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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 11-16-2012, 08:26 PM
Semeon82 Semeon82 is offline
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Exchange radio in 528i 1998 w/new navi-model

Can I switch out my current radio in my 1998 BMW 528i with a newer one which has a navigation display?
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:22 PM
CMRTN CMRTN is offline
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Can I switch out my current radio in my 1998 BMW 528i with a newer one which has a navigation display?
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:30 PM
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You may get lucky, and find a compatible unit. Best to find a unit that was optional for your model year. There have been several changes over the years that prevent backward compatibility.

At very least, find a unit with the exact same rear panel connectors as are in your car.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:07 AM
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Yes, you can do this, but, it will be expensive, time consuming and very fiddly to fit. I'm assuming your car currently has the radio/cassette or the MID type display setup, and you want the 16:9 widescreen GPS oem setup?

There's been plenty of threads discussing this and only you can decide if it's worth it. If you have the DIY fitting skills, then once you have all the looms, modules and antenna's etc, then allocate perhaps 8-10 hours to gut your interior in order to fit all the looms and wiring.

Edjack above is incorrect - if you have a radio/cassette or MID head unit in your car there are no compatible unit's to just 'swap' in the dash - as per above, you need all the associated modules in order to make it all work.

Cheers, Dennis!
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