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Old 04-05-2013, 04:43 PM
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Unhappy 2004 X5 Radio Problem-any ideas?

The jamb nut behind the rubber off/on knob on my BMW Blaupaunkt radio vibrated loose.
It finally worked itself off the threaded switch shaft. At that point, the off/on function would not work because the unmounted switch was moving in and out with the rubber button.

At this point, the volume aspect was working fine.

A day later, after pushing the switch and turning it left and right, I took a 2 mm Allen wrench, gave the set screw a 90 degree turn and the radio came out like a small drawer.

At that point I discovered that in turning the knob, I had actually broken the four tiny wires
that connected a 2 inch pig tail to the switch.

No problem: So I thought! I'll just locate a parts source and buy a new off/on switch.

Sadly, I must report that Blaupaunkt is no longer selling any parts for the BMW Radio! Checked with several old-line radio repair shops listed on the net and they too no longer fix our radios.

Called BMW America and they said they would try to assist. (Don't hold your breath)!

Bottom Line. If your off/on switch suddenly seems strange DON'T PUSH IT OR TURN IT!
Take the rubber knob off, and turn the 2 mm set screw to remove the unit. Snap off the harness and top cover and WHILE HOLDING THE SWITCH TO PREVENT ITS TWISTING,
TIGHTEN THE LOCK NUT!

Any suggestions on where I might locate a replacement off/on switch or solutions to this mess????

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Old 04-06-2013, 07:22 AM
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Billkopper View Post
The jamb nut behind the rubber off/on knob on my BMW Blaupaunkt radio vibrated loose.
It finally worked itself off the threaded switch shaft. At that point, the off/on function would not work because the unmounted switch was moving in and out with the rubber button.

At this point, the volume aspect was working fine.

A day later, after pushing the switch and turning it left and right, I took a 2 mm Allen wrench, gave the set screw a 90 degree turn and the radio came out like a small drawer.

At that point I discovered that in turning the knob, I had actually broken the four tiny wires
that connected a 2 inch pig tail to the switch.

No problem: So I thought! I'll just locate a parts source and buy a new off/on switch.

Sadly, I must report that Blaupaunkt is no longer selling any parts for the BMW Radio! Checked with several old-line radio repair shops listed on the net and they too no longer fix our radios.

Called BMW America and they said they would try to assist. (Don't hold your breath)!

Bottom Line. If your off/on switch suddenly seems strange DON'T PUSH IT OR TURN IT!
Take the rubber knob off, and turn the 2 mm set screw to remove the unit. Snap off the harness and top cover and WHILE HOLDING THE SWITCH TO PREVENT ITS TWISTING,
TIGHTEN THE LOCK NUT!

Any suggestions on where I might locate a replacement off/on switch or solutions to this mess????

Great information...but just for clarification (since the X5 can come with multiple audio set-ups)..are you mistakenly referring to the MID (multi-informational display) instead of the "radio"? The radios are incorporated into the in-dash CD or cassette player...and is a separate unit located in the trunk or cargo area if the BMW model has the onBoard navigation set-up.

I ask because I was under the impression that your model year should have a unit that ends in "53" (C53/CD53/BM53) and BMW new gen radios changed from the previous C43/CD43 Blaupunkt radios to ones mfg'd by Phillips/Alpine/Becker...but again, the CD/radio, Cass/radio, Nav mon/cass/radio units are not the same thing as the MID:



If you have the MID and not the IRIS or Nav monitor....the "radio" is actually incorporated into the in-dash CD player or in-dash cassette player.

If you're referring to the VOL knob on the MID...is this what you're describing (see pics below):

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