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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:18 AM
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I installed my V1 detector yesterday and I was ready to use Fuse #57, etc. following a similar thread here. In the process I discovered a power outlet under the glove box that works perfectly making the whole installation process much easier. The outlet is completely out of the way and it does not interfere with the passenger's leg room in any way. It is also a switched outlet so the detector goes off (eventually) when the power is turned off

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Old 12-15-2010, 11:24 AM
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(and not shown in the manual either. Not at least the online version).

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Old 12-15-2010, 12:20 PM
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Looks like a phallic symbol......
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:37 PM
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That's beautiful. Thanks! This will be done the first day I have my car.
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:31 PM
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Very cool!

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Old 12-15-2010, 03:31 PM
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It looks like a basic cigarette lighter outlet or did you have to hard wire it in using some additional equipment?
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:39 PM
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Great Tip! Thank you!

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Sweet, can we see a pic of where you have the head unit mounted?
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My 535d does not have this outlet! Not sure if this is just a symton of UK build spec or a post september thing. My car is a week 45 build.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:28 PM
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It looks like a basic cigarette lighter outlet or did you have to hard wire it in using some additional equipment?
It is just a basic cigarette lighter outlet.

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Sweet, can we see a pic of where you have the head unit mounted?
It's mounted to the right of the rearview mirror on the passenger side of the windshield. There is an indentation on the headliner that allows you to install the V1 and avoid interference with the sun visor. I'll try to post a picture tomorrow.

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My 535d does not have this outlet! Not sure if this is just a symton of UK build spec or a post september thing. My car is a week 45 build.
My car is a 550i built on week 43.

This install is so much easier than getting the power from the fuse box and trying to find a suitable ground nearby. The cord is completely invisible running it down the passenger side pillar, behind the glove box and around the back of the lower glove box cover. It took me literally 20 minutes to do it
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:59 PM
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My car is a 550i built on week 43.
Mine is a week 37 550i US spec. I wish I knew that was there earlier, could have plugged the inverter in while in Europe. Fantastic find.

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Sweet, can we see a pic of where you have the head unit mounted?
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:12 PM
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I plugged my radar detector into the outlet you mentioned on the passenger front side and mine stays on after I shut the engine off and lock the doors ? I was wondering if I missed something as you said that your radar detector automatically shuts off when the car is shut off ?
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I plugged my radar detector into the outlet you mentioned on the passenger front side and mine stays on after I shut the engine off and lock the doors ? I was wondering if I missed something as you said that your radar detector automatically shuts off when the car is shut off ?
Yes. It works like the rest of it so it takes about 3 minutes to shut off if the car is locked with the remote and about 6 minutes if you leave the car unlocked - times are my guess-timates
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:54 AM
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You are right but in my car it takes more like 15 minutes to shut down the cigarette lighter outlet under the dash, all the same it does work. Thanks for the tip.
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Great job! I had mine hardwired for $40 and the V1 is located on the left side of the mirror. The V1 shuts off when the engine is turned off. I used the under dash outlet for my cell phone adapter and leave my cell in the right drink holder.
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It is just a basic cigarette lighter outlet.



It's mounted to the right of the rearview mirror on the passenger side of the windshield. There is an indentation on the headliner that allows you to install the V1 and avoid interference with the sun visor. I'll try to post a picture tomorrow.



My car is a 550i built on week 43.

This install is so much easier than getting the power from the fuse box and trying to find a suitable ground nearby. The cord is completely invisible running it down the passenger side pillar, behind the glove box and around the back of the lower glove box cover. It took me literally 20 minutes to do it
Tried installing my new V1 today. Followed your lead...power cord down the passenger side pillar. Found a spot where the pillar and dash met and was able to stick the power cord in and this was the end of my installation. How do you get behind the dash to fish the power cord? I took the fuse door out of the glove box and even dropped the lower air bag below the glove box. Help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:20 PM
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Tried installing my new V1 today. Followed your lead...power cord down the passenger side pillar. Found a spot where the pillar and dash met and was able to stick the power cord in and this was the end of my installation. How do you get behind the dash to fish the power cord? I took the fuse door out of the glove box and even dropped the lower air bag below the glove box. Help would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't remember exactly what I did but I do remember inserting the power cord at the lower end of the intersection of the dash with the door frame and then pulling it in from underneath. I had the fuse door removed because I was going to use a fuse to get my power but I did not remove any other parts of the glove box or any other area. I'll take another look tomorrow to remember how I did it and I'll try to make time to post a couple of pictures showing you where to pull the wire in.
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I installed my V1 detector yesterday and I was ready to use Fuse #57, etc. following a similar thread here. In the process I discovered a power outlet under the glove box that works perfectly making the whole installation process much easier. The outlet is completely out of the way and it does not interfere with the passenger's leg room in any way. It is also a switched outlet so the detector goes off (eventually) when the power is turned off

Can you disconnect the detector body and store it if you don't want to use it when driving around town? Will there be a hanging cord or can you make it a neat appearance. Thanx.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:50 PM
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Help would be greatly appreciated.

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Can you disconnect the detector body and store it if you don't want to use it when driving around town? Will there be a hanging cord or can you make it a neat appearance. Thanx.
You can easily disconnet the detector and store it. You can hide all the cord under the lining except the phone plug at the end. If you try to force the plug under the liner you might dislodge the liner from its anchor - not a good thing.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:09 PM
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1HOT BMR - thanks!

I had the wire on the other side of the pillar. I also popped off the dash end cover (your last picture) and fed the wire behind the glove box to the power outlet as you did. Thanks once again.
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You can easily disconnet the detector and store it. You can hide all the cord under the lining except the phone plug at the end. If you try to force the plug under the liner you might dislodge the liner from its anchor - not a good thing.
Thanx for the info. I may consider one of these, seem pretty straight forward thanks to your posts. Nice work.
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Just took delivery of our white 535 xDrive yesterday to replace our 2006 525. So far, we love it. This morning I started looking for ways to hardwire my Escort 9500. On our other cars, I have used an Add-a-Fuse insert to piggyback on a circuit at the fuse box.

Thanks to your detailed instructions, this wiring approach looks like the best way to go. Now that you have been using this connection for several months, have there been any problems?

Thanks for sharing your approach.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:49 AM
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Just took delivery of our white 535 xDrive yesterday to replace our 2006 525. So far, we love it. This morning I started looking for ways to hardwire my Escort 9500. On our other cars, I have used an Add-a-Fuse insert to piggyback on a circuit at the fuse box.

Thanks to your detailed instructions, this wiring approach looks like the best way to go. Now that you have been using this connection for several months, have there been any problems?

Thanks for sharing your approach.
The only problem that I have encountered, when using the passenger power outlet (under dash), is that the adapter tends to work itself loose over time. This shows up by not having power to the detector. Simply push up on the adapter and power is again restored.
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