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Hi everyone,


my standard issue 166 CD changer has got stuck recently, the (empty) 6-CD magazine would not come out, pressing eject button produced no sound and no action. I've tried tapping it, poking it, banging it, disconnecting it from power, fiddling with the cables but all to no avail.

I've trawled the Alfa forums in search of a cure and did not seem to be able find anything. My local Alfa specialist said this CD changers are known to be "temperamental".
So I've kinda lost hope and started looking into loudlink MP3 player but could not part with the required €140. So I got as stuck as the changer itself - there seemed to be no hope :rolleyes:

But today, prompted by the long drive across Europe coming up, I've decided to try again and have googled for Becker CD changer problems without including the word "Alfa". I was rewarded by loads of Mercedes, Porsche and BMW posts about similar problems. After reading for almost an hour, I found it - a guy saying that all you need to do is take a long piece of hard cardboard or laminated plastic, stick it above the magazine all the way in and move from left to right (or right to left) to release the catch. Not having any cardboard/plastic handy I took a kitchen knife and after a couple of minutes of fiddling, the bleeding magazine came out!!:cheese:

I filled it with CDs, stuffed it back in and I now have music in my 166 again. Now, I'm sure somewhere in the Alfa forums this piece of knowledge is already present, but as I could not find it, I am posting this again, so that hopefully somebody else can benefit from it.

Good driving to all! :thumbs::D
 

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An easy alternative to the loudlink is to just hook up your MP3 player to the RCA jacks on the CD changer cable, you still need a CD in the changer. Its not integrated like the loudlink in that the ICS doesn't control the MP3 player, but I just ran a cable through the cabin to the armrest and use the MP3 player, also you do get a gap in music when the CD changer gets to the end of the CD and replays it, but hey its cheap and I get to listen to anything on the MP3 :)
 
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