Assuming this is a genuine BMW radio, similar to the Business RDS. Pop
open the tabs. Underneath you'll find a small socket that you need to
stick a tiny allen key into. Just turn it about 20 times and it'll pull
the locking tab forwards and release it.
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If you're a purist you need a small five sided allen key, but you can jam a
small strong screwdriver tip in there if you're desperate. Once you get it
out it's easier to biff the old unit and put something better that plays
CD's in there instead. I've replaced two dud BMW stereos in E34's after
having no luck fixing them.
What you just wrote is important to me. I have a cassette player
in my '98 318ti and it is OK (Nice radio with nice controls, etc) but
when I contacted the BMW dealer and asked for an add on CD player I
was quoted $650! (He knew before he called me back I wouldn't spend
So let me ask, what is the drill here? Does one go to an after-market
car stero shop and ask them to pull and replace? Of if one wants
to be more economical, like me, what should one look for
and what should one pay? And what about fitting it into the
space without gaps and wiring harness problems, etc.?
I am truly a newbie in this area and will appreciate any suggestions.
On Thu, 26 May 2005 17:14:23 +1200, "Tbird-Steve"
Yes, you stick a special 5-sided allen key in those little holes, and take
the special 5-sided allen screws out. The special tool is at yoru BMW
dealership, and it has a little blade on one end to pry the little covers
open to expose the special 5-sided allen screws so you can use the special
5-sided allen key.
FWIW, you don't take them *out*; you *unscrew them*, which retracts
little wedge things on the side of the unit, allowing it to be slid out
of the hole.
However, if you buy the tool from someplace like Bavarian Autosport
(~$20 with shipping), you have to pry the little doors open yourself;
no blade. Given that you can nnormally pop them open with a
fingernail, that's no great loss.
In addition, to keep your car's alarm system from triggering (I got
warning beeps when beginning to 'tamper' with mine until I tried
this.), you need to remove the radio with the ignition switched on.
(Been there; got the tool)
Good call. The screws are captive, and they won't physically come out. They
can be unscrewed, they can't be taken out. Perhaps they can be taken out,
but they only need to be unscrewed to get the radio out.
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