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2013 BMW X1: Damaged speakers due to water ingress, now what?

OEM BMW speakers cost Rs, 6,000 a piece at the service centre.

BHPian viky_s recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

My BMW X1 E84 (2013) had an unfortunate issue last week. During heavy rains, water leaked from the internal sunroof bracket assembly and entered the PDC (Parking Distance Controller) box, completely flooding it. Resulting in multiple errors and frying all of the 4 speakers. (Tweeters need to be checked)

  • The leakage issue is now fixed and double checked. The bracket had a small brake in it which was fixed.
  • The PDC was replaced and the car is running perfectly fine now. But the speakers are gone.

Now I find myself having the following choices.

  • Replace with new BMW speakers costing Rs.6k per speaker.
  • Find OEM speakers in the aftermarket (I think BMW uses Alpine)
  • Install Used speakers. (I am not very comfortable with this solution)
  • Upgrade the speakers.

Need suggestions from fellow members on how to tackle this. Also it would be helpful if one can point out where to source the hardware and do the install. Nashik/Mumbai/Pune preferred for installation.

Here's what BHPian Gypsian had to say on the matter:

I suggest replacing it with OEM speakers, as upgrading will only be fruitful if a proportionate changes are done to amplifier and other hardware.

Here's what BHPian prashantuchil had to say on the matter:

Since you are anyways going in for a replacement - try and audition some better quality ones to see how you like the sound signature.

Better speakers even without an amplifier can make a considerable difference to the sound quality.

Do keep us posted on the route you take.

BHPian viky_s had the following update to share regarding the matter:

After a long wait I have ordered original BMW X1 factory speakers. I was not able to find alternative ones.

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