cd player question!? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
Audio and Electronics The place to go to discuss sound systems and show off your I.C.E. along with security systems and radar detectors too!

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 04-08-2004, 07:56 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drewmvshs is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
I have a 1998 bmw 528i with a 6 cd changer in the trunk and a tape player that is hidden under a wood grain flip thing. I have heard that I can switch out the tape insert to a cd insert. The dealer wants to charge me $550....I dont think so. I have also heard that you can just buy a head unit and insert it that way and hide it with the trim. A friend of mine that works in the bmw service department told me the reason the bmw cd insert is so expensive is because it is specially wired for the stereo in the car to connect right in. He said if you buy a regular head unit, other than the bmw insert, it will not work properly as a whole system. He said it would require a splitter, but one wouldnt work without the other, they would play at the same time, and such problems. Does anyone who has had this problem or has dealt with it have any answers!??! help! All I want is to insert cds while Im driving if I feel like it and use the controls I already have. Sorry for the novel.
Drewmvshs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 10:57 AM
Defector
 
El Presidente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island
Posts: 5,973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
El Presidente is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to El Presidente
You only alternative is to buy an aftermarket Headunit. He was correct about it not working, to a certain degree. It will work, but you will more than likely have to bypass the factory amp. another issue you may encounter is the fact that most aftermarkets are 4ch, and your car has between 8-12 speakers, hence the splitter comment.

So, it can be done, and it would cost less than $550, but you wont retain factory controls.

<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
El Presidente is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 01:01 PM
3rd Gear Member
 
mrogers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mrogers is an unknown quantity at this point
Aftermarket head units will NOT fit in the upper portion of the radio, under the wood flip door. It is not quite high enough. Also, a portion of the factory controls (bass, treble, fade, and balance) are contained within that upper module, and speak to the lower main module over BMW's iBUS--you would completely loose those controls, and I'm not even sure if the main unit would still work. From what I've read, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't -- you either use both BMW units, upper and lower, or you rip them out and put in an aftermarket (which looks HIDEOUS in the E39 -- if I can find a picture I'll post it).

$550, while expensive for a CD player, doesn't sound too bad for the BMW CD. From what I understand they are actually around $800, but then the dealer will give you money back if you turn in your tape deck or something like that. Oh, and DON'T have the dealer do it -- you do it, it's literally a 5 minute job, it's so simple. See here: http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/My%20bu...20(archive).htm

Anyone who ever buys used cars online, anyone even THINKING of starting a &quot;Is this deal too good to be true?&quot; thread, anyone who wants to be more educated about protecting themselves must <a href='http://www.carbuyingtips.com/fraud.htm' target='_blank'>read this</a>.

<img src='http://www.3xmk.com/mrogers-files/forums/bmw/bmw_sig_small.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
mrogers is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 07:36 PM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
007ben is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to 007ben Send a message via Yahoo to 007ben
I've witnessed install shops say to to installing in a e39 because too much work... it was a 97 538i.... there is a face adaper avaible from bavauto.com for about $30 that will fit DIN decks but was made for the HarmondKardon GPS HU....

2008 128i Jetblack
007ben is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 04-10-2004, 03:04 PM
Defector
 
El Presidente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island
Posts: 5,973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
El Presidente is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to El Presidente
another alternative would be to check ebay for someone selling theirs.

<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
El Presidente is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2004, 03:34 PM
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 2,718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
007ben is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to 007ben Send a message via Yahoo to 007ben
Mp3 changer and a blitzsafe.... lots of tunes and less need to change CDs in most cases....

2008 128i Jetblack
007ben is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > General Category > Audio and Electronics


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cd Player (e36) cardio Classifieds Sell & Buy 0 01-20-2005 05:52 PM
Cd Player? jshearer 3-Series (E36) 5 12-16-2004 07:57 PM
Cd Player Change In E36. (pictures Inside) Osiriz Audio and Electronics 2 11-02-2004 04:07 PM
Factory BMW CD Player EuroBeem Audio and Electronics 1 06-08-2004 05:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome