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Old 02-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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New Head Unit to Replace OEM Nav Computer

I apologize in advance for posting a question that has been at least partially answered in depth with other posts; however, I haven't been able to get comfortable with my specific situation yet.

I have a 2004 330XI with the factory installed Navigation and On-board computer including the Harmon Kardon amp and speakers. Additionally, it has the BMW Assist telephone integration. I really want to get Bluetooth integration with the builtin microphone, and I don't care about perserving BMW Assist. Is it possible to replace the OEM screen with a new 2-din head unit that included GPS, Bluetooth, and would give me a port for my iPod? I was looking at the the Pioneer AVIC-X930BT. If I do this, will I need to relocate the existing unit to the trunk or can I just forego the computer altogether?

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Old 02-27-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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Check out the Dynavin for our e46, you'll love it as it fits exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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I've read about the Dynavin product, and it certainly seems popular based on feedback from this site; I guess I'm just feeling partial to more main-stream manufacturers such as Pioneer, JVC, Alpine, etc. Is it fair to say that the Dynavin product overcomes the challenges that I would face in terms of cabling and compatibility with steering wheel controls if I were to try a different aftermarket head unit?
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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Just buy a bluetooth compatible Assist unit from a newer BMW. You may need the bluetooth antenna which is inexpensive. It will automatically add bluetooth functionality and integrate beautifully with your factory system.

Cheat Sheet:

GT1/ISIS/MoDiC = Factory authorized diagnostic system used by BMW dealerships across the world.

NCS Expert = BMW Factory R&D programming tool available on the internet (not intended for the public and not available to the dealership network)

OEM = Genuine BMW part only available from a franchised BMW dealership.

DME = Engine Management Computer
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harmon kardon, head unit, navigation

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