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Installing a CD Changer on Your BMW

Pelican Technical Article:

Installing a CD Changer on Your BMW


1-2 hours






Flatblade and Philips screwdrivers, set of Torx drivers, 13mm socket and driver

Applicable Models:

BMW E30 3-Series (1989-93)
BMW E36 3-Series (1992-99)

Parts Required:

OEM CD changer

Performance Gain:

Listen to the music you like without having to always change single CDs

Complementary Modification:

Upgrade to a newer stereo head unit and CD changer and ditch the OEM unit
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When I bought one of my first E36 BMWs, I noticed it didn't come with a CD changer installed. Knowing that all E36s are pre-wired from the factory for easy installation, I soon set out to find a unit that would work with my car and operate reliably. This proved to be a much more difficult task than I ever imagined. I gathered the information in this project from a host of confusing Internet sources. I believe it to be mostly accurate; however, some information directly contradicts other sources. At the same time, I have attempted to compile the latest information available from original BMW part numbers and documentation. To the best of my knowledge, the information here is accurate, but be forewarned--the BMW CD-changer saga is very confusing.

In order to figure out what type of CD changer will work with your stock stereo, you will need to find out which stereo head unit you have. With the radio turned on, press down the "PROG" button along with the "MODE" or "Tuner" (-) button. The radio will then print out on its display the manufacturer name, and what version of the radio it is. The two original manufacturers of BMW radio head units were Pioneer and Alpine, so it will be one or the other. The number following the manufacturer typically corresponds to the model year of the car that the radio was made for.

For example, the 1995 radio might say "ALPINE 5" when the buttons are pressed. (There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, the 318 from 1992 through 1996 all appear to have used the PIO2 head unit.)

The 1989-1991 cars were fitted with a radio head unit that used a 13-pin plug. The Pioneer head units (ke-83zbm) could control the aftermarket Pioneer CD changer, CDX-M30, without the use of an adapter cable. The Alpine radio head units (CM5908) could control the Alpine six-disc or 12-disc changers (Alpine part number TR-1600 and TR-1008). Attempting to use the Pioneer changer with an Alpine unit (or vice versa), however, can result in damage to the units. Although the plugs on these units are identical, they do not use the same interface. Attempting to plug them together may result in short circuits and blown fuses.

The 1991-1994 radios were outfitted with a 14-pin round data cable that is terminated in the rear trunk. The aftermarket Pioneer unit CDX-M30 can be installed in these vehicles with the addition of the BMWPIO/M adapter cable. With the adapter cable, these units can control any of the Alpine changers within this era and also the factory and aftermarket Pioneer units.

In late 1994, the price of the BMW factory Pioneer changer unit was about $700 (Pioneer model CDX-M91ZBM), whereas the aftermarket units were about half that price (Pioneer model CDX-M30). It was much cheaper to forgo the factory unit and instead install the same Pioneer unit (with an BMWPIO/M adapter cable), than it was to purchase the option from the BMW dealer. So BMW changed the electronics interface in 1994/1995 so that the only changers that would work with the head unit were available exclusively from the dealer. As a result, if you have an "ALPINE 5" or a "PIONEER 4" head unit, it won't work with the aftermarket Pioneer CD changers.

The following is a summary of the radios and changers available from 1989-1995:

Radio model


Display name


CD changer


(Infrared slot-type unit)



1989-1993 E30

Alpine BMW OEM only
(13-pin units)





1989-1993 E30

(or M Series)

None required




Alpine 2

Alpine 3

1991 to early 1994 (all)

Alpine BMW OEM or

Pioneer BMW OEM or

BMWPIO for Pioneer M Series




1991 to early 1994 (all)

Alpine BMW OEM or

Pioneer BMW OEM or

BMWPIO for Pioneer M Series

KE91zbm v4



Late 1994 to 1995 E36

Factory OEM Only
(Alpine or
Pioneer CDX-M91ZBM)




Alpine 4
Alpine 5

Late 1994 to 1995 E36

Factory OEM Only
(Alpine or
Pioneer CDX-M91ZBM)





Late 1994 to 1995 E36

Factory OEM Only
(Alpine or
Pioneer CDX-M91ZBM)


In 1996, BMW again changed the interface used to control the CD changers. This later-style interface is called "IBUS," whereas the earlier interface was known as "MBUS." The IBUS and MBUS cars have different plugs and wires for the CD changers. The IBUS system is designed to connect the CD changer, the navigation system, MP3 players, etc. It's fully expandable, and there's even a group of loyal followers on that have hacked the IBUS and written software so commands could be read by a laptop computer! In addition, there are interface adapter cables available that will convert IBUS, allowing you to install and use inexpensive and versatile aftermarket changers and MP3 players.

When referring to the aftermarket Pioneer CD changers, it is also important to note that any "M" series changer will work. The Pioneer CDX-M30 is the last of the M series, and probably the most reliable unit available.

There was also a Pioneer 12-disc unit that could be recognized and controlled by the early factory head units. You could cycle through each of the 12 discs by holding down each of the six buttons on the factory unit (holding down button number one loaded up disc seven). This aftermarket unit was never officially offered through BMW, but if you have a 1992 or 1993 radio head unit, it should be compatible.

It's important to note that BMW OEM Alpine CD changers all used an interface that was specific to BMW cars. None of the aftermarket Alpine units worked with BMW factory radios.

Where is the pre-wired cable for the CD changer located? It seems the cable ends have been left all over the place, apparently depending upon the mood of the assembler in Germany at the time. They may be located under the back seat, near the rear speakers in the trunk, or all the way back in the taillight area. The power cable is a separate connector and is usually located underneath the carpet, near the right rear of the trunk area. Hunt around in this area--it will be located somewhere within the right rear quarter panel. The end is terminated with a three-pronged white plastic connector that should have only a red and brown wire attached. Some early production E36 sedans (four-door model) did not have the factory CD changer wiring preinstalled. In this case, the only way to get the CD changers to work properly would be to purchase the wire harness and install it yourself (not easy and not cheap, either).

In those days, the CD changers were mounted on the upper right side of the trunk, just above the battery. There should be studs there that accept the factory mounting brackets. The CD changer for the E36 convertibles was mounted in the forward right part of the trunk, in a compartment that has a handle and rocks forward when opened. Depending upon which changer you have, and which year your car is, there appears to be a large assortment of brackets available. It's best to try to pick up the brackets along with the changer if you purchase a used one.

If you install your CD changer according to these guidelines and the head unit is not recognizing the changer, you may want to check the connections on the back of the head unit. Although the cars were supposed to be pre-wired from the factory, many times the CD changer data cable was not securely fastened to the rear of the radio head unit. Remove the head unit (see Project 88), and check the connections.

If you can find one of the original OEM-style units that works with the factory radio head units, that's only half the battle. I've spoken with many people, including some at stereo repair shops, who have had very negative experiences with some of the OEM units, in particular those manufactured by Alpine. For the pre-1996 cars, the newest of these units are more than 10 years old and often show their age. They break easily and are generally deemed unreliable. I've had three go bad in my cars over the years. Ailments range from refusing to give up the six-disc CD carrier to just plain refusing to acknowledge that there's any power applied to the unit. From informal surveys, I have found the older Alpine units are not as reliable as the Pioneer units, many of which are still in operation today.

My recommendations? If you have a 1996 or later BMW, there's good news for you. The CD changers on the market for these cars are plentiful, and they are pretty reliable as well. New units are very easy to find that will simply plug in to the harness, will read burned discs, and will work flawlessly with the stock factory radio head unit (at a cost of about $250 or so). In addition, units from almost all other cars in the 1996-2004 BMW line will be interchangeable (3/5/7 Series, X5, Mini Cooper, etc.), which means a robust market for changers that were abandoned when owners upgraded their stereo systems.

The only exceptions to this rule are the cars with in-dash navigation systems (NAV) and the 1996 318ti. In addition, there are new products out now from a company called Blitzsafe that plug directly into MP3 players such as the Apple iPod and allow you to tap the iPod directly into the head unit, as if it's a CD changer.

So what about the 1995 and earlier cars? Interestingly enough, at the time of this writing, the original Alpine and Pioneer CD changer kits appear to still be available from BMW (part number 82-11-1-468-014 and part number 82-11-1-467-700), although their price runs around $500 and $750, respectively. However, after messing around with CD players and changers in all my BMWs, I can honestly recommend that you ditch the OEM equipment and upgrade to a newer stereo and CD changer. A knowledgeable stereo storeowner who worked on these BMW systems all the time gave me this advice when I first started kicking around with trying to install the factory CD changers.

I can say now that, after dealing with the older CD players breaking, and dealing with the problems installing and matching up the OEM units, I would take his advice and start over with the newer, better technology.

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Figure 1

This photo shows a BMW OEM Alpine CD changer installed in a 1995 325ic. This convertible has the CD changer installed in a small compartment located in the front part of the rear trunk. A handle on the outside of the compartment allows you to lift it open and access the CD player. In the photo inset is a Pioneer CDX-M30 CD changer. Although this particular unit is an aftermarket unit, it looks nearly identical to the OEM unit.

Figure 2

This photo shows the mounting brackets installed for the Alpine CD changer on a 1993 325is. The lower left inset photos show the pre-wired 14-pin round connector, typically located in the taillight housing. The lower right inset photo shows the power connector that attaches to the rear of the Alpine CD changer and is typically located in the right rear quarter panel, underneath the carpet.

Figure 3

In order to determine which radio head unit you have installed in your BMW, press the "MODE" or "Tuner" (-) button and the "PROG" button at the same time. The manufacturer and radio year code will be displayed, allowing you to determine which CD changer will work with your radio.

Comments and Suggestions:
ernie Comments: Hello, I have recently purchase a 2000 z3 2.8. It has a business cd/radio. I had a 98 z3 from which I removed the cd 6 changer. I would like to install the changer in the 2000. Question: Will the cd 6 changer work in the 2000. the model changer is mo 82 11 1 469 404....6 cd changer Al. do factory cables exsist? I have not found them.
January 28, 2018
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the CD changer mounting area for a harness. it should be prewired for CD. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JMOLINA Comments: I have a 1996 BMW 328i convertible and have the pre-wired spot in my trunk for a disc changer. How can I find a part number to buy a used one and plug it in?
October 13, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I’m not the best with part numbers, I am the technical question person.

With your vehicle information handy, give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
KC Comments: do you know if this CD changer came out of a BMW X5 2002-2003?: 65.12-6 913 389 ? If not an X5, what model then? Thanks
March 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: My info says that is out of a BMW Motorcycle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
wryq Comments: I purchased a used in-trunk CD Changer for my '99 E36 M3. Should be a straight swap. Same model. It does go through all the disks, loading them, but in the end the console shows "no disks". Is there a step I'm missing or is there likely a problem with the unit I purchased?
December 3, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume it is faulty, especially if the part numbers match. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mr. B. Comments: will a 645cibmw cd 6 disk changer fix the 2011 z4 bmw
November 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the part numbers match. I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Leo Comments: There are many people that want to use the Pioneer 13-pin CD-changer input as an MP3 player input. The trouble is to make the radio think it has a CD-changer. Do you know of an emulator or workaround?
August 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I do not. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Marc Comments: Thanks Nick, I removed the trim panel on the right. Nothing there. Is it possible the power cable is placed on the left side of the car? Or maybe the rear/top of the trunk? My guess is that the cd changer should be placed on the right of the trunk like your DIY.
July 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so. I feel like it would be on the right side. However, it is worth a look, especially since you are coming up short. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Marc Comments: I have a BMW e36 328 1995 convertible and just bought a cd changer for my business rds radio. But I can't find the power cable in the trunk. Is every e36 BMW equipped with the power cable?
July 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall they were prewired. You may have to remove the trim panel, look for the wiring taped to the harness. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Richo Comments: Hi- I have a 11/97 E31 M62 840ci and have a boot mounted Pioneer CDX - M91 part # 82 1111 467 700 which is no longer working. It is coupled to a head unit with inbuilt cassette player as per the photo above which is working wel but has some wear and a small pixel issue. . I want to retain the originality of my vehicle and I seek to buy good examples of both. I am in Adelaide, Australia.
June 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Best bet is to check with local salvage yards or online for used parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
opscoman Comments: Where in the trunk of an '01 Z3 Roadster does a cd changer fit? I find no suitable location for the bracket or soft cover. The only place I see, and it must be wrong, is the right side of the floor, next to the amp. I hate to start drilling holes in the back to anchor it down. Help, please!
April 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is an M Coupe, but should be same location. See attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts
jul22 Comments: hi have replaced my old radio with a after market cd connected abapter from e bay every thing works but the speekers,any ideas
April 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The amp may not be turning on. Check the wiring for the old radio and match it up to the replacement. Be sure everything is connected and powered up, including the amp. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Highway Comments: Hi I have an Alpine C33 DIN Oceania radio cassette and have received a CD changer BMW NO 65.12-6913 389- 03 are these compatable The car is a 1999 328i convertible E36
February 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This part number will work in your vehicle for a radio: 65128364944 and I believe this will work for the changer: 65141379400

I do not know what vehicle the parts you have came out of, so I can't be more specific.- Nick at Pelican Parts
opscoman Comments: I have an 01 Z3 and would like to install a cd changer too many cd's and $ invested to throw away. How many years ahead will plugs and cables fit 2001 car 2004/5/6? Despite technology upgrades, I prefer keeping my car as original as possible until no longer a viable option. Thanks in advance for your help.
November 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am pretty sure up to 2004 will work

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
MaRkiLLeR Comments: Hi, will a mini cooper radio fits on E36? Its a normal 1 din?

This is it
October 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it will not work in the E36. The communication systems do not match. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fifi92 Comments: Hi
I have installed a JVC CD changer into my BMW 1 series- CD changer is functioning, however i receive no audio from my speakers.
July 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is it connected to the amp? You may have to check the instructions that came with the CD changer to be sure the wires are connected properly. Also, check if your radio is in AUX or CD. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Giffy Comments: What cd changer do I need for my 320d 2006 plate. There is a lead in the boot compartment ready for it..
March 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to double check the number, but this is what I came up with: 65129188893 - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: I have a 1995 BMW 325i completely stock including a factory working Alpine 6-disk CD changer. Can I connect the Alpine CHA-S634 CD changer for playing MP3 CDs? I got a good deal on a CHA-S634 on E-Bay which came with M-Bus adapters. Worst case scenario, I can install it in my 2001 525i I guess. FYI: You are a valuable source of information and I love the information you have provided.
December 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not 100% sure, it may work. It isn't too bad to install and give it a try.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
indy Comments: I have a PH7850 Philips head unit from a 94-97 E34, E38 etc installed in a 2001 Z3 originally ex Japan Z3 and i needed a different FM bands so changed radiowhich works fine but the original cd changer in the z3 is not recognized it works fine with the original alpine radio are the Phillips radio and the Z3 changer compatible?
December 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: In an effort to reduce radio and car electonics theft, Radio and car manufacturers are building all sorts of recognition software into their products. There is no catalog (that I know of) that says what component works with what. It's just going to be a matter of trial and error. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fuzzy Comments: Hello, I have a 1998 323ti with BMW business cassette stereo and factory 6 disc cd changer
Part # 65.12-8 360 284 . The CD changer turned on when I purchased the car but wouldn't play CD's. After attempting to clean it out, it will not turn on. I have already checked the fuse on the CD changer. Any suggestions ?
July 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What did you use to clean it? You should have used electrical parts cleaner. Does the fuse have power with the key on>? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kim K Comments: I just bought a 98 BMW z3 and it has a pioneer 6 cd changer installed. The CD player seems to be working but I can't figure out how to get the radio to switch to cd so the sound goes to the speakers. There is a tape/cd button but that appears to be just looking for a tape since it says "no tape" when I press it. Any suggestions to try.
June 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your radio should have a button that gas tape/cd on it. Pressing this should turn on the CD changer. If it is not activating, there may b e aproblem with the changer. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Moron95m3 Comments: My '95 M3 is not giving a code out when I turn it on and press 'mode' and 'program' at the same time. Any tips? It doesn't help the LCD bulb is dead and it's hard to read.

I tried with the car running, and the car off but ignition on. Thanks like always! your how-to's are second to none!
May 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it should display the brand of radio when done that way. If you are unsure due to the dim display, try checking it in the dark, make sure the headlights are off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
marito Comments: i have a 1997 328i sedan ! and i bought the cd changer online but im not able to find the cables that connect to the cd changer ! even tho it says prewired for bmw cd box
March 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It will be prewired, unless someone removed the wiring before you got to it. Look in the area of the CD changer, the wires could be tied up and out of the way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
unclechin Comments: I have 99 528 with cd changer in trunk. The wire to the rear of the changer there are two has one broken solder connection. How to replace or repair? Re-soldering isn't working.
February 21, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If soldering them won't work, you will have to replace the unit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
crazy4a7xchick Comments: hi, i recently broke the tape deck in my dad's 1993 bmw 740i, and needing to replace it. so i happen to find the same exact model and year car at the junk yard. but now however i need the radio security code for the new one. is there away to get it somehow?
February 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try to call BMW and give them the serial number on the radio. They may be able to get it for you. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Garvan Comments: HI. I have a bmw business cassette stereo in my car 1998 323ic. When I plug in cd changer A it has power but the mode button does not switch to cd.

Any ideas?
May 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check that the radio has a yellow wire on PIN 7 for the CD changer. If it isn't hooked up, it won't work. If it is hooke dup and working, the radio may be faulty.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kathy Comments: What about BMW528 Year 2000 model, I got a lot trouble with this CD changer ever since I got this car, Eventually it is dead and won't even eject the discs about two years ago. I wonder if there's any thing I can replace it with...
April 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I've got the same car, with the same changer. They are a pain, not very well made units. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can replace it with that will be directly compatible with the stock BMW stereo unit. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Ayreck Comments: I bought a 96 328I convertible with a 6 cd changer. This may sound stupid but How do I turn on the cd player from my stock stereo. I did not get an owners manual. I have search the web for one and can not find one. I can find an operators manual for everything but the stereo. Please help
February 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, it's been about 5 years since I had the car featured here, and I feel silly not knowing this basic question! However, I think it was either the "MODE" button or the "BAND" button to turn on the CD Changer. I'm guessing that you already tried both of these, which leads me to believe that your CD Changer may not be plugged in or is not working... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
tofumushrooman Comments: Howdy,

I recently purchased a 96 328IS coupe and was wondering if it was possible to simply connect the cd changer to a newer alpine headunit. what would i need to make this happen or is it plug and play?

Thanks in advance for you time!
February 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think you can do this unless you match the new head unit to one that is compatible with the CD Changer. These changers are a pain and break often, so I probably wouldn't bother with the effort. Get a changer that swaps the CDs while the unit is in the dash. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
D Jordan Comments: I appreciate your research / article on BMW radio / cd interface
I have a 91 750 BMW - radio should be Alpine
cd changer - from pics - appears to be Pioneer.
After many years using this set up - radio now will not show access "cd" optiononly shows AM/FM optionsalthough the cd player clearly has power -and cd mechanism can go from one cd to another -
is the selection problem in the radio or in cd ?
December 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Shoot - it could be either one. I would remove and then try reseating the cable. Sounds like the connection is not registering with the radio. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Carolyn Comments: I have a 2004 Bmw X5, and I'm trying to install a six disc cd changer. We've connected the 3 pin and the 6 pin connectors, inserted a cd in the player, but I can't get any audio, what are we missing?
April 14, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the CD player function come up on the radio controls? You may need the updated connector. ?pn=61-12-0-140-716-BOE&catalog_description=Genuine%20BMW%20Part%3A%20Cable%0D- Nick at Pelican Parts  
gmnmsclM540i Comments: i have a94 540i. i have mounted alpine cd changer from my 740i & connected changer in trunk. previous owner installed alpine aftermarket cd player. i cant find pre wired connections in dash behind aftermarket cd player. HELP!
April 11, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The connectors were probably cut out. You will have to locate a wiring diagram for the radio or the vehicle and see if you can match it up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sailor90 Comments: You never say what the actual model number of the OEM Alpine CD Changer for the '91-'96 E36. I have an Alpine 5 head unit. Will it work with the Alpine TR1003 CD Changer? Is that the OEM one?
March 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Jim Hicks Comments: Greetings from Nashville. The vehcile is a 1998 318i have a changer but do not see a compartment for the changer. So I am gueeing it is the bracket at the rear of the truck just under the trunk lid and close to the tail light. Is that correct. It is a coupe.
January 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, they are usually mounted there. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Anto Comments: Ah correction to my last, my unit displays ALPINE, not ALPINE5 which is odd, considering my car was built in '95.
January 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Anto Comments: Hi,
I have 95 328i with the 'ALPINE5' head unit and OEM changer. I'm planning on putting a new deck 2008 Pioneer in soon and was wondering if the changer would be compatible or made compatible?

December 28, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could get the Pioneer to work no problem with wiring harness adapters. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: I have a 1990 BMW e30 with the Alpine CM5908 cassette radio. No CD changer is attached. Is there an iPod interface adapter available which will plug directly into the CD port on the radio? Thanks, Dave.
December 19, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think there's anything that will interface with a stereo that old. In all respects, the best bet is to buy a new stereo. These days they are very cheap for units with a ton of features and built-in iPod integration. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rigo Comments: I have a Pioneer KE-83ZBM radio head units fitted with a round 13-pin plug for a cd changer. I want connect to this radio a CDX-M91 ZBM-02 cd changer BMW part #88 88 1 600 284P fitted with a round 14 pin plug female. What special adapter do I need to buy for this project, if it is possible? Thank you, Rigo
October 22, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: With so many changes over the years, it's very difficult to get these types of things to work correctly. If it were my car, I would just purchase a replacement head unit that I knew would work with this changer. They are pretty cheap these days on eBay. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
diomedef16 Comments: I have I just replaced an old Pioneer head unit with a factory fit Philips RDS radio and intend to replace the old Pioneer CD changer with a standard BMW A series changer. The problem is I cannot find any factory fit wiring for the power to the CD changer even after having removed all of the trim from the boot area. The CD changer has a brown and a red wire from the unit and the questions are as follows: - 1 Can I splice the required connections into the loom in the boot area and if so: - What wires need to be connected to what?
October 13, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On these old BMWs, there should be two plugs, a two-prong power plug, and then a larger round plug with a bunch of signal wires. I think the red / brown combination is the power to the unit - you are probably searching for the other cable? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
kahila1212 Comments: hi,any idea where can i get the connecting cable from the radio to changer for my 98 e36 coupe
May 25, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think you might be able to special order it for your car. But it would be a long install process ad you'd have to dig up the carpet all the way back to the trunk. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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