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About dontpannic

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  • Birthday 03/06/1988

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    2004 E46 330D Sport Touring + Fiesta ST
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    Orpington, Kent

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  1. @Valletta18 Yep - it's just a case of finding a 12V ignition switched feed somewhere near the reverse light. Im actually thinking about doing this shortly on my Touring as my new headunit gives me the capability of looking at the reverse camera at any time, but it doesn't work when I'm not in reverse. As for the camera being constantly on, I'm not sure. I have a dashcam that's on all the time and that seems fine, so I think it should be OK to stay on.
  2. Best thing you can purchase is a BMCables kit on eBay - comes with the cable and software (INPA) in order to read diagnostics. You'll need a Windows laptop but the software/cable is only about £35.
  3. Fuel pump relay is above and behind the fuse box. Remove the glovebox, drop the fuse box, then it’s on top of the white plastic module cage.
  4. That sounds like there's an additional third party module installed, I'm fairly certain that you have to hold the button down to do any comfort opening/closing. Do you have an Intravee? Am I right in thinking that these kind of options are available through that?
  5. NCSExpert / NCSDummy GM5 module, you're looking for the below - note you don't have to do anything with the FUNKTIONEN_TOURING string. The rear window release is done on a key-by-key basis. Aktiv = Window, Nicht-aktiv = tailgate.
  6. Right, its per-key See attached. Enabled/aktiv releases the window, disabled releases the whole boot lid
  7. NCS Expert - GM5 module Use NCS Dummy to find the option for Touring Rear Tailgate Glass and change from aktiv to nicht aktiv - that should pop the bootlid rather than the glass. Sorry I can't rememeber the exact wording without digging my laptop out but use NCS Dummy - it makes finding these options a breeze
  8. Haha. Well, incidentally, I have a bit of an update... So it looks like that previous post of mine in this thread was the catalyst, and as I was driving around some time before Christmas the Android unit went up in smoke - literally. I ran with a standard radio with aux and bluetooth for calls for a while until I started to miss CarPlay. I was absolutely convinced that I wasn't going to spend £700-£1000 for the Alpine specific fit headunit, as IMO that pricing is ridiculous. I ended up with a Sony XAV-AX3005DB and my total costs for fitting are: Sony XAV-AX3005DB -> £295 Enfig RMK-E46-XAV -> $49.99 (£39) Connects2 CTSONYLEAD -> £2.99 (I was able to re-use the 17-Pin -> ISO wiring harness and SWC from a previous Alpine single DIN radio, I just needed the fitting kit and Sony compatible patch lead.) I spent a little extra to get complete functionality of the unit: Enfig MIC-BM1 -> $29.99 (£23.50) Eightwood EWAN146UK -> £28.99 So my total project cost is £389 for a fully operational double DIN headunit with reverse camera, carplay, android auto, DAB etc. I still wonder how Alpine can justify their cost.
  9. If you own an E46 the best investment you'll ever make is INPA. I've had my trifecta of lights on the way back from work yesterday, plugged my INPA cable in and got the exact error within seconds.
  10. I would say the cluster was dead. If this wasn't caused by coding in the first place then I would assume the EEPROM is kaput. New cluster - PA Soft to write the VIN, coding and mileage to the new cluster and that should solve all of your issues.
  11. The panels are car specific as the diesel engines can have auxiliary water pumps / heaters, and I believe it does some manipulation of the idle speed of the car when voltage is low and the fan is high etc. That said, there's no physical difference, theres nothing stopping you grabbing any unit then using PA Soft or NCSExpert to code it to your specific car and engine.
  12. Depending on the age of the car the rear clusters are single filament bulbs which use PWM to determine the brightness (tail or brake). Unfortunately I wouldn't know how to achieve a trailer hookup using relays - however I've certainly been able to wire in a bulb holder for the missing fog giving me dual rear fogs with just a wire. For trailer use though I probably wouldn't recommend that.
  13. BMW Drivers Club Kent on Facebook do a few meets and drives out per year - worth looking into, Croydon isn't a million miles away.
  14. Lollipop bushes on the front wishbones? Could be that those are worn and causing excess movement. I'm led to believe it's a common cause of vibration under braking.
  15. I'm not even talking airbox fouling - you need cages and bracketry which will cost you at least £100 on top of the cost of whatever double din unit you have. The Sony XAV series is a full depth, half height unit which in theory should be perfect for the E46 and you either need to fabricate your own bracketry, or purchase a kit from the States which doubles the cost when you include shipping and turns parts of your dash into non-matching cheap plastic. I really wish it was simple and cheaper to fit a double din stereo into an E46, I really do. Incidentally my horrible, unreliable, cheap, crap Android unit is still working 3 years on. I just bought a USB dongle to enable CarPlay on it and it works seamlessly. I have OEM-ish looks and CarPlay for a total of £230. Alright the inbuilt amp isn't fantastic and the bluetooth A2DP quality is garbage, but its a solution that works. The Harman Kardon setup sorts out a bit of the SQ issues anyway.
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