I've had the headunit for a while and it has worked fine. Today my mechanic (bmw factory trained) installed the cd changer (something he's done a million times). We put a cd in and went to check and make sure it works. The changer shuffled through the 6cd sleve when we put it in, so it looked good. I went and turned the car on and hit band. It went from fm to am then back to am and didn't go to cd at all. I tried hitting every button on the head unit. I pulled out the headunit and checked to make sure that the bus link was completely on ect ect. Made sure that the connection for the cd changer was there. Made sure everything was plugged into the back of the changer. Everything seemed ok. But apparently not! Any one have any idea on what's wrong?
No dealer didn't do it. My mechanic and I did it. But he has worked at BMW dealerships before and done a lot of these installations. The changer is a Pioneer CDX-FM36 I believe (I just went out and looked, but didn't take a pen or anything to write it down... smart I know.) I bought the HU from El Presidente from this site and it has worked with everything else. The changer, my mechanic installed on some one elses car. The guy moved to malayasia and sold off his car but first sold back some of the parts to my mechanic. So it worked when he took it off of the original guys car. Is that a model that is incompatable?
correct me if i'm wrong but the alpine ones were wider while the pioneer's were skinny and deep (good description i know - what can i say?) and i believe pioneer has their logo on it the discs overlapping or what not
Well know I know what is wrong. We called a friend of his that still works for BMW. As it turns out you can't take a 96 or newer chnager and put it on a 95 or older headunit even though it is prewired. They made some changes to the connection, and this changer was from a 96 325i. So theres the problem. Thanks guys for your help.
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