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    Will this radio work?

    I found this radio on amazon but I have no idea what Iím doing. I have no idea if this even fits or would work? I just want a simple cheap Bluetooth radio so I can use Spotify on my phone. I donít want to spend like 300 dollars on a touchscreen unit either. Would this be a simple plug in and go or would I need a different wiring harness or something? Does it even fit? If it is completely the wrong thing would you recommend what I could do, thanks. Itís going to be going into a 1997 528i let me know if you need anymore info.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CG8N0H8..._Db1kBb7R16P26
    Last edited by shogun; 06-21-2018 at 03:50 AM. Reason: double posts merged

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    Donít waste your money on crap like that. Spend $100-$150 on a quality Alpine or Pioneer head unit. Be advised that you car likely has a separate amp in the trunk. The interface between the factory head unit and the factory amp could be balanced differential signaling. If it is your head unit options will be more complicated.

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    Could you link what you would recommend? Is there a name for the size of the radio or type of head unit it would need?

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    The head unit in your car is DIN sized. That is, itís dimensions meet the DIN dimensions standard. Thanks means any head unit that meets the DIN dimensions standards will fit. Figure out what features you need to narrow down potential models. Then go to a store that sells the brands to check out functionality and looks. Buy what trips your trigger.

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    Would the wiring be a simple plug in and go job or would I need change that too?

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    It depends on the manufacturer. At the least youíll need a wiring harness adapter that new head unit plugs into. Check www.crutchfield.com.

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