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Old 08-11-2004, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know where to find instructions for pulling off the appropriate parts of the dash to replace the head unit. Or can you just tell me how to do it? I'm taking out the factory cassette head and putting in a cd head unit.
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Does anyone know where to find instructions for pulling off the appropriate parts of the dash to replace the head unit. Or can you just tell me how to do it? I'm taking out the factory cassette head and putting in a cd head unit.
I just did the same a couple of months ago. You have to start by prying off the wood grain or alum piece above the unit itself. Be very careful not to force it too hard b/c it will break easy. Pry a little on the right side and then the left side, and go back and forth until it pops off.
Once that piece is off, do the same to the wood grain / alum to the right (over glove box).
Now you can easilly access the screws holding the head unit in. Simple unscrew and it will pop right out.

Beware: I took the cass deck out of my 2000 and put a 2002 cd deck in it and there was no adapter for the antenna so now I have no redio stations
ghead Also be sure you get the security code from the dealer to activate new head unit! Good luck!!!
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Thanks that worked great.... but you were right, the antenna needs an adapter...there has to be an adapter avail somewhere to connect the coax to the 10 pin connector on the bottom right of the head unit...or is that 10 pin an AUX input?
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Thanks that worked great.... but you were right, the antenna needs an adapter...there has to be an adapter avail somewhere to connect the coax to the 10 pin connector on the bottom right of the head unit...or is that 10 pin an AUX input?
I didn't see anywhere on mine that looked like an adapter would even work. So I'm still driving around listening to cd's or just that one local station that comes in.
Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to make any calls to see if there is an adapter. Let me know if you find anything out! Thnaks!
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FROM memory, the 2 10 pin connectors are for the DD changer and BMW amps. On the other side of the back there is a hole which the adaptor fits into. The adaptors are available from any good ICE retailer.
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Just got the adapters for the FM radio antenna.....you'll need two
One is a vw/bmw/european vehicle antenna adapter cable (40-eu20 from a company called antenna works) second adapter didn't have a name on the packeage other than American Bass and on the back of the package #PS-327.

Plugged it together in about 2 seconds and everything works great.

I bought these in a store in Cleveland,Oh ... Motion Audio.
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Just got the adapters for the FM radio antenna.....you'll need two
One is a vw/bmw/european vehicle antenna adapter cable (40-eu20 from a company called antenna works) second adapter didn't have a name on the packeage other than American Bass and on the back of the package #PS-327.

Plugged it together in about 2 seconds and everything works great.

I bought these in a store in Cleveland,Oh ... Motion Audio.
What were the overall costs for the 2 adapters? I am in NH and would like to find the parts locally.
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Check out the below link for adapter for your FM antenna.
http://www.installer.com/antenna/index.htm
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one was $16.99 and the other was $8.99... with tax $28.06
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Thanks for the tip. I jsut replaced the head unit in my wife's 01' 325i as her lcd had flaked out on me. I picked up a replacement from an 03' moel off of ebay for under 200$ shipped and the fm radio issue had me bafffled as the connecters were a bit different. Anyhow...thanks to your advice above, I went to best buy's car audio dept and 2 adaptors later at a grand total of $22 everything is like new ( Take in your radio and the guy will be able to tell you what you need in a few minutes....mine required a VW adapter and the EU adapter also ). Now on to my next project for both of our cars....xm direct . Thanks again !
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