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Old 05-07-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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Swapping regular radio to eom Navigation

Hi guys

I would like to swap my radio on my 2001 330ci to a navigation unit. I actually don't really care about having navigation itself, I just want to have the monitor and be able to listen to the radio. I have already purchased the unit but the connector is different. Is an adapter all I need or is there anything else I need to purchase?

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Old 05-09-2016, 12:18 AM   #2
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It depends on what unit you bought. Usually, the navigation / screen unit is a double DIN size and the OEM radio is a single DIN size. That means to fit the navigation unit you have change the mounting plate in the fascia and then you move the HVAC controls to the lower position, where the sunglasses cubby is situated to provide the extra space Then you can fit the double DIN unit. If you bought a Dynavin or similar, they are are more or less plug and play and look like and fit like the OEM navigation unit. The only adapter required was for the radio aerial. There is not a great deal of room behind the fascia so get a 90 degree aerial adapter otherwise it will not fit back in. The other tip is to fit a braided earth strap between the casing on the new unit and the chassis (earth) close by. It helps stop radio interference. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:52 AM   #3
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Good luck getting the Nav to work. You basically need the entire loom and the relocation kit to get it to work, as the connectors are different
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:05 AM   #4
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Well a few years ago I installed a Dynavin unit with NAV / Radio / CD / IPOD / Bluetooth into a 2001 BMW 325i. The car had the original BMW OEM business radio with a cassette player, a single DIN unit. I had to change the fascia (HVAC relocation kit) to accommodate the double DIN unit as described above. I bought that on EBay. (Note: there are 2 versions, one is for the older cars, it has slightly larger cut outs for the control buttons, the later version has slightly smaller cut outs. Mine was the older version) Having done that, the only problem I recall (and it was a few years ago) was the aerial connection adaptor as described above and running the wire for the mic up the A pillar trim. It was a bit time consuming to diy but when installed, everything worked just fine and it looked remarkably like the BMW OEM NAV unit. I don't recall that the connectors were different. But the Dynavin unit was purchased specifically for a BMW E46. Maybe there are other variants. Good luck!
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:57 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot for the reply guys. I actually did all of that. I moved the heat unit down and fit the navigation perfectly. I am just having issues with the connection. The car comes with a single connector while the navigation comes with two small ones. The navigation I am using came out a 2001 Bmw e46. It s the Bmw original
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:25 AM   #6
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Different harness and modules required for the nav unit, and then when you've got it all in you still don't have BT audio or any way to play off of a thumb drive or any streaming services. Far better off IMO to go Eonon, Dynavin, or Avin.
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:29 AM   #7
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You still need the retro fit harness, bm53, and the nav drive. All you have now is a lcd monitor... You still need the networked computer, aka the nav drive to have picture for menus etc. you need the radio, bm53 to have a radio, and you need the retrofit harness to hook it all together.
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