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    Intravee audio stopped working

    Hi Richard, thanks for the help! Turns out it was my iPhone, as I tried a traditional cassette-aux cable and that did not work either. Rebooted the phone and all works well with the Intravee now! Wish my phone was as durable as the Intravee, or the car for that matter!
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    Intravee audio stopped working

    The audio from my Intravee stopped working today. The car: 1999 528i Touring with Hi-Fi amplifier and Business Cassette non-nav radio. My setup: Intravee connected to OEM CD Changer wiring. Alpine KCA-420i adapter connected to Intravee. Scosche power adapter, and official Apple 30-pin to lightning adapter between the Alpine iPod adapter and my iPhone 6. This setup has worked fine for approx. 2 months with daily use. My phone still charges up, and the on-screen displays and menus still work fine, it's just the audio that's gone out. I can hear some noise when the phone is connected that goes away when the phone is disconnected, for what that's worth. I have tried unplugging the CD changer connections and reconnecting them, as well as rebooting the Intravee through the menus. I have also plugged in a known good OEM CD changer, which works fine, audio and all. Wonder if anyone else has had such a sudden failure? Or if anyone has any advice? Thanks!
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    I went the route of simply connecting the black wire (left ground) to pin #2 on the small white plug of the BM53 connector and I am pleased to report that I now have iPod sound quality that is as clear and crisp as ever! Thank you very much Richard, I now have renewed confidence in my Intravee!
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    What about the uncolored wire? Isn't that a ground as well?
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    Alright, an update: I ordered the cable a few weeks ago, it took some time to get to the states, but I have my hands on it now. I have disassembled the trunk and disconnected the BM53 connector. After studying the pin out diagram I have concluded that the small white connector (labeled "B" on most diagrams) has the three wires for the CD Changer. Consequently, the wires for my telematics control unit and tape audio are in the adjacent small black connector (labeled "C" on most diagrams). However, my hopes of simply replacing the white small connector with the one on the end of the new, shorter CD Changer cable were dashed by the fact that the connector on the end of the new cable is not physically compatible with the opening on the main BM53 connector. Put simply, it's not the same size as the old one! From my experience, it seems as if this new connector is the right size to connect up to the back of a CD53 radio, but not the BM53. In any case, I would still like to use this cable rather than sending it back and starting my search again, so I set out removing the metal shielding and plastic connector from the end of the new "retrofit" CD Changer cable. I found 5 wires in this connector, despite only having 3 wires to replace. After a quick search, I found a post from RichardP on another forum explaining how this is an older style wiring layout that includes a ground wire for both the left and right channels of audio, whereas the "new" style (found on my existing BM53 wiring) uses a shared ground. In this post, Richard showed the left and right ground wires from the old style connector both being connected to the common ground (pin #2) on the small white connector. Thus, my question to Richard or anyone else who might know is this: how do I connect the two ground wires on my new cable to the existing BM53 connector pins?
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    So I'm heading to the dealer today to inquire about and hopefully order this part. When the pins of this cable are swapped out for those currently in the BM53, will this cable terminate with the 3-pin and 6-pin connections necessary for the Intravee, then?
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    By 'just the cable' I presume you refer to part number 61126900951? I will take this information to the dealer and hopefully make an order this evening. If you could shed any more light on the installation process, or perhaps point me in the direction of someone else who has done this modification, it would be greatly appreciated. The amount of support you provide to intravee users is indispensable, thank you!
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    Thank you for the fast reply, Richard! This is what I am looking at on RealOEM: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=EP33-USA-12-2002-E46-BMW-325xi&diagId=65_0464 Could you help me decode this, perhaps? At first blush it seems I would need three parts: 61126900951, 61130029658, and 61126913954. Could anyone comment on how difficult it is to make this modification?
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    CD Changer retrofit cable

    Hello all, this is my first post on your forum which I have been scouring for a few days in search of an answer to the following question: Where can I find the part number for the CD Changer retrofit cable that will connect to my BM53 radio? I have an E46 with a retrofitted Mk4 navigation system and an Intravee II with the KCA-420i iPod adapter, and have been getting intermittent noise pickup. I am indeed using a non-Alpine ai-net cable to place the KCA-420i in the glovebox but the noise issues were present even when using a short Alpine cable and having the iPod box in the trunk. I have read that because this is a retrofit system, the OEM CDC wiring is especially long and prone to grounding issues and thus noise pickup. I have also read that a potential fix is to use the BMW CD Changer retrofit harness to connect the intravee to the BM53 radio and I would like to give this a shot. I am aware that most all North American BMWs were prewired for CD Changer so I anticipate this part to be somewhat tricky to track down, but I would appreciate any assistance in finding the correct part number, locating a reputable vendor from which to purchase it, and installing the harness correctly so as to hopefully eliminate my noise issues and begin enjoying the Intravee to the fullest. Thank you!
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