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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 11-10-2004, 06:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My factory Bavaria cassette player/radio has had the fritz and I'm finally in the mood to join the 1980's and get a CD player. I know this is a very poor basis on which to select an audio component however I'm particularly fussy about keeping a consistent "orange" display illumination on the dash AND I want something that looks a bit conservative (most of the players these days are IMHO grossly ugly).

I've seen a VDO player which is suitably qualified (German company; the player has that Teutonic austerity about it plus an "orange" display/read out ....and it's cheap). The only question that remains - how's it sound? Anyone have one or an opinion?

Second thought - has anyone done anything creative with the cassette holder in the console behind the hand brake - '85 318iA)? Is there anything aftermarket that replaces it? Seems as redundant as an 8 track so I need something in its place.
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VDO is not a commonly sold item for car stero in the US.
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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if the VDO player doesnt turn out ok, the alpine decks towards top end of the range allow you to alter the display lighting between a number of colours including orange it think. sound great too. only problem is they come in silver face only, black isnt available any more.
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Old 11-24-2004, 03:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nakamichi cd400 displays orange, with a black OEM face
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