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Old 03-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Questions about Replacing Factory Radio with Newer OEM Unit

Hey Guys,

I'm looking at replacing the old Blaupunkt Business CD53 radio in my car with a newer OEM ALPINE unit that allows AUX inputs and MP3 playback. My E46 is a US spec and one of the first manufactured (12/98). I want to know if swapping radios is 100% plug-and-play or if there will be further modification involved. I've got a newer unit part number -65. 12-6 943 429 in mind that I'd like to replace the existing one with.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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Make sure the manufacture date is after 07/04. The radios for the '05 model year and later are fully able to play mp3's.

'03 and later radios have the "mode" button.


Note: there are radios that have been repaired or refurbished and have '05, '06 stamps on them. Check the manufacture date. These repaired / refurbished radios are being sold as 05+ radios. To my knowledge, they haven't had the internals completely replaced, therefore, the radio is still the same radio functionally as it was when originally manufactured.
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