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Old 12-11-2005, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just got my 318i

hey guys..i sold my rx7 and got my bmw 318i. i took the DVD player with in dash lcd screen out of my rx7 and plan to install it onto my bmw. now the interior is in good condition, so im wondering if you guys would be kind enough to help me with taking apart everything to get to the stock tape player so i can remove that and install this DVD player easily. i also plan to install a subwoofer, so this is a really stupid question, but i can't seem to find the battery. not i've only opened the hood once from when i was buying it and inspecting everything, but someone told me that it could be in the rear where the backseat is because he said some BMW's do that. now this guy could be completely wrong about this, but any help on where that is located is much appreciated. i tried to search for these things, but didn't come up with much info. thanks everyone!

edit: sorry guys i did find the battery! haha thanks

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Old 12-11-2005, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Open trunk, look to the right, remove plastic panel, find battery, Welcome to the forums! Look at the stickys at the top of the e36 page and they'll point you to some good DIY sites that can help you in removing the stock tape player to install your DVD player, pelicanparts.com is a good place to start. What year is your car, as I am assuming that you were correct in posting in the e36 page? Again, welcome!!
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You'll need a special tool to get the tape player out. If you don't mind seducing the parts manager or technician at your local BMW dealership they *might* let you borrow it to take it out (the one in Jackson MS didn't let me). There are two bolt things that are covered by plastic flaps on both sides of the head unit. It needs appox a 2mm star shapped head to be able to turn the bolts. You can buy one off of bavauto.com for $1X dollars, so i'd try your local dealership and independant shops to see if they'll let you use theirs. After you take the bolts out you just pull the unit out and then pull up on the security thing on the back connector. Once you pull it all the way up (might be hard) you can disconnect the connector and you're done.
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Welcome, you will find the 318 much more reliable than the RX-7, however sexy the rotary was. Download the Bentley manual, or buy it. It is like 60 bucks on amazon, and nice to have a hard copy in the garage. Bentley is the publisher, and has nothing to do with the carmaker Bentley. It has a grey cover with 3 E36 cars on the front.
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wow, i feel so welcome already haha. ya i do miss my rx7. but i had to sell it. it was hella fast and all, and looked nice. but im a freshman in college, and needed something more reliable, plus i do computer repair at ppls houses and at a private school, coming there with this loud ass car wasn't a great idea haha. my bmw is a 1998. im pretty sure im in the right section. i dunno what got me to buy a bmw again..but i love it still. its a 4 door 5spd, and slow(at least compared to my FC) but i love it just as much. i used to have a 1985 bmw 528e. the thing was awesome, it was my first car, had like 150k miles on it and ran strong, and the seats were great. but anyways yeah im going to soon start making it look nice, to start out with my stereo system, i have that KA or whatever the name of it is system already, so its pretty good sounding. just need to install the indash and sub and i'll be good. i'll get some pics up of it soon, the black interior is gonna kill me in the summer, but for the look its soo worth it, thanks again for all of ya'lls help. and on the tool from the dealership, i can probably ask the ppls at don roberts bmw for it, hopefully they'll help me out.
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