98 BMW M3 convertible aftermarket soft top?

Hello
did a search through the older threads for anything related to the M3 convertible rag tops....I'm thinking about buying a 98 M3 Convertible.
Are there issues with the soft top, besides the rear window fading? Do the soft tops have a tendency to "wear out" i.e. loose fit after several years, easily worn out tensioners, etc etc. (there was only 1 previous poster who complained about this, but wanted to see if anyone else out there had the same issues)
Also are there any aftermarket tops for the m3 convertible? tried a google search for this but came up empty handed, dont know if anyone else has some info, maybe a little known company making them....
last inquiry.....roll cages? is it good idea to install one as an extra support in case of a roll-over and to beef of the handling (due to the lack of a hard top and the roof support pillars)?
thank you in advance.
-phil
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My 99 had major top problems and I believe they are common. The straps that actually pull the top back (inside the top) fail pretty regularly. It's not an inexpensive fix. I ended up selling it and buying an 03, but do miss it.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

On power tops the tension straps can be an issue if the top mechanism isn't kept lubricated. If lubricated - the last rendition of the straps from BMW seem to be long lasting. Not exactly a DIY - but not rocket science either - a lot of grunt work to replace. The hint is if the top hits the rear deck panel when you try to open it. If it does - the straps are stretched.

Lots of them can be found on Ebay - quite common and rather inexpensive.

Not needed. There are popup roll-bars behind the rear seat and the front header where the front of the top fastens contains a roll-bar. Adding weight to the car with a roll-cage won't do a thing for the handling. Since the roll cage would bolt in place behind the front seats I see no way that it would stiffen the chassis.

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