DennisCooper

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    E39 530d Touring - Ex Police
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  1. Hi all, A new E46 specific all in one replacement type head unit will soon be available and may be of interest to those on this forum. The aesthetic design is much more accurate and looks oem to an extent far far better than all the chinese units available to now. Given that the E46 audio is shared with the E39/E38/E53 cars, the Avin product pages show DSP and OBC support on their respective pages, but that info is missing on the E46 page. I'll assume for now that the OBC is supported for the E46 unit, there wasn't DSP available for the E46 though. Here's the product page https://avinusa.com/avant-3-for-bmw-3-series-e46-m3-android-multimedia-navigation-system.html The main issue will of course be the price. It's listed at $699 USD for the USA market which is where AVIN are based. Anyone in the UK who'll be wanting one will need to import in and although the shipping is 'free' to the UK, once all taxes,VAT and clearance fees are included then I'd say a landed in the UK price would be around the £700 level. The extension cable is $60, and the USB dongle for an app to put your Android or iPhone screen onto the Avin screen is another $99. The reversing camera is $149, DVB-T Digital TV module another $99. If those options are added, then the price goes to around $1100 USD and the UK price landed is around £1075-1100. The above prices are based around the current US Dollar to UK Pound exchange rate. It's the best looking unit so far, very close to the OEM monitor itself, all the chinese units until now were way off in my opinion. If the OBC support in the E46 unit is there like the other family ones then that's a bonus for sure. On the flipside, it's very expensive and it's still a cheaply made unit using low grade/generic grade electronics. Once released, time will tell if it's a much more reliable unit or not along with if there's any technical issues/problems etc especially when integrating with the BMW systems for OBC/DSP/PDC features that the company claims to have included. Cheers, Dennis!
  2. oem KENWOOD CD CHANGER no sound...2002 e46 320ci

    Hi, What's the BMW part number on the CD changer? I ask as I don't think Kenwood made OEM audio electronics for BMW. I do stand to be corrected on that though! Assuming currently that's the case, then the Kenwood changer is incompatible. You'd be best to locate a genuine BMW CD changer and use that. Given that disks in the car are becoming more obsolete, I'd suggest you do indeed remove the old oem audio system and upgrade to a nice, high quality head unit with modern features and technology - no need for a CD changer, just use an ipod, SD card or USB stick for much more capacity than 6 cd's! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. Alpine Iva-d310r

    Hi, You'll not get much feedback here on this forum ! Check the talkstuff forum and of course, look at any completed ebay auction listings. For the 'most' part, demand for flip out units is very low as more people turn towards internet streaming for their music/car entertainment. Some of these units from the high quality brands were fantastic in their day though, so hopefully you find a buyer who'll appreciate it. Cheers, Dennis!
  4. Bluetooth and Bmw Navigation unit?

    Hi, Robotson - Unfortunately, there's no definitive guide for compatibility as the oem modules are very old now and support/development of them ceased years ago by BMW. Even if youy purchased a 13th Gen module, there's no guarantee it'll work fully or partially with your S7. Another car with the 13th Gen module and an S7 will work for instance and your's will not or just partially. The reason is the different firmware/software etc on the newer phones etc they can and often do differ along their production window. Soon, Bluetooth Version 5 will be out and newer handsets will adopt it, although it promises backwards compatibility with older BT versions, chances will be higher that certain things might not work fully/partially. Currently, the best chance you have of a phone to work with 13th gen and older OEM BT modules is to use an iPhone. For now, you will need to try older gen BT modules and see if they work with your S7. If you find one that does, then you'll feel great! if not, you'll be pulling your hair out (if you have any!) or smashing your fist on the table. If you do find one that works, then if you change your phone, you might find the new one doesn't work! Good luck whichever way you go! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. Thinking of getting a brand new M240i....... any advice.

    Hi, I think over the next 3-6 months and then in the medium term of 6-12/18 months, there'll be all sorts of discounts/deals/sales where car dealerships, not just BMW will literally be throwing cars away. The 'bumps' of the whole Brexit mess are beginning to bite harder and currently, it looks like interest rates will be increased, a few short weeks ago, there were reports that a rate rise would be at least 18+ months away. That said, in a month, it might be that interest rates might be left alone, but I think the chances of that are getting slimmer. Scarab300ci - **My Financial IT background Hat on** It sounds as though you've made your decision, which is fine. Only you know the fatness of your wallet and personal circumstances. With the above aspects, I'd suggest depreciation is going to be a larger factor than you'd think, that may not bother you as much if you do end up keeping the car long term, but in case there's some sort of change ie, personal or the car is involved in an accident/written off, I think you'll likely be shocked at the actual value at that time. For me personally, if I had £38K in liquidity I'd be purchasing/investing in something that generates a return/profit whilst all this Brexit mess unfolds over the next 6 months to likely 10+ years. The other £5/6K buy a good clean condition E46/E39/E53/Z3/4 if it has to be BMW. We're all car enthusiasts here, so perhaps vary the amount you'll spend right now to perhaps £15K and buy a car outright that's interesting and could/would get as close as if not more than what you pay , if you need to sell it/change of circumstance/written off. E39 M5's, E46 M3's E60 M5's E63 M6's for BMW and the same thing for other marques and then invest the rest into a venture that'll give you an income/return. **Financial IT Hat off**. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, Genuine AC Schnitzer mirrors do not fold. If you find any which say they do, they're non genuine ones. This is the case for all series of BMW's from that era,. The only difference was that different base plates for different series BMW's were in the package when purchased new in order to fit them. If you need/want power fold, then the usual choice is to fit OEM M3 mirrors. I'm sure aftermarket replica type items have the function too, so have a look around. Cheers, Dennis!
  7. Upgrading head unit from factory widescreen

    Hi m9fdb, Have a look around this and other BMW forums and to threads where others have posted up about their experiences with cheap chinese head units. You'll find that 'some' purchasers got a fully working unit that crucially, remained fully working long(er) term. You'll also find plenty more users who didn't get that and had units that ranged from dead on arrival to having small issues/niggles out of the box and initially installed to those who installed and found small niggles that progressively became worse etc etc. It's up to you if you wish to take the gamble as to if you 'might' get a fully working one that works fully longer term. There's none of the UK's respected and reputable car audio installers/dealers who stock unbranded/clone type cheap chinese units. Threre's too much risk of getting customer complaints and being out of pocket due to the risk of many customer product returns and them not having their money back from some 'seller' in China somewhere. The Dynavin brand and their UK importer lists a network of UK companies that will stock and fit their branded units - http://www.dynavinstore.com/Installation . These units are on a Sale price at £499 (£599 the usual price) currently, and any fitting charges, the DAB optional module and the DVB-T module will of course be extra. This would be the route I'd say to go if you want a Chinese unit and some peace of mind in case things go wrong. I say 'some' peace of mind, as there's still a significant number of purchasers who've had issues with their Dynavin units including one purchaser on this forum who proved successfully that the Dynavin N6 isn't fit for purpose for instance. Good luck whichever way you decide to go ! Cheers, Dennis!
  8. Which hidden Bluetooth kit?

    Hi, With the more basic OE£M audio setup you have, I'm not sure it's possible to add OEM Bluetooth. If it turns out you can, then none of the OEM BT modules have the capability for BT audio streaming, they're very old and their internal BT software stacks do (did) not have that profile available. They do phone calls only. On top of all that, given their old age, newer mobile phones can/do have less full compatibility. The iPhones have the best chances they'll work fully with OEM bluetooth, Android phones are more hit and miss. You might see someone say they have a 6th Gen (there's 13 generations altogether) BT module and their particular Android handset is working ok, and another owner with the same gen BT module and phone saying they have issues/problems/doesn't work at all or well. You can then spend more money and find a later gen BT module and hope that will work. If it doesn''t you can try a later module again. The newest versions of course become more expensive to purchase too. If your current more basic setup can't have oem bluetooth retrofitted, then you'll need to look for an aftermarket solution. GROM are a good quality brand making proper quality products and offer a proper after sales care and support channel should you need it. They do modules as you've seen which connect to the OEM audio setups and provide functions like BT phone calls and audio streaming along with SD card and USB stick playback for music. Contact one of their UK dealers via their website. Take a look also at Dension and mObridge as well. The cheap chinese all in one replacement head units again are hit and miss. They're 'miss' for most purchasers whilst 'some' have got fully working units that remain fully working longer term. Chances of issues/problems and frustration with such units is high, so overall, it's up to you if you wish to take the gamble. For the 'best course' of action in terms of reliability, high quality, value for money and performance is to install a recognised, reputable and high quality brand head unit from the likes of Alpine, Parrot, Kenwood, Pioneer. You mention you don't wish to do change from the OEM audio though which means your route forward is limited given the reasons/issues above. Cheers, Dennis!
  9. strange sat nav problems

    Hi Mattyp, You'll need to find known working OEM modules and swap those in to test - hopefully your friend has them. If they work properly, you know you have one or more faulty units. I'm not 100% sure what the orange LED indicates, so look that up in the owners manual or look online for that info. There's some posts where users have pulled various fuses and then replaced them after a certain amount of time which has resolved these kinds of issues. Keep in mind also that the oem modules are getting quite old now and they fail more often. If you *must have oem only* audio modules in your car, then have all of them refurbished and upgraded at Carphonics - http://www.carphonics.co.uk/bmw.htm. Get ready for your wallet to take a bashing ! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Speaker advice

    Hi, As per above! The OEM audio setups are custom versions made by BMW and you can't just use other standard car audio products directly with them. If you do, you'll still get 'sound' output, but it won't be right or sound as good as it potentially could. It sounds as though you are trying to retain the head unit aspect and only want to upgrade the speakers. There's custom fit and compatible speakers which are matched to the BMW specifications so make the OEM audio sound significantly better. Those are the speakers you'll need. The same question pops up from time to time so take a look at this thread and the link I've provided where you can choose from various E46 specific speaker upgrades I'd also suggest using the upgrade sets as designed, remove the old oem stuff and put in the upgraded crossover/mid woofer and tweeter in place. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. Wheels for E46 330cd

    Hi, You'll get choices for a decent amount of concavity on the rear wheels with that design aesthetic. The front wheels have a much more limited choice and thus, they'll be a light concave at best. This is due to the offset used on the 3 series over the multiple model designations. If you want a much deeper front concave wheel, then you'll need to look at custom wheels and/or 2/3 piece ones. As an alternative, you'll find a bit more choice where wheels have a deep lip type design. These will usually have flatter centres but you'll find them with a quite a deep rear wheel lip, but again, due to the offsets on these 3 series, the front lips are usually much less. Again, if you go custom 3 piece, you can get a substantial deep lip on the front too. All depends on what you'd want and the budget you have allocated. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DAB radio upgrade

    Hi, The only way is to find the ultra ultra rare Alpine TUA-T100 DAB tuner from many years ago and then fit the Intravee setup and I think you also need the Intravee switch as well. Once all wired in and installed, I think you'll need to install the antenna's for the Alpine behind the rear bumper or front one, you'll then be able to control it via the oem controls through the Intravee. The last Alpine DAB tuner I saw and told an E39 M5 owner about to snap it up asap, was a good couple years ago now and I vaguely recall that on it's own was around £300 and happened to be unused old new stock or, was very very lightly used. Add in the cost for the Intravee at around £150, the switch I believe around £70, you might as well get the Alpine KCA-420i interface for the iPod at around £100 too. Good quality antenna's will be around £75-100 I'd have thought. Any installation costs in case you can't DIY will be on top. This solution maintains the OEM look in the dash and the OEM controls - it 'looks' like it's seamless when you use the monitor display as everything shows up there. It is of course very expensive to go this route. If it's too much, then look to use a solution like the Alpine EZi-DAB which is a add on solution which has it's own display unit to fit somewhere in the dash and the relevant module and antenna's and is around £150 or so to purchase. Also, you could have the piggyback/modified type of install from Carphonics http://www.carphonics.co.uk/digitaltv.htm Cheers, Dennis!
  13. Hi Plenty of owners have done this. If you aren't so experienced/confident in taking apart the trim etc of the car, then have a reputable installer do it for you. Before doing anything, if you buy one of these cheap chinese units, see if you can test it prior to fitting it using a bench power supply. Again, as per other threads, good luck if you do decide on the gamble with one of these clone type units - hopefully, it'll continue to work longer term for you. Cheers, Dennis!
  14. Bluetooth and Bmw Navigation unit?

    Hi, All the OEM Bluetooth modules don't have the functionality for Bluetooth Audio streaming as they're too old and were out before this BT profile/functionality became popular. Baris at Carphonics (know him well and met him many times at shows and local events - so have every confidence in him) will indeed modify the oem modules for better/newer functionality and given that the OEM modules do fail more often, he can upgrade/repair them too. The car you buy if it has the OEM widescreen monitor as you show in the picture, will have the other modules in place - Amplifier/Tuner unit, GPS computer and BT module where optioned. Carphonics 'modify' those modules for repairs and upgrades at the prices you see on his website. For the BT audio streaming, you'll switch to the 'Aux' function and connect your phone to the new 'internal' piggybacked BT receiver installed by them. When a phone call comes in, then if you change to a later version of the OEM BT module, then it may support the phone you have - iPhones currently have the best chance of full compatibility, Android is more hit and miss, so you might have to change the OEM BT module and hope the one you get supports your particular handset and it's operating system revision fully. Lastly, keeping the OEM audio setup is the most expensive route to go longer term. As per above, the units fail and each module has multiple points of failure so sods law is you'll fix one issue, and then one of the other ones from another module will fail and you'll fix that and so forth. Many owners do keep the OEM modules as you get 100% oem looks and the OBC functionality. Cheers, Dennis!
  15. Head unit help

    Hi Tim-Ci, I'm not antagonised at all, this is a discussion forum! I know opinions and thoughts can and often do get heated when it's typing up on a computer screen etc but I always look for as best, accurate and knowledgeable information as possible. Everyone has their own view of course and I do know that there are purchasers of Chinese units who are and continue to be happy with their units. Perhaps in the last few years, since being removed or kicked off forums, Eonon have greatly improved their after sales care? it's certainly possible. Their website description in search engine results states 'car dvd manufacturer' in which case I'd say they market themselves as the 'manufacturer' of their units and therefore should have consistently reliable units. As of now, that's not the case. In your earlier post, you mention you've 'fixed the 3rd one now' - do you mean the 3rd 'issue' in the list? or the 3rd 'actual' unit you've had sent to you from Eonon? - I think the brand needs to open a 'proper' UK presence ( I do laugh at their website saying they despatch from the UK yet their telephone help line is open from 1.30 to 10.30 am UK time!) and maybe then their improved customer service/support will be much more evident and thus, more customers posting on this and other forums to report that ! Cheers, Dennis!