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Old 09-02-2014, 06:23 AM
NYSt8ofMind NYSt8ofMind is offline
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Question 1999 BMW 740iL 6CD Changer Magazine

Hello fellow Bimmerfest bloggers. I am new to this forum and need some advice on replacing the CD magazine. I am told it is no longer available from the manufacturer. I purchased one through Amazon but it did not fit so I had to return it. I do not want to keep doing this. Any ideas??
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:04 AM
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Try these links: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=bmw+65128375836
(part number found here: http://realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.do?mo...31&hg=65&fg=10)

If you hadn't already been burnt by the amazon unit, I'd have said there's a good chance a magazine from a 3-series or 5-series of the same era will fit, despite being a different part number.

Are you sure it's the magazine and not the changer itself? Maybe my experience with a faulty changer is of interest: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...6&postcount=15

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Old 09-03-2014, 02:31 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to the E38 7 series forum, you'll get more help in here.

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Old 09-03-2014, 02:36 PM
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Just the magazine? Should be plenty available from the part out guys. I have a couple but they are from my '96 parts cars. I think you need one from model years '99-01.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:41 PM
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One available from an '01 on Panjo. Not sure if you have to sign up to the forum or not to see this:

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Old 09-03-2014, 03:32 PM
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The best way to shop...is by using the specific 11 digit BMW part nbr based on your VIN. And the best place to get that info is from sites like:
If you don't know how to use the 2 sites above...learn how to find the main group and sub group and part nbr search features...this will cut down about the probability by about 99% of buying the wrong parts. When you shop using the 11 digit BMW part nbr found using your VIN...you usually will run across vendors/sellers that have already done their homework and know to whom they are selling. It also helps you wade through the lazy or misinformed sellers, too.

There are changes during the production run, and models that have the same nomenclature (model #) but may be from a different generation...thus uses a different part.

As mentioned above, the early e38s use a different CD magazine (and changer) versus the latter e38s...and this would come to light if you look up the BMW part nbr for the magazine for your build date.

Once you have the 11 digit BMW part number...just type "BMW xx xx x xxx xxx" into a google search box and the world is at your fingertips with the correct part. For rare parts or parts that are really only common to the e38...then your best bet may be the dealer (for new) or part outs/junk yards (for used).

The e38/e39/e53...sometimes use the same parts...but this DID NOT occur with the 6 disk CD changer. The e38 used a M-bus Pioneer changer (early) and an I-bus Pioneer changer (later). The e39/e53 uses an Alpine CD changer. I have no clue what the 3 series (e46) generation uses...I don't follow that model close enough.

(click link to get BMW part nbr for either {CD Changer P & Magazine P for up to 9/98 build date} or {CD Changer PI & Magazine PI 9/98-up build date}


Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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Old 09-09-2014, 01:54 PM
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I have a spare working magazine with the slide out trays. Sticker says 8 364 931.

Can let it go for a reasonable price if you're still interested.
99 540iT -
00 528i/5 - Grüen Arrow
93 740i - Grün Hornet (sold)
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