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Old 11-08-2012, 04:40 PM
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Radio Issue.

As I was driving down the road today I ejected a cd and then put another in. When I figured out that it wasn't the cd I was looking for I went to eject it and...nothing. I stopped, shut the car off, and then restarted the vehicle after pulling the key out of the ignition completely. Still nothing. Finally when I got home I shut the car off and ran inside real quick to get something. When I returned I turned the key to the first notch and immediately pushed the eject button and it finally ejected the cd. I put another cd in and then immediately pushed eject and it worked. I thought it might have just jammed so at that point everything was okay. However now it is at it again...and my key trick does not seem to be working. The cd plays ok and when I push the eject button it turns over to the radio and you hear a slight noise...maybe best described as a faint click however it doesn't even attempt to push the cd out. Any ideas?
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:44 AM
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Short story.... You will probably need a tech to look at it and see whats going on.

But, before you do that you could unplug it completely and see if a full electrical reset will do anything for you. You will need the radios security code after you plug it back in to make it work, so make sure you locate that before anything gets unplugged.
Modern electronic radios maintain a certain amount of electrical energy to keep memory presets etc. Although this may not have any direct implications with the CD transport, it never hurts to power a unit down and reset all systems.
So, either take the radio out o the dash and disconnect the power connectors or locate all radio fuses (main power and aux power) and pull those, point is to remove all power and let the system reset. If al else fails you could the negative battery terminal, however if you have an alarm it might cause other issues.

Mind you, it may not fix the issue, but you should try it. Short of anything there a tech would have to take a lool and see if its the CD transport or a laser or logic issue when reading a CD. Cost vs benefit issues arise here so weigh your options before you buy!
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:45 AM
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I can purchase a different OEM head unit for around $120 so it's not my biggest concern but as the car doesn't have anything other than cd and am/fm radio it's nice to be able to use the cd on long cruises! When it did eject it sound pretty "rough" to where most sound smooth and quiet when ejecting.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:16 AM
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I can purchase a different OEM head unit for around $120 so it's not my biggest concern but as the car doesn't have anything other than cd and am/fm radio it's nice to be able to use the cd on long cruises! When it did eject it sound pretty "rough" to where most sound smooth and quiet when ejecting.
Chances are the transport system has given up and is on its way out, its replaceable but could cost you. And CD's are "So Yesterday."
Option to consider are 1, Find another used BMW CD radio, or 2. As you say get a new one for $120.
I would buy a new radio, one with USB input on the front panel or iPod input if you have one, put my CD's on a usb in MP3 format or add to the iPod, and rock out for hours and hours. Its really the latest and greatest and should be your best choice.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:19 AM
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Check this radio out.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ers/DEH-3400UB
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:12 PM
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A used one is $120! I know a about the iPod hookups. Honestly I never use the one in my Avalanche! It would be fun to have but a CD player was just a way to get away from all of the commercials on FM radio. The Z4 is just a toy and not one of our main vehicles so I haven't been too concerned with it although its good to have decent music on a long cruise!
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2007 z-71 Avalanche-heated seats, sunroof, 4X4

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:15 PM
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I hate to put aftermarket parts in a car like this! I turn away from buying a car if it has an aftermarket stereo in it. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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2005 Chevrolet Tahoe-Navigation, Sunroof, DVD, 4X4, autoride, etc. (sold)

2007 Audi A6-everything except navigation (sold)

2007 z-71 Avalanche-heated seats, sunroof, 4X4

2007 BMW X5 3.0si- heated seats, technology pkg, premium pkg
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