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Old 03-13-2005, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all. Two questions:

1. My already mediocre am radio reception is now non existent. ghead I am bringing it in to the dealer tomorrow. I can't think of anything that has changed. It does seem to be affected by other electrical loads placed on the system such as turning the rear defogger on/off. Note that doing this does not improve reception, I can just hear some noise throught hte speakers when I push the button. Thoughts?

2. I purchased an IPOD last week and I want to integrate it into the business CD HU. Any thoughts/advice on which connector to buy? I want to go the dealer route ($275.00/installed) but it doesn't show the track or artist info. Ice Link plus claims to do both ($199.00 + shipping) but then I have to do the install. Can anyone comment on how they have accomplished an IPOD integration? I have seen some posts but nothing about the newer Ice link product.

Thanks in advance everyone!

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Hey all. Two questions:

1. My already mediocre am radio reception is now non existent. ghead I am bringing it in to the dealer tomorrow. I can't think of anything that has changed. It does seem to be affected by other electrical loads placed on the system such as turning the rear defogger on/off. Note that doing this does not improve reception, I can just hear some noise throught hte speakers when I push the button. Thoughts?

2. I purchased an IPOD last week and I want to integrate it into the business CD HU. Any thoughts/advice on which connector to buy? I want to go the dealer route ($275.00/installed) but it doesn't show the track or artist info. Ice Link plus claims to do both ($199.00 + shipping) but then I have to do the install. Can anyone comment on how they have accomplished an IPOD integration? I have seen some posts but nothing about the newer Ice link product.

Thanks in advance everyone!

PS- How do I go back and change the spelling of "stereo" in the secondary header?
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1) AM reception is horrible in these cars. The antenna is in the rear defrost grid, so by turning on the rear defrost and hearing noise this is a sign that the problem is back there. If you have rear window tinted then this can cause problems.
Best bet is take it to the dealer and have it looked at. If your rear window is tinted be prepared for them to blame the problem on that.

2)I really would want to go with the icelink plus because of the track/artist info. I havent installed the plus Ive only installed an early icelink system but a friend just installed the plus and said it was extremely easy.

3)I fixed your spelling for you but in the future just hit the edit button and you can fix that.

P.S WTF is with everyone listening to AM band? I didnt even realize stereos even still had AM until after i read this post and checked mine. :P
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Thanks.

I do NOT have a tinted rear window and you are correct, the reception has never been great but it has now gone away entirely. Any chance that I can get the dealer to fix this issue for free given it appears to be a widespread problem? I am the original owner and the car has 81k on it now (yes, I drive the Pi$$ out of it!).

I have decided to go the Ice link + route as well. Anyone out there that can add some install tips? What to try and what to avoid?

Yeah, I know whats with the am radio usage? You can NOT live in Metro Detroit and commute any distance without listening for where the crashes/road contruction is screwing up the way to work, nevermind the crappy weather here. They say we only have two seasons here: winter and road construction.......hence the need to listen to am radio.....
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OK man Im gonna let you slide on the AM radio because of your location...that sounds like a decent excuse.

As far as getting this fixed for free at dealer I really dont see that happening. Its not a recognized problem by BMW and you are WAY out of "goodwill" mileage for BMW to pick up the bill, that would mean the dealership itself would have to pick up the bill and I doubt that will happen.
As far as the icelink, second hand info from my friend says that all you have to do is unplug radio connector and icelink has a direct -plugin y connector that goes inline. He said his was a 10 min job. Also I think if you search somebody did post their install here on the forums with pictures. Maybe someone will remember where and link you.
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P.S If you are mechanically inclined you may want to remove the LR c-pillar trim and check that the coax going to the antenna amplifier for the AM antenna is tight. Sometimes they loosen up and cause problems.
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there are actually service bullitens for the Am radio reception. i think there are two diffrent ones. one i think has to do with the ground for the antenna amplifier which is located in the driver rear C pillar. the other i think has the amplifier replaced. the way the sound is made when the defrost si turned on it might be the ground. becasue i think there are other systems that utilize the same ground on the body.

take it to the dealer and they should be able to take care of you.
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there are actually service bullitens for the Am radio reception. i think there are two diffrent ones. one i think has to do with the ground for the antenna amplifier which is located in the driver rear C pillar. the other i think has the amplifier replaced. the way the sound is made when the defrost si turned on it might be the ground. becasue i think there are other systems that utilize the same ground on the body.

take it to the dealer and they should be able to take care of you.
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Thanks. I am going to push the dealer to fix it for free. Can't hurt pitching a small fit. I love this car but it has seen it's share of dealer time from bad coils to bad blower motor and much little crap in between. Two bulletins means they KNOW they have a problem. I will let you guys know what happens at the dealer and how the Ice link install goes......The thought of over 300 cd's at my steering wheel finger tips is very cool.

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I installed the iclink in my 2002 330i. Easy as pie. The hardest thing was trying to fit all the wires behind the stero after it was all hooked up.

Worth doing it yourself. I LOVE my icelink.

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I installed the iclink in my 2002 330i. Easy as pie. The hardest thing was trying to fit all the wires behind the stero after it was all hooked up.

Worth doing it yourself. I LOVE my icelink.

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Thanks Vegas...

I am hoping the same for myself. How is the sound quality? How easy is it to navagate thru hundreds of cd's?

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Some cities have excellent all news stations on AM which has lots of traffic updates, more than a normal station. In Canada, we have two famous radio stations across the country called CBC 1 and CBC 2 which people like to listen to.
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Some cities have excellent all news stations on AM which has lots of traffic updates, more than a normal station. In Canada, we have two famous radio stations across the country called CBC 1 and CBC 2 which people like to listen to.
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my wife uses her ipod in her '04 325CiC. she bought an adaptor from best buy that tunes to fm frequencies. best part about it, is that it can be moved from car to car. plugs into the cigarette lighter. adaptor was $50.

we got this after I took her car to the dealership and the parts guy told me about it. he urged against installing the bmw adaptor simply because of cost.
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Originally posted by Aloyouis+Mar 13 2005, 09:53 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Aloyouis @ Mar 13 2005, 09:53 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Vegas_330i@Mar 13 2005, 11:43 PM
I installed the iclink in my 2002 330i. Easy as pie. The hardest thing was trying to fit all the wires behind the stero after it was all hooked up.

Worth doing it yourself. I LOVE my icelink.

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Thanks Vegas...

I am hoping the same for myself. How is the sound quality? How easy is it to navagate thru hundreds of cd's?

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The sound quality is as good as the quality of the mp3! Awesome. I have heard those FM things and there is no comparison (like BMW vs. Yugo).

It takes some getting used to the navigation. You make 5 playlists on your computer and those are downloaded to the ipod. The playlists then act like CDs. Press 1-5 on the stereo and it will access that playlist. Button 6 is for accessing the ipod and options on it.

The biggest pain as far as navigation goes is trying to get to song #100 in a playlist. There isn't a quick way to jump that far ahead. You have to press the song forward button 100 times. The best thing to do is to make 4 playlists with about 30 songs (you can always edit them on your computer) then make one playlist with every song on the ipod. That way you have 4 playlists you can navigate easily. The 5th on you can just put on random and let it fly! Personally, I always listen using random.

On a side note...I have not listend to the radio or a cd since I installed the ipod with about 1600 songs on it. I still have room for 3500 more! WOW.

Good luck.
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Originally posted by Ooomph+Mar 14 2005, 09:53 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Ooomph @ Mar 14 2005, 09:53 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-rsn48@Mar 14 2005, 11:51 AM
Some cities have excellent all news stations on AM which has lots of traffic updates, more than a normal station.* In Canada, we have two famous radio stations across the country called CBC 1 and CBC 2 which people like to listen to.
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my wife uses her ipod in her '04 325CiC. she bought an adaptor from best buy that tunes to fm frequencies. best part about it, is that it can be moved from car to car. plugs into the cigarette lighter. adaptor was $50.

we got this after I took her car to the dealership and the parts guy told me about it. he urged against installing the bmw adaptor simply because of cost.
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I don't get it..you can afford a '04 325CiC but you can't dish out another $250 for the ipod and install cost? That doesn't make sense

I have a '05 325xi with the ipod integration and it was worth every penny
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