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#1 (permalink) Old 09-30-2004, 10:47 AM
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I have a few questions and need my peers here for suggestion.

I just purchased a 2004 BMW 330i ZHP for the performance, but just hated the audio system. It doesn't have enough highs and muffled lows. The HU doesn't do enough for me; i.e. doesn't play anything but CDs/FM/AM. Here are my options...

1. Add an IPOD connection so I can play mp3s, but shows no ID3 tags
$ 300 for installation and cable, $249 for mini ipod
2. Add an auxiliary input, for any external devices
$210 for 2 hrs labor, $39.95 for cable
3. Replace the HU. My thought here is I'll probably get better sound quality and additional feature. Some even comes with an audio input on the front for external devices. Electronic Warranty on the BMW is voided!!!

Anybody have any suggestions? I'm willing to shell out $2500 for an after market audio upgrade, but just afraid of loosing my BMW's Eletrical warrantly; that includes audio system, power windows, headlights and anything that's electrical on the BMW.
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Another thing to keep in mind is if you swap out your head unit, you will lose your steeringwheel control functionality to your stereo system.
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i have heard that there is some kind of adapter that will allow u to regain the use of them with an aftermarket HU

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There is an adapter. It costs anywhere from $100 to $150. I have a Pioneer HU and I can still use the buttons on my steering wheel. The guys at Circuit City and Best Buy and a few other places had no idea and said that it was not possible. I went to Audio Express, and they had the part and put it in my car. It works fine.

Keep in mind that if you do the entire system, when the speakers are done, the INstaller has to basically rewire your entire car. They have to bypass the existing amp and crossovers. It is not that big of a deal but might cost you a little extra. The place I took mine charged me about $75 or so to do it.

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Is that wire control, or did they install an IR transmitter to send a signal to your HU?

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How other HU is going to work with BMW assist and speakerphone?
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