I have the regular BMW Business Radio/Cassette head unit in my 1999 318ti.
The tape plays fine, but when I press the eject button, the mechanism
chitters and doesn't eject the tape. The display helpfully says "ERROR".
Is this a common problem? Is there a neat trick for getting a stuck tape
out, or shall I have to remove the head unit to do it? If so, is it
complex to reconnect?
Removal is easy, but requires a special tool - a 5-sided allen wrench - to
get it out.
Look closely at the front of the radio, there are small covers - one on each
side - that can be pried open to expose the 5-sided allen screws. The
special tool has a blade on it to pry the covers open.
It appears that the previous owner has managed to locate and lose these
little covers. I wonder if I can get replacements?
Is it feasible to remove the tape without taking the head unit out of
I'm not sure. My guess is that if you had a spring hook, you could GENTLY
pry the tape up and press the Eject button and see if you can help the
mechanism a little, but beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.
You can actually just jam a strong-tipped small screw driver in there and
undo the allen screws with it. They may get a bit gouged, but it's only a
tape player, and when you get it out it's the perfect opportunity to put a
CD or MP3 player in there.
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