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Old 12-15-2012, 12:06 PM
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Sunroof back panel will not retract??

I'm hopeful I don't need to go down the "Sunroof deconstruct" path that Salbol1 posted.... My rear back panel won't fully retract down to the closed position. Its basically stuck up venting open. At first only the driver side wouldn't retract leaving it open at an odd angle. Now both sides have stopped moving all together... The front panel goes up and down as normal but the smaller back panel is stuck fully "up".

I don't see sunroof motor fuses on the fuse panel, etc. so not sure really even where to start. I tried reinitializing the panel by holding the button down and letting the roof cycle through.. still didn't close the back panel.. Any thoughts??

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Old 12-21-2012, 01:28 PM
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Am I the only one who's had this happen? I'm feeling very unlucky
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:43 PM
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It seems that is where they all break, in the vent. It doesn't happen too often There is a rebuild kit, and most likely some shit plastic little thing snapped. Search here< there are some that made the rear into a fix closed position .
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:24 PM
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Am I the only one who's had this happen? I'm feeling very unlucky
Did you get this sorted? same crap happened to me back porting is stuck tilted up and considering removing the 4 torx screws 2 on each side of the passenger and drivers end of the system pressing the close button and then applying a little pressure to glass to see if goes back down, or using the long screwdriver method to push gliders, but I can find not posts on this or picks and dont wanna mess this up and it raining and am stuck indoors with wide and kid! nice.......if you get any tips please let me know and the sunroof fuses? do they exist didnt see them in the trunk no menion of sunroof on the fuse panel
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Everyone really needs to STOP using the vent functions on these pano roofs if they are interested in reducing the risk of failure. Known issue. Use the slide open, but stop venting already! Thanks for letting me vent.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:48 PM
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Everyone really needs to STOP using the vent functions on these pano roofs if they are interested in reducing the risk of failure. Known issue. Use the slide open, but stop venting already! Thanks for letting me vent.

hmmmm, anyway spent a few hours messing around and found they way to close the stuck tilted rear section of the sunroof,
using a screw driver push back the two ramp fittings under the rear glass, in these ramp fittings is a small hole so you can fit a screwdriver in, go from the left to right each time moving each 'ramp' towards the back of car by 1cm or so each time do this until the tilted rear glass is level. attached pic of the ramp, and in the photo it shows it in the position it would be when the rear end glass is in the flat position(after i had moved the 'ramp' back), the dotted lines show where the ramp is hidden by the flap of plastic but the hole is visible in the pic and this is where the scrwedriver goes and you force it carefully backwardsfrom left to right in this pic...

I got out each time I moved the 'ramps' to check roof and how level it looked until I got it level with fron glass panel.....ok didn't dare go through any re-synching of roof as shown in many pano sunroof posts and just pulled the fuse out fusebox in the glove compartmet to avoid accidental opening......IF I do decide to try an resolve, how can I just disable the rear, someone mentioned removing all 4 torx screws that you can see (not in this pic though)but just wanna check anyone has done this and if the sliding sunroof then slides back and works as normal sliding ack and forth ok? merry christmas to all......and my wish list is a donkey at least more reliable than the x5, cv boot split this week too at 50,000 miles not too happy

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Thank You OMODOS. I know your post is quiet old now but You have saved me from a great deal of grief.
Will NEVER use the vent again.
I love my BMW but these endless stupid little problems are causing me so much anxiety. Time to buy something more reliable.
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Thank You OMODOS. I know your post is quiet old now but You have saved me from a great deal of grief.
Will NEVER use the vent again.
I love my BMW but these endless stupid little problems are causing me so much anxiety. Time to buy something more reliable.
homerraas- has a video of to put back in place
and the repair to permanently disable the back portion of the pano.while retaining all the functions of the sunroof.
i used theseinstructions to disable mine,posterior portion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqmmFf9gARM
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