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Old 01-11-2012, 05:17 PM
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Aftermarket stereo/nav unit?

Hello Bimmerfest,

Thanks for continuing to help me through my bittersweet journey with my 2004 X5 4.4. Love the car, hate the maintenance bills.

Recently my stereo shorted out. Nav unit still works perfectly. My trusty independent shop referred me to a place that roughly quoted me $1000-$2000 to fix the OEM unit. Said it could be something simple maybe only a few hundred, but that's unlikely. Plus, they'd charge me $200 just to figure out what the problem is.

Does anyone have any luck with an aftermarket nav/stereo unit that will work for the car? I haven't interest in replacing everything etc. I found this unit on a few website:

http://www.autocarplaza.com/bmw-m5-1...n-bus-423.html

Has anyone used one of these? The foreign, somewhat dubious website and no name of a manufacturer concerns me. The audio shop I was referred to said an aftermarket unit made for the car doesn't exist. Any advice?

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Old 01-16-2012, 07:52 PM
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Hi,

I just fitted one similar to the image what u got. I drive 2004 X5 E53 3.0i. I had to do a good amount of modification after I removed the OEM unit and the MID. But It work fine and looks grt.

let me know if you are still looking for some info let me know and I can help you.

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Old 01-17-2012, 12:17 PM
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I appreciate your reply. Where did you buy it from? Also, what modifications did you have to make?

Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:38 PM
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I bought a system off ebay for AUS $550. My main issue was the depth of the item. Due to that I had to cut the bracket inside the dash to upto 10mm. The bracket on my X5 is an integrated part which also holds the front a/c duct. So my only option was to modify just the area where the system sits. I have attached 2 pics just to give u an idea. It took me about 8hrs to finish the work by myself.

Let me know if you need further info, if you go ahead with it..

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:40 AM
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my x5 unit

i installed a nav unit for my x5 2003 from this seller one year ago, http://www.cars-electronics.com/bmw-...een_p1341.html installation is easy for me, plug and play, so far so good, the only problem is they won't provide update for maps as they said it's a free a gift,attached with a picture for my unit
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:41 AM
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can not see images? how can i upload?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:49 PM
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Ok, Forgive but, I am going to ask a really dumb question. I know this thread is old but, I take it that head unit won't work if the vehicle has DSP?
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:35 PM
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Ok, Forgive but, I am going to ask a really dumb question. I know this thread is old but, I take it that head unit won't work if the vehicle has DSP?

Some will. Some won't. Some will but require wiring modification. Check with the manufacturer.

I am in the market for a new unit for my 06 x5 non-DSP with no nav currently installed.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:41 PM
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I have emailed the manufacturer twice with no response. It just seems odd that almost tens years later, someone hasn't come up with a simple plug and play solution for our rides with DSP.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:00 PM
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Aftermarket stereo/nav unit?

I think I saw one earlier today that required little or no modification. If I can find it again I'll let you know. I want to say it was non-DSP out of the box but they included instructions (which most don't) on how to modify the wiring for DAP models.


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Old 07-30-2013, 05:02 PM
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Wow! That's a great find. Hopefully these guys at Mimi Entertainment get back to me soon.
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:11 PM
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Aftermarket stereo/nav unit?

I have non-DSP and cannot decide on a unit I want.


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Old 07-31-2013, 10:13 AM
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Wow! That's a great find. Hopefully these guys at Mimi Entertainment get back to me soon.
Check this out.
http://www.autocarplaza.com/bmw-m5-1...s-423-423.html

It says it has a DSP adapter available.
I believe this is the Hualingan (Chinese) unit. I have heard of issues with the Touchscreen down the road. I would be sure you are getting a 4th gen or later. I think they are up to 6th gen (not sure about that though).
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:53 AM
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Re: Aftermarket stereo/nav unit?

Nice. That looks really interesting. Mimi Entertainment finally responded but, didn't say if their unit supports DSP. Hualingan looks like it may be the best option right now unless Dynavin now makes units with DSP support.

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:00 PM
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Hi All,

I resently joined this group. Would like to know if any one know where I can get this Unit in Dubai or Sharjah at UAE.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:30 PM
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I just joined this forum and came looking for info on what appears to be this very same unit, i am picking the vehicle up tonight.

It's a 2003 E53 4.4i fitted with this unit, can someone enlighten me as to what DSP is?
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:37 AM
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Reviving this one from the dead again, where are we finding the OEM replacement with the Nav unit? I have a '04 3.0i and would love to get rid of my seemingly boring infotainment area.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:39 AM
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Check this thread out. I've had this unit for over a year and no real issues to report other than the screen washout during daylight.
That's actually a huge deal, but everything else is okay.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=609168&page=2
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:11 AM
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Re: Aftermarket stereo/nav unit?

That's the Dynavin right?

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Old 08-09-2013, 01:03 PM
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That's the Dynavin right?

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Yep, Dynavin.

Its been okay for me for the time I've had it.

I don't even use the android side anymore because you have to keep downloading and updating all the apps you had about every other day. It may be a power issue, I did the install myself so I can't be angry. Otherwise the unit itself is okay. Bluetooth streaming if fine, phone quality is meh, I don't even use the navigation, but when I did it was a bit choppy, so I downloaded the Navfree USA app and that was perfect, but again you download it today, restart the car day after tomorrow and the app is gone.

The bad part about that is not only would I have to download the app again, I then had to download individual states I frequent NC, TN, MD and VA which takes minutes and data depending on if you get caught away from home or not.

I haven't been on the site in a while, but I do know that it DEFINITELY IS NOT worth the price I paid.
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:43 AM
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Yeah. I'm not to keen on the android version. I really don't know which road to take with this one. Hualingan or Dynavin or whomever else. I just want the thing to be plug and play with DSP support. LOL. Apparently that is to much to ask. Those DSP adapters look promising though.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:53 AM
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Sorry to re-awaken this. I've been doing quite the bit of research. It seems like there are a few options for us guys and our X5's when it comes to car audio. Those with DSP / Factory Nav, we now have headunits offered by Hualingan and MimiEntertainment that will support our Harmon Kardon Amps and Nav but, i'm sure you already are aware of this. As far as retaining OBC functionality, there isn't an option as yet. From what I understand, you will retain MPG and Range functions though, unless you relocate the MID. The other option I have seen is some people rip out everything in the car, the DSP amp, MID, Radio, etc. I don't like this idea but, to each his own. Something else I have been looking in to is I have read that you can spice into the high level inputs on the DSP amp from the head unit and the system will operate, you would also connect the headunits remote wire to the DSP amps. I am still looking in to this. I think this is what a DSP adapter accomplishes. Any feedback on this?
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:10 PM
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Hey there, I've been struggling with the eonon unit I got it in place and powering up but no sound. My factory set up is business cd radio with obc and dsp, no navy. I tried splicing in the factory radio in the rear per suggestions on another thread but the factory radio will not turn on, guessing I have one or more splices wrong. Any thoughts?

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Old 04-10-2014, 03:31 PM
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Does it looks good or does stick out too much on the bottom

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:35 PM
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Sorry to re-awaken this. I've been doing quite the bit of research. It seems like there are a few options for us guys and our X5's when it comes to car audio. Those with DSP / Factory Nav, we now have headunits offered by Hualingan and MimiEntertainment that will support our Harmon Kardon Amps and Nav but, i'm sure you already are aware of this. As far as retaining OBC functionality, there isn't an option as yet. From what I understand, you will retain MPG and Range functions though, unless you relocate the MID. The other option I have seen is some people rip out everything in the car, the DSP amp, MID, Radio, etc. I don't like this idea but, to each his own. Something else I have been looking in to is I have read that you can spice into the high level inputs on the DSP amp from the head unit and the system will operate, you would also connect the headunits remote wire to the DSP amps. I am still looking in to this. I think this is what a DSP adapter accomplishes. Any feedback on this?
Hey- I'm also sorry to re-awaken this, but after 11 years, my GPS unit has well... It's no longer with us, and I'm looking into an aftermarket unit to install. I was wondering if you could tell me what you ended up doing with your unit.
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