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Old 07-24-2003, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i wanted to replace my stereo. someone mentioned eclipse. the bmw dealer said if i wasn't going to go with the overpriced bimmer stereo ot go for an alpine b/c alpine makes the bimmer stereos. is this a safe bet? also i have heard of people having issues after putting in an aftermarket stereo. can you screw your car up doing so? should i take it somewhere or do it myself?
also, the more euro look clear turn signal covers are sweet. where can i find them?

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you will be fine adding a stereo. If you dont have the know how and some tools, take it to a shop for installation. Speakers you should do yourself however. Alpines are great, but if you want an eclipse its not a bad choice by any means.

You can find clears at the dealer for about $35 per, shitty ones at prostreetlighting for about $25 for both, and just about any online bimmer store.
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aftermarket stereos won't screw up anything unless someone screwed up during installation. if you aren't confident enough to do it yourself, by all means take it to a pro.

i have a POS aftermarket stereo (aiwa, "gift" from previous owner). it hasn't screwed up the car. the stereo just sux all by itself.
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there could be obsticals along the way (i had a major obstical in my E46)
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they only thing i can see you messing up is the charging system (long term affect) read the FAQ about chargins systems in the FAQ forum
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