In Reply to: Hey! Mark in England... posted by James on October 08, 1999 at 07:39:16:
I have a US spec 323Ci. It has 10 speakers: 2 on rear deck, 2 small in rear sides, woofer and tweeter in each door, and mids under the left and right dash.
The amp shpould be there; it's mounted vertically close to the quarter panel.
I have the standard 60/40 split rear seat. Yes, I drilled out the spot welds and cut the carpet. It was hard to knock out with a mallet once the welds were drilled, but worth the effort. Just be careful not to rip the rear seat (I have leather so I was EXTREMELY careful).
I haven't finished the back of the seat yet (though it doesn't look too bad as is-hard to see that far up in the trunk without leaning inside) but am going to look into buying the parts that make up the ski option; my dealer here said it consists of a trap door that mounts to the back of the seat so you can open and close it as needed. Will probably check with Pacific BMW since they seem to have the best prices. (The dealer here charges in British pounds, of course, and with the exchange rate costs MUCH more than ordering parts from the states, in most cases.
BTW, I decided to tackle the ski bypass issue myself because the dealer didn't have any experience removing it; I don't think the Brits ski here too often;-)
I haven't noticed excessive road noise since the sub box fits close to the back of the seat and I usually have a CD on anyway. But if there is too much, the ski door should take care of it.
I searched the internet for a harness but I think the car is too new to find one-for example, Crutchfield.com doesn't even show an E46 on their web sight. I'll post if I find one though.
A friend of mine had the piggy back connectors; I'm not sure where he got them, though.
Good luck; I'll try to post some pics soon.
: Saw your post below re your amp/sub install and removal of the ski pass-through. I was on the point of doing the same thing. A couple of questions?
: 1) Is your Ci a UK spec car? The reason I ask is that I took out the rear left trunk liner from my 328Ci (non-HK) to check out the amp, but couldn't find one! Do you have a pair of speakers in the front doors (components) and a pair on the rear shelf, or do you have more? Maybe I missed the amp, but I'm positive I checked everywhere, no wires/amp, etc. to be found.
: 2) I'm planning to do the same thing with the ski pass-through. Does your car have the standard split/fold rear seats? Is it just a case of removing the welds and cutting the seat back carpet? How do you finish the carpet edges in the trunk once cut, and has it increased the road noise (from the trunk now that it's open)?
: 3) If there is an amp, did you explore getting the factory connector to mate the harness to the replacement amp, or are you happy with these 'piggy back' connectors? Did you get these in the UK?