Hi everyone - got a good deal on a dashcam, and went to install it using this guide. However, when I opened up my map light/sunroof motor area, there is no green/yellow wire to be found in my car (see attached photo).
I see in the original guide they have/had a 2008 (so LCI) and mine is a 2006 (pre LCI). I am wondering if it's the LCI that makes a difference, or is it maybe if you have an autodimming mirror option (I imagine that is a switched accessory so as to prevent battery drain).
Any other suggestions for hardwiring a dashcam in? I see Viofo sells a hardwire kit but I feel like it'd be easier to pull power from the map light/sunroof motor area than having to pull the A pillar and route down into the fusebox itself... Thanks for any insight you can share.
There is a cigarette lighter outlet under the glove compartment. I would use that rather than trying to tap into a line. You don't need to pull the A pillar completely, you can route the wire along the door molding.
Are you sure you have the right wire bundle? In that 5series.net post...is is the wire bundle for the electrochromatic mirror. I had a look at the 2006 wiring diagram and it appears to be the same pre-LCI and LCI.
I was thinking only use the switched 12V by plugging into the cigarette lighter (you have to buy a plug). I only splice into the wires as a last resort.
Thanks for looking into the wiring diagrams (something I couldn't seem to locate, nor would I be able to easily decipher them, I'm sure...)
I'm pretty sure since it's what leads into the mirror. Unfortunately I do not have the autodimming mirror, so I am wondering if that is an option one would need to retrofit wiring for - I went to install an autodimming mirror in my e46 a few years back and found that it was lacking the pins/wiring for it, so I am assuming the same here - the car needed to have it optioned from the factory to have that wire in the loom.
...You don't need to pull the A pillar completely, you can route the wire along the door molding.