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CD Changer Gone Bad

11-02-2004, 12:06 PM
I own a 2000 BMW 528iA with DSP and 6-CD changer. The unit says no disks when indeed the unit is full of CD's. I am told that the only way to get this repaired is to buy a new one. This is really an Alpine unit dressed up in BMW clothing. Does anyone have an Idea about where I can get this repaired instead of just buying a new changer. Or is it better to just bite the bullet and get a new one?

11-02-2004, 01:01 PM
Try looking for Alpine Authorized service in your area... a new changer will set you back around $400 from say ( or ( if you buy new... if you can get your old one fixed for $100 it might be worth it, otherwise, look for used or bite the bullet...

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11-02-2004, 02:23 PM
You might also try to begin with a new 6-disk cartridge. Old/worn ones have been known to cause similar problems.

Circuit City or any other regular stereo store should have them. Bring yours in so you can make sure it's the same kind.

11-02-2004, 10:17 PM
I just went through a pain in the ass ordeal to get my changer fixed. It was skipping. I called the dealer and the answer was " we don't repair them, we replace them". A helpful guy in parts gave me the name of a shop in Vancouver BC. I called and then couriered my unit to them. about 2 weeks later they called and said it was fixed. I asked if they played it for a long time to make sure it is fixed. This is the type of thing that always happens to me. I send something away for repair and it comes back the same. Sure enough after about $100 and courier fees, I get it back and it skips. I send it back and this time they say "Oh ya, it's the laser and not the mechanical part" we'll repair again for the cost of the part. So another $100 and I get it back. Put in the car and it won't work. A CD is jamned. I take it apart myself, unjam it and I get it working. It screws up a couple of times, jams, shows no cd when the cartridge is full. I'm not sure if it will work or continue to screw up. Next time I will go to ebay and get one. Never again will I get anything like this repaired. :mad: