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tjc1324 02-26-2013 04:27 PM

Compatibility of Nav system
Anyone know if the nav system and radio/monitor from a 2003 X5 would fit and work in a 2001 E38? I think the nav is MKIV but not sure if the monitor portion is compatible. Thanks in advance!

BMWFatherFigure 02-27-2013 01:58 AM

If screen aspect ratio is the same and they are both the same colour type then probably yes. Problem could be differently wired plugs - same functions but on different pin numbers. Check out those B 4 you risk plugging it in.

chrisn7 02-27-2013 06:03 AM

+1 the monitor. These are often advertised as fitting a variety of vehicles, but UK X5 monitors do not fit UK E38! Other market monitors are all left hand drive so will physcially fit L/H e38. The Mk IV nav will work fine-simple plug n play, nothing else needed.

speedkingrc 02-27-2013 06:20 AM

Depends on where you at.. over here the x5 and 5 series radios and navs well fit in a e38... also a range rovers too.. check 5 series is 95-01 and x5 its 97-01 and range is 95-01. i think **** i got it written down. i called a bmw dealer here.. they told me plug in plug. but u will have to go to them to get the codes put in so it will all work right... im going aftermarket

chrisn7 02-27-2013 11:33 AM

Exchange of monitor and/or nav does not require re-coding

QSilver7 02-27-2013 01:44 PM

the amp is what needs to be coded...the e38/e39/e53 all use the same amp, but it is coded based on the equipped options & parameters of each vehicle. A used amp from an e39 put into an e38 or e53 will work, but the sound will be muddled because it is set-up for the interior dynamics of the 5 series...not the 7 or X5.

speedkingrc 02-28-2013 08:06 PM


tjc1324 03-01-2013 11:07 AM

Thanks to everyone for the input

speedkingrc 03-02-2013 04:44 AM


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