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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 11-22-2012, 02:52 PM
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Where can i find or someone tell me what the ground wire color / remote colors are i know which ones are speaker and mem and ignition but if someone can tell me all of them or pint me in the right direction i want to make sure

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Old 11-22-2012, 04:34 PM
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ive seen grounds be black or green with a black stripe. remote wire is normally solid light blue.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:27 PM
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All of my grounds are brown. '87 325e
What do you have ?

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:21 AM
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Do you mean wires from the car or wires from the radio?
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:12 AM
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I have a brown and the car

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:50 AM
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I got my info from my Haynes manual.

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Old 11-23-2012, 11:00 AM
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I made a new ground when I did mine because the old ground was crap. You'll need a meter. There is a nice chunk of metal under the dme in the glove box that worked for me.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:47 PM
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I actually just bought my haynes manual today but it was opened and dirty so im taking it back im not gonna pay 27 bucks for a book thats been used

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:07 PM
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Take it back and spent the money on a Bentley E30 Manual. Its way better.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:24 PM
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I got mine online for about $12, shipping was only a couple of bucks more. I don't remember where, but I was glad to find it.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:41 PM
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I pin em out with a meter...too many variants to rely on a color. Just how I do it I guess.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:52 PM
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This might be helpful...

http://markseven.net/bmw/Radio-Info.pdf
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:25 AM
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My radio guru shop will test them all out and mark them all for a decent coffee.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:55 PM
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dont EVER trust the colours. all that will do it blow up your new stereo and/or cause a dash fire. BMWs, especially E30s, are temperemental with their electronic systems at the best of times, without adding other complications

ALWAYs use a multimeter to determine the wires. all of these wires are easy to locate using just a multimeter and some electronics knowledge.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:08 AM
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I was talking about testing the unit not the car. The car is easy.
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