From digest.v4.n853 Wed Jul 17 15:59:21 1996
From: "wayland chan" <wayland_chan_at_fptor.footprint.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 96 18:31:49
Subject: Aftermarket CD Changers
*LONG, if you already have a CD changer you'll probably
want to skip*
I drive a 1996 318is with the standard stereo (not the HK
upgrade). I've been trying to figure out whether or not
I can install an aftermarket CD chgr as opposed to the
overpriced dealer option. I've seen many posts on the
digest where people have used the Pioneer CDXM30
changer by simply buying an adapter to reconfigure the
pinouts. Well, I've been told that a similar type of adapter
exists so that I may use Alpine changers as well. Anyways,
I've looked far and wide for a solution because I'd prefer
the Alpine when 'lo and behold I came across the following
notice dated November 1995:
OEM Interface by PIE
>From the desk of Ron McElroy
Subject: BMW CD changer converter program.
The BMW CD changer program can be divided into three segments.
The first segment covers the cars from 1989 through 1991. These
vehicles which have a CD changer controller radio can be fitted with an
aftermarket CD changer, the CDXM30 by Pioneer. You must use the
aftermarket CD data cable in this installation, do not use the OEM CD data
The second segment cover the BMW model years from 1991 through 1994
which have CD changer controller radios and are fitted with a 14-pin data
cable which is terminated in the vehicle's trunk. The pioneer CDXM30
changer can be installed in these vehicles in conjunction with the OEM
Interface CD Converter, part# BMW-PIO/M. One end of the BMW-PIO/M
plugs into the 14-pin OEM CD data cable and the other end plugs directly
into the Pioneer changer's 6X7-pin chassis plug, thus eliminating 20 feet
(the aftermarket CD data cable) of extra CD data cable.
The third segment of the BMW CD changer program involves vehicles
which started shipping in late 1994 and covers the 1995 model vehicles
to present. These vehicles have a different CD data chip in their radio which
does not allow the OEM radio to respond to the aftermarket Pioneer
CDXM30 changer. Please note, the aftermarket changer(Pioneer
CDXM30) with the OEM Interface converter will function in these
vehicles. The three new radios with the different data chip can be
identified by bring up their series number on the radios display screen by
pressing and holding down the negative(-) tuner button and the program
button. These three radios are the Alpine series V(five), the PIO BMW
Four series, and the PIO P102 series radio.
Director Product Development and Dealer Technical Support
OEM Interface by PIE (Precision Interface Electronics)
Dealer Technical Support Hot Line: (619) 632-5181 fax (619) 632-9139
<basically stuff mentioned above cut>
An OEM interface by PIE device which will allow an aftermarket CD
changer to be installed in these latter vehicles is currently
in R&D and will be available very soon.
I hope this helps anyone out there that is looking to add a CD chgr.
But my problem is that I drive one of the later year models which
has no such adapter.
Has anyone out there heard of any other companies offering
a similar product to the one above. Also, it'd be great if someone
from this list from the 619 area code would email so I could ask
a favor from them (I wanna save long distance charges =).
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