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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-09-2012, 12:02 PM
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Finally finished the install on Friday night! All I can say is wow what an improvement!! It took me a couple of days to get all the setting up just right and playing around with it to get full functionality out of it. I had to mostly mess with the igo primo to get it to where I wanted it and I absolutely love it! It looks amazing in the car and does so much stuff! The only questions I have with it right now would be on the main menu is there any way to get it out of 24hr time and to 12hr time? I was able to set it to 12hr time on the navigation software but I can't seem to change it on the main menu. Also on the OBC display is it only supposed to display coolant temp., outside temp., and amount of fuel remaing or should there be more information? Is there a way to change those readings from Celsius and liters to Fahrenheit and gallons? I'm just curious as I am still very new to it! Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:03 PM
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:08 PM
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Finally finished the install on Friday night! All I can say is wow what an improvement!! It took me a couple of days to get all the setting up just right and playing around with it to get full functionality out of it. I had to mostly mess with the igo primo to get it to where I wanted it and I absolutely love it! It looks amazing in the car and does so much stuff! The only questions I have with it right now would be on the main menu is there any way to get it out of 24hr time and to 12hr time? I was able to set it to 12hr time on the navigation software but I can't seem to change it on the main menu. Also on the OBC display is it only supposed to display coolant temp., outside temp., and amount of fuel remaing or should there be more information? Is there a way to change those readings from Celsius and liters to Fahrenheit and gallons? I'm just curious as I am still very new to it! Thanks!
Those are very good questions, but I dont have one as of yet so I couldn't tell you
So you installed it yourself?
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:09 PM
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Looks great, deff oem stylish, i still can't pull the plug on $900 Chinese unit.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:12 PM
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I just posted a couple of pictures. I took them at night with my phone right after I got everything buttoned back up but you can kind of see it haha. And yes I did the install myself. It was very easy and straightforward. I did not have DSP or navi stock so it was pretty much plug and play! The hardest part was getting the original radio bracket out.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:16 PM
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Looks great, deff oem stylish, i still can't pull the plug on $900 Chinese unit.
Haha I understand where your coming from. I was eyeing the d95 unit for sometime trying to decide if it was worth it but when they came out with the d99 I just had to have it. It is such a joy driving the car being able to listen to more than FM and CDs on the radio and looking at my suction cup gps. It was totally worth it. I also love the fact I can check my coolant temp without have to unlock the OBC! That is huge especially for these cars with our cooling systems!
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:39 PM
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Haha I understand where your coming from. I was eyeing the d95 unit for sometime trying to decide if it was worth it but when they came out with the d99 I just had to have it. It is such a joy driving the car being able to listen to more than FM and CDs on the radio and looking at my suction cup gps. It was totally worth it. I also love the fact I can check my coolant temp without have to unlock the OBC! That is huge especially for these cars with our cooling systems!
my MID pixel are 50% dead, didn't even know i could check my coolant temp. And my OBC is unlocked, what Test # is that?

What i love about your unit, is the OEM look.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:51 PM
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my MID pixel are 50% dead, didn't even know i could check my coolant temp. And my OBC is unlocked, what Test # is that?

What i love about your unit, is the OEM look.
Should be test number 7. It reads in Celsius. It's great on the dynavin though because I just tap the icon and there it is. No pushing the trip button 15 million times to get it there. Plus I can't unlock it while driving which I like to monitor it every now and again in city vs. highway driving.

Thank you. It does look very OEM and that's the number one reason it appealed to me.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:13 PM
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hmm does your system keep popping up the PDC screen mine has been doing it for a while now ..... i do love the system though
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:52 PM
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Only when I put it in reverse... Does yours do it randomly?
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:44 PM
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yeah like all the time idk how to stop it ... and i def didnt know how to plug and play it when i got it ... i love the thing but that PDC is driving me crazy
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:13 PM
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yeah like all the time idk how to stop it ... and i def didnt know how to plug and play it when i got it ... i love the thing but that PDC is driving me crazy
Maybe there is a loose connection somewhere and it's making random contact or lack of and it's causing the system to get the signal that's in reverse randomly. Does it go into PDC mode when in reverse and stay there as it should?
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hmm does your system keep popping up the PDC screen mine has been doing it for a while now ..... i do love the system though
I was getting the same thing(reverse cam view) but only when the vehicle was just started. I presumed it was from the cold check signal of the reverse lights. I just temporarily unhooked the reverse trigger wire as it was driving me nuts. Have the power source hooked up to the amp output for now. "I can see who following me at the push of a button" I would like to hook up to the reverse trigger again but have not really figured out why it would impluse every 5 seconds for about 2 minutes after the car is started.

I hooked up a couple of other units on older model E39's (97' & 98') for friends of mine and their units did not do the same thing.

Unfortunately, I have not had the time recently to dig deeper into the problem.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:48 AM
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I was eyeing the d95 unit for sometime trying to decide if it was worth it but when they came out with the d99 I just had to have it. It is such a joy driving the car being able to listen to more than FM and CDs on the radio and looking at my suction cup gps. It was totally worth it.
How does it sound? Is there a real improvement in sound quality or volume?

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Maybe there is a loose connection somewhere and it's making random contact or lack of and it's causing the system to get the signal that's in reverse randomly. Does it go into PDC mode when in reverse and stay there as it should?
it doesnt show up when im in reverse at all i have my camera on so it never shows....onl when im driving
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:25 PM
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It sounds great to me! They quality of sound is definitely improved from the stock unit as well as the volume level I am able to play it at. I did not replace any speakers though so it is still lacking in the bass department but I never crank my music loud so it doesn't bother me. I just enjoy a good level while driving and it sounds very nice and clean.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the reverse thing. I just hooked mine up and the PDC comes on when I go into reverse and goes away after I pull it out of reverse. Never comes on otherwise. Maybe someone else who knows more about the mechanism of this function can chime in...
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Also I don't have a reverse trigger wire hooked up. Just the big connector for the cars speakers, radio antenna, iPod connection, USB connection, and gps antenna.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:59 PM
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No. It does not have that. That's really the only thing I kinda wish it did have but not that big of a deal to me.
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Sorry for the newbie question, but how will you know your car has DSP? Contact the dealer and give your VIN #??? I'm about to pull the trigger and just want to double check.. I have an '03 540i M-Sport.. TIA!
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Anyone here added a aftermarket subwoofer?

I am thinking of getting the e90 D99 model... if anyone here has the Android version is Google Maps uses ? Live Traffic ? Tethering works? I see Android 2.3 is out or available has anyone upgraded?
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Anyone here added a aftermarket subwoofer?

I am thinking of getting the e90 D99 model... if anyone here has the Android version is Google Maps uses ? Live Traffic ? Tethering works? I see Android 2.3 is out or available has anyone upgraded?
I apologize for completely falling off this thread I created. Someone had changed the password on my account and I was unable to have access...

You can connect an aftermarket sub and amp if you wish.

As for Android version...its just like your phone. Google maps will work, live traffic, weather report, netflix, etc
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I thought there was a cable for dsp owners such as myself ? And a new amp was needed for dsp?
A little late...explained why I fell of the thread earlier.

If you have DSP you will basically need to install a new aftermarket amp...run speaker wires directly to amp and connect amp to head unit using RCA' conenctions
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I see that you guys are in Socal, do you guys install? How much?

Or do you know of a shop locally that has installed this?

Is local pick up possible?

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We do not do installation here. You can check any reputable audio/sound shop and they should be able to get the job done. The hardest part is removing your factory radio. The rest is making sure you connect all connections securely.
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