OK, I've installed two factory OEM HU's in my '97 328i over the past 10 years AND two factory OEM CD players. The HU just went belly up so its time to install an aftermarket HU w/ipod input and XM satelite. The 2nd CD changer went belly up a long time ago. These 2 pieces of factory OEM components are hitting the trash bin unless anyone here wants them.
I don't plan to change all of the system components at this point, just looking for the basics.
I've attached a pic of what is in there now. No surprise there.
Can you please assist with what is needed to do the aftermarket install? Will all of the remaining factory components, ie the speakers and the amp(s) work with just a HU replacement?
I plan on getting the proper wiring harness and antenna adapter from a local shop if possible or Crutchfield or BAVAUTO.
Does the install require a faceplate as shown in the second pic? I've searched many our your installs and they all look like they fit the original opening.
I've attached a pic from this web site 1997 (97) BMW 328i Radio / Stereo Installation Kit - Do your next car radio / stereo install yourself!
(I plan to use Crutchfield but they say there is no such item for the '97)
Does the install require an "interface" as shown in pic 3? Again from that website above. The sites says "Premium Factory Sound Systems - OEM-2 Premium Factory Sound System Interface".
I see many Alpines in your systems. Any recommendations on currently available HU's with CD, XM and aux inputs that wont break the bank?
Thanks for the forum and thanks for your help.