Question about BMW 1997-2001 Bmw 5 Series Radio/stereo Wire Harness Plug

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Sound increases as you accelerate. can you switch off?

Turn off road noise sound increase

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  • edcarr07 May 31, 2009

    Brilliant thanks for the info.

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I know what you mean. Used to be a source of irritation in this otherwise super-quiet car. It was like "hey... the music plays far too loud now please drive a little slower dad". Really irritating on the Autobahn, constantly fiddling on that volume knob.

Interestingly, the instruction manual for the business CD main unit gave no clues at all! Then I found the solution at the bimmerfest BMW forum:

"
1.Power down the unit (using the knob) and power back up in the radio mode
(either AM or FM).
2. Hold down the "m" button (right of the display) until your display shows
a serial # xxxxxxxxxxx.
3. Using the "+" or "-" buttons that surround the center "musical note
symbol" button to the left of your display, scroll until "GAL 3" comes up,
which is factory setting. Using the number buttons 1 thru 6 below your
display, press the number "1". Your display will now read "GAL 1 ".
4. Power down the unit again (using the knob) and when you power back up,
your new setting will be effective!
5. To confirm that the new setting is active, repeat steps 2 & 3 to check
your "GAL" setting.
6. Enjoy your HK unit's volume the way YOU want to hear it!
"

I assume there are slightly different versions of this in different models but it goes something like this, the keyword you are looking for in the menu system is "GAL" which is a German acronym for speed-sensitive volume control (Geschwindigkeitsabhängige Lautstärkenregelung für Radio).

Good luck!


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  • Håkan Sterner May 29, 2009

    Maybe I answered a different question? I get a feeling I did considering the lack of feedback. Please, do tell if it was something else you meant.

  • Håkan Sterner May 31, 2009

    I'm very glad I could help, you're welcome!

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Like the answer before me, yes tun it off,,, some newer cars have an automatic volume increase built into their radios. It should be a button or knob labeled AVI (auto Vol. increase), or ANA (auto. noise adapter), whatever it's labeled, yes, you should be able to turn it off.

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