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Old 12-08-2012, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by fricchione View Post
I'd like to upgrade it, but not spend a ton of money. The Dynavin unit seems fine, but I'd like to confirm a few things..

1. The dash I have looks like the one in this picture. Mine is a six speed and a different wood grain, but the style is the same..

It *SEEMS* like the Dynavin unit replaces the wood grain section around the existing screen and rearranges the position of the buttons for radio presets, etc. Does anyone have a picture of what this would look like once in? I'd like to see if its a good fit. I'm less concerned about losing the wood grain, but it has to look like it belongs there.

2. The unit seems to be plug for plug compatible with the existing unit. Is this the case? Are there any adapter cables or mounting hardware that do not come with it that you need to buy?

3. Any advice on the install? I've done this on other cars before, but not an E39. Is there some part where you need the help of a spaghetti armed, plier fingered alien? Does half the dashboard come off, or something reasonable? I looked for a PDF or something from a posting which describes the replacement of an OEM NAV system on an E39 and couldn't find one. Is there something out there?

Thanks in advance.

Check out this thread if you are interested in Dynavin it is the main Dynavin thread. It should answer most if not all of your questions about Dynavin and I think it has some install info and pics too. You should be able to find pics of what the Dynavin will look like in the thread. But in answer to your question yes that whole rectangular area with the wood gain (Nav screen buttons and all) is removed and the Dynavin goes into that slot.

Please consider these two things before proceeding down the Dynavin route

1) Unless there has been a recent update/solution if you have the OEM DSP sound option, the Dynavin will most likely not work. I think one or two people might have figured out a work around, but I am not sure.

2) Your OBC functions (mpg, avg mph, distance to empty ect) will not work once you remove the factory headunit. Dynavin does have some of these features, but they do not work in the same way as the OEM ones (not necessarily worse or better just different). To many people this is a non issue, but if all the different OBC functions are important to you/your daughter it is something to think about.

A couple of people have relocated their MID to the glovebox so they can still keep all the OEM OBC functions. Although I am not sure if that will be useful with the low OBC cars as I am not sure if they have that LCD screen on the instrument cluster to displace the OBC info. Also you don't have a MID since you have NAV so you would have to purchase a used MID which would be a lot of money for something to sit in the glove box just so you can have OBC functions.

Originally Posted by fricchione View Post
What happens to the CD reader in the trunk? Its certainly not fast enough for a new technology unit. Is it simply disconnected and the drive is internal to the unit?
You should be able to find the answer in the Dynavin thread. But my guess is you just disconnect it as I doubt it would interface with the Dynavin. Even if it would I don't see the benefit. I am sure your daughter will just use the ipod interface with Dynavin or the in dash CD player that is built into the unit. Or she might just stream her music via bluetooth as I am pretty sure that is a supported feature of Dynavin.
E39 2003 530i: SP, CWP, PP, Manual, Sunshades, Split folding rear seats, 17" Style 42s
E28 1987 535is: Manual, Bilstein HDs, 16" Style 5v2 (from e38)[Sold]
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