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  1. 1996 E38 728i retrofit front & rear PDC 
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    Hi Guys. I'm considering fitting front and rear genuine BMW PDC system to my E38 from a donor car and wondered if it would be possible and simply a plug and play deal? Some one somewhere mentioned that the cars computer would need to be reprogrammed? or should I just buy an after-market kit from Fleabay?

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    Can anyone assist the OP with this issue?
     
     

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    I've seen the kit retrofitted to an E36. You get two tones, one for front one for rear. You also get a button the either mutes or enables the front PDC. You might need a second gong. As long as you get the right sensors the system is stand alone, like most BMW gear from that era.

    Video here.
     
     

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    The PDC controller definitely links into the bus system so there's every chance it will need programmed to work. There's quite a few bits. You've got different bumper bits, all the sensors, the looms, front and rear gongs, the switch and the control unit.
     
     

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    The PDC can be operated without an iBus present, as shown in the E36 video. It has no iBus dependency. It only needs power/GND, sensors, sounder (s), reverse signal, and the dash PDC switch.

    Yes if it were placed on the iBus it would respond to diagnostic commands, and be able to supply measurements from every sensor, as well as reporting stored errors.

    The only modules I know of in iBus cars that need coding are

    TCU if you don't have SA633 phone prep because of the flurry of data about country coding, location, time date blah blah that it needs. In fact RealOEM and DIS say TCU retrofit is not possible, and you must change the VO with NCS Expert.

    Xenon headlights because they have a different current characteristic that triggers a bulb out message and the lights need auto levelling enabled.

    MFL in some very basic vehicles that did not have the harness from the factory (for some reason I have yet to understand or encounter an explanation for) I have an E39 MFL working in my E36 so I think this is not true.

    Possibly the memory seats because they work with the memory mirrors (and vice versa), the data is stored in the ZKE so it needs to know to rebroadcast memory commands from the seats and CKM.
     
     

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