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Old 10-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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6 CD changer installation help

I did a search in this section but didn't run across any DIY on adding the 6 Cd changer in the trunk. Can anyone give me some help on this. I see the plastic 'holder' on the left drivers side. Can I assume that this needs to be replaced with one that will hold the changer? Are the CD prewires located in this area?
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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If your car is prewired for a cd-changer you will need to buy a new trunk liner for the left rear. You'll also need to purchase a new storage bin since the size of the compartment does change.

The changer btw goes in the drivers side rear. You'll see the harness wrapped in a cloth type cover with velcro.

You'll need to buy at a dealership and while you're there they will tell you what is needed for the install. If you cant find the parts, PM me.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
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If your car is prewired for a CD-changer you will need to buy a new trunk liner for the left rear. You'll also need to purchase a new storage bin since the size of the compartment does change.

The changer btw goes in the drivers side rear. You'll see the harness wrapped in a cloth type cover with velcro.

You'll need to buy at a dealership and while you're there they will tell you what is needed for the install. If you cant find the parts, PM me.

Good luck!
Do you have any pictures of the unit installed? or of the side liner? I found the wires/connectors & see that it would need a holder bracket.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:05 PM   #4
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FYI, I installed the 6 CD changer today & thought I'd post a pic & what you need. I found the prewire connectors as mentioned above. All you need to do is pull out the LH light & then the LH side truck carpet. Plug the conns. into the changer & then take the player & mount in to bracket #65128378545 (about $15) with (4) M4X6 screws, then mount the bracket assy to holes provided with screws & speed nuts. 5x. The player will fit perfectly in the existing carpet hole that the storage box was in. Pretty simple. Here's a picture after installed

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Old 10-27-2013, 09:01 PM   #5
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Maybe someone can give me the correct answer, I was given a cd changer from a 1999 320i, will this be able to be installed in a 2004 325i. There is no previous cd changer in there, so will it be difficult to install in the trunk and will i need any special wires?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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Maybe someone can give me the correct answer, I was given a cd changer from a 1999 320i, will this be able to be installed in a 2004 325i. There is no previous cd changer in there, so will it be difficult to install in the trunk and will i need any special wires?
kmilik20...I did a search on penskeparts.com & it shows updated P/N 65126908950 for the CD player for an 01/00 320i. (this is for USA, not sure about Canada) When I search what cars this P/N fits, it shows your '04 325i. The best test is to just hook it up. Your car should be prewired for the CD player in the drivers side of the trunk behind the side trim. (2 plugs) Plug it in & see. If it does work, you will need to get the CD mounting bracket(s) for your car. Let me know how it works out.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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Great, I will try to get in the trunk and set it up. Hopefully it works.
Thanks, will let you know how it goes
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:58 AM   #8
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I had the same questions two years ago when I installed my unit for the first time. I pulled back the liner, and the wires were there---so the answer I suspect is if it is pre-wired, it is a piece of cake.
After careful consideration I decided not to buy the new BMW liner made to hold the unit for two reasons---cost, and space. I did not want to lose all that trunk space that is taken by the special line. Simple solution. I drilled 2 holes through the liner at the appropriate points, inserted a "eye hook" in each, attached a bungy cord between the hooks that hold the unit to the side wall with a cloth acting as a cushion between the unit and the liner. Works perfectly.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:09 PM   #9
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FYI, I installed the 6 CD changer today & thought I'd post a pic & what you need. I found the prewire connectors as mentioned above. All you need to do is pull out the LH light & then the LH side truck carpet. Plug the conns. into the changer & then take the player & mount in to bracket #65128378545 (about $15) with (4) M4X6 screws, then mount the bracket assy to holes provided with screws & speed nuts. 5x. The player will fit perfectly in the existing carpet hole that the storage box was in. Pretty simple. Here's a picture after installed

I've found that there is a setting on the cd changer itself that you have to check and possibly change when doing the installation of the changer. Especailly a used changer.

Before installing the changer unit look on both the narrow sides of the unit. You will find what looks like small labels with a "V" and a "H" on the end of a arc. Inside these labels you will see a silver dot. This adjustment needs to be checked/changed before commencing the installation. Read on as to how to actually make the adjustment.

The labels are actually adjustments for either vertical or horizontal mounting of the unit.

In my case I initially mounted the used cd changer without modifying the settings, and although the unit worked and played discs fine parked, this all changed on my first drive as the changer skipped badly on the slightest bump.

To resolve this all I had to was remove the unit, using a knife carefully pry the labels up and move the adjustments to the appropriate mounting orientation, i.e., if the unit is to be mounter vertically, move the adjustments on both sides closest to the "V". If the unit is mounted horizontally, then move the adjustments closest to the "H".

Reinstall the changer and the skipping should be gone.
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Old 02-10-2017, 09:12 AM   #10
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Trunk Liner, schmunk liner. I just mounted mine to the plastic tray. Granted, It came with a bracket that allowed for that. Works fine.
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:43 AM   #11
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Well...I went the other way...
It looks better than the pic and it's quite functional!!
I pulled the CD changer and cable from an X5...spliced the wire into the existing changer wires and ran it across the trunk near the seat back.
(It was just the right length!!)
It's attached to the battery shelf with heavy duty velcro!!
Plenty easy to unplug the connectors and just take off the shelf with changer if you need access to the battery.

I didn't want to loose the storage room on the lh side!!


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Old 02-11-2017, 09:19 AM   #12
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^ Also a good solution. I don't use my Cabriolet for much hauling of things and with the CD Changer almost flush to the side panel, I didn't loose much space. It can't be seen in the photo but there is a nice big chunk of dampening foam between the Changer and the Trunk liner. Haven't heard a CD skip a beat yet. Paid $40 for the Changer as I recall.
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