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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:27 PM
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Exclamation 2001 BMW 330i Cassette Player

So I have a 2001 330i. My audio had has the cassette player. It plays ok with regular cassettes but gives me a tape error every time I try using a cassette adapter to hook up an ipod. Any idea of what might be wrong?
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:02 PM
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Did you try inserting the adapter in both the "A Side" and "B Side" orientations ?
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:07 PM
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Yeah I tried both sides A & B
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:35 PM
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So I have a 2001 330i. My audio had has the cassette player. It plays ok with regular cassettes but gives me a tape error every time I try using a cassette adapter to hook up an ipod. Any idea of what might be wrong?
It actually says "tape error" on the display? heh, neat.

Did this adapter ever work or is it a new/replacement one?

I am guessing that the tape player detects that one "tape reel" is missing because it's not turning. One reel would get turned by the player; the other should "turn" too, if it were a real cassette, and the player can detect that as part of its auto-stop and auto-reverse function.

Could be the little belt inside the adapter broke, if there ever was one. Or you might need a better adapter, that has a belt inside.

I'm just theorizing... you can tell if there's a belt inside the adapter when you turn one reel with your finger and the other one turns at the same time.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:25 PM
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You are better off changing the stereo, make sure you put one in that has the hook up for the steering controls, too.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:13 PM
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There are aftermarket alternatives to wire in an iPod adapter. DICE is one and if you search on that + alternatives you'll find some others.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:29 AM
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