2004 e46 M3 Focal speaker help? - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > The Best of Bimmerfest! > Car Navigation, Audio & Electronics by BAVSOUND

Car Navigation, Audio & Electronics by BAVSOUND
BMW navigation, audio upgrades, XM Radio, Sirius, Bluetooth, and Radar Detector discussions here!
Sponsored by BAVSOUND

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-16-2004, 03:24 PM
flybigjet flybigjet is offline
Registered User
Location: Denver, CO
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 9
Mein Auto: C-5 Galaxy / Boeing 777
2004 e46 M3 Focal speaker help?

Greetings all- I'm working on an aftermarket stereo upgrade for my soon to be ordered 2004 M3 coupe (yeah, I know, cart, horse- but it's *fun*).

I've searched, searched, and *searched* and can't seem to find a straight answer. So. Will Focal Ultima 165W's fit in the front door panels (stock locations) of a 2004 e46 M3 coupe? Focal spec's them at 165mm width and 78mm depth. I listened to them and the 136W's and thought the 165 sounded much better.

The answers I've been able to find are 1)yes, 2)no, 3)yes, but you have to do minor modifications, and 4)no, you'd have to do major refabrication. Does anyone hav FACTUAL information? (i.e. not "well, I *heard* it would/wouldn't work", but have actually installed?).

I want to keep everything as stock looking as possible and obviously don't want to start cutting into the metal behind the door panel.

BTW, these are going to be driven by a JL Audio 500/5; still debating about putting an additional set of separates in the back for fill or just popping a 5 1/4" coaxial in the rear decks and disconnecting the side mounted speakers.

Thanks for any help! R.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2004, 10:21 AM
jetstream23 jetstream23 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,229
Mein Auto: 330i, Toyota Land Cruiser
I've heard some horror stories about going aftermarket with audio on BMW's, especially putting in new headunits. Apparently, the stock headunits are very integrated with the car, steering wheel mounted controls, speed sensitive volume, etc. Also, the appearance of aftermarket headunits can look strange in the oddly shaped and located position of the stock headunit. Please post some info. once you make your product selections and particularly after you get the car and do the upgrade. I'd love to see some pictures of how it comes out.

I'm also considering a new M3 in the near future and will likely pass on the H/K option, putting the $695 the option would have cost into some new aftermarket gear so I'm very interested to see how your project turns out. Good luck.
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > The Best of Bimmerfest! > Car Navigation, Audio & Electronics by BAVSOUND
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:06 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001- VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.