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    Jammed CD Changer

    Does anyone know how to unjam the cd changer? My primary goal is to unjam the thing but, I think I am may to have to remove the unit. I have taken off the black plastic frame that snaps into the top of the compartment, but I'm not sure what to do next. any help would be greatly appreciated. I love my music.

    PS I noticed a posting about the same problem on the Forum, but zero replies. I hope someone can help.

    thanks.

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    I have not had this happen, so have no useful answers. I would suggest taking it to a friend BMW specialist or stereo shop to make sure not to break anything.
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    Thanks for the response. I'll take it to some of the local people nearby. I'll let you know what happens after I get it all sorted out. It's clear to me that one of the CDs is jammed in the machine. I just can't get near it.

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    Smile Progress on CD changer

    I made significant progress on the jammed CD. After a more thorough search through older Forum threads, I found out how to get the CD changer out of its compartment. After removing the changer from the compartment and unplugging the two connecting wires, I took apart the case of the changer by removing six small philips screws and carefully releasing several locking tabs that keep the case parts together. I was then able to move the CD that was in play position back into the magazine unit by manually sliding one of the levers toward the magazine. With all the CDs back into the magazine, I reassembled the case, plugged in the unit and was able to eject the magazine.

    I hope this is helpful to someone else.

    I am still a bit confused as to how to remove the carpeted enclosure that the CD changer sits in. Any advice would be appreciated.

    In addition, before reinstalling the changer, I am going to investigate the most current IPOD hook-ups. I notice that the "Icepak" is no longer available. Any input on current IPOD hook-ups would be appreciated.

    Thanks very much. I love this forum and plan to participate more as I get to know my amazing Z8.

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    I guess I get the honor of being the second person to have the CD player jam. Do you remember which thread had the directions on how to get access to the CD player? Have you reinstalled yours yet? If so is it working properly? Thanks.

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    Jammed CD Player

    I never received an answer as to how to unjam the CD (except take it to the dealer).
    I did get it unjammed, but it took some doing. I will do my best to remember the steps. Some of the details are foggy.

    Here goes: You will need to get the changer out of the compartment behind the driver's seat. First you need to remove the bracket that surrounds the opening of compartment which holds the changer. There are a couple of screws that hold the bracket in place. Remove the bracket carefully. It is made of plastic and is easily damaged. After the bracket is removed, you should have enough room to get a socket wrench with a long extension down to the 3 nuts which secure the bracket that holds the changer in place. A good flashlight or some kind of light will be quite helpful. There are three 8mm nuts that hold the bracket in place. They are located along the front edge of the bracket at the bottom of the compartment(the edge closest to the back of the driver's seat). Reminder: its going to take a ratchet with a long extension to reach these nuts. I suggest you have one of those long extending magnet tools to lift the nuts out if they don't come up out of the compartment when you lift the socket wrench.

    After the nuts/bolts are removed, you should be able to carefully lift the changer partially out of the compartment along with the bracket that holds it in place. There are 2 small screws on each side of the bracket that keep the changer attached to it. I found it easier to remove the screws from each side without taking out the bracket; because the bracket gets easily hung up in the compartment but the changer slides out of the bracket easily once the screws are removed. Take care when you remove the changer as there are two wiring harnesses plugged into the back of the changer. Carefully unplug these wires and place them back into the compartment in a way that they can easily found again.

    Once the changer is free from the bracket and the wires, take it to a place where you can work on it. There are several screws which hold the case in place. You will need to remove the screws in order to open the metal case and get at the 6 cd cassette and the jammed cd. With the case open, you should easily see the jammed cd and be able to get to go back into the cassette. I can't remember the details, other than it took some fidgeting and I got it back in there.

    After you get the cassette and the jammed cd out, you will put the case back together, replace the 2 electronic plugs push the eject button and the changer should eject the cassette. You can then return the changer to the bracket and remount it with the original screws and nuts into the compartment. I decided not to reinstall the changer and opted to install an ipod interface instead. If I had reinstalled the changer, I would have purchased a new cassette (Alpine compatible or probably available online or through a BMW parts department). I would not trust the old cassette again.

    If you want to go the route I went, you can purchase the iPod interface from DICE ELECTRONICS www.diceelectronics.com. I purchased model I-BMW-T5V online (about $175). The unit receives the same electronic plugs and wires which came out of the changer and it fits easily into the space that is made for the changer (its actually quite a small electronic box). It was not hard to install and it works pretty well. It charges the ipod, plays right through the factory sound system and will provide you with some control right from the head unit in the dash. I like it and of course - no more jammed cds. Obviously, you will need to get your music onto an ipod if you haven't already done so. Note: I believe you can also buy this unit from Bavarian Sound Works (404) 963-8857.

    I hope this helps and apologize for the fuzzy details. Write me again if you get stuck. I will do my best to help. Enjoy one of the world's most perfect cars!

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    Great notes......hope I never need them! Thanks.

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    Thank you for the detailed notes. I hope to get to it this weekend. If I do I will also try to post pictures of the steps along the way.

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    I was able to get the CD changer out and remove the cartridge. I replaced the unit with a new cartridge and had the same issue so it must be the CD changer itself. Time to order a new changer. I am leaning towards just replacing it with original BMW changer as I am not going to upgrade the rest of the audio system. Other then convincing me that I should upgrade, is there any reason not to just use BMW equipment?

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    Why not have an iPod installed?
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    Starting to think about it after your suggestion and checking the other threads. Most of the info on the Ice/Dice set up are over 1-2 years old. Does anyone know if there is updated information on them?

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    I suggest that you have a great auto audio place try and direct wire the iPod so that you can control it from the iPod itself. The Ice, Dice-whatever it is called has received to many mixed reviews.
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    The issue with the Ice is not the module but rather the iffy OE radio. There are so many great 3rd party head units that work beautifully with an iPod. You're better just setting aside the original radio. For the same amount of effort of unsticking a CD player (which usually results in damage) or installing the Ice, you can have a great new radio that will sound better, even with stock speakers, and you can play your entire library from your iPod/iPhone.

    I have the older Alpine iDA-X305, and it's brilliant.
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    Actually, there have been issues with the Ice module which is why most iPod junkies try to avoid it unless it is their only resort.

    I agree that changing the HU is the best way to go. I did it in my Z3 and love it. New Alpine, new speakers, and bluetooth to boot. My phone connects flawlessly and my Magellan GPS 4350 transmits through the HU.
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    It seems like there were quite a few entries on various Alpine HUs. If I was to get one is there a simple way to hook up an Iphone or do I need to have an audio shop do it? I am fairly handy and enjoy doing things myself.

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    My Alpine HU is BT enabled so your iPhone will work with it.

    A great audio store will be able to tell you for certain.
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    It's a fairly easy install. So, if you have any experience at will interior trim and stereo installation, there's not much to it.

    Depending on what you mean by 'hook up an iPhone', the Alpine unit I designed specifically to emulate iPod functionality. So, it works well with the iPod app on the iPhone. If you want to use the phone function, it does that as well, but mic/speakers become more of complicated install...totally doable though either via the USB/Apple dock connector or Bluetooth.

    Almost any modern HU has a BT option for phones.
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    Thanks for the info. I will look into the alpine HU. As for hooking up the Iphone I am really just interested in the music as I only use the car when the weather is perfect so I always have the top down. I figure that there is way too much wind noise to use the integrated phone in the car under those conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouray View Post
    Thanks for the info. I will look into the alpine HU. As for hooking up the Iphone I am really just interested in the music as I only use the car when the weather is perfect so I always have the top down. I figure that there is way too much wind noise to use the integrated phone in the car under those conditions.
    If that's it, you'll really like the Alpine. It's design mission was #1 to integrate with iPods and iPhones for music play. It's the best I've seen in that purpose in a 1DIN design. The down side of this focus is other common functions like radio station presets are not as easy to use compared to normal units. In the Z8, all I do is listen to my iPod that lives in the center console. So, the FM/AM usage is not important.
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