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Old 05-26-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
barbarian
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01 325i Double DIN

Hey Guys,

Bought my first Bimmer the other day and just trying to figure out what kind of system to put in.

I would love to have a 7" Double DIN but when I look at the layout of the car I can't see a double DIN working out for me. Can anybody out there let me know if doing this is possible without forcing any cutting or other SUPER EXPENSIVE custom cutting and etc???

Please help this Bimmer noob!!!

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Old 05-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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On YouTube you can find a couple of DIY video clips.....I think what is done , 1. the radio 2 the climate control 3 the sunglasses tray...... Numbers 1 and 3 are completely removed and 2 the climate control is moved down to the 3 position where the tray was.....leaving you a double area at the 1 and 2 positions.....I was thinking of doing this to my "01" 320i....hope this helps a little
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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So I went to a shop today and got some info. The good: I can get a bracket for the double DIN sent from Germany for $200 which is no big deal. The bad: they dont know if they could do it because I have climate control and not regular A/C and heat controls.

Looks like im back at square one!
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #4
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I've done this in my car. It's not as complicated as people make it out to be. Get the right parts, and you can DIY this yourself on your driveway under 2 hours.

What you will need:

1. The Janus installation kit that you see on ebay. Ranges from $100-150 for the bracket, and the plastic double-din trim piece. The german seller that you are thinking about, now has a shipper who ships from the US to minimize any delay.
2. A/C relocation kit from bmw. That will cost aroung $50-75 depending on the source.
3. bmw wiring harness adapter $10-15

Cutting of the original heater arm is very simple if you follow the instructions for the double-din install kit. There's nothing difficult at all. Stereo shops will quote you prices up to $1000 and say how difficult it is...it's not. Read up on the instructions found on e46f and m3f and you'll be good to go.

Total cost of parts should be around $250-300 plus the cost of the double-din unit.

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Old 05-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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But its not A/C controls I have, its CLIMATE CONTROL so there's a hell of a lot more wires involved in behind it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #6
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Huh?? What CLIMATE CONTROL are you talkin' about, Willis? Look at the image in the link below. Below the double-din screen, you'll see the CLIMATE CONTROL buttons. All those get relocated below using the AC relocation kit from BMW. Every e46 has the same AC/Climate control panel!

http://www.janus-design.net/english/...cd1a/xl002.jpg

Refer to this link as well, to give you an idea of what is needed. Note, it's the old-school way of doing things (without the metal mounting cage provided by the Janus kit). Using wood like in the link below isn't recommended.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...le+din+install

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:02 PM   #7
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Huh?? What CLIMATE CONTROL are you talkin' about, Willis? Look at the image in the link below. Below the double-din screen, you'll see the CLIMATE CONTROL buttons. All those get relocated below using the AC relocation kit from BMW. Every e46 has the same AC/Climate control panel!

http://www.janus-design.net/english/...cd1a/xl002.jpg

Refer to this link as well, to give you an idea of what is needed. Note, it's the old-school way of doing things (without the metal mounting cage provided by the Janus kit). Using wood like in the link below isn't recommended.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...le+din+install
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My friend has done this himself as well. Not that difficult once you have all the right parts/equipment.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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Super simple, just be careful with the plastic clips. Read on the dynavin installation it's the same idea.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:22 AM   #9
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01 325i Double DIN

2 Din car DVD and BMW CAR Radio you can chek these. you will find what you want
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:36 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info! Bought a single DIN but will keep what you posted in mind when i decide to upgrade
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