In Reply to: Glove Box CD changer (long) posted by Mark on August 10, 1999 at 10:36:02:
: I too would appreciate any comments on this issue. I am getting a 2000 528 any day now and I have already purchased the changer. It would seem to me that BMW would issue detailed instructions to their technicians as a bulletin so that they know how to install the thing. For a dealership to tell you that they have a hard time installing a BMW product is a red flag IMO that their service department may be wanting.
: My question relates to the billable number of hours to get the thing installed. It should be set and not dependent on the relative lack of experience of the technician. That way everyone pays the same whether they're in Los Angeles or Alaska. Does anyone know if such a schedule exists? If it is open ended I may be F***ed because I am in a rural area at a small dealership and they've never installed one of these things before. Seven, eight hours of labor is not cheap. Not to mention I am fearful they're going to rip apart my brand new car trying to get the thing in there.
: Thanks for any info.
If this is a concern, don't get the glovebox mounted CD. The trunk-mounted CD will be easier and faster to install because it is prewired for this system at the factory. IMO, when they redesigned the 5er for 1997 they should have designen the dashboard so than the glovebox could accomodate the dash-mounted CD and the owners manual (in the folder that it is in of course) and prewired it from the factory. They also should have come out with the BMW/Nakamichi glovebox CD back then as well. Hope this helps.