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Old 06-03-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Hi! I've been lurking on these forums for awhile, but thought it was time to introduce myself. I'm looking to buy my first BMW and think I'd like to go with the e46. One of my main reasons is the great community you have here and the wealth of information available. I've never done any of my own maintenance on a car, but think with the support of this forum I can try to take on some of the simpler tasks while taking it to a shop for more complex tasks. Hopefully I'll be a owner of one real soon, just need to find the right one to buy!

I created a thread asking for advice about a car I'm currently looking at:

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Old 06-28-2014, 12:25 AM   #3
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Thanks! I ended up buying a Red 2002 325i with 94k miles a few weeks ago and I've already completed a few simple tasks. So far I've removed a sirius XM antennae + dash mount from the car, put in a new battery, and replaced the rotors and brakes (brake light came on 2 days after I bought it!). I'm not sure what's next. Probably some of the stuff from Mango's maintenance checklist before I look into the cooling system.

I bought an aux in cable for the stereo but realized too late that my stereo isn't capable so I'll have to figure out my next move on that front. I don't really want to go aftermarket so I may try to find one from a later model to swap in. Fortunately I still had some good cds in my basement to hold me over for now.

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Old 06-28-2014, 08:27 AM   #4
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Just so you know putting a later model in there will remedy your aux issue but mostlikely you will need to splice a radio antennae from a later car so the radio will work.

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Old 07-07-2014, 02:45 AM   #5
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For now I ended up following this write up and soldering aux in directly to the circuit board:


Soldering is no problem for me so I thought it'd be easy, but it was actually pretty difficult to get the stereo apart and back together. It took a beating while I pried and pulled it apart, in fact I was mentally prepared for it to be completely broken, but I plugged in a few minutes ago and it's working aux and all! I may add a ground loop isolator / preamp to the aux in, but for now I have an input that didn't cost me anything since I had the parts laying around!
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