In this guide, we will take a look at how to remove the radio from BMW vehicles.
The radio on BMW vehicles has several functions including the Navigation GPS, Bluetooth module, CD drive and is the brains of the iDrive. If it fails your BMW iDrive will not work and may keep restarting.
Removing the radio from BMW vehicles may seem difficult due to the fact that the radio is not your typical double din head unit. In fact, removing and installing BMW radio is very simple and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
The pictures and video are from a BMW 5-Series. Owners of 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, X3, X5 series will also find these instructions helpful.
Don't forget to disconnect the battery when replacing BMW radio. Otherwise, you will set fault codes on various modules if you turn on the ignition when the radio is removed.
While a used BMW radio from another vehicle will work, some of the functions may not work.
For example, if your BMW has Bluetooth hands free calling installed but the car that the radio came from didn't have Bluetooth your Bluetooth will not work. Until the installed radio has been coded to match your BMW options.