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Old 05-04-2012, 09:32 PM
drapizan drapizan is offline
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Talking 2009 X3 with factory navi

Not sure if this question has been asked or if this has been done, but there is minimal info on the x3 when googled.

Anyways, my wife has an 09 X3 with factory navi.
Is there anyway, I can install an aftermarket deck and keep the navi function along with the reverse camera?
I'm hoping so....

She wants proper iPod functionality that can't be had with the silverline dice device and factory HU.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-05-2012, 10:07 PM
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I'm assuming this hasn't been done or is easily done?
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:18 AM
gadgets4u gadgets4u is offline
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What more do you want from an iPod/iPhone Interface that a Silverline Duo or Mediabridge can't give you?
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:06 AM
x3brian x3brian is offline
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The short answer to your question is no this isn't possible.

The long answer is that the head unit is the interface (what talks) to the DVD nav drive in the truck and screen. Your head unit is where your menu and select jog dial is for the use of the navigation. If you remove the head unit the navigation screen will both go blank and you would loose the ability to even select the board computer and make changes. In my 09 that jog dial on the head unit is the only way to control the input. I suppose if you are a heavy duty QNX programmer you could figure a way to build an interface but to my knowledge that doesn't exist.

There are 3rd party companies like Dynavin that make factory looking aftermarket head units but for the e83 you are limited to just adding the navigation unit you already have.

Also...you do have an aux input. I had the same complaint when I bought my 09 new because my 08 128 vert had proper iPod integration with a USB port. After 4 years and 86k commute miles I have actually come to prefer the aux input. I can use my iPod to change everything and it is very handy. I just bought a cable like this:
http://www******phoneshop.net/aux.html

And a USB cig lighter plug for charging. Very handy.

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