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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Dec-05-2017, 09:44:49 PM   #1
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What is an OEM alternative for the E36 M3, so that I don't have the cassette player that it originally came with?
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BMW Business CD -- CD43
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BMW Business CD -- CD43
There is nothing better than an OEM deck IMO. CD43 is great or if you want to spend big bucks, look for a Professional unit from Europe.
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Where does one acquire this CD43? lol What car did it originally come on?
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BE2450/BE2455 BMW Professional RDS if you want the top-of-the-line head unit.

It’s not a “world” unit like the CD43 so RDS might not work.
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CD43 - scan the forums, craigslist, eBay. Dont buy ones with an ///m sticker on it as they aren't BMW units. Pretty sure you can still buy knobs and the little flip covers if missing/damaged as those are often in poor condition.
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They could be found in Z3's so I'd start with a Z3 forum. I have two of them and I purchased a Nakamichi CD400 some years back which looks very close and has better performance imo.
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What is an OEM alternative for the E36 M3, so that I don't have the cassette player that it originally came with?
Strictly speaking, if you just want to ditch the cassette, read: want newer media options, you can also add an aftermarket interface to your OEM unit that utilizes the CDC connection.

You can have Aux/MP3/USB/Apple/BlueTooth connectivity and keep the stock look.

Problem with the E36 dash layout is that any aftermarket unit looks completely out of place. Some may kind of match the color, but that's it.
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My advice is to either go 1 extreme or the other as there is no perfect solution. Total OEM and keep it, or say FU to looks and maximize functionality with Android Auto/CarPlay flip screen unit.

This was released 6months after I bought the non Android Auto version of it. I have AA in my other 2 cars and won't live without it now. It's that good (as is CarPlay).



I like to drive my car and not be reminded that Cel phones looked like this when it was released.

The functionality of having good voice recognition and GPS is worth the relative eye sore to me. You may like the charm of period correct looking electronics though.

Most modern HUs have piano black (high gloss) everywhere in their molds (that stick out like a sore thumb in the E36 interiors). It goes a long way to remove these pieces and bead blast, or "brush" them to a matte finish with scotchbrite where you can. You need low, low pressure for bead blasting plastic (start at 10-15psi) and work your way up to 20 if needed.
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I love period correct electronics




But either CD43 or BE2450/2455 with aftermarket interface gives you the best of both worlds, imo.
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