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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-13-2005, 12:14 AM
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I wish I had gotten navigation on my 2005 325i, but I didn't. Is there any way to get it installed now? Will the dealer do it for me, or is it something I could possibly do myself?

I've tried the portable navigation systems, but just don't like having the unit sitting up on the dash with a cigarette lighter power chord draped down. Any tips or suggestions are welcome.
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Old 03-13-2005, 01:05 AM
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I wish I had gotten navigation on my 2005 325i, but I didn't. Is there any way to get it installed now? Will the dealer do it for me, or is it something I could possibly do myself?

I've tried the portable navigation systems, but just don't like having the unit sitting up on the dash with a cigarette lighter power chord draped down. Any tips or suggestions are welcome.
I've done this on a 2004 325xiT. Not all that hard. Search for the thread and you will have everything you need.

Being that you are in Abu Dhabi, You might be able to get everything you need at your dealer, including the retrofit cable which is not usually a US part, but it is a European part.

Good Luck. This is not a simple mod, but not all that hard either. I don't know if European dealers will do this retrofit or not.
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Ditto what Bob said. If you do a search here or on e46fanatics.com you will find a link to a retrofit .pdf. It ain't easy but it is certainly do-able - you will probably have to do th e work yourself though. The information is out there.

Bob - In all my searches about NAV retrofits I've seen so many first responders basically saying "you're screwed" without know what they were talking about that it was nice to see one providing the good info.
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Thanks Scotes,
The thing that makes this a practical DIY is that some people can get the retrofit cable even though it isn't a US part. Why BMW thinks that USA'ans aren't capable of doing this is beyond me. Or perhaps it is BMWNA.
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Old 03-14-2005, 12:06 PM
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thanks for the replies all!

i am not in Abu Dhabi, I am actually in the US. i've got a friend that works in parts at a BMW dealer, so maybe he can help me out with this.

Anyway, i'm going to follow your links now and check out that pdf. i may be back with more questions soon thanks again!
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