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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 12-05-2012, 04:25 AM
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1998 323 is 2dr coupe audio system help needed PLEASE!

Hi, my name is Tri. I own a 98 323is. When I got it I was told the radio worked, all I needed to do was connect the wires. I take out the stock radio and I see that the wires have been cut. The radio wires are cut( isn't there suppose to be a black piece at the end that connects to an adapter for a aftermarket radio?) And the antenna wire is also cut. Someone please help. I bought a metra 7085-90 radio wiring harness adapter from Amazon. I'm so confused. I love my car. Someone please help!! It'd be much appreciated

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:26 AM
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:22 AM
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You need a new harness it sounds like. There's wiring diagrams out there somewhere. Try searching. I'd suspect someone stole an aftermarket unit out of the car, and someone just put the OEM radio back in to make it look nice.

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Old 12-06-2012, 01:36 PM
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I bought an adapter so I can hook up an aftermarket radio. I read that I have to connect the adapter to the wires from the aftermarket radio then connect it to the car wires. Was there a harness at the end of the wires?(potentially might have been cut off) and the antenna wire was also cut. Do I have to buy the harness and antenna harness too? I just want to hear my beautiful system :'(
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:03 PM
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This is what it looks like. The blue wire is the RCA to the amp. I have no idea what the black wire with the wires is, the speaker wires are the twisted colored wires right? Now isn't the suppose to be a harness with the speaker wires so I could plug in the adapter? Factory harness>>70-8590>>aftermarket radio wires. Or am I wrong

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Exactly, there's supposed to be connector on the end to go to the radio. Looks like someone cut it, either a thief or moron DIYer.

Two options:
A) Go to a junkyard and snip off the connector with about 6" of wire and solder back together. This will allow you to easily connect a stock radio as is or any aftermarket with the adapter, and be much more elegant.

B) Use your adapter harness and snip off the factory side and splice. You'll be able to use many aftermarket radios but not all and no factory radios.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:58 PM
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Can you explain option b please? Would I need go to the junkyard?

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:59 PM
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I don't mind if I can't use a factory. I have a Kenwood radio I would like to use. Do I need to buy the amp integration harness also?

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