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Old 09-14-2005, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick question... I was wondering if radios made in the UK have a different wiring system than those made in the states. I was considering buying an Alpine from someone off of ebay in the UK but i want to make sure it works in my car before i do so. I have a 99 BMW 328i. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Quick question... I was wondering if radios made in the UK have a different wiring system than those made in the states. I was considering buying an Alpine from someone off of ebay in the UK but i want to make sure it works in my car before i do so. I have a 99 BMW 328i. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
I do not think, that would be any problem,because all these stuff is made in China, Malasia,Singapore ,Mexico etc... for sure not in UK !
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Im not sure but I do now that when installing a new BMW radio (here in the US) you have to set it to the correct country mode so some of them are def the same for several countrys. The best thing to do is get pics of the front and back of radio and make sure it is identical.

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The frequency for "FM" is the same in US and European countries and they also use "negative"(-) ground for power conection.
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zibby i do not think fm is at the same frequency. euro is up to i think 85 ghz, whereas us starts at 88 ghz and goes up to 108 or so.

the radio knows this: there is a way to adjust the setting POSTED IN THIS FORUM. will take you a second to find this in tips and tricks (i think), and 3 seconds to adjust the unit in your car.
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zibby i do not think fm is at the same frequency. euro is up to i think 85 ghz, whereas us starts at 88 ghz and goes up to 108 or so.

the radio knows this: there is a way to adjust the setting POSTED IN THIS FORUM. will take you a second to find this in tips and tricks (i think), and 3 seconds to adjust the unit in your car.
Yeah, that use to be what you say in some Eastern European countries , but they changed it in late '80 , so now is same "MHz", dunno about Russia and its Asiatic republic.
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Yeah, that use to be what you say in some Eastern European countries , but they changed it in late '80 , so now is same "MHz", dunno about Russia and its Asiatic republic.

HAHAHAHA!!! i am from POLAND!!! left for the us in the '80.....
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