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I recently purchased and installed Bimmertech’s MMI rear view camera retrofit and wanted to share some thoughts on installation and the product itself.

First of all: the system works great! I bought it for my 2014 335iX and now I regret not doing it sooner.

It is a huge help when backing up, especially at night (tinted windows…). As soon as I put the car in reverse the camera comes on. There is no significant delay (maybe 1 s, I can live with that).

What I personally like:

- The expandable MMI module allows connections of other upgrades e.g. front view camera or their SmartView HD Flex.
- Camera turns on immediately and the picture quality is great.
- Dynamic parking lines are a nice touch.
- Easy installation (following videos) which is completely reversible, but why would anyone ever do that?

Some installation notes:
The whole process took me around 3 hours. I took my time with it, experienced mechanics can do this quicker I imagine. Most helpful were Bimmertech’s instructional videos. I recommend following those step by step and you won’t have issues. I have navigation in my car, which means I needed to install the MMI unit next to the glove box. This is kind of the worst case scenario for this since you have to drop the glove box to get this done. That’s why it took me a little longer, I guess. Bimmertech has a specific video for this on their Youtube channel, which saved my day here. The only issues I had where car specific: some clips and connection were really tight and I had to work it hard sometimes. I got the Bimmertech trim tool kit, which made life easier, but there is a chance of clips or connectors breaking if you are not careful (most people here probably know this…). Again: Look at the videos!

I secured my unit and cables with zip ties as good as I could to avoid rattling noises and so far it’s great.

The camera kit works great for me and I highly recommend it!

For those who are interested:

https://www.bimmer-tech.net/bmw-rear-view-cameras/

And here are the videos I used to get the installation done:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SksfQZnKILg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8sD3lBajRg

And the dreaded but ultimately easy glove box drop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h_b8z7qxGk&t=

I hope the helps if you were thinking about getting one!
 

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Nice write up. I too have the BimmerTech camera and have been very pleased with it. The YouTube videos were my constant companion during install :).
 
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