Sat, Nov-03-2001, 12:40:00 AM
So I just received my 2002 M3 without the Harmon Kardon sound system. Why ? 1. 2002 came with a CD player no charge and 2. I had heard the system wasn't worth the upcharge. Gotta tell you.. I'm not real impressed with the standard stereo, but then you get what you pay for ( or don't pay for ). Can anyone tell me if the Harmon Kardon was worth the Xtra $ ?
Other than that.. I LOVE THIS CAR !
Sat, Nov-03-2001, 03:28:00 PM
I've had my 2001 cab for 2 months, 4000 miles. My only complaint is the average quality of the HK upgrade. I did not order my car; if I had, I would have saved the $625 or so for a quality local stereo
upgrade. I've had several cars, including my Saab 9/3 and my son's Focus with much better sound. I try to minimize this problem by enjoying the marvelous exhaust and the incredible power and finesse of this great car.
WA 2 FST
Sat, Nov-03-2001, 08:59:00 PM
Wow. Sounds like the HK upgrade isn't worth it at all. I'm very accustomed to having hi-fi aftermarket systems in my vehicles, but these are Fords I'm talking about and the factory stuff is terrible.
I thought the HK upgrade came with _upgraded_ 12-speakers and 2-subwoofers. Is there just not good enough amplification to make this type of system sound great?
Sat, Nov-03-2001, 09:42:00 PM
I too have the HK upgraded stereo, thinking it would be better than the stock. I haven't listened to the stock one though (could imagine). The HK is ok. Not what i expected though. When you have music with a little bass, the speakers tend to rattle like it's too much for them to handle. The high's are good though. Compared to my sister's S4 and a Benz we have, both with Bose systems, those are much better, and the clinch is that those systems come stock. BMW's are not known for their stereos, so i guess we have to take what they give us. Stick a Bazooka in the trunk, lower the base on the head unit and i think that may be a good fix for it.
WA 2 FST
Sat, Nov-03-2001, 11:19:00 PM
Thanks for the info. My brother has an S4. It's a great stereo for a factory system...not nearly as nice as what I can install.
I'll just pass on the HK and do my own.
Sun, Nov-04-2001, 10:19:00 PM
I've heard both systems. The standard stereo is not bad and the HK does not make it much better.
I think a great stereo is the one in the new Lexus SC 430. The Mark Levinsons!