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Old 08-24-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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2000 bmw 323 coupe radio kit needed

I just got my son a 2000 323 coupe but the radio screen is smashed. I think its a nav harmon kardon. Looking to replace with a double din unit but cant find wiring or mounting kit. Any direction would be great
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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if you search the forum, you'll find lots of info on double-din installs, however you should be forewarned that doing so requires a significant amount of modification to make an aftermarket unit fit. If you were to pull out the stock radio and look behind it, you'd see there isn't enough room to fit a full-size double din unit in there as the air ventilation stuff is in the way. That would require buying a kit, and lots of cutting. I'm about to do this myself, probably next weekend, but so not looking forward to it. I've seen people on here who've said it's taken them as much as 8-14 hours to complete.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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This is the one i bought, and after shipping (From Germany) it was somewhere around $150 bucks or so

http://www.janus-design.net/english/...gkit/index.php
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:21 PM   #4
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My car already has a factory double din screen with the climate switches below.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #5
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I'm pretty certain that if you were to take it out, that it's probably either not as deep as an aftermarket unit, or is a single-din on the inside with a double-din screen & bezel. If you're going to replace it with an OEM unit, then it's a breeze. If you wanted like an Alpine, Kenwood, etc double-din, then that'll be another story.

I'm going to be replacing mine soon and doing video of it. Just waiting on getting a back-up camera so i only have to take the stuff out once.
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Looks like I'm taking this one out to see. There seem to be some replacement units not overly expensive. Any thoughts there
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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if you're speaking of Dynavin or something similar, those would be a lot easier to install. it's just not my cup of tea. I like more of a minimalist appearance, without all of those buttons and knobs, which is why i chose to go with an alpine. Also i'm more trusting of Japanese electronics over Chinese or Korean. Just my opinion that it is best to go with what you know. Price-wise, i got my Alpine unit with Navigation and Bluetooth for less than what i would have paid for one of those., not to mention the superior sound quality. Then again, I'm just a pretty picky person i suppose. I'm not bashing any of the other manufacturers, just my preference based on what i've used in the past. And since it's for your son, and unless he's an audiophile, I'd just go with whatever is the easiest to install and looks fairly decent. I'm sure he'll be happy with that :-)

The is only direct replacement that i'm aware of:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=793437

I would send a message to Jeff, the original poster of that thread as i've seen a lot of his posts and he seems to be a stand up guy, and is more knowledgeable on that type of stuff.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:02 AM   #8
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why don't you just replace the broken unit with a similar one?
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