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Old 07-12-2013, 04:21 AM   #1
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No FM radio working in 2002 M3 E46

G'day blokes.

New member here but have an issue and need a hand.

I have a 2002 E46 M3 coupe and it has no FM radio working. AM seems to be fine, CD stacker works fine, TV works fine. The car has a BMW Business BM 53 unit fitted with Harman Kardon system, TV but no NAV.

When you go to FM on the head unit, you can seek and it will find nothing on FM. Seek on AM and it finds a few stations, not all, but okay. Put the FM station in manually (ie: 91.5) and this can be locked into memory, but no sound at all.

I have removed the C pillar cover and checked connections to the antennae module and nothing appears to be wrong there. I also removed the BM 53 and checked connections there also, but nothing obvious.

The previous owner removed the CD changer and fitted an I Pod control wire which plugged in where the CD stacker is and says that the FM stopped working about two months after he did this.

I know itís not a BM 54 UK style unit which I've read have a few problems, but do the problems that Iím experiencing happen also with the BM 53 or do you guys think itís in the antennae module.

Any info gladly appreciated.

Melbourne, Australia.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:38 AM   #2
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No FM radio working in 2002 M3 E46

I know you can set region in the radio setup. I wonder if he has inadvertently changed this to something.

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Old 07-12-2013, 05:40 AM   #3
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I gave that a try. It was still set to Oceania. No joy there I'm afraid.
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