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Old 09-19-2005, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys, Im a newbie here, just bought a E36 325is..I need help with the radio, It came with an Alpine deck, aftermarket front components, so therefore the stock amp was taken out, What I noticed though is that there is no reception, I pulled the deck out & the antenna wire was plugged. But still no radio at all..where does that antenna wire lead too, does it go to the stock amp or? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Ok guys, Im a newbie here, just bought a E36 325is..I need help with the radio, It came with an Alpine deck, aftermarket front components, so therefore the stock amp was taken out, What I noticed though is that there is no reception, I pulled the deck out & the antenna wire was plugged. But still no radio at all..where does that antenna wire lead too, does it go to the stock amp or? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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A cheap way to find out is to get another antenna (it doesnt have to be for your car and its usually $10-15 at walmart, autoparts store, etc) plug it in and just hold it outside your car. If you still have no reception, the radios tuner is bad. If you get reception that way, either the antenna, the antenna cable, or the antenna plug-end is bad. I cant remember if your car has it in the rear windshield or if it is a fender mount.

Side note: is your Alpine an aftermarket? Is there a BMW antenna adapter in there?
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It is an aftermarket ALpine unit, I dont know if theres an adaptor, i would have to check on that...but all I know is that the antenna is plugged in....
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if its the wrong one, it may look like its plugged in, but it may not actually making the connection. if you can, do the antenna test, and let me know the results.
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Does it play a CD Ok ?

Can you put a CD in it and does it play the CD Ok? Just wondering if something is blown or disconnected. Has it ever worked for you? They didn't have to disconnect the stock amp just 'cause they installed an aftermarket head unit, just have to make sure the amp is turned on via the aux (blue ?) wire from the head unit.





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