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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-26-2011, 07:30 AM
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Aftermarket stereo

Okay I have a lot of experience with car stereos but I have never seen a car that did have a stereo mounting kit. Even my 89 Buick lesabre had a kit for it. How did you guys install your after market stereo in your e36?
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:09 AM
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I just need to know what you used to Keep ur stereo in the din.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:04 PM
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Theres an adaptor that plugs into the E36 radio harness. It was 20 bucks at American appliance, and it didnt come with the antenna adapter. I have a factory amp (premium sound) by Alpine, and the adapter for the non-amp system worked fine for me. I just put in a head unit; no subs or anything fancy. My radio itself fit perfectly in the OEM hole; the sleeve was a bit of a fight but otherwise no kit/cutting required
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:43 PM
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The price of my deck came with free installation. Only thing is that they didn't hook the antenna up.

Radio got lame anyways.
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:52 PM
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My Alpine fit the stock hole just fine... used the sleeve that came with the radio and just had to bend the tabs to hold it in.

Used antenna adapter and stock wire plug adapter. Radio just slid in and clicked into the sleeve.

Hardest part was getting my iPod cable to pass in to the glove compartment.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:32 PM
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My Alpine fit the stock hole just fine... used the sleeve that came with the radio and just had to bend the tabs to hold it in.

Used antenna adapter and stock wire plug adapter. Radio just slid in and clicked into the sleeve.

Hardest part was getting my iPod cable to pass in to the glove compartment.
Mine went in the same way with no problems. I just wired my iPod cable down through the finger hole on the top of the sunglass holder so my iPhone can rest perfectly inside while driving.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:38 PM
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Mine went in the same way with no problems. I just wired my iPod cable down through the finger hole on the top of the sunglass holder so my iPhone can rest perfectly inside while driving.
I had the ipod cable down the finger hole also.... but I have a vert....so I put it in the glovebox so it can lock when the top is down
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You don't need any adapter, just the cage.

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Old 02-27-2011, 12:12 AM
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