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Old 01-07-2008, 07:46 PM
MPBX3 MPBX3 is offline
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Originally Posted by murmur11 View Post
Not sure where the power connector is plugged to the nav on MPBX3's picture. The proclip that attached to air vent might not be a good idea for garmin/nuvi since the power connector is plugged into the back of the nav.
I didn't have the power cord attached in the pic, but the mini-usb plug is on the left bottom on the Navigon 2100. The Proclip doesn't come into play with this plug. But even with the Garmin you could also purchase a device clip which would give you the room needed for the power cord.

I used the Move Clips directly attached to the Navigon and vehicle clip.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:59 AM
MTLX3 MTLX3 is offline
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I put it on the dash. Looks clean, don't really need to take my eyes off the road as much... I only plug it when the battery needs charging.
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2007 X3 3.0si, Silver Gray with Tobacco leather, Premium Package, step.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:57 AM
jcarlilesiu jcarlilesiu is offline
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I put my TomTomOne XL next to the A pillar on the drivers side. Works great and impacts visability zero. I need to run a hard wire behind the dash which I haven't done yet, hopefully I can pull power from down by the door. Is the fuse box located there? Ill take pictuers and post after work.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:43 PM
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I'm using a TomTom One XL and use the suction cup to hold it on the lower left side of my windshield in both of our vehicles and in my police cruiser. It's much easier to see and I don't take my eyes off the road.

BTW, I've got better things to do than stop folks with a GPS unit suctioned to their windshield. Most of my "clients" don't have any use for a GPS. Same goes for last year's new law that required the headlights to be on if the windshield wipers are on anything but intermittent.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by EricTheGreen View Post
where do you guys put one on an 07? Can I do a beanbag with the dashboard "box" open?
Make your own from a galvanized L bracket from Home Depot. Flat black paint it, drill the necessary holes, and mount it with doublebacked tape to where ever you want. I put self made studs in the GPS and mount with wing nuts. Here is what I did with an old Magellan 300, which I used to move between cars...
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Old 01-20-2008, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by lgsX3 View Post
I want to route a power supply from the glove box power supply to the center bin but can not find an easy way to route the cable.
Any ideas?
I recently installed a Garmin Nuvi 750 on top of the dash bin and ran the power cable into the glove box and connected to the flashlight socket:

1. Mounted the plastic disk that came with the Nuvi (using the self adhesive tape that came attached to the disk) onto the front driver side corner of the dash bin lid.
2. This location is easily within reach of the driver / passenger and still allows access to the bin.
3. When not in use the Nuvi may be stored in the bin out of sight of thieves.
4. Ran the power cable to the glove box:
5. Remove the 4 way flasher/door lock button by prying up from the bottom of the switch with a plastic putty knife.
6. Remove the plastic vent surround by prying from the top of the surround with a plastic putty knife.
7. Just leave the switches and vent surround attached to their wires and cables but push down and out of the way. You will be looking for two screws that hold the dash box in place.
8. Remove the dash box by removing two screws that are now accessible at the front bottom of the dash box unit.
9. Open the glove box, remove the flashlight, open the fuse box.
10. If you donít have a flashlight or socket for one, have the dealer install the both for free via SIB # 63 01 04.
11. You will also need the flashlight socket power adaptor. I got mine from ebay, donít know the model number. (easy to find)
12. Using a stiff wire with a small hook bent into one end. Fish down from the dash box hole into the top of the fusebox.
13. Hook the Garmin power cord to the stiff wire and carefully pull up through into the dash box hole.
14. I ran the power cord between the dash and the dash box unit on the windshield side of the box. I found that there is a good spot near the cutout for the dash box hinge.
15. Reinstall the dash box and make sure you have enough slack to reach the GPS location.
16. Reinstall vent surround and switches.
17. Back in the glove box, push excess wire back up above the fuse box and close and latch the fuse box.
18. Plug the adaptor into the flashlight socket and close the glove box.
19. Thatís itÖdone.
20. This really is a simple procedure and didnít take me more than Ĺ hour. Note Iím just a ďhackĒ mechanic.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:41 PM
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Nice job Jupitor2!
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:53 PM
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I just followed Jupitor2's instructions on my 2004 3.0 (with PP). Worked like a charm. My car didn't have the flashlight in the glovebox, so I had the local dealer install that (following the same SIB). Also picked up the flashlight-to-12V adapter from the dealer (part # 82-11-0-004-073).

The actual installation wrapped up pretty quickly. The only thing I did differently was to also disconnect the cable for the warm/cool dial for the top-middle air vents. That gave me more room to work with the screw on the right side of the box.

Very clean installation and works like a charm.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:30 AM
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