I'm upgrading the stereo in my '97 328i and have been disappointed with what I find out there to match the BMW dash. I couldn't find a Blaupunkt Toronto, which hasn't been produced in a few years, and it's circuitry isn't high end anyway. I narrowed it down to the Blaupunkt Seattle or the JVC AR960. The JVC kinda wins out on features and keeping with the BMW dash lighting theme, but the Blaupunkt Seattle is a great performer as well, just lacks a few things like MosFet, Serius Radio, storing MP3's on a SD card. It also has a little too much brightwork on the face-plate for me. What have other folks been using?
Simple Blaupunkt Toronto..... no longer produced.
Blaupunkt Seattle MP74 ....... available today.
JVC KD-AR960 Arsenal series ....... Serius Ready, MosFet, Display, No Dials
My 328i factory radio seems to turn itself off randomly...then I have to reset the code, which again allows the radio to play, sometimes for only a few second and sometimes longer. Is this a problem that can be fixed? Is this radio hopelessly shot and, if so, what is a suitable replacement? Should i go with aftermarket like Hamfisted or with a factory replacement or a salvage yard replacement? Thanks!
Instead of making another thread i decided to reply in here! I tried the audio/electrics forum but it didnt work!
im getting a stereo next week so does anyone maybe have a diy on it or the wiering schematics for an e36 (1993)?
i do not know exactly what one ill get but nothing too fancy, just makes you more prone to getting a smashed window! sorry for stealing if this is stealing!!!
There is an installation harness available for your car. It makes the install an easy DIY, and you can always return the factory radio in the event you sell your car. I should cost you 15-20 and its well worth its weight in gold. Ask the salesman wherever you get your radio from (if hes any sort of salesman, he'll offer one anyways).
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I decided to install the JVC AR960. I needed a Metra 70-8590 harness adapter Metra Stereo Harness Adapters and a European antenna adapter cable to finish the job. The JVC adapted through the Metra 8590 with no problem and even wired up the amp as well. The unit sounds very good and of course much better than the stock C33 head unit. I also replaced the stock kick panel woofers with a set of Infinity coaxial speakers as well. The JVC is totally black when it's off, to match the rest of the dash. The screen lighting is adjustable to almost any color. The backlighting for the buttons is red.
Here's a couple of pics of the finished install.....
The JVC looks good, and almost stock. I have a stock BMW Buisness with a BMW 6 cd changer (I think its a Blaupunkt) in the back. I want to upgrade to a better head unit, with satnav if poss, perhaps from the Blaupunkt Travel Pilot series. Does anyone know if it or any others will control the cd changer?
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