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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 03-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting ready to replace the stock stereo and speakers in my 1984 325e. (I beleive I have the basic AM/FM casette - I don't have the raised speaker boxes on the back dash or tweeters in A pillar). I searched through these forums and looked at the technical article on Pelican, but am still a little confused.

I keep reading about a common speaker ground and a "fader" on the dash. I don't see a fader on my dash that is seperate from my head unit (the head unit has an "audio" buttom that scrolls through "Base", "Trebble", "Balance" - Left/Right and "Fade" - Front/Back)

My question is (before I start pulling things out) is will I need to run new wire (crutchfiled did not indicate such) or will I be able to just clip off the OEM ends and attached the new speaker connections? Also, I purchased 5 1/4 for the front and 6 1/2 for the rear. Crutchfiled indicated the rear will require new mounting holes to be drilled (true???) These forums indicated no.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Guess I will check another forum.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Be patient, grasshopper. There's lots of users on here that are all over the world. Someone will have your answer (I don't...sorry, mine had an aftermarket CD player installed before I got the car.) The speaker fader they're talking about is in mine though, it looks like a vent open/close dial that rolls horizontally - I have an '87 325.

Give them time. The guys on this forum are very knowledgeable and really nice dudes.
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