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Old 04-05-2007, 02:48 PM
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1995 E36 Radio Wiring

I have just bought a 1995 325TD minus a radio.

I have a new radio to install (cheap and nasty but it will do for the time being)

Obviously the previous radio was stolen as the connector from the original radio is still there.

What I need is to know which wire is which. Hopefully I can then join these wires to the connector supplied with the new radio.

The original connector has 14 pins (there are places for 3 more but not used)

Looking at the pin side of the connector, on the left there are 8 wires obviously these are the speakers.
(two pairs of blue and two pairs of yellow, both pairs wth stripes).

This leaves 6 wires.


Could anyone tell me what exactly are the 6 wires as I dont want to short anything experimenting.

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Old 04-06-2007, 08:01 AM
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:20 PM
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You should be able to buy a wiring adapter for the new radio from a car stereo shop. No cutting of wires required.
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Old 04-08-2007, 01:51 PM
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No, you need to bypass the factory amplifier or it's going to sound like trash. Once you bypass it, it still dounds balanced right because of poor speaker placement. Sound is one thing BMW totally messed up.
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