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Old 05-01-2013, 06:43 PM
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While Having Battery Recall, Found Out Need New Radio...

Brought my 2011 328i sedan in for recall and happened to mention to SA that the radio would just turn off with a loud popping sound every so often...
Calls me back later that day to say car needs new radio that is being ordered and installed tomorrow...
What the heck happened?
Is this just an unusual occurrence, or is this a warning about things to come with this car?...
Good thing it's still under warranty...
I was already considering buying the Gold extended warranty, figuring I didn't need the extra electronics coverage since I don't have NAV...
Now I don't know...
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:10 PM
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Yes, loud popping from the speakers. I'm on my third or fourth radio and third or fourth software update. It was OK for almost a year and started doing it again. Unfortunately, it does this in random clusters, and has stopped doing it again.

I have the "Platinum" extended warranty. The car started doing it early in life during the original warranty period.

The best failure was driving back from Thanksgiving dinner and I was telling my daughter -- who drives a Honda Accord -- that BMWs are a lot of fun to drive and "really not all that unreliable" (she was having trouble stopping herself from laughing!) when deus ex machina, the BMW poltergeists intervened, the radio quit, half the radio display went blank, and the other half showed machine gibberish.

The automobile radio was introduced in 1930. You might think all the smart engineers who work for BMW would have this figured out by now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:01 AM
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sounds like the new-er the BMW models the more issues they have. Glad I bought a 6 year old used one, so far no problems

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:10 AM
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Yes, loud popping from the speakers. I'm on my third or fourth radio and third or fourth software update. It was OK for almost a year and started doing it again. Unfortunately, it does this in random clusters, and has stopped doing it again.

3rd or 4th unit....electronics are extraordinarily reliable....do ya think it might not be the radio?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:21 AM
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The best failure was driving back from Thanksgiving dinner and I was telling my daughter -- who drives a Honda Accord -- that BMWs are a lot of fun to drive and "really not all that unreliable" (she was having trouble stopping herself from laughing!) when deus ex machina, the BMW poltergeists intervened, the radio quit, half the radio display went blank, and the other half showed machine gibberish.
Dude, you can't spit in the face of God and not expect some consequences!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:46 AM
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3rd or 4th unit....electronics are extraordinarily reliable....do ya think it might not be the radio?
This should be nearly perfect technology. I've never had a problem with a radio in a Honda or Toyota.

(edit: -- but I've had several Volvo and Porsche radios. Think, maybe, there is a pattern?)

One BMW failure was a replacement radio and it failed almost immediately. I'm guessing the BMW replacement radios are "remanufactured" and if the defect doesn't appear during inspection, it will just reappear when it's reinstalled in another car. After another attempt I needed to wait for a software update. If they needed to rewrite the software, they were apparently aware of a problem.

My E91 was built in Germany so I presume the optional Poltergeist Package (ZPPP) was inadvertently included in a USA build. GOK what the problem really is, but it seems to have BMW stumped.

Although the "popping" has made my wife hit the ceiling, it doesn't happen all the time. I love the way the car responds and handles. It's about as fun a way to get to Home Depot or Costco as I can think of. The only question is if I'm brave enough to keep it after the extended warranty expires.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:20 AM
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3rd or 4th unit....electronics are extraordinarily reliable....do ya think it might not be the radio?
I agree, probably not the radio.

Also, if I am not mistaken our "radio" is a lot more than just a radio. Doesn't is allow an interface to the bluetooth, car diagnostics etc. Don't think Toyota and Honda use the radio for anything other than a radio.

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Old 05-02-2013, 10:59 AM
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I had to have the radio (sound system?) replaced twice in my Lexus because a CD would randomly eject.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:07 AM
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The CD player in my wife's Infiniti was replaced 3 or 4 times. I lost count.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:35 AM
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My E91 was built in Germany so I presume the optional Poltergeist Package (ZPPP) was inadvertently included in a USA build. GOK what the problem really is, but it seems to have BMW stumped.

That's bad. Real bad.

What's made by man can be fixed by man - BMW declines to take the time. Lemon that puppy & move on....

Prob intermittant which can be devilish to track down. Me being me, I'd install a data logging energy monitor here & there to diagnose. It'll detect where a glitch occurs and more importantly, if installed @ more than one point, a pattern of failure.

That's important info! But nooooooooooooo.....
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:46 AM
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Regulator on alternator not calibrated properly/not working pushing out too many volts???

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Old 05-04-2013, 04:43 PM
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OP: Anything can break. BMW doesn't design or build the radios. It was likely made by Alpine or another large OEM. They are usually very reliable (I've never had one fail in any of my 7 BMW's). But there's no such thing as perfect reliability with anything electronic (or anything else for that matter). They live in an environment with lots of vibration, jarring, temperature and humidity shifts, etc. Thankfully you've got a warranty so no out of pocket costs to get it fixed.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:24 AM
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yup, on our second head unit and it occasionally does the popping or sometimes the radio/cd/bluetooth just simply doesn't work unless I turn off the car and restart it.... going to have the battery recall service done this friday. Hopefully, it'll fix this issue.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:40 PM
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I had my speakers pop and the radio went blank for a second. Dealer replaced the amplifier. So far so good.
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