OPERATION AND PROGRAMMING

STLFBW6

Comfort Roof Control Module designed for

BMW 3 Series Convertible (E46)


Firmware v2.00 and up



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PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE MANUAL CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT.

We explicitly point out that all functions of this control unit should be used only while exercising caution and responsibility. We can NOT be held liable for any damage or injury caused by installing or using this product. Operation must be supervised and paid attention to in order to ensure that there are no objects or persons in range of moving parts due to the fact that top mechanics do not have pinch protection. Please study and be aware of the procedures to interrupt an ongoing operation in an emergency.
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This module comes with our USB Field Upgrade and Configuration Port! We recommend connecting it to a computer BEFORE YOU INSTALL and using our support app "m4cconnect" to do a quick firmware update check. M4cconnect as well as all other information regarding USB update and configuration can be found at www.mods4cars.com/usb. You can even configure and activate your favorite module functions and settings on screen before the module is installed in the car! It is a good idea to permanently install the USB cable with the module in the car, leaving the computer plug in an easily accessible spot for later use with a Wifi/3G/4G connected laptop.
Detailed function description (Factory setting underlined)
Function 1 - MODULE MODE + MASTER SWITCH ( 0=OFF / 1=ON / 2=EXT / 3=EXP )

The module can quickly and easily be enabled and disabled using this function. It acts like a master switch. When disabled, the module becomes completely inactive and behaves as if it was not installed while keeping all other function settings intact for when it is re-enabled later.

Setting 1 is the regular operation mode with emphasis on safety. Turning the ignition on or off as well as hitting any button on the remote at any time during remote operation immediately stops an ongoing top operation.
Setting 2 is the extended operation mode with emphasis on convenience. Starting or stopping the engine will not stop a top operation and it is possible to lock or unlock the doors one time from the remote while the top is moving.
Setting 3 is the operation mode designed for responsible experts. It allows the doors to be locked and unlocked more than once. This can come in handy if after getting out and locking the doors something was forgotten in the car and needs to be retrieved while the top is still running.

Settings 2 and 3 require extra responsibility and caution to avoid injury by moving top parts to passengers not expecting the top to continue running after the engine is turned off and due to the fact that the first key press on the remote to lock or unlock the doors (or continued toggling of the door locks) will not stop the top! To abort the operation, press unlock while the doors are unlocked or lock while they are locked.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: In order to avoid problems with diagnostic tools and to avoid confusion or risk of injury by unexpected top movement, we urge you to ALWAYS DISABLE the module before taking the car in for routine maintenance or lending it to a third person! In case of any top malfunction NEVER take the car with the module still installed to an unsuspecting dealer! In such cases ALWAYS contact Mods4Cars for support first at www.mods4cars.com or completely uninstall the module before a dealer visit.


Function 2 - Console Switch One-Touch ( 0=OFF / 1=ON / 2=VALET )

This function allows full automatic top operation using the console switch.

Setting 1 enables One-Touch operation and comfort close for all windows.
Setting 2 disables opening of the top (Valet Mode), even from the remote! - Firmware 2.01+

IMPORTANT: Setting 2 disables top operation completely! If the top unexpectedly does not work, check and make sure VALET mode is not turned on.

Top operation with the console switch:
Holding down the switch (longer than 1 sec) in either direction will operate the top in manual mode for as long as the switch is held.
Tap open 1x: Open the top and bring the windows into the programmed position.
Tap open 2x: Open the top and bring the windows into the opposite position this one time.
Tap close 1x: Close top and windows.
Tap close 2x: Close only the top and leave the windows open.

Comfort close for all windows:
Tap the top close switch while the top is already closed to roll all windows up.

To interrupt an ongoing operation: Tap the console switch in any direction at any time - even if the top was started by remote!


Function 3 - Maximum Speed ( 0=0 km/h / 1=10 km/h / 2=20 km/h / 3=30 km/h / 4=40 km/h )

This function determines the desired speed limit for top operation via console switch.

Setting 0 only allows roof operation while halted.
Setting 1 and up increase the speed for top operation in steps of 10km/h (~7mph).

We recommend to keep the speed as low as possible and only operate the top on even and smooth street surfaces!
Once the top is started within the programmed speed limit, it will continue running, even if the speed later exceeds the limit during the top operation!



Function 4 - Remote Top ( 0=OFF / 1=HOLD / 2=TAP / 3=BOTH )

This function allows full automatic top operation with the original remote fob by pressing the lock and unlock buttons.

Setting 1 (Hold) allows opening and closing of the top by holding down the unlock and lock buttons on the remote.
Setting 2 (Tap) allows opening and closing of the top by tapping the unlock and lock buttons on the remote multiple times.
Setting 3 (Both) allows both of the methods to be used.

Top operation with the remote fob using HOLD:
Hold unlock down for about 4 sec: Open the top and bring the windows into the programmed position.
Hold unlock down for about 4 sec, let go and tap open again briefly: Open the top and bring the windows into the opposite position.
Hold lock down for about 4 sec: Close top and windows.
Hold lock down for about 4 sec, let go and tap close again briefly: Close only the top while leaving the windows down.

Top operation with the remote fob using TAPS:
Tap unlock 3x in 1 sec intervals: Open the top and bring the windows into the programmed position.
Tap unlock 4x in 1 sec intervals: Open the top and bring the windows into the opposite position this one time.
Tap lock 3x in 1 sec intervals: Close top and windows.
Tap lock 4x in 1 sec intervals: Close only the top while leaving the windows down.

It is also possible to tap or hold the unlock button to close the top. This can come in handy when using the lock button causes issues (problems with alarm etc.)

To interrupt an ongoing operation: Tap unlock or lock again. IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that Extended mode allows changes of the door locks! In such case a second key press on the same button will be necessary to stop the top.


Function 5 - Remote Windows ( 0=OFF / 1=HOLD / 2=TAP / 3=BOTH )

This function allows separate control of the windows with the original remote fob by pressing the lock and unlock buttons.

Setting 1 (Hold) allows opening and closing of the windows by holding down the unlock and lock buttons on the remote.
Setting 2 (Tap) allows opening and closing of the windows by tapping the unlock and lock buttons on the remote multiple times.
Setting 3 (Both) allows both of the methods to be used.

Window operation with the remote fob using HOLD:
Hold unlock down for about 2 sec: Open all windows.
Hold lock down for about 2 sec: Close all windows.

Window operation with the remote fob using TAPS:
Tap unlock 2x in 1 sec intervals: Open all windows.
Tap lock 2x in 1 sec intervals: Close all windows.


Function 6 - Window positions after opening top ( 0=NONE / 1=FRONT / 2=ALL )

This function determines the position of the windows after an automatic top opening run.

Setting 0 leaves all windows down.
Setting 1 raises the front windows only.
Setting 2 raises all windows.


Function 7 - Hazard flashers ( 0=OFF / 1=ON / 2=SURR )

This function activates the hazard flashers during remote controlled top operation or when the top continues running after the ignition has been turned off.

Setting 1 generates a regular flashing signal like the regular hazard flashers.
Setting 2 generates an animated rotating signal.


Function 8 - Automatic Door Locks ( 0=OFF / 1=LOCK / 2=KEY / 3=IGN )

This function can be set to automatically lock the doors when driving and unlock the doors when either the key is pulled from the ignition lock or when the engine is turned off.

Setting 1 locks the doors as soon as the car starts moving.
Setting 2 unlocks the doors after the key is pulled from the ignition lock (ignition fully off).
Setting 3 unlocks the doors when the engine is turned off (ignition in ACC position or fully off).


Function 9 - Coming/Leaving Home ( 0=OFF / 1=PARK / 2=DIP )

This function turns the lights on for a short time when locking or unlocking the car.

Setting 1 activates the park/fog lights.
Setting 2 activates the dipped beam and fog lights.

The lights turn back off after 30 seconds or when opening a door.


Function 10 - Park Assist ( 0=OFF / 1=-2 / 2=-1 / 3=0 / 4=+1 / 5=+2 )

This function automatically lowers one of the mirrors when shifting into reverse which makes it a lot easier to see the curb or other obstacles.

The settings 1-5 are for calibrating the park assist feature. Since vehicles without the factory option do not have position encoders or memory in the mirror motors, our park assist feature has to rely on precise timing only. Unfortunately some inaccuracy is unavoidable. In some cases the mirror may return too high or too low.
This calibration value helps in finding a timing that returns the mirror to a position that is close enough to the original position. The higher the setting is programmed here, the higher the position is the mirror will return to.

IMPORTANT: This function only works on cars where the mirrors are connected to the data bus. In cases where no reaction is observed despite this function being activated, the selector switch in passenger mirror position and reverse gear selected, the function should stay disabled.


Function 11 - Comfort Blinkers ( 0=OFF / 1=ON )

This function activates a convenient triple-blinker when tapping the blinker stalk briefly.

Einstellung 1 activates the Comfort-Blinker function

PLEASE NOTE: For technical reasons use of the trible blinker at night may sometimes cause a very slight but noticable change in speedometer brightness. This is normal and can be minimized by changing the brightness up or down by a small bit with the dimmer wheel.


Programming
This module offers several different functions, each with several settings. All functions and settings are described in detail above and a quick reference table (matrix) can be found at the end of this manual. We recommend printing the matrix and storing it in the glove box!
To activate the programming mode, turn the ignition fully ON (no need to start the engine), then hold down both convertible top switches (1) and (2) until both blinker arrows (4) and (5) in the cluster light up. Now let go.
The module now shows the firmware version and the functions and settings in the radio display (3).
Alternatively, with aftermarket radios or other cases where the text output doesn't work, it is possible to use the blinker arrows as output. To activate the alternate setup method, proceed as described above, but keep holding the switches until the arrows light up a second time, then let go.
In this mode the module shows the current function via the left arrow and that function's setting via right arrow. As an example, the left arrow blinks 1x and the right arrow blinks 2x: Function 1 is currently set to setting 2.
To select the function, tap the top switch briefly. To change the setting of the selected function, hold the switch for about 1 sec. A brief tap on the top open switch (2) advances to the next function, a brief tap on the top close switch (1) returns to the last one. After reading the current function and setting via radio text or blinker signals, a long tap on the top open switch (2) increases the setting while a long tap on the top close (1) switch decreases it.

To end programming mode, either turn the ignition off or hold down the top switch in either direction for a longer time (about 5 sec) until both arrows light up.
Programming mode also terminates automatically after 60 sec. of inactivity.
Function/Setting Matrix (green fields are defaults)
Product: STLFBW6 - SmartTOP for BMW 3 Series Convt. (E46)
Firmware: v2.00 and up
SETTING 0SETTING 1SETTING 2SETTING 3SETTING 4SETTING 5
Function 1 OFFONEXTEXP
MODULE MODE +
MASTER SWITCH
Module DisabledModule EnabledExtended Mode
READ MANUAL!
Expert Mode
READ MANUAL!
Function 2 OFFONVALET
Console Switch
One-Touch
Factory behaviorOne-Touch operationValet Mode
Firmware 2.01+
Function 3 0 km/h10 km/h20 km/h30 km/h40 km/h
Maximum SpeedOnly while halted10 km/h (~7mph)20 km/h (~13mph)30 km/h (~19mph)40 km/h (~25mph)
Function 4 OFFHOLDTAPBOTH
Remote TopNo remote functionsHold remote for 3 sec.Tap remote 3xHold and Tap enabled
Function 5 OFFHOLDTAPBOTH
Remote WindowsNo remote functionsHold remote for 2 sec.Tap remote 2xHold and Tap enabled
Function 6 NONEFRONTALL
Window positions
after opening top
All windows downFront windows upAll windows up
Function 7 OFFONSURR
Hazard flashersDisabledNormalSurround
Function 8 OFFLOCKKEYIGN
Automatic Door LocksFactory behaviorOnly lock doorsUnlock doors when key is pulledUnlock doors when ignition is turned off
Function 9 OFFPARKDIP
Coming/Leaving HomeDisabledPark/Fog LightsDippes Beam/Fog
Function 10 OFF-2-10+1+2
Park AssistDisabledCalibration in 5 steps (3 is neutral)
Function 11 OFFON
Comfort BlinkersDisabledEnabled