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1997 BMW 328is Kenwood KDC-BT555U install - Great Stereo
on August 3, 2013
This stereo works great right out of the box. I'm very pleased with the quality of the sound and all of the features. This was installed in a BMW 328is coupe to replace a stock stereo. The car has stock speakers and no amplifier. The only negative is that the installation instructions are extremely poor and not very detailed, however you can figure them out with some time and thought. Other than the very poor installation instructions, I am very pleased with the unit. It has all of the features I was looking for and the Bluetooth works great and was easy to pair to devices. When I plugged in my Iphone, it paired immediately and you can access all of your music and select from your address book. It has a CD player but will all of the music stored on the phone and Ipod, I will probably never use the CD player. I purchased the Metra 70-8590 wiring harness for the install. You will definitely need this as well as an antenna adapter (I purchased the Metra 40-VW10). You DO NOT need any faceplate adapters. All of the wires on the wiring harness color matched exactly with the stereo wires with one exception. There is a blue wire on the wiring harness that must be connected to the blue wire with white stripe that comes out of the stereo. After matching and connecting all of the other wires exactly, if you do not connect the blue with the blue with white stripe you will not get any sound out of the speakers. Took me a bit to figure this out. I love this stereo because the illumination can be color changed to your preference, all of the selection features and menus are easy to navigate, the Bluetooth works awesome!!! You can use an external Ipod or Iphone music, and the sound through the stock speakers is 100% better than the old stock stereo. This is an incredible unit for the price!