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Old 06-20-2015, 06:39 AM
TiminIndy TiminIndy is offline
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Mein Auto: 2006 X5 3.0i
Questions From a Future E53 Owner - Aftermarket Nav/Media HU

I am currently shopping for a 2004-2006 E53 with the 3.0L 6 cyl. $10-12K range 100K miles. I have a friend of a friend who owns several dealerships who is looking for a nice deal for me, but I am also looking at others for sale in the Indy area. Other than the right combination of condition/mileage/price, my preferences are (probably in order of importance):


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I thought that navigation and blue tooth would be nice to have, but I have seen some really nice aftermarket navi/media head units made for the E53, so I think I really want one of those, most likely the AvinUSA Avant-2, regardless of what it has in it.

I would likely hire a local installer rather than take on the headaches of DIY. What would the order of difficulty (cost) be for them to install in:

1) X5 with no navi or DSP

2) X5 with navi and no DSP

3) X5 with DSP and no navi

4) X5 with both navi and DSP

I'm not 100% clear on what is lost for the MID functions with the various options. Since I'm leaning towards the Avant-2 or the Dynavin N6, I would like to know what I lose by installing these and how it would work to install the old unit in or under the glove box.
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