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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:24 PM
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Adding Heads Up Display

I need to change my windshield and am curious how hard it would be to add 'heads up display' as my steering wheel effectively hides my speedometer.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:36 PM
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The heads-up unit costs around $3k.
I can't comment on how difficult it would be to retrofit, but I'd be surprised if it couldn't be done with the windshield in place.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:04 PM
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You need:

new dash (needs the cutout), new windshield, programming, new lightswitch, HUD unit

Sounds way too expensive
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:10 PM
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BMW head up display.

If cost is no concern, can be done.
If cost is of concern, then no not possible.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:52 PM
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Any automotive midification you can think of.

If cost is no concern, can be done.
If cost is of concern, then no not possible.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:11 PM
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The steering wheel moves up and down and in and out, just as your seat moves. My suggestion would be to adjust your seat and steering column so that you can see your gauges. I know its not as cool as a HUD, but its way less expensive
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:29 PM
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fixed...

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:31 PM
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you didnt ask, however if your bummed that you cant retrofit it.

Theres a add that comes on the fest (usually to right), store called Infinite 360 or Bimmian (idk which). They have a HUD unit type thing, u stick to the dash anywhere you choose, it connects to the OBD port, and reads off a variety of info (plus somehow GPS info, but I think thru iphone bluetooth or something). Details are scant, but check them out. Its better than nothing i suppose.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:38 PM
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The steering wheel moves up and down and in and out, just as your seat moves. My suggestion would be to adjust your seat and steering column so that you can see your gauges. I know its not as cool as a HUD, but its way less expensive
This. I am sure with seat and steering wheel adjustments you will be able to see your gauges. Retrofitting the HUD is a ton of work and will cost a ton of money.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:13 PM
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Thks guys. Told me what I suspected. I have tried seat and steering adjustments. I have the same problem with my wife's 325xi. I have considered having the display decoded. One of you offered to do it remotely for a fee.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:00 PM
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I have HUD. When I got it I loved it, now I hardly look at it for some reason. It is good though.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:36 PM
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Yeah you can probably get the center display to show your speed. I think The M3 has it that way.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:03 AM
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you didnt ask, however if your bummed that you cant retrofit it.

Theres a add that comes on the fest (usually to right), store called Infinite 360 or Bimmian (idk which). They have a HUD unit type thing, u stick to the dash anywhere you choose, it connects to the OBD port, and reads off a variety of info (plus somehow GPS info, but I think thru iphone bluetooth or something). Details are scant, but check them out. Its better than nothing i suppose.

A real aftermarket HUD?

Hmm thats interesting.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:16 AM
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There are also HUD apps for smartphones, which project an image onto your windshield:

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:18 PM
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Aftermarket HUDs are probably not gonna be the same quality as a OEM part, since the development budget is FARRR bigger. However the ones I saw so far are about function over form. So basic information I guess. However i think judging by the video for the product I saw, it just seems as one of those sharper image. projection clocks, but the projected image is much brighter and displays ecu info.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:56 AM
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I do not have the HUD on my car, but last week i took it in for service and the loaner that i got had the HUD.

I think it's a pretty good toy to have, but dont see much use for it. I know it displays the navigation information, but i dont use it enough to justify the added price.

That being said, I just downloaded a couple of apps for my iphone, and i must say they are pretty good. They display speed, music info if needed, time and compass. The best part was the price... $0

Only draw back i saw was that you get a bit of a double number look to it because of the reflection.

I will also buy one of those sticky dashboard mats so that the phone doesn't slide all over the place
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