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Old 01-22-2011, 12:11 PM   #761
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I just installed the unit in my 01 vert a couple of weeks ago....your going to love it.

I would probably remove it if you aren't using it and if it is taken up space in your dash. All of the Dynavin wiring takes up a lot of space in there and you will need all the room you can get.

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Old 01-25-2011, 09:42 PM   #762
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I just got my Dynavin E46 V5 today from Jeff. I'm having a he!! of a time getting the thing into the dash with all the wires and LOCs. I'm installing in an 05 M3 vert. The HVAC relocation part went fine and I installed the LOCs in the Dynavin harness. However, I've spent the last two hours cussing like a sailor trying to get the harness and Dynavin tucked back into the dash. Here's a couple of questions:

1) Does the big connector from the factory harness go under, behind or to the left of the unit? Jeff's instructions say to tuck everything to the left of the unit near the instruments but they don't all fit. There doesn't seem to be enough slack in the Dynavin harness while connected to the factory harness to allow everything to go to the left.

2) I moved all the HVAC wires down to the new location. However, there are some of the HVAC wires attached to the bulkhead with plastic clips in holes deep in the dash. Do those need to be moved down also to make more room under the Dynavin?

3) I'm wondering if I really need the LOCs to make more room for the harness? They're pretty dang bulky! Seems like that's what's really getting in the way.

I think I'm trying way harder than I should be and I'm worried about pulling/crimping the harness wires so I don't want to shove it too hard.

If anyone has any tips/tricks at getting all this stuff in the dash, I'm all ears!!! I gave up on it for the night and heading to bed. I'll get a fresh start tomorrow after work...hopefully with a cure from the experts who've done it before!

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Old 01-25-2011, 10:07 PM   #763
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If your phone is hooked in, does dynavin support email and calendar access?
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:33 PM   #764
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Hey guys just wanted to ask:

-How much are DYNAVIN selling the Navigation System for? There seems to be no pricing on there website whatsoever :|
- Does it support iPhone? (Allow iPhone to connect to the system and play music) (via bluetooth or cable)
- Can you update the system in some way, to get newer GPS (navigation) updates etc?

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:10 AM   #765
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I just got my Dynavin E46 V5 today from Jeff. I'm having a he!! of a time getting the thing into the dash with all the wires and LOCs. I'm installing in an 05 M3 vert. The HVAC relocation part went fine and I installed the LOCs in the Dynavin harness. However, I've spent the last two hours cussing like a sailor trying to get the harness and Dynavin tucked back into the dash. Here's a couple of questions:

1) Does the big connector from the factory harness go under, behind or to the left of the unit? Jeff's instructions say to tuck everything to the left of the unit near the instruments but they don't all fit. There doesn't seem to be enough slack in the Dynavin harness while connected to the factory harness to allow everything to go to the left.

2) I moved all the HVAC wires down to the new location. However, there are some of the HVAC wires attached to the bulkhead with plastic clips in holes deep in the dash. Do those need to be moved down also to make more room under the Dynavin?

3) I'm wondering if I really need the LOCs to make more room for the harness? They're pretty dang bulky! Seems like that's what's really getting in the way.

I think I'm trying way harder than I should be and I'm worried about pulling/crimping the harness wires so I don't want to shove it too hard.

If anyone has any tips/tricks at getting all this stuff in the dash, I'm all ears!!! I gave up on it for the night and heading to bed. I'll get a fresh start tomorrow after work...hopefully with a cure from the experts who've done it before!

Cheers,
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It was virtually impossible for me too but then I took some of Jeff's advice. I took the portion of cables that include the USB connectors and placed them above the unit near the vent and I took the large factory connector and put it under the unit to the left but still under the unit and shoved the LOC's and everything else to the right corner under the unit and two times that has allowed the unit to go in on the first try and almost so easy you don't even have to push on the unit to squeeze the wires.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:13 AM   #766
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Hey guys just wanted to ask:

-How much are DYNAVIN selling the Navigation System for? There seems to be no pricing on there website whatsoever :|
- Does it support iPhone? (Allow iPhone to connect to the system and play music) (via bluetooth or cable)
- Can you update the system in some way, to get newer GPS (navigation) updates etc?

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The unit is $650 including shipping via Unmitza where I purchased mine. I believe Jeff say's he sells them for the same price but I thought he quoted me $700 though it may have been another vendor on here. Yes on questions two and three.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:38 AM   #767
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Hey guys just wanted to ask:

-How much are DYNAVIN selling the Navigation System for? There seems to be no pricing on there website whatsoever :|
- Does it support iPhone? (Allow iPhone to connect to the system and play music) (via bluetooth or cable)
- Can you update the system in some way, to get newer GPS (navigation) updates etc?

Thanks!
- Jeff from Dynavin Solutions has them for $649US which also includes support and service that other vendors can't match.
Purchase info can be found here.....http://jandtdistributing.com/dynavinsolutions/products

Also, there is a lot of info in the Dynavin V5 thread and the Dynavin FAQ thread which I recommend reading first.........
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=803437
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=793437

- Yes it has iphone support
- Yes the navigation can be updated, more info can be found in the iGo Primo thread......
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=797457

**EDIT**.......I see you're here in Australia, you may also want to check out Jason from EuroDivision who is the official Dynavin retailer for Australia.....http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=811757
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I just got my Dynavin E46 V5 today from Jeff. I'm having a he!! of a time getting the thing into the dash with all the wires and LOCs. I'm installing in an 05 M3 vert. The HVAC relocation part went fine and I installed the LOCs in the Dynavin harness. However, I've spent the last two hours cussing like a sailor trying to get the harness and Dynavin tucked back into the dash. Here's a couple of questions:

1) Does the big connector from the factory harness go under, behind or to the left of the unit? Jeff's instructions say to tuck everything to the left of the unit near the instruments but they don't all fit. There doesn't seem to be enough slack in the Dynavin harness while connected to the factory harness to allow everything to go to the left.

2) I moved all the HVAC wires down to the new location. However, there are some of the HVAC wires attached to the bulkhead with plastic clips in holes deep in the dash. Do those need to be moved down also to make more room under the Dynavin?

3) I'm wondering if I really need the LOCs to make more room for the harness? They're pretty dang bulky! Seems like that's what's really getting in the way.

I think I'm trying way harder than I should be and I'm worried about pulling/crimping the harness wires so I don't want to shove it too hard.

If anyone has any tips/tricks at getting all this stuff in the dash, I'm all ears!!! I gave up on it for the night and heading to bed. I'll get a fresh start tomorrow after work...hopefully with a cure from the experts who've done it before!

Cheers,
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The trick is to have nothing at all under or behind the unit, all of the wires that are attached to the dynavin (the RCAs, USBs, etc...) should be pulled up on top of the unit, all of the wire harness and its attached boxes should be tucked to the left and a bit on top, keep them a bit loose at this point as you will tuck them away to the left as you slide the unit back into place. While you are doing this it is best to have most things unplugged, such as the steering wheel controls, ipod cable, and usbs, if you do it as I suggest all of these can be plugged in once the unit is in place.. When you do it right the unit will just pop into place. Also take note of the metal "snaps" on the bottom sides of the unit, sometimes it might feel like the unit is hitting something when really you just need to get those snaps to pop into place in the dash.

You dont need to do anything with the HVAC wires, they are fine where they are.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #769
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^^^Thanks Jeff & cmpcpro! I can't wait to get home from work and give it another shot! I think my problem was that I was trying to manipulate the harness and all the wires under and/or into the cavity on the left as I was sliding the unit into place. I'll let you know when I have success!
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yep get as much on top as possible, only the wire harness needs to go the left. Oh and it takes 4 hands....
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yep get as much on top as possible, only the wire harness needs to go the left. Oh and it takes 4 hands....
That sounds like a good way too.. but I only had to put half of the wires on top.. actually I got it in with all of the below and behind the unit but it wasn't fun.. but after putting half on top the car harness and steering wheel harness and such fit just fine under/behind and the unit went in like cake.. I am sure there are many ways of getting them in easy.. there are just many more ways that don't work..
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:01 PM   #772
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A couple more newb questions. I did several searches and found answers to all but these:

1) I've noticed that my FM reception is noticably weaker than before with the stock head. The only post I could find is http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...&postcount=666 which really talks about the diversity antenna which the vert doesn't have. Is there any known FM signal loss with the Dynavin? I just wanted to ask before I pull the Dynavin out of the dash to check the antenna connection.

2) I got a screen protector (or glare reducer...I don't know) in the manual with the Dynavin. Is there one already on the screen and this just an extra or do I need to put it on? When I pulled off the plastic protector (with the "remove" tab) that came on the screen out of the box, it seems like there was some sort of "clingy" screen protector/glare reducer already on the screen.

I'm ordering my iGo SD card from Chase tonight so I'm looking forward to that next!
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FM reception seems to be weaker on some cars....the same on others.....I think there are a lot of variables in play but I would say that the oem head unit probably, on average, has better radio reception. In my market I dont notice any difference but every market is different.

Install the screen protector if you are up for it. There is not currently one on there. If you want to make things easier on yourself, trim it down a couple mm to make it easier to fit, they come a bit large and while this makes for a super clean installed look (with the edges tucked behind the bezel) it can be VERY challenging to install....
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Nice to see the old familiar faces still on this board ..darkoz, trbovnm, etc.. You guys are the dynavin experts that keep the threads alive. Hope you guys received nice Xmas e-card from Jeff j/k

It's been awhile since my last post/visit here. For one thing I've been out of the country for a month for the much needed vacay. Another thing is I've had all my dynavin issues already sorted out even before I took my trip.
Hardware wise, well I've been blessed with getting a defect free unit thus far.

I've read a few threads and still have to go thru a few to catch up.
I havent seen/read anyting about new firmware updates. Are there any? The most recent I received was the one delivered in 2 parts(zh_mcu.bin and zh8202t.bin). This was in Oct.

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no firmware changes, the one you note is still current....
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A couple more newb questions. I did several searches and found answers to all but these:

1) I've noticed that my FM reception is noticably weaker than before with the stock head. The only post I could find is http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...&postcount=666 which really talks about the diversity antenna which the vert doesn't have. Is there any known FM signal loss with the Dynavin? I just wanted to ask before I pull the Dynavin out of the dash to check the antenna connection.
I have a convertible as well. I'm in the Washington DC area and my FM reception is weaker. It's not horrible, but it is weaker.
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Another quick question...I didn't un-pair my cellphone (HTC Hero) with my original factory bluetooth before I installed the Dynavin. Now, every time I use the Dynavin bluetooth (which is much better than factory), my factory BT still tries to connect/pair with my phone! It's driving me crazy because even when I put in the factory BT code, then delete it from my phone, it keeps trying to pair about every five minutes. I've tried deleting the BMW01234 (example) from my phone but the car still tries to connect. Does anyone have any tricks to disable the factory BT without having to put the old head unit back in just to turn off BT?

Turning off the factory BT before removing the BMW head unit would be a good "first step" for anyone installing a Dynavin!
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I have a convertible as well. I'm in the Washington DC area and my FM reception is weaker. It's not horrible, but it is weaker.
I also have a convertible and also live in the DC area, and I haven't noticed any problems with reception at all. I mostly only listen to WTOP, but the quality seems to be as good as the stock headunit.

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Another quick question...I didn't un-pair my cellphone (HTC Hero) with my original factory bluetooth before I installed the Dynavin. Now, every time I use the Dynavin bluetooth (which is much better than factory), my factory BT still tries to connect/pair with my phone! It's driving me crazy because even when I put in the factory BT code, then delete it from my phone, it keeps trying to pair about every five minutes. I've tried deleting the BMW01234 (example) from my phone but the car still tries to connect. Does anyone have any tricks to disable the factory BT without having to put the old head unit back in just to turn off BT?

Turning off the factory BT before removing the BMW head unit would be a good "first step" for anyone installing a Dynavin!
Can't you just disconnect the factory bluetooth module in the trunk?
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I recently replaced my 01 E46 M3 Nav with a V5. The following is my experience, questions, concerns:

* Install: For my car, this was not a simple plug and play. I ended up having to splice the Fakra male adapter to the harness that came with the Dynavin unit. At first, this seemed like a simple "splice the matching colors" exercise; however, some of the splicing was confusing and a little intimidating based on my limited wiring experience (eg. white wire from the steering control box with the pink wire on the Fakra). I ended up sending Jeff pics to help me figure this out (thanks-you've definitely lived up to your rep of providing excellent after sales service); however, a D-I-Y with pics would be really helpful for other 01 owners (or wiring noobs).

* Radio Reception: Since the install, I have very poor FM reception (intermittent or no signal for some of the most popular LA stations) and no AM reception whatsoever. I've searched and found this thread that talks about additional parts required for 99-01 cars http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=396343. I also saw some references to some type of antenna booster. Is there an easier fix? The loss of a radio is a major issue. Please help!

* Ipod Battery Drain: Is there a way to prevent Ipod Battery Drain? I've searched and read about having to log-off the Dynavin ipod screen to pause or turn off the ipod but was hoping for an easier fix (since I've never had this issue with my DICE or the OEM adapter in my E90). Is the Ipod supposed to charge while I'm in other modes (eg. radio, nav etc) because at this point, it doesn't.

* Car Battery Drain: During the install, I had the Dynavin on (while the car was off) and my battery was drained to the point that I needed a jump-start. Its been over a week and my battery now has issues holding a charge. The battery is about 5 years old so this could be a coincidence. However, is it possible that I spliced the wiring incorrectly or there's some other Dynavin related issue that would cause the drain?
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