Posted by ron on September 23, 1998 at 09:35:53:
In Reply to: CD Changer in 89 535i posted by Kurt Shovestul on September 23, 1998 at 07:11:52:
: I have an 89 (E34) 535i with a factory installed Pioneer CD changer that quit working. The cartridge that holds the six discs is stuck and will not eject. The local audio store shipped the unit to NY and I understand it will cost between $300 -$350 to fix a nine year old changer. This option does not seen economical. A couple of dealerships said my unit is no longer available and the one for 1992- 1995 BMWs will not work. Does anyone know whether a newer factory unit would work with a different data cable or are there aftermarket units that would work seemlessly with my current head unit?
: Kurt S.
See top of archive week #31, I asked a similar question for my '89....here's one of the answers i got...in short, you can do better specs-wise going with an aftermarket player.
I just installed a CD in my 91 5er(4/90 mfd.) with the Pioneer KE-83 ZBM head unit.
I beleive BMW may still have the 3rd generation BMW/Pioneer CDX-M61 ZBM (88 88 1 600 260) CD player as an exchange unit (82 11 1 467 185)for $211 + core charge of $400. From the specifications I have found the CDX-61 has a 4x sample rate and 85 db signal-to-noise ratio. Mounting bracket is (88 88 1 600 286). Up side of this it is a direct plug in unit got the 13 pin CD ready data cable in your car.
A retail Pioneer unit is still avaliable that your radio will control, it is model # CDX-M30. I got mine for $375. The down side on this unit is you will need to install the data cable that comes with the unit. I left the factory installed cable in place, you never know. Up side is this unit is an upgrade player with 8x sample rate and 97db signal-to-noise ratio.
: I've got what appears to be a later than '89 BMW am/fm/cass in my '89 525i. Previous owner told me the orig radio died in '95. The model number is KE-83zbm. Can I add a trunk-mount cd-changer to this stereo ? If so, does it have to be a bmw brand? Any advice or lessons learned is appreciated...