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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 11-20-2012, 08:25 AM
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Dice options?

So I've been looking into getting a dice unit for my 2001 330ci but I seems like all the units are for a 2002 and up. Does anyone know if there is a unit that would work with my h/k system? If it matters mine is pre wired for the 6 disc changer but I don't have one.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:22 PM
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I am pretty sure DICE will work on most all E46s. But honestly, I'd look for something better. I have installed a few of them and I am always underwhelmed. IMO, it would be better to spend the money to swap to an 03 and up Business CD and just do the AUX input addition.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:07 PM
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What would swapping to a newer head unit entail? Is it just plug and play?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:26 PM
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I installed the mediabridge in my 01 325ci in may and it works fine. Found it for i think around $140 on amazon. Considering capabilities and BT functionality it was well worth it.



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Old 11-22-2012, 08:23 AM
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What would swapping to a newer head unit entail? Is it just plug and play?
Pretty much, you do need a different power antennae from the newer car as well. Goes behind the drivers side C pillar.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:51 PM
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Ok that's pretty straight forward. Anyone have or know where I can get my hands on one? Smolck does your buddies junkyard have any?
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:55 PM
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Sorry to sound like such a dunce, but could someone please explain to me what the heck a DICE, mediabridge, etc., actually does? I've watched several youtube videos about installing them, but I still have no clue what they actually do. Although, if they don't add about 100 hp to the car, I probably wouldn't be interested, anyway . Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:23 PM
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It allows you to play a mp3 device in your csr via an audio jack
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:30 PM
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:02 AM
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:36 AM
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So I've been looking into getting a dice unit for my 2001 330ci but I seems like all the units are for a 2002 and up. Does anyone know if there is a unit that would work with my h/k system? If it matters mine is pre wired for the 6 disc changer but I don't have one.
I installed a DICE in my 2001 330Ci (no h/k) about 4 years ago. They don't sell the exact version I have anymore, but it's like this one:

http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/pr...tegration-Kit/

I found integrating it to the radio was a major pain to find anything on the iPod, so I set the pins in the configuration where the content is controlled off the iPod. I ran the wire up, tucking it under the seats, and put the unit under my rear floor mat, then the iPod wire comes up beside the console. I think it works great, tho there are times I can hear a bit of a whine when accelerating.

I liked it so much I wanted to do the same thing in my 2000 Z3, but this time bought the mediabridge so I would have the bluetooth etc. We installed that but it was such a pain to find anything on the radio, push this button for this, then scroll with that, then back to this button... I got fed up really quick and pulled it out and sent it back to BSW. I didn't have the option to run the wire up the same way in the Z. I am still not sure what to do with the Z3, but it won't be another DICE product.

If you want to integrate it into the radio, I might hesitate, because navigation via the radio is a bit of a pain. If you are just looking for an iPod adapter, I think that works great, navigating via the iPod.

I think you will be able to find them for your 2001 - the one I found above at BSW was for the 2001 330Ci.

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I have a DICE media bridge and found that it was quirky with my oem stereo (2001). I put in a head unit for an 03 and it's much better. With you having the h/k system it may not be so simple in your case. I only use the car controls for volume and track skipping and to answer incoming calls. I use my iPhone controls directly for everything else, and the Bluetooth connection works great.

I think bsw is a knowledgeable place to ask about the various dice options...
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Funny - OK, I thought I was falling down a never-ending spiral of electronic gadget anacronym-speak. So that's all it is, huh? When I did the car stereo upgrade on my daughter's car (I went all out, with the mid-bass speakers mounted onto DIY MDF baffles attached to the doors, after-market amp, etc.), I installed an after-market (Kenwood) head unit, which comes with an MP3 connector. A HUGE amount of work - took me less time to rebuild my Porsche's engine!
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