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Old 04-19-2002, 03:40 PM   #1
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Help: CD changer and head unit installation.

I want to install CD changer and head unit and was asked:
* $70 for CD changer installation
* $100 for head unit installation
* $100 to retain the original function multi function steering wheel

Is this price about correct?

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Old 04-19-2002, 03:41 PM   #2
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$100 to retain the original function multi function steering wheel ..HOW???

I though when you install any after market stereo components will render the original function multi function steering wheel useless......
Please explain, I am really interested.

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Old 04-19-2002, 04:25 PM   #4
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Re: $100 to retain the original function multi function steering wheel ..HOW???

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I though when you install any after market stereo components will render the original function multi function steering wheel useless......
Please explain, I am really interested.

Thanks
there is an interface you can get so that if you change your headunit you can still maintain the steering wheel controls...

http://store.clubgp.com/catview.asp?catid=6
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Old 04-19-2002, 04:27 PM   #5
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Re: $100 to retain the original function multi function steering wheel ..HOW???

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I though when you install any after market stereo components will render the original function multi function steering wheel useless......
Please explain, I am really interested.

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They said they will use some kind of adaptors to do it which is about $100 additional cost.
I'm not really sure technically how they do it. Can somebody help?
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Old 04-19-2002, 04:30 PM   #6
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Is $270 for installation cost about right?
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Is $270 for installation cost about right?
hmmm $70 for changer is right. $100 for the deck is a bit much
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I got ripped

I got my stereo done at a place close to Momentum BMW and they charged me 240 for the install. It was a crap job too but I was just so anxious to get this new stereo working since I got it in Japan. No radio but whatever. So 100 with a kit seems fair to me. I wish that I had waited and bought the kit I have now instead of paying for the cheap ring of plexi they gave me.
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Old 04-19-2002, 07:10 PM   #9
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hmmm $70 for changer is right. $100 for the deck is a bit much
The guy told me that he needs to rewire everything since the after market head unit requires more power.
Is this correct?
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to a certain extent

my head unit is relatively high power as well. It is just hard to find someone willing to do an install because you didn't buy it from them. If you buy it from them then they will not give you the run around. It is because of the odd shape of the factory stereo and the factory amplifiers that they have to wire into. Well atleast that is what I understand. What head unit is it anyway?
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Old 04-20-2002, 02:45 AM   #11
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I'm thinking to get Alpine but not sure which one yet.
For the CD changer, I'll take Alpine CHA-S634 which can play MP3.
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I got my stereo done at a place close to Momentum BMW and they charged me 240 for the install. It was a crap job too but I was just so anxious to get this new stereo working since I got it in Japan. No radio but whatever. So 100 with a kit seems fair to me. I wish that I had waited and bought the kit I have now instead of paying for the cheap ring of plexi they gave me.
Was is it riveroaks custom car stero? right across from that porsch shop?
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yup that was it

I think that it is called custom car stereo. There was a gang of beemers out there and they are close to the dealership and the guy told me they do cars for momentum so I got it done there. Plus they were the only people I could find in houston that would do it.
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I think that it is called custom car stereo. There was a gang of beemers out there and they are close to the dealership and the guy told me they do cars for momentum so I got it done there. Plus they were the only people I could find in houston that would do it.
Cool. one of my installers used to work there a long time ago...Maybe it was him who worked on your car....
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maybe. no offense but..

I could have done that job. I was expecting something good and I thought it was at first until I removed it. I just can't believe how much I got charged for that job.
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Can you post a pic after you get the head unit installed? I've been looking at the Alpine CDA-7995 head unit (see below). It has the MP3 playability along with XM radio capability. I'm not interested in a cd changer so that's why I'm looking into this head unit. My only question is to how it looks installed.

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Can you post a pic after you get the head unit installed? My only question is to how it looks installed.
I can't install it now because the shop hasn't received the CD changer yet. They said it's still under production and should available by end of this month. I'll post pics once I have it installed.
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Thanks. I'll look forward to seeing how it turns out. That is if I don't just go ahead and buy the head unit and get it installed. I'm thinking it will look pretty good since I have the titanium trim. The green buttons on the other models don't appeal to me.

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I agree with you. The blue light looks good with titanium trim. Furthermore, mine is steel blue, so it matches better.
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If you want alpine then...

you should wait about a month and pay a little more money for the cda-7998
I tried to send a picture but I don't know if it worked. This head unit has dual illumination and mp3 playback. Also if you want to see that head unit that you want installed look in the top 10 e46 website and there is a dark blue 323i with mattchrome trim and that same head unit installed maybe it is different but it looks almost the same.
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