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Old 03-13-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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air vent blocking double din installation

I have a 2001 330xi with factory installed Navigation with tape deck. Today I went to remove it and install a double din deck and discovered a large plastic air chamber that blocks the install of the double din unit. The guy who sold me the bezel (and refused to take it back) told me that everyone just cuts the plastic chamber out and it is no problem. I live in Switzerland and if I go to a professional installer it will more than double my purchase price for the new unit

Does anyone have experience with this problem and guidance with how to proceed?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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And that's why you should do some research before diving headfirst.

You can...
  • Sell the double-din unit and bezel and stick with stock.
  • Sell the double-din unit and bezel and buy a Dynavin (or Dynavin clone).
  • Do a lot of work to make everything work properly.

Think about it... you're CUTTING AN AIR DUCT. Where is that air going to go if not in the cabin? To the back of your unit, of course! (On the plus side, you'll have a cooler head unit.)

If you want a full screen, I vote for the Dynavin (or Dynavin clone) unit. It's literally plug-and-play and even looks stock.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:10 AM   #3
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Found head unit need wire adapter

SPDSKTR thanks for your input. I have a found a Dynavin clone that is designed for E46 and is in my price range.

The one outstanding problem is the wire adapter. Neither the round or flat pin connectors that come with every after market system for the E46 appear to fit my plugs as I have the factory navigation. I have two 12 pin plugs (one blue and one white that connect to my current factory unit).

Can anyone direct me towards an adapter that will facilitate connection from my factory Nav/TV unit to an ISO unit? If not do you know where I can get a wiring diagram for my existing plugs?

Any wiring advise would be appreciated.

Best regards
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #4
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I spent nearly two years looking for and gathering info before I bought my car. The first thing I realized I never investigated were the somewhat limited audio options.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:48 AM   #5
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The nav system really screws up your options I think. There are people who have done it though. Search around for a bunch of Dynavin installs. Someone with a factory nav system has done it I am sure.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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Search. You need a fakra cable if you have factory nav.
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