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    Smile Radio Dead

    I've got a colleague, not on the forum and he's having radio issues. I told him all the issues with the Z8 radio and recommended a non-BMW head unit, but I told him I'd post just to see if anyone had ideas. I read and discussed with our mutual mechanic all the issues so far posted, but why not present everyone with another wild goose chase

    The radio had been out for a while, our mutual mechanic checked all the basics, for power and ground. It had 2 powers and proper grounds, so a BMW replacement radio to the tune of $1800 was installed!
    It lasted 2-3 days and quit working. Then the dealer put in another radio, it failed 10 minutes after pick it up....

    Thoughts beyond what's already on the board? Thanks!


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    Wow, that's crazy.

    Maybe there is an issue with the signal/current/info (temp/nav/CD's) going to the head unit?
    Could we finally be discovering what has been killing all the radios?
    Is a flaw/fault is the electrical system the cause of all the head unit failures?
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    Would love to know the answer. My head unit works about 50% of the time when I fire it up. Otherwise the screen remains blank.
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    My head unit worked once last summer, twice the summer before. I finally went with a non-stock replacement, but given the occasional functionality of mine and the issues, trials and tribulations reported by others, it does seem that the root issue has yet to be identified.

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    Crossing my fingers when saying this, but my radio has been (mostly) working the last few years. I'm thinking of removing and boxing it while it's still works and upgrading to something with all the new bells and whistles...What did you pick for a replacement unit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron's rocket View Post
    Crossing my fingers when saying this, but my radio has been (mostly) working the last few years. I'm thinking of removing and boxing it while it's still works and upgrading to something with all the new bells and whistles...What did you pick for a replacement unit?
    I have thought the same. If you do it, please start a thread to show how you achieved your results.

    I remember a thread way back on Roadfly (about 2002-03) where an owner in Vancouver BC did a nicely upgraded stereo install with amplifiers under the seats, speakers upgraded and of course a new head unit and everything looked as close to stock as one could get.

    He reported great performance as well.
    2000 Red over black
    heavily modified for performance. Although, not to the level of GM's car

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    Finally sent my unit in to Gerner in Germany. He said it was moisture damage. Wondering if I could have fixed it myself with spray contact cleaner.
       
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaman View Post
    Finally sent my unit in to Gerner in Germany. He said it was moisture damage. Wondering if I could have fixed it myself with spray contact cleaner.
    Thank you for sharing your experience with Gerner in Germany. Iím on my second radio and it is good to know we have options to BMW classics for future repairs. Can you share the contact information for Gerner?

    I have a navigation system that sometime becomes confused with its location. It would be of interest to me to know if Gerner could help with that system too.
    My Best,

    Ed

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    Gerner Electronics Anton-Gilch Str. 694526 Metten, Germany Phone: 0049 991 27285 Fax: 0049 991 27286 www.lasertrader.de You could email Ralf Gerner first to see what he thinks about the nav: [email protected] He is very responsive and knowledgeable.
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    My radio volume was messed up, turn it clockwise and the volume went down, counter clockwise and the volume went up. The BMW dealer said a new radio from Germany would run in excess of $2000! Eventually the volume nob became inoperative. My independent mechanic in Sarasota removed the radio a few months ago and sent it to a shop in Tampa for repair. under $300 later, my radio works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammaman View Post
    Gerner Electronics Anton-Gilch Str. 694526 Metten, Germany Phone: 0049 991 27285 Fax: 0049 991 27286 www.lasertrader.de You could email Ralf Gerner first to see what he thinks about the nav: [email protected] He is very responsive and knowledgeable.
    Thank you for the contact information!
    My Best,

    Ed

    2002 Z8 Jet Black//Sport Red
    2012 SLS AMG Obsidian Black/Classic Red

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    Thanks for the info...One of these days I'll take my head unit out (before it dies) and upgrade to something better then 20 year old technology.

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    Just got my unit back from Gerner in Germany, works perfectly!
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    So I got back in the car, now that the weather is starting to improve, and the radio is dead again. Took out the 2 fuses associated with the radio and cleaned them: #32 in the glove box, and #51 in the Nav compartment, now back in business! That would be the problem with 18 year old electrical connections!
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