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Old 10-04-2013, 05:34 PM
darkmann darkmann is offline
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Anyone Selling OEM Radio

2003 E46, Sedan: The knob on my radio (w/CD, w/o NAV) is broken - just rotates and can't push in to turn on radio. I am assuming that the knob and some internals are done. I don't want to go aftermarket, so if you have a radio for sale (or just giving it away), PM or e-mail me. Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:04 PM
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I have a radio with the same issue. There are places out there that supposedly fix broken radios, but I'm not sure if they cover the white plastic piece under the knob (which was the thing wrong with mine). In theory, you might be able to replace just the faceplate with another one, but that might be more trouble than it's worth.

Check the Classifieds here as well as E46Fanatics or your old pal EBay. You might even try Craigslist for someone parting something out. If you have to replace the radio, you might as well look into an upgraded model. Here is a breakdown of the different models:
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:09 PM
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I don't know where I saw it maybe youtube.. you can replace the knob. It pushes out from the inside (I think).
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:53 AM
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there is a DIY you tube repair video out there if you are inclined to attempt a repair. I sourced a replacement head unit from German Audiotech on ebay for about 200 ish bucks. Make sure you have the correct model number before ordering as there were some changes through the years. It was a pretty easy swap, and I keep thinking that I will repair the old so I have a spare if it ever breaks again. Not the cheapest solution, but it was easy.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:58 PM
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Spare OEM DSP Radio 530i 2003

i am about to remove my OEM radio. it has DSP button(s).
it is missing a few leds but not aweful.

i'll give you a good price.

interested, send email.
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