i say just keep the head unit and ask for some $$$ back. or some dealer credit and use it to buy more stuff for your car. they should give you a decent amount of $$$. it will cost them alot to replace it as well as labor time anyway.
As for the radio concern that you mentioned, MINI can use remanufactured as a
replacement part during the warranty period. I have not heard of changes to the
2005 radios, but I want to look into this to make sure I am correct. Please
allow me a few days to look into this. If there are further questions I can
assist with, please feel free to drop me an e-mail and I will be happy to lend a
I was able to get answers faster than I thought. :-) The volume knob on the
2005s is slightly different from the 2004s. The 204 type knob is a tiny bit
smaller than the 2005s, however all of the functions in the radio are the same.
Therefore, the dealer has replaced the radio appropriately. If there are further
questions I can assist with, please feel free to drop me an e-mail and I will be
happy to lend a hand.
Now here is my response back to them:
Your information is not correct. Besides the volume knob, the new 2005 stereo can play .mp3 CD's, where the older versions could not.
I want a *2005* stereo and am very unhappy with an older replacement model that doesn't not have the same functionality as the previous unit.
What is even worse is that your information is not correct.
I want a reply from someone who knows about this stereo and I want a replacement with the SAME unit that I had, not a "re-manufactured" unit.
I expect a prompt reply. I am also going to post your reply on Mini2.com, so you may view how other Mini users view your (MiniUSA's) response to me.
FWIW, it's possible (though doubtful this early in the product cycle) to get a remanufactured 2005 unit - it would be the 'same unit'. The issue is not re-man or not, it's the functionality you mention earlier in the note.
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