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Old 01-07-2009, 05:57 AM
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Portable GPS install kit

Has anyone seen/used this kit? P/N: 65900445996
as seen here: http://www.x3-treff.de/showthread.php?p=43560

just wondering if anyone has pics of the kit and what is included

thanks

brownie
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:00 AM
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Has anyone seen/used this kit? P/N: 65900445996
as seen here: http://www.x3-treff.de/showthread.php?p=43560

just wondering if anyone has pics of the kit and what is included

thanks

brownie
Looks like a normal Nuvi 260w to me. Not sure what the "kit" is - but mine stays in the center storage bin. I placed a small tab of velcro on the back and it pretty much stands/looks just like that when I use it (except the lid to the bin is open - which also shields the sun from the display).

I didn't hardwire the power - but with approx. 5 hours of use between charges - it isn't that big of a deal to plug in the power when it needs a charge.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:43 AM
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Yes, looks like the kit replaces the entire storage tray - even if it was possible to dispose of just the lid, it wouldn't look too good with the latch mechanism sitting there.

So the kit saves you from having to be innovative in choosing a portable device that fits properly in the shallow O.E. tray. It gives you a tray with a deeper, more uniform base, and presumably an auto. folding arrangement for the GPS, plus a fused hardwire power cable maybe.

So saves time in initial installation. In daily use, the GPS is always at the ready (no need to open a tray, angle it just right, etc.)

The negatives:
- cost
- lack of a glare shield as Sonoman says
- when parked, you'd definitely need to remove the GPS from view to avoid theft (as opposed to just closing the O.E. storage bin)
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Old 01-07-2009, 12:11 PM
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GPS tray

Thanks for the replies. I will have to see if my dealership has one to look at. I don't mind the cost but I would like to see what I am getting. Thanks again
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Old 01-07-2009, 02:12 PM
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I have a DELL PDA that I use as nav system, back in 2004 it was cheaper than get a sand alone nav unit, they wern't that popular. Has served me well since then, I just got a map update from Navteq a year ago.
I stick it in the center console as well and the battery (original!) last me for 3-4 hours, when it runs down I just plug it in the cig lighter.

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Old 01-09-2009, 05:58 PM
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The drawback to that kit is that it invites a smashed window and theft.

A Garmin nuvi 660 with a velcro strip works. It can be removed and it fits in the closed compartment.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:39 PM
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The drawback to that kit is that it invites a smashed window and theft.

A Garmin nuvi 660 with a velcro strip works. It can be removed and it fits in the closed compartment.
Yes, that's what I do with my PDA.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:18 AM
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I see that the BMW part 65900445996 is only $48 online, $65 BMW retail. I understand the disadvantages.

Can someone post a pic of what their GARMIN Portable with the Velcro etc looks like? I spent some time with our Garmin Nuvi 650 and trying to determine the best way to mount it in that area and didn't really come up with anything, so seeing pictures of others would be great!!!
It would be nice to have a bean bag type mount that was contoured to fit the area that then had a flat surface to mount one of the garmin disks would be a great idea. I would just have to build it from something.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:02 AM
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I use a Proclip for my GPS.

The GPS slides right off the mount and is stored away when not in use.
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