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Old 07-01-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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Installing Auxiliary input

So I just bought 2 12 inch subs and amp got it all hooked up but the music from the radio does me no justice when it comes to using them as I would like. So I am wondering if anyone else has installed an aux input into the oem radio. I know that bmw offered a plug and play one but I contacted my local BMW dealership and they couldn't find anything for my exact car. I asked if all radios are the same for e46 coupes but they are all twats there and have no idea what theyre talking about. So. does anyone know if the e46 coupes have the same oem radio? And if not has anyone installed an aftermarket one that they could share the brand and their experience about? Thanks! -2000 328Ci
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:07 AM   #2
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You need a newer model Business radio, 2003 or newer or something. Search google this has been discussed a thousand times.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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Models earlier than 9/2002 don't support AUX input. You would need to install a later production head unit.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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I will be doing the same thing... There is a pin out for all of the radios...Click image for larger version

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:15 AM   #5
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I have a 2002 330ci with the low end CD player... Anything is possible... Use a multimeter to confirm voltage and amperage... Hope this helps a bit...


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Old 07-01-2015, 11:23 AM   #6
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From my understanding... You are needing to send an audio signal to your add on amplifier... If that is the case... You can tap into your rear speaker outputs and use those for your amp...


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Old 07-01-2015, 11:24 AM   #7
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Try this link...very useful

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...y-MP3-Data-CDs!
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:28 AM   #8
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From my understanding... You are needing to send an audio signal to your add on amplifier... If that is the case... You can tap into your rear speaker outputs and use those for your amp...


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That is not the case.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:33 AM   #9
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BlueTooth to radio signal... A no brainier for adding music from any device with blue tooth... And cheap


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Old 07-01-2015, 12:13 PM   #10
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:31 AM   #11
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:46 AM   #12
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Models earlier than 9/2002 don't support AUX input. You would need to install a later production head unit.
I saw a thread on here somewhere that said the unit model number (I'm assuming) and mine said it would NOT support aux input, but my radio is from 11/02. Still really confused about this whole ordeal. I think I'm gonna end up ordering the aux input and see if it works or not because I've seen conflicting information.


If anyone has done it on a radio around this time, can you let me know your results?
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #13
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I saw a thread on here somewhere that said the unit model number (I'm assuming) and mine said it would NOT support aux input, but my radio is from 11/02. Still really confused about this whole ordeal. I think I'm gonna end up ordering the aux input and see if it works or not because I've seen conflicting information.
If the factory aux-in kit doesn't work, you always can send it back and get a Quidzel, Blitzsafe, etc. adapter that will work with any USDM head unit. I had no choice but to go that route with my '01. Sounds fine, and it wasn't too hard to do.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:17 AM   #14
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If the factory aux-in kit doesn't work, you always can send it back and get a Quidzel, Blitzsafe, etc. adapter that will work with any USDM head unit. I had no choice but to go that route with my '01. Sounds fine, and it wasn't too hard to do.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-25-2015, 05:35 PM   #15
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I really don't get what your issue really is. How would having an aux input make anything any better? Other than being able to connect multiple sources of media. Plus when most people are complaining about their audio, it's usually the door speakers.

Or are you trying to say the subs you installed aren't hitting as loud as you think they should be?
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:28 PM   #16
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I saw a thread on here somewhere that said the unit model number (I'm assuming) and mine said it would NOT support aux input, but my radio is from 11/02. Still really confused about this whole ordeal. I think I'm gonna end up ordering the aux input and see if it works or not because I've seen conflicting information.


If anyone has done it on a radio around this time, can you let me know your results?
There were some Business CD players installed after 9/02 that were the old models. I bought a radio that was dated 11/02 to put in my '01 325i, but it wouldn't work. I bought the simple aux input line from the dealer but when I hit the mode button, aux did not come up. There is a comprehensive list of Alpine receivers (do a search on here) that show which models will or will not accept a simple aux in line. Believe me, I feel your frustration!
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:52 PM   #17
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it can be done with a couple things, but it's better to just buy an aftermarket stereo and then run an aux from the back of the stereo through the center console. That's what I did. Works perfect.
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:56 AM   #18
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