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Old 05-12-2012, 08:31 PM
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Notes on a 2009 F01 7-Series BMW Apps retrofit

Customer wants BMW Apps in his MY2009 7-Series. BMW Apps is only available factory-installed from MY2011-on. A dealer-installed retrofit was just published in the OEM parts database a couple of months ago but again, only for MY2011-on 7-Series.

What to do? BimmerTech is what you do...

Combox retrofit kit:


TCU unplugged:


TCU-to-Combox 100% OEM PnP conversion:



BMW Apps coded:




Full BMW Apps features are available:
- News
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Web Radio
- Pandora
- AUPEO!
- Wiki Local
- Calendar
- iPod Out and iPod video available without the need of any phone cradle/baseplate

Plus enhancements to existing USB and Bluetooth features:
- Album Art display
- Apple white USB cable replaces OEM USB cable
- Bluetooth Audio
- Dual-Channel Bluetooth phone connectivity -one primary (make/receive calls) and one secondary (receive calls only) phones can be simultaneously paired to the iDrive.

Extra iDrive features coded (requires an iPhone with Bluetooth tethering)...
- BMW Live
- BMW Internet

... and car features:
- remote control closing of windows, folding mirrors, sunroof, and trunk
- DVD-in-Motion
- automatic unlock when engine is turned off

Notes:

1) TCU-to-Combox install required coding of the iDrive CIC
2) Combox retrofit removes current BMW Assist account -Combox Telematics requires to be registered with Assist to transfer account to new SIM.
3) BMW Live option removes all Assist features from iDrive screen. Once Assist account is transferred then the Assist roof button will work to call Assist. But no Assist feature will be accessible thru the iDrive screen, including the BMW Remote app, and MyInfo (Google Send-To-Car). This is because BMW Live is not an USA feature.

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:28 PM
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How difficult was the retrofit? Did you do it yourself or get a specialist to do it?

I'm thinking of doing the retrofit to mine but would like to keep my BMW Assist access; I'm In the UK.

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Old 07-01-2012, 03:37 PM
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How difficult was the retrofit? Did you do it yourself or get a specialist to do it?

I'm thinking of doing the retrofit to mine but would like to keep my BMW Assist access; I'm In the UK.

Cheers
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+1.

It seems easy if it's just a plug and play unit, disconnect the old one and plugin the new unit but I don't want to be removing trim pieces at the front of the car to the run the wires or replace parts.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:43 PM
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Duno..removing BMW OEM assist account+feature doesn't sound very cool. And losing MyInfo and all the stuff that's associated with it, is not cool either.
Assuming, it all runs and gets reprogrammed fine.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:02 AM
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Hi
How difficult was the retrofit? Did you do it yourself or get a specialist to do it?

I'm thinking of doing the retrofit to mine but would like to keep my BMW Assist access; I'm In the UK.

Cheers
Wes
WYSIWYG... I do the retrofits.

The Assist account can be transferred from the TCU to the Combox by telling Assist the ESN number in the Combox label. In other words, by telling Assist your new "phone number".
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:05 AM
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+1.

It seems easy if it's just a plug and play unit, disconnect the old one and plugin the new unit but I don't want to be removing trim pieces at the front of the car to the run the wires or replace parts.
There is always coding involved in all OEM module retrofits/swaps since the MY2002 7-Series, nothing is really PnP anymore without coding.

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:09 AM
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Duno..removing BMW OEM assist account+feature doesn't sound very cool. And losing MyInfo and all the stuff that's associated with it, is not cool either.
Assuming, it all runs and gets reprogrammed fine.
As stated before, you are replacing a unit registered with Assist with another that it is not registered with Assist. Obviously you must register that new unit with Assist to get your service and features back, which the customer did.

If BMW Live and Internet is coded into the new Combox then there will be no Assist regardless. But that is a customer option and not an imposition or a defect.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:51 AM
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WYSIWYG... I do the retrofits.

The Assist account can be transferred from the TCU to the Combox by telling Assist the ESN number in the Combox label. In other words, by telling Assist your new "phone number".
I've heard otherwise. I'm going through this right now. BMW refuses to transfer an assist account to a combox that didn't come with the car
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What's the cost of doing this retrofit
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I did this on my F01 but also had the CIC main unit replaced to get time
Shifting satellite radio and had BMW IPod plug-in feature coded. It was around $2700 with install as I recall. Did it with Patryk from bimmer-tech.net.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:58 PM
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Depends on what options your car already has and what year it is. I got Bluetooth, HUD, Surround View, Voice Commands, LCI LEDs, 6NR(BMW Connected+Internet+Apps), Navigation from Patryk.
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You need to ask Patryk, every car is individual. info@bimmer-tech.net
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Depends on what options your car already has and what year it is. I got Bluetooth, HUD, Surround View, Voice Commands, LCI LEDs, 6NR(BMW Connected+Internet+Apps), Navigation from Patryk.
Hi BaranE,

I've also got in touch with Patryk, really want to do those LED LCI's too.
Quick question on the 6NR option - do you know if you want to use the Apps (internet radio - say TuneIn - do you have to use this with an iphone or are other phones supported too?

The information I've seen so far from BMW is unclear as to how it works - if the app is on an external device with control from the CIC or if the app it's self is purely on the CIC?

I suspect I need an iphone (until BMW finally realise that Android is out there too!!)

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Hi BaranE,

I've also got in touch with Patryk, really want to do those LED LCI's too.
Quick question on the 6NR option - do you know if you want to use the Apps (internet radio - say TuneIn - do you have to use this with an iphone or are other phones supported too?

The information I've seen so far from BMW is unclear as to how it works - if the app is on an external device with control from the CIC or if the app it's self is purely on the CIC?

I suspect I need an iphone (until BMW finally realise that Android is out there too!!)

Rob.
LED LCI are crazy expensive. Like $7500 just in parts alone. But if that floats your boat, go for it.

BMW Apps as far as I know is only and iOS application (apple only)

The app is only on the iPhone and the car recognizes it when the phone is plugged into the car and the app is started on the phone.
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Hi BaranE,

I've also got in touch with Patryk, really want to do those LED LCI's too.
Quick question on the 6NR option - do you know if you want to use the Apps (internet radio - say TuneIn - do you have to use this with an iphone or are other phones supported too?

The information I've seen so far from BMW is unclear as to how it works - if the app is on an external device with control from the CIC or if the app it's self is purely on the CIC?

I suspect I need an iphone (until BMW finally realise that Android is out there too!!)

Rob.
Yeap you need an iphone. I got a cheap 3g from ebay and put in a data only sim. Got a cradle for easier access. Always leave it in the car. IMHO apps doesn't matter that much except the Web radio. I usually like to listen to sirius an for that you need to manually access app on the iphone.

For the led lcis I'd say that if you have the means just go for it. Best upgrade ever. Really nice lighting and looks.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:22 AM
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So I've finally done it - I got the 6NR apps upgrade on my F01.
Also had the paddle gears M-Sport wheel done too.

I had it done by Patryk/ MEN over at Bimmertech.
Absolutely 1st class service and support - no issues doing remote coding and all the parts sourced and shipped by Patryk via DHL with tracking.

Very quick to respond to emails and always a good detailed response too.

My only issue...I'm now hooked on the whole retrofitting stuff to my car - I'm going to follow in BaranE's footsteps I think and have the LED lights done at some point too, maybe the multifunction cluster too...the list is endless...

I'm also discussing some more "exotic" retrofits that may be possible with Patryk too - watch this space.
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So I've finally done it - I got the 6NR apps upgrade on my F01.
Also had the paddle gears M-Sport wheel done too.

I had it done by Patryk/ MEN over at Bimmertech.
Absolutely 1st class service and support - no issues doing remote coding and all the parts sourced and shipped by Patryk via DHL with tracking.

Very quick to respond to emails and always a good detailed response too.

My only issue...I'm now hooked on the whole retrofitting stuff to my car - I'm going to follow in BaranE's footsteps I think and have the LED lights done at some point too, maybe the multifunction cluster too...the list is endless...

I'm also discussing some more "exotic" retrofits that may be possible with Patryk too - watch this space.
When you get the ACC done, then I will cheer!!! Good luck on your other retrofits.
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Why? Is it a P.I.T.A ??
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Why? Is it a P.I.T.A ??
ACC (Auto Cruise Control) is a very difficult and potentially expensive mod. Uses lots of sensors and settings and such, since the car essentially drives itself. No one has ever attempted it yet in an F series from what I know. BaranE is talking about it. I am waiting to get 1 success then will probably go for it.
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Yeah - but I'm sure that it's possible.

I know that there was an official retrofit available for the E65s at one point...
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ACC (Auto Cruise Control) is a very difficult and potentially expensive mod. Uses lots of sensors and settings and such, since the car essentially drives itself. No one has ever attempted it yet in an F series from what I know. BaranE is talking about it. I am waiting to get 1 success then will probably go for it.
Believe me I'm looking into it. I just did the Comfort+active+vent seats. This week I'll do the HiFi Sound system and LCW. I'm also planning on KAFAS+LDW.
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Where did you source the comfort seats? I also want some comfort vented seats.
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Where did you source the comfort seats? I also want some comfort vented seats.
Got them used from ebay. Pretty easy install. No additional wiring necessary.
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