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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 07-04-2014, 07:36 AM
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E39 Factory navigation question

Hello,

Is it possible to add a factory navi (16:9) to a 2001 540 that does not have a navigation screen just a CD player? If it is possible is it a simple procedure plug and play or I need some components or something ?

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Old 07-04-2014, 08:19 AM
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Yes it is possible, but is VERY involved and requires many OEM parts. Most of which cost more than the project is worth to most people as aftermarket units are usually cheaper than a full OEM retrofit (used).
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for the info. I guess better option is to go with an after marker one that looks exactly like the oem one. Any ideas what is the name of the unit ? I am sure you know which one I'am talking about.


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Old 07-04-2014, 08:54 AM
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Very possible but not worth the time or cost for what you can now get for a fraction of the cost. I had a MK IV in my M5. It was better than nothing but very clunky and out dated.
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:18 PM
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Hi,

As per above, there's a lot of work involved to retrofit the oem widescreen monitor and all the modules needed to make it all work. This exact question has been asked hundreds of times over all the BMW forums as well! If you do go for it, you'll then end up with a system designed in the late 1990's with similarly aged modules which are failing more often nowadays due to age etc. You'd then also end up with oem sound quality, which isn't very good. Also, if you then want to add on ipod control, and perhaps oem bluetooth, it's more expense again!

The aftermarket unit which looks a lot like the oem monitor is the Eonon unit. You can see their thread about it here

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=716417

do read through it's entirety and then evaluate if you'd still like to take the gamble in purchasing one!

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A great alternative that is also OEM looking is the Dynavin. They're releasing in August (?) their latest version- the N6-E39 -which I read that, finally, we have an after-market headunit that is compatible with DSP, PDC and OBC. Jeff of J&T Distributing, the USA distributor, has a prototype for testing.

http://www.dynavin.com/products/n6_e39.php

There're hot discussions and Jeff's informative reviews about the new Dynavin N6 models over in the e46fanatics forum.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1040026
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The dynavin unit looks promising if it is dsp compatible.. I just wish the face place was better looking like the eonon unit.

Will read into the N6!


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Old 07-04-2014, 09:57 PM
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Thank you guys for very educating replies I will look into those units


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A great alternative that is also OEM looking is the Dynavin. They're releasing in August (?) their latest version- the N6-E39 -which I read that, finally, we have an after-market headunit that is compatible with DSP, PDC and OBC. Jeff of J&T Distributing, the USA distributor, has a prototype for testing.

http://www.dynavin.com/products/n6_e39.php

There're hot discussions and Jeff's informative reviews about the new Dynavin N6 models over in the e46fanatics forum.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1040026
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Folks, Dynavin N6 has been released. Cheaper at JT distributing at $699 shipped. Planning to get it N6-E53 for my '05 X5 E53 with DSP and thoroughly outdated navigation headunit.

http://dynavingps.com/Dynavin-BMW/N6-E39A

http://www.jandtdistributing.com/col...3-bmw-5-series
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:31 PM
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Initial review on the Dynavin N6 in the e46fanatics :
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post16230363
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:22 AM
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I am so tempted given this is truely DSP compatible ... Just need to see some E39 installed pictures.
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[Msport] [DSP] [AUX] [ICE V6] [BSWs] [DINAN Trans & Strut Bar] [M Audio Subs] [E38 lighted int. door handles] [E46 Paddleshifters] [Cubic Trim] [EURO Dash] [KONI's] [Two-tone Interior]

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1 E39 OEM USED M Front Right Fender Liner & M5 Trunk Lip (472) [Click]
1 E39 OEM 15mm Rear Sway Bar $65 Shipped [Click]


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