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Old 08-08-2011, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Almost new BMW owner here.. 2000-2002 3 or 5 series, question about mp3 capability

Hello all. I'm Jason and I found my way here from the Subaru (NASIOC) forums. Just sold my 2006 STI swapped Forester XT and will be purchasing a used BMW soon. It will be either a 3 or 5 series, with a 5 speed manual, between 2000 and 2002 model years.

I have done quite a bit of research and I am left with only a couple main questions. MP3 Playback capability has become important to me as I am used to having all my music available to me at once. I also prefer the look of all OEM interior components. It seems as if it is easy to upgrade most 3 series headunits to the newer, "CD53" units which are mp3 capable. I was wondering if the same holds true for 5 series models?

Also if you have have any advice for me, feel free to share. I am not going to be picky about engine choice or color or body style... I will just be looking for the best condition 5 speed 3 or 5 series in my price range. I plan to do most maintenance and repairs myself. even though this car will be considerably slower than my outgoing forester, I look forward to the increased comfort, quietness, BMW handling and vault-like build quality. Not to mention that Subarus are ugly, and BMWs are not. Thanks in advance for any help. :thumbup:

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Very nice... I would have opted for the E39 535/540 Auto as these will whip your E46 into submission Lol
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Very nice... I would have opted for the E39 535/540 Auto as these will whip your E46 into submission Lol
Yea but been there done that, my old forester in my original post would whoop that E39 into submission as well as many M cars (in a straight line, anyway). Plus auto is lame

But my father may be in the market for a [automatic] used BMW soon...would love for him to pick up an E39 540i.
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