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Old 03-06-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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17 or 40 pin?

Hi, I am looking to an E46 saloon soon. I used to have a 1999 318 which I added a parrot car kit too. I used an auto leads 17 pin adaptor. However the one I am looking at now is a 2001 model, it has the facelift. Is there anyway of telling if has a 17 or 40 pin stereo without removing it? I know that at somepoint bmw changed the design slighty (added a clock I believe). Is this an indication?

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Old 07-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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I have found out since that 2001 is the year where they changed should anybody need to know.
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Hi, I am looking to an E46 saloon soon. I used to have a 1999 318 which I added a parrot car kit too. I used an auto leads 17 pin adaptor. However the one I am looking at now is a 2001 model, it has the facelift. Is there anyway of telling if has a 17 or 40 pin stereo without removing it? I know that at somepoint bmw changed the design slighty (added a clock I believe). Is this an indication?

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All e46 Business/Professional CD/Cassette units are 17-pin. SatNav equipped vehicles are 40-pin.
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Tom's correct, all up front HU are 17 pin.
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Right, I don't want to seem like I am untrusting as Tom clearly knows alot about BMW car audio but I was getting my knowledge from the following:

http://www.connects2.com/c2search.as...D=529&catID=46

Are you guys saying that the people at Connects2 just have no idea what they are talking about?
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Right, I don't want to seem like I am untrusting as Tom clearly knows alot about BMW car audio but I was getting my knowledge from the following:

http://www.connects2.com/c2search.as...D=529&catID=46

Are you guys saying that the people at Connects2 just have no idea what they are talking about?
It's correct - the only differences are Business/Professional CD (17PIN) or SatNav (40PIN).
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Hi Tom, thats really strange. I have just seen this which agrees with your view:

http://www.siocommunications.co.uk/SOT-060.html

It says it the 5 and 7's that are affected in 2001 and the 3's are ok. Well now I have had two experts say that to me it reassures me and that it was just the web site was being confusing.

Thats good as I was going to order one of these in the next week!!

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