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bimmer1983 12-26-2006 09:53 AM

questions re installing CD in 1983 320i
:yikes: i would like to replace my stock radio with an in dash cassette/cd or just cd player.
was told at a shop that cd player would not work because of verticle location.
is this true? what about istalling changer in trunk? would intstall unit from Cructhfield.
also circulation fan in dash is not working. is this an easy fix?

1983 320i 5 speed

JSpira 12-28-2006 07:56 PM

I was always under the impression that, at least for CD changers, orientation doesn't matter - but I haven't really used a CD player or changer in a car in years.

I don't know if you are thinking of changing the in-dash stereo, but you might want to get one that supports direct connection of an iPod.

Harrypr 12-30-2006 03:17 PM

A CD player in vertical position will not work properly. I have a Kenwood CD changer in my 320i's trunk and it works great.

bimmer1983 01-01-2007 06:39 PM

thanks for the advice!

Oldmanwillie 01-01-2007 11:36 PM

i recently put a new cd player in my 82 323i and because of the vertical angle it will not play cd's. i was aware of this at purchase and also bought a ipod interface so this isnt really a problem

Paul Christian 02-01-2007 08:29 PM

you can also go with tape deck and cd changer will be close to period,well inside of the car...good luck on your system up-grade........cheers...

drw1926 05-11-2007 09:08 PM

Don't most automobile CD changers/players have a switch you can set to the orientation as its mounted in your car (horizontal or vertical)? The OEM CD changer in my 540 has a switch like this. Bottom line, if it is 'switchable', it shouldn't make any difference.

Paul Christian 05-12-2007 03:00 PM

^^^yes they all have that switch...

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