How to Remove an X5 Stereo

Written by russell wood
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The stock stereo in a BMW X5 is a CD player and radio contained in two separate modules. These stock stereos have less features than most aftermarket stereos available on the day. Some of these features include Bluetooth, in-dash DVD players and in-dash navigation. If you want those features in your X5, you can do that by installing one of those aftermarket decks, potentially increasing the resale value of the SUV in the process. This should take about 15 minutes to do.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • T-10 Torx-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Grip the volume knob on the stereo with your index finger and thumb, then pull it towards you to release it from the stereo.

  2. 2

    Insert the Torx-head screwdriver into the release lever underneath the shaft of the volume switch and turn the shaft clockwise 90 degrees. Pull out the bottom portion of the stereo with your hands and unplug the wiring.

  3. 3

    Remove the Torx-head screws next to the upper head unit using the Torx-head screwdriver. Pull out the top of the stereo with both hands and unplug the wiring.

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