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      03-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Options for Amplifier Replacement with iDrive

Hey guys, I bought my 08 M3 from a BMW dealer at wholesale due to some issues it had. The major one besides new tires was the fact that the amplifier needs replaced. The car is no longer under any warranty and I know this is pricey. Car has iDrive and I heard there is no aftermarket amps for this issue. I've talked to a couple of local radio installers for pricing but I get worried sometimes when non-BMW companies work on my stuff. The BMW store told me it was $800 for just the amp itself, then an additional $300 for installation. Making it a grand total of $1,100.00 before tax. This seems to be ridiculous. Anyone come across this and find an alternate route to save some money?

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Hey guys, I bought my 08 M3 from a BMW dealer at wholesale due to some issues it had. The major one besides new tires was the fact that the amplifier needs replaced. The car is no longer under any warranty and I know this is pricey. Car has iDrive and I heard there is no aftermarket amps for this issue. I've talked to a couple of local radio installers for pricing but I get worried sometimes when non-BMW companies work on my stuff. The BMW store told me it was $800 for just the amp itself, then an additional $300 for installation. Making it a grand total of $1,100.00 before tax. This seems to be ridiculous. Anyone come across this and find an alternate route to save some money?

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Need more information but there are options. Some more costly than others depending on what factory system you had. Was it hi-fi or individual (also known as enhanced premium sound)?
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Hey guys, I bought my 08 M3 from a BMW dealer at wholesale due to some issues it had. The major one besides new tires was the fact that the amplifier needs replaced. The car is no longer under any warranty and I know this is pricey. Car has iDrive and I heard there is no aftermarket amps for this issue. I've talked to a couple of local radio installers for pricing but I get worried sometimes when non-BMW companies work on my stuff. The BMW store told me it was $800 for just the amp itself, then an additional $300 for installation. Making it a grand total of $1,100.00 before tax. This seems to be ridiculous. Anyone come across this and find an alternate route to save some money?

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That looks to me like the price of the Individual Audio/Enhanced Premium Audio system OEM amp. If so then either you replace it, use this or do this.

However you slice it, you will be spending pretty much the same $1100 or so after parts and install.
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Thanks for the feedback! Looks like there are not many options!
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