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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-16-2005, 06:36 AM
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Removing E39 head unit

Would someone be so kind as to guide me through removing a non-DSP head unit on a 1999 523 in order to install an ICElink.

Many thanks

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Old 05-11-2005, 12:38 PM
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Head Unit Removal

This worked for my 2001 525T (blitzsafe/logjam conversion for iPod). Remove volume knob (pull straight out). You'll then see a small torx or allen head, turn 1/4 to left, not too hard though. That's it, lift from the side and pops right out. There's nothing to that head unit.

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Old 05-12-2005, 02:24 PM
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One you release that first torx, the MID will pop out and reveal two more torx. Unscrew those and it will release the tape deck/in dash CD/radio unit. Sorry, just nitpicking about the term "head unit" since the radio/amp is separate from the MID.
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Pimpwagon,

What happens when you push the torx screw too hard? When I did it I may have and it got pushed back. Now it seems there is nothing I can do to get that torx screw forward and therefore I am unable to pull the head unit out.

Please help!
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:26 PM
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I wrote this DICE install recently and here it is:

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Would someone be so kind as to guide me through removing a non-DSP head unit on a 1999 523 in order to install an ICElink.

Many thanks
Try a 2.5 mm Allen hex key.

http://www.unofficialbmw.com/all/ste...oval_tool.html
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Help - cannot remove the head unit

I am trying to install a Dension Gateway on my e39 1997 Business unit.

I followed the instruction and failed at the first step. I tried turning the first Torx screw under the volume control 90 degree CCW. There was a bit of resistance so I put a bit more force in and felt something snapped.

There is now just a bigger hole where the screw used to be and I can't seem to pry open the unit.

Any idea please?
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:30 AM
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Hi. I have exactly the same problem. The screw fell out and I cannot pull out the MID. Anybody knows a way around?
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I followed the instruction and failed at the first step. I tried turning the first Torx screw under the volume control 90 degree CCW. There was a bit of resistance so I put a bit more force in and felt something snapped.
I may have done this too. I can still see the screw when I remove the volume knob. However, when I try to loosen it, it just spins and spins. I took it to my local dealer to see if they could help. They called their main guy from the back and he had no idea how to remove the unit in the e39. What the...?

It seems easy, but I think I screwed it up.
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It is a spring catch. It is not screwed in. You just have to turn it less than 90 degrees to release it, then the MID just swings out. To put it back, you just push it in, and it snaps right in. If you turned the "screw" more than 1/4 turn (90 degrees) you have broken it. Don't blame the excellent engineered design for your mistake.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:25 AM
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I may have done this too. I can still see the screw when I remove the volume knob. However, when I try to loosen it, it just spins and spins. I took it to my local dealer to see if they could help. They called their main guy from the back and he had no idea how to remove the unit in the e39. What the...?

It seems easy, but I think I screwed it up.
I've done the same mistake. Did you managed to get it out somehow?
It cant be impossible
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I have the same problem. Has anyone found a solution to get the head unit out if the screw is broken?


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I've done the same mistake. Did you managed to get it out somehow?
It cant be impossible
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:41 PM
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I have the same problem. Has anyone found a solution to get the head unit out if the screw is broken?
I think the referenced threads have had folks post how they solved this problem.
- DICE Silverline radio-mount instructions (1) (2) (3) & how to remove just the MID (1)

BTW, the screw only has to be turned 90 degrees counterclockwise, so, it's actually hard to break it.

I guess people turn it more than a 1/4 turn for some reason.
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Has anyone found a solution to get the head unit out if the screw is broken?

Hi,

Has anyone found a solution to get the head unit out if the screw is broken?
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