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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-22-2005, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After looking at my ugly stump for months, I've decided to do something about my busted mast antenna. Thing is, I don't know how to get the stock one out! I know it's a power antenna assembly of course, but there are a ton of mounting bolts and brackets under the carpet for the assembly, and the (what looks like) retainer nut on the exterior of the car (flying saucer cap that screws onto the mast assembly, has a slot on either side) will not get the hell off. I've sprayed it with WD40, taken numerous tools to it (which scratched the hell out of the chrome base for the mast) and tried for an hour to dissasemble the unit from inside the trunk (which lead to a whack in the head, a shorted fuse (trunk light was pulled so it wouldn't drain battery, accidentally made contact with trunk lid, blew out my radio), and a bruised ego, I reassembled my trunk and called it a day.

How does the stupid thing come out?
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Old 05-22-2005, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When the aerial was new it would have come with a key that fitted into the slots on the top outside of the aerial. This has to come off try a pair of pointed nose pliers. Inside you should have a 10mm nut and bolt holding a radio bar to the body an earth cable bolted to the body a screw connector for the aerial lead and a block connector for the 2 feeds..
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Damn, no key to be found anywhere. Grrr.

Question: anyone know of a good aftermarket antenna for the E30? I don't want to set down the $300 for a new BMW power assembly.
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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$300??? Where are you shopping? The dealer?

Try Auto Haus AZ.
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i just replaced my antenna mast. just the mast itself, not the motor assembly. the mast only cost $20 some bills.

be sure that your motor is dead before replacing the entire thing. i would take off the mast itself by unbolting the grommet at the base of the antenna. ones that is loose, turn the radio on and the antenna will extend. help it along its way and pull the entire antenna out. installation of a new mast is just the opposite. i got my antenna mast from bmpdesign.com.

btw, milo, that site has a great price on the motor! everywhere i have ever seen it was list price!
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Great prices, and great service. What's real nice is the perks as your cart value goes up... $50 gets free shipping, $100 gets a sweepstakes entry, $200 or something gets an additional 2% off. If you are gonna spend, might as well get the most for your parts moula.
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Broadway... check your Bentley for the mast instructions. It's in there. You just gotta wrestle out the trim panel I just pulled my antenna motor out yesterday and cleaned out the grime and grit, as the PO put a spring-loaded fixed mast on the car, and it looks pretty crappy. I need to test the motor yet to see if I am spending $16 or $60.
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ebay has the whole Hirschmann antenna for about 30$ ready to go brand new in box. Just searh around and you should find one pretty easily.
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Beware of the ones on eBay... many do not include the mast, or are used. For the price of the used complete antennas ($50) plus shipping ($10), you might as well buy new.
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Is that a... power mast antenna... for only $70??

Saved again by the forum. Thanks guys. That would be excellent. As a matter of fact, $300 WAS the dealer. All the shops in town told me it was the only place to get it.
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this may help:

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Is that a... power mast antenna... for only $70??

Saved again by the forum. Thanks guys. That would be excellent. As a matter of fact, $300 WAS the dealer. All the shops in town told me it was the only place to get it.
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