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86 325 BMW - Want a new stereo with CD player - but not aftermark

My husband's '86 bmw 325 has the WORST stereo system - speakers are awful. I would love to replace the system with something that has more than a tape deck. He hates the aftermarket look though. Is there anything out there that I could buy and have installed that would look factory made?

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If it was me i,d replace the original head unit with an alpine they came standard in most early bmw,s and maybe and an ipod to the aux input of the stereo.

the speakers are 5,25 inches and there behind the flimsy front kickpanels you can either just swap them for something more powerful i,l recomend genesis or rainbow for a big difference in sound especially if there a mid and tweeter combination that your buying , if not just a good coaxial set will do but stay away from the kenwoods they lack in midbass !

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