like Porsche's Tequipment. However, I'm in the camp that favors a non-aerosol sealant like StarBrite, which can be found at a marine supply store, e.g., West Marine, for ~$20 a gallon! (Estimates here range from 12oz to 32oz per application.) I think you can buy in online via www.overtons.com too, if I'm not mistaken.
4) Any additional maintenance items that a hard top person (like me) wouldn't know about?
Pillow. There's some debate about the efficacy of using one of these here as well. Nonetheless, it's something I'd advocate. Also, since it's NOT an BMW product, you'll have to source one yourself. I use an 36" length of foam-type pipe insulation stuffed with an 1/2" wooden dowel...~$2.50 @ Home Depot.
For the backlight, you're gonna need:
As for tips, click on link below to board sponser Autopia Car Care (banner ad above, as well); and, go to their "Cabrio Top Care" tips (under "Information" or "Detailing Tips"???)...Very Helpful!
Another tip would be to get in the habit of vacuuming the top.
In summary, it's a PITA ;-).