On 24 Feb 2007 14:28:14 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
2001 ought to be a DIN style system. If you look at the right and left edges
of the radio faceplate you should spot a pair of rectangular notches. You slip
a pair of removal tools into the notches and the radio should slide straight
out. If the unit is a "double DIN" you might have four notches to unlatch...
I don't see these notches. Do i need to remove any trim peices to get
at these notches? And do I need a special tool to slip into the
notches, or can I get by with a screwdriver or other common tool?
Assuming this is a US 525 - these instructions are totally and
completely wrong. But - that's what you get for asking on the Internet.
The actual radio on an E39 without navigation - lives behind the flip-up
door above what look like the real radio controls. The controls are
actually the MID - Multiple Instrument Display - panel/control... which
serves quite a few different devices in the car (radio, phone, OBC).
To remove the radio:
1. Remove the MID: To do this - remove the volume knob, look for a small
hole. Try different size allen keys until you get one that catches, turn
45 degrees clockwise whilst pulling on the shaft of the volume control.
The MID will pivot out from the left side. You can leave it dangling by
2. Remove the radio: Look for the two holes now revealed along the top
edge of the MID opening. Put your T-10 Torx driver into these holes and
loosen the screws (yes - it's TORX not Allen). Once loose, pull the
radio cassette/CD player assembly forwards. There are locking cables on
the rear. Disconnect as necessary.
The complication is - the connector for the antenna is not a standard US
sized connector. It's a Euro connector (go figure eh?) and you'll need
an adapter to hook the Sirius dodad up to it. Good luck with that.
Reassembly is the reverse of disassembly.
I've bought the adapter needed and noticed that they look simlar to
extensions near the cd changer hookup in the trunk. Are these direct
connections to the radio and antenna, and can i connect my sirius
direct fm connecter to these feeds?
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