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09-12-2003 08:46 PM #1
09-12-2003 09:47 PM #2
If you replace your radio module with 2003 version
then the AUX kit should work just fine. It's the radio module that makes this function.
I'll be glad to email you the pdf document on how to install the AUX kit if you drop me a note with your email address.<br><hr><table border="0" cellpadding="20" cellspacing="2">
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09-13-2003 07:28 AM #3
How to Aux input connector
1st you'll have to replace your radio with a 2003 model
Install is very simple
1. Remove Radio - pop of volume knob, use torx driver to turn screw below volume shaft, pop out radio
2. If you have Nav, plug the aux input cable into back of radio - should only fit one place
2. No Nav (CD or Tape) - Remove CD unit - loosen alan screws in face of CD unit near bottom - got to turn screws for a while to get all the way loose, pull out CD, plug aux audio input cable into back of CD unit.
3. Run cable through dash to where you want to mount the other end - BMW instructions recommend glove box, but it's up to you.
5. Now, MODE button toggle will include AUX setting.
09-14-2003 02:54 AM #4
09-16-2003 01:42 PM #5
Re: If you replace your radio module with 2003 version
Hey i am interested in the aux kit were can i get one and can u email me the pdf doc for the instilation guide please thanks a lot
12-08-2003 03:19 PM #6
12-08-2003 08:42 PM #7
06-06-2011 09:17 PM #8
07-27-2011 11:02 AM #9
Or go to aftermarket setup entirely
At this stage in the lifecyle of this vehicle, the BMW OEM electronics are woefully obsolete. Mine came with a CD-ROM nav system with a cassette deck. This was not even state-of-the art in 2002, much less in 2011.
Upgrading the system is possible, but very expensive. My Bordmonitor was losing more and more pixels, the radio module was shot (if you get water in the spare tire compartment - pfft!) and the CD-ROM system was tiresome.
I could have spent thousands of dollars upgrading with OEM hardware, and still be circa 2005 or so.
I removed all the components except the H-K amplifier and stock speakers (10) and sold them on eBay for over $530. Some people want this crap.
I bought a used 2008 Pioneer AVIC Z-2 on eBay for $480. Net cost, negative $50. This paid for the wire, solder, and shrink-tubing. A free state-of-the-art nav system and stereo, for the cost of a bunch of broken BMW parts.
I am very happy with the Pioneer system and it works far better than even the Mark IV OEM Nav systems. It has a buiilt-in 60 GB hard drive, iPod interface, bluetooth interface, etc. The nav system doesn't rely on discs and is more accurate as well (and more up-to-date, and can be updated more readily). A backup camera is available, too. Oh yes, a built-in DVD player as well. Standard. No "TV interface" needed.
It does, however, lack a cassette deck.
BMWs stock electronics, it seems, are always a bit overwrought (four or five modules scattered throughout the car) and always 2-5 years behind the state of the art, even when brand new. Heck, they were putting cassette decks in these cars as late as 2005 (!!!!).
Personally, if you are looking at spending even a few hundred bucks trying to upgrade the stock system, you might want to think about aftermarket.
Here is a link to pictures of the installation I did:
The BMW DSP is not all that complicated. The inputs to the H-K amplifier are high-level inputs (use your new stereo's speaker outputs, not the amp output) and the same four inputs (Front Left, Front Right, Rear Left, Rear Right) as any other stereo. GET THE BENTLEY MANUAL FOR THE SCHEMATICS however.
Just a thought. I am so glad (ecstatic in fact) that I did not try to "fix" my OEM system. I would be over $1000 poorer and stuck with the same-old, same-old obsolete crapola.
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