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Old 11-03-2008, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Want to install aftermarket stereo system in 325CI

Whats up guys and gals, Just bought a 325CI. Id like to put an aftermarket stereo system in my car (Headunit, Amp, Subs) is this a bad idea? Thanks
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Are you going to have it done or do it yourself?
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i don't think its a bad idea it's all depends if your putting a crappier HU than the stock or a better one

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no i was most likely going to get it professionally installed but i called bmw and they told me it wasn't recommended because the whole dash has to be taken apart apparently and that causes electronic problems but thats the same as every other car. Have either of you put an aftermarket stereo system in your cars?
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Ya I had a Navi system in my 325 CI. It was a slide out screen. You just have to make sure they use a good wire loom like from metra or some thing like that. Make sure they don't EVER cut your org. BMW wiring. And there are a lot of companys that offer premade boxs with or with out speakers and amps. If you want to have a nice clean install. Its also nice because your battery is in the back so they should not charge you a lot for the install. Also if your going to put a headunit in make sure it is better then the head unit in you car.(ei. like a Navi unit)
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Yeah i was going to put a flip screen navi also...i kinda didn't want to put a new headunit and try to just set up a system because i like the controls at the wheel, theres no way of keeping that with an aftermarket set up is there?
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As I remember I think a company was making a plug in box so you could use your buttons on the wheel.

I think this will work for you:
PAC SWI-JACK Steering wheel control interface for Alpine, Clarion, JVC, and Kenwood at Crutchfield.com

It did bother me if buttons on the wheel work or not because my navi was touch screen. So you will still have to touch the screen to add info to the navi. But installing that steering wheel control box is kinda hard to do so I would take it to a Stereo shop or if you like a challage you could try it.
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thanks i appreciate it
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Have you had your system installed?
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ground wire for aftermarket radio 06 bmw 325i?!?!?

I did all the work myself all of the wires matched up ( I checked and rechecked) but the radio still wont turn on.. I'm thinking i didnt ground it correctly did anyone do this themselves? where did you put the ground wire??
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