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Old 08-18-2004, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I got the trim off, but I can't figure out how to get the HU out. Do I need some sort of tool? I don't see any hex bolts or anything. This is driving me nuts, and it's probably really simple.

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Old 08-20-2004, 01:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Come on, guys. This thing doesn't have the hex bolts. It has two slots on either side, like you would use those u shaped radio removal tools in, but those didn't work, because they don't fit.

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Old 08-20-2004, 11:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not real familiar with the e30 cars. The only info I have is...{HERE}. Sorry.
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ghead Ok, thanks for trying to help, jil.

I have 3 pics of the radio, so hopefully someone knows how to get it out.




Here's the radio with the entire front off (it just clips on and off)


Here's where i'm pretty sure you're supposed to put some kind of tool.
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Those U's look like Ford U's. Try cutting and bending a coat hanger to get inside the clips.

I'm assuming you know that it is held in by clips. If you don't know for sure, its possible the e30 may also us e a rear or side secured deisgn, and you would need to remove the surrounding dash area to access the screws.
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Interesting ... I have an e30 87 325is and the removal process is the same as my e36 98 328i. All that is required is an allen key to remove the head unit. The removal process looks tedious .... maybe the 318's are different after all ..
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Man, it took a lot of yanking on it, but it finally came out. Thanks for the advice, Presidente. I cut up a coat hanger, bent the pieces, and ground em down with a bench grinder. Worked like a charm.
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Those are Ford keys. Wow, you ripped of the face...awesome. Glad you got it out Now time to upgrade!
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Yeah, I bought a nice Alpine CDA-9833

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-XtpKbGqX5OQ/c...pine+CDA%2D9833



I can't wait to put it in. Just have to wait for it to come in the mail.
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nice that new stereo looks awesome...i have an older Sony. Anyways when I bought the car (last friday lol) the guy had a sub and 2 amps in the trunk and his hook up to the stereo made the stereo come out of the dash a few inches. So when he removed the cables i was so anxious to see how the stereo looks when its flush with the dash that i pushed it in all the way in. When i turned it on i realized that the front speakers were not hooked up. So now im stuck with having to pull it out. The guy i bought the car from said that he had it removed by someone and that it has some clips holding it in. But im glad u got yours out, but i wana get mine out without causing damage.
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nice that new stereo looks awesome...i have an older Sony. Anyways when I bought the car (last friday lol) the guy had a sub and 2 amps in the trunk and his hook up to the stereo made the stereo come out of the dash a few inches. So when he removed the cables i was so anxious to see how the stereo looks when its flush with the dash that i pushed it in all the way in. When i turned it on i realized that the front speakers were not hooked up. So now im stuck with having to pull it out. The guy i bought the car from said that he had it removed by someone and that it has some clips holding it in. But im glad u got yours out, but i wana get mine out without causing damage.
Yeah, it definitely took some tugging, though. My dash started moving, and I thought I was going to break something, but it came out.
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