I have a 05' mini cooper S hatchback with a factory installed Harmon Kardon stereo with a six cd changer. I have controls on my steering wheel for volume and station change. I would like to get a new stereo that is HD and allows me to use my Ipod and bluetooth (there are controls for the phone on my steering wheel, but it's not currently set up for blue tooth. Any suggestions for a low budget fix? Thanks, Jeff
Try giving your local bmw/mini dealer a call they should be able to give you the info you need free of charge,for bluetooth you have to syncronize your ipod and stereo at the same time,like i say your local dealer is your best bet,,hope that helps,,goodluck.
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The problem is in the laser pickup assembly, over time it becomes weak until it can no longer read the information, one possibility is to use a CD cleaning kit and follow instructions, this will clean the optical lens and in some cases bring it back to life. If this fails cheaper to replace the item.
Just thought I’d share my experience, I have a 04 cooper with the HK. The radio was still working but the HK settings were lost in the head unit and there was no sound coming out of the speakers so I concluded it was the amp.
I wrote to the Mini UK Customer Services manager, Simon Anderson (email@example.com), citing I believed the problem was inherent and that it should be replaced for free. He denied this and asked for me to take it to my dealer and once diagnosed ask for a goodwill gesture towards fixing it. I did, they diagnosed that it was the Amp and said that would be 700 quid to fix (160 diagnosis fee, 410 for the amp and 90 for fitting plus VAT). I then asked for goodwill and, after fighting to not to have to pay the diagnosis fee because I approached Simon knowing what the problem was, got it for 160 inc vat which was 20% of the price of the amp plus half an hour fitting. I also had to contact their customer service department a bunch because getting through to Simon direct was challenging. The BMW head office number is 01344 426565, ask for him and they will put you through. FYI the goodwill was, in part I was told, based on the fact that I’d had a ‘real’ bmw dealer service my car.
It still annoys me that I had to pay anything as there clearly is a problem but c’est la vie. If anyone has managed to get this for free from BMW I’d be interested to know.
I have only seen this problem once and the only fix was to replace the cd player. I would suggest to get an aftermarket cd player from electronics store and have them install it. The factory option is over 700 installed. sorry
Yes. I know of two units out there: Denison's IceLink, and the Phatnoise box (or Phatbox, as some call it). I believe both install the same way. You figure out where you want the iPod connector (say, glovebox). Pull the stereo out of the dash, disconnect the CD changer (you'll lose the changer function with these but who cares?), and plug the adapter cable into the changer's port. It'll allow the iPod to play through the factory stereo, and will allow you to control the iPod with the buttons on the factory stereo.