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Installed Kenwood in 2000 Z3

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Decided to replaced the factory Business CD unit. CD's started skipping and wanted blue tooth. Installed a Kenwood receiver and wiring harness from Crutchfield. Followed the directions, easy install no issues. Sound is much clearer and better, and head unit has a lot of new features. It was very straight forward install. I took my time, maybe two hours total. I wish I did it sooner.

Now to update speakers next..... (I know I still have factory amp...)
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I did the same thing two years ago to my '98 Z3 2.8. Crutchfield made it so easy with their wiring harness and instructions. Now I have HD FM, CD, MP3 and USB port. I great and relatively cheap improvement.
Which particular Kenwood HU did you install?
Do you have the HK speakers and subwoofer?

You mention that you used their wiring harness. How well did that match-up? Was it plug and play? Also, did you have to buy an antennae adaptor as well?

I installed the Kenwood KDC-HD552U, paid around $120. The connect plugged right into the plug that pulls off the back of the business radio. You did have to connect all of the wires on the connect to the radio, but the instructions were very easy to follow. I used the connectors I got from Crutchfield which made the splices easy. Entire process of removing the old radio, making the connections and installing the new head unit took about 30 to 45 minutes.

Here are the items I got from Crutchfield.

113HD552U Kenwood KDC-HD552U CD Receiver
669PP500 Posi-Products Connector Kit 16 pieces for Car Stereos
0000090003 BMW Z3 96- MS 1 0 0.00 0.00
120709195 BMW Wire Harness receiver, 1990-up
12040VW12 Motorola/Male to Volk/Female Antenna Adapter
I purchased the Kenwood KDC-X598 for $150.00. The install kit and antenna adaptor and wiring harness were included at no cost. It was plug and play, no issues. The included instructions told how to unplug harness from old unit, same as threads on this site. The new harness plugged right in. I do not have the harmon kardon speaker system on my 2000 2.5 Z3. There is a subwoofer in the back, I believe a shallow 6.5" can be fit in with a little cutting, its on the to do list in the future.
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