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Old 12-05-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
garrafa
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My Ride: E46 M3 CONV
Harman Kardon speaker and tweeter replacement help in 2003 E46 M3 Convertible

Hi Fellow ///M3 junkies!,

My 2003 M3 convertible came with a "premium" Harman Kardon audio system, but the front door lower speakers don't sound good anymore, there's distortion even at moderate bass levels.

"Mid Bass" speakers (FRONT and REAR)
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I removed the door panels expecting to find broken foam on the speakers, but the foam is intact! It's probably something internal with the speakers.

(By the way, www.simplyspeakers.com said that they could fix them for about $50 each which I will consider, but still doing a little research. This is a good alternative I guess... )

Besides going OEM or buying from BSW (both expensive!), I called Crutchfiled and they said that there are no direct fits for my car, but that some speakers can be adapted, but they won't tell me how or which speaker to go with. They said the limited depth of the panel limits the speakers that I can use. Do you guys/gals have any feedback? I'd also like to replace the rear speakers on the side panels (those don't sound nearly as bad though), ideas on those as well?

TWEETERS (FRONT)
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The front door tweeter assembly is made up of two tiny speakers (one measures about 2.5" in diameter and is made with a paper cone and foam on the borders. The other one looks like just a hard plastic dome and is smaller). The foam on the paper cone one has torn. Crutchfiled said that a 1" tweeter may work but would need adaptation. Any ideas on replacing this as well?


Thanks!
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