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What I did for my '99 2.3 (archive)

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Posted by Tulsa Steve on January 11, 2000 at 21:17:10:

In Reply to: CD Changer - 2000 Z3 posted by chuck Bland on January 11, 2000 at 17:56:05:

I installed the Pioneer CDX-P656 changer through the BWMPIL adapter from Peripheral Electronics.
All seems to work as advertised with a couple of minor exceptions: When switching to the changer from either the in-dash CD or the tuner I sometimes have to turn the head unit off then back on to get the changer to start playing (no big deal), some posts have reported that the BMWPIL adapter does not support random play but I haven't tried it yet. Someone contacted Peripheral and they said a fix was coming out in a couple of months and we could either trade in our adapters for the new model or get them reprogrammed.

The P656 is part of what Pioneer calls their "Premier" line. I opted for the P656 instead of the P650 for a couple of reasons: It has a 2 year warranty instead of a 1 Year, they claim to have been having success reading CD-RW disks on this player (although not officially supported), the price was only about $10 more. I paid a little more to get it locally ($315) but while searching the web I found these components could be had for about $280 plus shipping via various vendors.

Install took about 45 minutes, 15 to find the wires behind the AMP, 15 to drill a new hole in the rear bracket to fit the factory installed mounting bolts and another 15 to tighten everything down and stock the cartridge. The wires plugged right in (10 seconds of work).

Sound is fantastic despite the shortcomings of the stock system.

Feel free to e-mail if you have any other questions.


: I chose not to have the standard CD Changer installed on my new Z3. Instead, I have the "business" class radio with a single CD Changer built into the radio. I have been looking for a non-BMW CD unit that I could install that I could operate through the radio (as if it was a BMW factory installed unit). Does anyone have any recommendations as to what unit I should get? I am "electronically challenged", so I would prefer a unit that plugs into the existing adapter in the trunk and does not require much additional work.

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