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Old 07-06-2016, 01:57 AM
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OEM radio issue -- Wife threatening...

New to X5 but not to BMW, able figure out that the 'radio' is a MID. searched for a bit.. i need help!

Just picked up this gorgeous Topaz Blue w/105000 miles for the wife
2001 3.0 X5.
3rd owner per carfax
Excellent condition
BUT RADIO not working.. wife says she's going back to a KIA if i don't get it fixed!!
  • unit has power because i can set the clock time & date,
    brightness dims with dash light control
    no radio sound or station information whatsoever
    in dash single Business CD under the cover
    its a 'high dash' because it has Tel control
    no NAV
    the cargo area has just the amp on the left
    no water in cargo area issues
    pulled and re-installed fuses 7, 72-73
    no little red fuse under the spare next to the battery
    no other components in the cargo area

seems prewired for other stuff, am i missing another component?
How do i check if the amp is blown?
can a blown amp cause this situation?
battery was dead when i first went to see the X5, could that be the issue?

all help appreciated..
thanks in advance

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Old 07-07-2016, 01:51 AM
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Can anyone take a picture of their amp setup in the cargo area ?
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Old 07-08-2016, 03:59 PM
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Does the CD player produce sound, i.e. is the amp actually working?
2005 BMW X5 3.0d (b 02/05)
2001 BMW F650GS Dakar (b 06/01)
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:25 AM
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This weekend, I was able to swap the amp into my e46 Touring and the system functioned fine. I also removed the MID and the Business CD from the dash to check connections. The B-CD does not have any visual sign of life, although when I remove and re-install the fuse at the back, it makes a quick CD-loading noise. Still stumped..
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