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Old 01-31-2010, 10:00 PM   #13
delmarco
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That is pretty much the entirety of this upgrade DIY. Now your car will retain it's 100% OEM look and value whiles giving you the modern Media/Premium Sound Package that can cost up to $3000 on current BMW models.

In all I don't think I spent more than $400 when I consider that I also sold the older parts I replaced. (IE. My 02/2006 Alpine BMW Business CD53 w/ MP3 and Data cost me $200 even and I sold my 06/2001 Blaupunk BMW Business CD53 for $185)

At any rate, best of luck to those that try this DIY. It was a fun and VERY rewarding project that started last November 1st, 2009 and just reached completion this weekend preceding Feb 1st 2010.

Most of the time was spent trolling on eBay waiting for parts to come up for cheap and looking for bargains elsewhere (not that I'm cheap or poor, but when you share a budget with a significant other you can't just walk into the BMW Of Manhattan Dealership and swipe your Amex for these parts without the risk of sleeping on the couch).

The Sirius Receiver alone, due to it's rarity and discontinued production, on eBay can sell from anywhere in the $100s (for a poorly listed, poorly described, under exposed auction) to almost $1,000 for later gen ones that worked with Nav units from the BMW E39. )
Needless to say I was extremely lucky to get one for cheap.

Overall eBay, Forum Classified and even suprisingly Craigslist were great places to find parts.

Over the course of three months, I went from a car that only entertained scratchy reception AM/FM and CDs to one that provided me with Bluetooth, rich AM/FM, unlimited Sirius, MP3 Data CDs, Aux-In, Integrated iPod and a factory fresh look and feel.
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