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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 09-21-2016, 11:13 PM
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My factory OEM radio finally died

Note: I am a freak with keeping the car as original as possible, as this was my first new car purchase way back in 1993.

Had tried to fix it by taking it apart and cleaning the volume dial, but no luck. So I have three choices, 1. I can try to get a used unit on Ebay in acceptable condition which will be very old of course and no telling how long it will last. 2. Try to have it fixed professionaly, but I don't think this is a viable option as I believe the capacitors are shot. 3. Get an aftermarket (gulp) unit. This option has the big advantage of being able to stream music from my phone via bluetooth which of course I don't have on the stock radio.

It would be nice of course if it would at least match slightly to the original look of the car. But the vast majority are cheeeeeeeezey looking! After looking at several, I found that the Kenwood KDC-BT958HD/KDC-X998 (same model) has a modestly basic look and I like the fact that at least the LCD display can be adjusted to the same color as the rest of the interior lights and has the same dot like appearance as the existing on board computer and clock. So at least that would look similar. Problem is that there are many reviews stating that the display is not visible in the daytime. And I saw the display has a very nasty reflective glossy look which is annoying. The black of course is glossy too, unlike the matte look of the original components.

Any suggestions? Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:28 AM
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I think this radio matches the interior quite well. It doesn't have all the modern features though:

http://www.clarion.com/xe/en/product...660279340.html


There are radio repair websites that don't cost too much if you really want to keep the factory look.
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:59 PM
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That's an excellent match!

Thanks for that. That will certainly be a consideration, but it does not have blue tooth which would be nice.
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:05 PM
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Kenwood is a nice enough radio - I have one as I needed hands free calling which is the law of Lincoln Land. However, yes forget being able to see the display in day light - very annoying. This is true with most aftermarket radios. Can't understand why you can see OEM perfectly but not aftermarket radios. Guess there just a lot of dummies like me that will buy these crappy radios.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:17 AM
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I have a working c43 from my 95 M3 if interested. I opted for a CD43 years ago as an upgrade. I have one in my E30 M3 and my E36 M3. Like the styling, whished I had purchased a Nakamichi CD400 when they were available they have like finish and colors.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:02 PM
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Maybe

How much do you want for it? I had seen some OEM's on Ebay where they put an aux jack in it. That would be nice, as I never listen to CDs.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:07 AM
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I'll plug it in and check to see if display is till working. I have the code still.
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Ok thanks. A quick other question, if I buy an aftermarket Kenwood or other cheezer I would have to disconnect my amp that behind my seat correct? I have seen discussions on this, but it's not clear. Aftermarket radios include built in amps I believe.
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