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Old 10-10-2013, 05:51 PM   #21
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #22
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IDK about crutchfield but plug and play isn't cheap, so I doubt they do that, but if they do, go that route for sure.

You'll need two wiring harnesses, one to plug into the stock plug behind your stock radio, and one that plugs into that plug and whatever brand unit you pick. If you have steering wheel controls or anything like that, another harness most likely. You'll also need a dash kit.


Last I checked, Best Buy uses Metra so OP you can just search the car and pull up what you need and order directly.

http://www.metraonline.com/

Install it yourself. Done.

Im assuming his car is a 560 SEL so I used that as a vehicle in my search. Crutchfield gives you the harness for free with a purchase of $115 headunit. Now just shop for an affordable head unit and you're all done. He may or may not need the bezel depending on the factory head unit shape and size but that shouldn't be too expensive.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #23
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380SE, should be the same wiring harness though
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:45 PM   #24
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I think he'll need one more harness. The one that comes with the unit as well. Total 3.


edit: IIRC, just the one harness will need to be spliced to plug into the harness with the cd player, but one more harness makes it all completely plug and play. The one with the cd player just comes with one side plug, rest wires. The entire plug and play kit is a little more expensive I believe, one more harness worth.

Either way, one is free.


OP, or it may be you bypass the one that comes with the radio and get another harness specific to your brand of radio choice, I can't remember. Been about 5 years. I always did it the cheap way and spliced wires
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:41 PM   #25
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Yeah I'll definitely be installing it myself. It's going to suck tearing the existing aftermarket unit out and putting yet another wiring harness in.
i'm in the same boat as you, except in another e36 of mine. Crossing my fingers hoping that the initial install wasn't too messy.
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I'm thinking Kenwood or Pioneer, possibly Alpine too.


Thanks, I'll give them a look.
reverse that order..

Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood.

Unless it is Pioneer Premier, or Kenwood Excelon

Also, spend the extra $20 on bluetooth. Its pretty nice to sit in a car and it starts playing the music on your phone without you doing anything.
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IDK about crutchfield but plug and play isn't cheap, so I doubt they do that, but if they do, go that route for sure.

You'll need two wiring harnesses, one to plug into the stock plug behind your stock radio, and one that plugs into that plug and whatever brand unit you pick. If you have steering wheel controls or anything like that, another harness most likely. You'll also need a dash kit.


Last I checked, Best Buy uses Metra so OP you can just search the car and pull up what you need and order directly.

http://www.metraonline.com/

Install it yourself. Done.
They do.
I ordered a car stereo for my Girlfriend's car about a month ago. They threw in dash kit, harness, and antenna adapter for free.
I could have gotten everything separately from amazon for the same price, but crutchfield order got to me in 2 days, everything there..
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I think he'll need one more harness. The one that comes with the unit as well. Total 3.


edit: IIRC, just the one harness will need to be spliced to plug into the harness with the cd player, but one more harness makes it all completely plug and play. The one with the cd player just comes with one side plug, rest wires. The entire plug and play kit is a little more expensive I believe, one more harness worth.

Either way, one is free.


OP, or it may be you bypass the one that comes with the radio and get another harness specific to your brand of radio choice, I can't remember. Been about 5 years. I always did it the cheap way and spliced wires
If the previous owner spliced the wires, then OP will need to do that too.
There's not really a better way to do it.
If the previous owner used a harness, then we can unplug that cd player with the harness attached.. splice the harness onto the new CD player and plug it back in.

These is an old school merc with a normal single DIN hole in the dash.
Shouldn't require him to buy anything to make it work if it already has an aftermarket unit.
just some wire crimps..
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I would definitely recommend crutchfield, everything car electronics related I have purchased from there and their customer support is on point.

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this Alpine unit has the same amber lights that will color match the rest of the BMW amber dash lights, looks much better at night.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPINE-CDA-9...item3f29de0f86
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