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Old 07-17-2013, 02:51 PM
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#=@{#!%#@# e93 radio!!!!

MY 2008 E93 328i has the base radio/cd and no I drive. I purchased it last December from a BMW dealer and it has the CPO warranty. The radio dies at times for an hour or two. By coincidence, last week it died in route to the BMW dealer for some fluid exchanges. I explained the radio problem to the SA and damn if it did not come on when he tried it! He explained that he would charge $200 to diagnose the problem and if the radio is not repairable, the cost for a new radio is $650 plus installation!! I told him I would find a used radio on Ebay or from our members but he said that used radios cannot be programmed to my car!
Anybody have any suggestions to minimize my hit to my social security check?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:04 PM
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relax. You probably need to have the software updated
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=452691

I know CPO does not cover navi, but does that also mean the radio is not covered? It's standard practice to charge a diag fee before determining something is covered under any type of non-factory warranty.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:30 PM
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First of all why do go to dealer?

First of all why do go to dealer?
If your car is out of warranty you could get things done much
cheaper at a Indy.(no electronics covered by CPO)
Second of all check the battery and get a scan done for fault codes.
At and Indy or get something that can read BMW fault codes . (All of them)
In these cars the obvious is not always the problem.
It could be your battery or any number of other things.
This car has what called an IBS system and it can turn things off if it doesn't like the state
of charge on the battery. (the radio being one of them)
Also don't get the battery changed at the dealer unless you want to pay an excessive amount for it.

http://www.bawarec.ru/manuals/3er/e9...3er-e90-12.pdf

Read about the IBS in the above link.

There is no problem swapping in another radio and it can be programmed for your options
if necessary.

See
http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=368

Also OP says he has the base radio not the I drive/navi.
The no pay for it stereo in the US for 08 328 was the Hi Fi system.

Also for all stereo or electronics questions this board is the place to go

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=27

Also another common problem is water in the trunk shorting out the amp.

BMW stereo types
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352586
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...2&d=1266451970
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...2&d=1260829447
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=343673
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138949
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...2&d=1260829447
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...1&d=1209780605
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641323
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...1&d=1209780865
http://www.bawarec.ru/manuals/3er/e9...3er-e90-12.pdf
http://www.musicarnw.com/page-2/
http://www.e90post.com/forums/attach...4&d=1278871872

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:12 PM
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Good advice above and dealer is full of **** about not being able to program a used radio, it does have to be coded but is easy and done all the time!
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:31 AM
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I purchased the "Platinum" extended warranty mainly because of the "#=@{#!%#@#" radio. (If BMW ever monitors these boards -- a car radio is 1930 technology, guys. There really is NO excuse for this!)

My car's reliability would be almost Honda-like if it weren't for the "#=@{#!%#@#" radio, the battery and the rest of the electrical poltergeists.

I've had multiple software upgrades and multiple replacement radios. The greatest improvement seems to have followed the battery cable connector recall -- but I still get occasional popping through the speakers. Unfortunately -- for purposes of diagnosis -- it's just a random problem at this time.

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Anybody have any suggestions to minimize my hit to my social security check?
"Toyota Corolla."

It's been the most popular model automobile in the History of Mankind. There are reasons for that.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:26 AM
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I haven't heard a lot report the pro radio going bad

I haven't heard a lot report the pro radio going bad.
But it does have that display problem where you loose pixels after
awhile especially in hot environments . And Bmw's have had this
problem for more than a decade.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:13 PM
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My radio finally died completely, and the problem was finally diagnosed as the stereo amplifier.

Unfortunately, the amplifiers were back-ordered and it took about a month for an new amplifier to arrive. It was installed yesterday, and the car was reprogrammed today. Since I had complained about it several times during the original warranty, this was covered by BMW under the original warranty without the $50 extended warranty deductible (I'm not too sure that I would have brought it back to the BMW dealer for this problem if the car was not under a warranty. In fact, I think it's unlikely. But in any case, it was covered.)

While it was in the shop, the tech also noticed a rattle (I had noticed it too, but blew it off as an air pump or the AC compressor) which turned out to be the serpentine belt tensioner. Also covered, this time by the extended warranty.

I asked how much the bottom line on the two repairs would have been without the two warranties, and the answer was, "about $2600".

As I've suggested before, if BMW repair cost is an issue, it might be an idea to cut back on Starbucks cappuccinos, and put $20/week into a cookie jar. Yes, I'd rather drive a BMW every day than drink a Starbucks cappuccino every day!

So far (6 miles) the radio works without dropouts and that has been no speaker popping. The rattle is gone, too.

(At 17.9k miles, do I now hold the record for tensioner failures?)
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:00 AM
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I had the same problem with our 2010 328i. It would just die, and then come on for no reason. I had a CPO and the dealer said that next time it happened, bring the car in. (they first did the upgrade). Well, one day it did die and I left the radio ON, and drove 60 miles to the dealer. When he saw it was not working, they replaced the radio under warranty. What was interesting, I had the dealer look at all the work done on the car since new, and it had been brought in by the previous owner for the same problem. But every time they brought it in, it worked. I just left it on when it stopped working, and drove straight to the dealer. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:30 AM
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I had the same problem with our 2010 328i. It would just die, and then come on for no reason. I had a CPO and the dealer said that next time it happened, bring the car in. (they first did the upgrade). Well, one day it did die and I left the radio ON, and drove 60 miles to the dealer. When he saw it was not working, they replaced the radio under warranty. What was interesting, I had the dealer look at all the work done on the car since new, and it had been brought in by the previous owner for the same problem. But every time they brought it in, it worked. I just left it on when it stopped working, and drove straight to the dealer. Hope this helps.

A lesson to us all: If your ride becomes uncooperative, show no mercy and take no prisoners! Yes. To allow your BMW to rest, to relax; to regroup, is the act of a Young Player, doomed to frustration when, walking the dealer to your ride, your problem has disappeared.

Your best course, dear BimmerFester, it to immediately locate a dealer or Indy and drive straight there, allowing no change in your BMW's operation. Do NOT kill the ignition. Leave it running, and change no settings!
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:58 AM
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relax. You probably need to have the software updated
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=452691

i know cpo does not cover navi, but does that also mean the radio is not covered? It's standard practice to charge a diag fee before determining something is covered under any type of non-factory warranty.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:22 PM
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mine has been in the shop for about 2 wks now for the same problem. The number 13 fuse is will blow out every other day. the sos light pops on and the radio quits playing.
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