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Old 06-20-2015, 05:50 PM
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First, the MID is not the head is just a display control unit that does no calculations of its own. It only receives data from the various components attached to it and designed to be controlled or display their information in the MIDs display panel. The radio is actually incorporated into the in-dash CD player.

If you can find a DIY from any e39 or e53 (they use the same set-up and units) can see how the in dash CD/radio unit is attached to the dash....but the MID needs to be removed first to access the screws that hold the CD unit in.

EDIT: I just did a quick google search (typed "BMW how to remove MID from dash") and found the 1st video...and then the 2nd video was at the top of the list on YouTube as the next video...which shows how to remove both the MID and the in-dash CD unit:

If the door/panel isn't operating's probably due to the in-dash ( probably a CD53) being in the way since you describe it as sitting higher up than normal.

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