E64 E46 E36 Convertible Top Latch Gear

4.77 out of 5
(26 customer reviews)


If the convertible top won’t unlatch from the windshield of your BMW, you most likely have a stripped or cracked latch motor gear. The original gear is made of plastic and is prone to failure after years of use. Our replacement gear is made from high grade steel and is guaranteed to never break.  Comes with replacement plastic gear mounts.

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Fits the following BMW vehicles:

BMW E36 318ic M42 1.8L
BMW E36 318ic M44 1.9L
BMW E36 323ic M52 2.5L
BMW E36 328ic M52 2.8L
BMW E46 323Ci M52 2.5L
BMW E46 325Ci M54 2.5L
BMW E46 330Ci M54 3.0L
BMW E46 M3 S54 3.2L
BMW E64 645Ci N62 4.4L
BMW E64 650i N62 4.8L
BMW E64 M6 S85 5.0L


26 reviews for E64 E46 E36 Convertible Top Latch Gear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Truman Viermas

    excellent product, excellent service and shiupment… plus the repair guide that goes along with this item is spot on so im extremely thankful to you all for all of the resources you provide 🙂

  2. 5 out of 5

    Payton Black

    very happy with this product… great quality and perfect fitment in my 6 series… highly reccomended

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      Thank you Payton, that really means a lot to us. We appreciate all of your reviews and comments.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dominic Veyoras

    Hey you all, i wanted to express my gratitude for such a fantastic product in the conv latch gear that previously i legitimately could not find how to do it DIY style. after doing some research online i came across your site (bmwrepairguide) and since that day you have saved me so much $$$ with these guides, not to mention your prices are INSANE. This gear finally got my convrtible top working and i now love driving my 328i again. i am in your debt, so i figured this was the least i could do as repayment!

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff


      We are truly flattered by your kind words, thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. So happy that you are enjoying your scanner. GL!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vinny Garcon

    Just got my latch gear in the mail on Friday and went in just like you said it would in your article. Do you guys have some sort of video format for these articles though because I tend to learn better that way rather than reading. Taht would really have helped me out but the gear was perfect and sent on time so thank you.

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      Hey Vinny,

      We actually do have a Youtube channel called BMW Repair Guide. In fact, we do have a video on this exact repair too in case you haven’t finished yours yet. We do apologize that you weren’t able to utilize it beforehand. Let us know if you have any more questions, we love hearing from you!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Phil Brieda

    First class experience across the board. Wasn’t sure if I bought my latch through this site or your main site so I made sure to leave a review here. Thank yo u guys so much the article was fantastic and my convertible top is back in order thanks to you’s!

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff


      We try our best to go above and beyond for our customers. Glad to see it’s paying off. You are too kind!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rich Weimar

    Did my due diligence and shopped around for this particular latch for my 645 ci. It’s a wasteland… could not find a single one that came even close to ya’lls prices! Thank you for being so reasonable with your pricing and shipping was super fast! 🙂

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff


      It’s funny you should say that because that’s the main reason why we decided to make these latches available to the home mechanic, as there was a giant vacuum with no one else selling them or charging way too much. Happy that your repair worked out for you 🙂

  7. 5 out of 5


    conveniently found your convertible latch video on youtube of all places which led me to your article….. very thorough and insightful write up only took me 10+ minutes to get the new gear installed. Convertible is back to retracting finally like I just drove off the lot with it, beautiful! gracias for the extensive information guide on this. not much out there. A+

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      We appreciate the feedback Harry, this particular repair is somewhat rare and obscure within the bmw repair ecosystem (not much info on google or youtube). Love helping other bimmer fans out!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cory Washburn

    Man my E64 convertible was about to be sent to the chopping block thank god my friend showed me your repair article on replacing the gear. You don’t even know how happy I am right now I can finally put my damn top-down like it was supposed to do. Thank ya’ll!

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      Sounds like you dodged a big one! Happy to hear everything worked out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Mack

    I work in the IT space and literally know nothing about cars much less BMW’s. Let me put it this way: if you asked me how I change the oil in my e46 I’d probably have some issues lol. I was just perusing through google one day looking for a way to do this myself and your guide inspired me to go ahead and pursue it. Convertible’s working like a charm now so thank you!

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      You’re welcome Christopher! If you have any questions about the repair process don’t hesitate to email us at

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ted Gambles

    The convertible top latch for the 6 series convertible is a little known part, though highly significant in it’s role in attatching and releasing the convertible top while in the closed position. You’d be surprised it doesn’t fail more often considering half the damn thing is made of plastic! Came here to say thanks for fair and honest price.

    • BMW MINI Parts Staff

      You’re welcome Ted, and trust us we’ve dealt with the convertible latch problem on our own vehicles here at the shop for what seems like forever lol. Glad you got it worked out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jayden Simpson

    I’m so grateful I would have kicked myself if I didn’t come back and leave you guys a beaming review. My gear was cracked from top to bottom right down the middle… your article made alot of sense too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Freddy Garcias


  13. 5 out of 5

    Shuaib Craft

    Thank you guys. I’ve owned 3 different BMW convertibles and the 645 is no bout the biggest challenge when it comes to maintenance. The convertible top is just a joke haha but I appreciate you guys listing this little latch gear as it’s tough to find.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim Arquette

    It’s awesome that you guys have this latch and everything was perfect with the service… it’s just that you guys need to sell more products. We need a good site like this to sell the stuff we’re getting killed with over at Amazon and Fcp Euro etc.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rich Whitmore

    Great stuff… this piece is like an endangered species, it’s nowhere on the web. Solid price and shipping was a breeze… will highly reccomend!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Garcias

    I am grateful for the small size because it fits better in my hands but can you send directions with the motor gear? thank you

  17. 5 out of 5

    Santos Ramirez


  18. 5 out of 5

    Luis Clarkson

    Sending love and appreciation all the way from New Mexico!!!!! Very happy I finally discovered the problem with my convertible many thanks friends

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hal Byrd

    Excellent all around….. do you guys think you could offer 1 day shipping at some point in the future?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jason Treadwell

    This was the exact reason my dad couldn’t get his top down thank you guys for the amazing article and gear to go with it

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fred Warner

    There should be a mandatory disclosure for these E64’s divulging the fact that they all inevitably break…. Every. Single. Time.


  22. 5 out of 5

    Daren Shaw

    We got the little bugger of a screw did ya? Would not know this was possible if you guys didn’t post this so many thanks. As I’m sure you’re aware the BMW community has a data aggregation problem…. no one knows what part goes to which part number and yadda yhadda .. may never get solved!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Quigley

    Worked like a charm! Had no idea it was that little jerk of a screw that was causing this mess. I appreciate all you guys do and keep up the repair articles!!!!!!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell Gordon

    OMG THANK YOU THIS LATCH GEAR IS SO FRUSTRATING. I’ve been having trouble with my E64’s convertible top since I bought it and have been using it manually for the past 6 months. Could not find anything on this until your video…..

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah Plasco

    I’m a regular BMW Repair Guide reader both on your blog and YT channel…. thanks again for a great product and a great price!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ray Eckler

    Made it here through your Youtube video on the E64. Thought I’d never be able to put my top down again…. also the latch got here in 2 days with the free shipping! Thanks!!

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