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Hi there,

I have been thinking of upgrading my normal basic I-Drive to the original satnav version. I have the small screen and know that I have to buy the bigger one aswell as the satnav unit.

Has anyone done this and how much to get BMW to programme it in?

What other parts do I need to consider?

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I had a look at installing the same system to my 525d M-Sport. Unfortunatly the costs seem to be the biggest issue.

I first spoke to several after market audio specialists, who agreed it was possible but very few had performed it before. It would be a case of i source the components and they charge on a hourly basis for work ... which they couldnt give a qoute on until they had begun.

Also there wouldnt be a garauntee on any work, as the components were bought seperately.

So i went to my local BMW dealer who was very helpful, they can source all the components and I-Drive upgrades, but again the labour costs were rediculous £1500. simply due to the complexity of taking the dash and original I-Drive apart, then fitting the DVD system which the sat nav runs from and installing the larger monitor. Parts came to about £2000 (no joke) simply because you need certain connectors / interface and its a bit trickier as the 05 runs on a fibre optic system.

The dealer basically said its a rare after market upgrade and is so exspensive as its normally a factory option (about £1500) when new. Which is much easier to install as the car is being constructed.

Hopefully you do find a more cost effective way of doing it and if so please let me know.
 

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i havn't seen anywhere on the net that advertises this - as the previous poster says - anything is possible if your pockets are deep enough. A £2000 upgrade for sat nav is prohibitive to most when a tomtom/garmin will cost you £300 for a top of the range device
 

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Hi All,

I'm a newbie here, but I also have a 525d M sport, 2008, and have spent time digging for and aftermarket satnav. The cost of a BMW upgrade is prohibitive and I don't want something stuck on my windscreen. I really struggled to find solutions outside of a BMW or DIY upgrade to the BMW unit.

I am about to do my upgrade. I picked up a brand new VDO Dayton 5600 on ebay for £300 and I intend to fit this in the back of the glove box (I don't have a CD changer). The output from the satnav is RGB and I've bought an xcarlink multimedia unit.

My plan is to feed the RGB signal to the xcarlink and then up to the monitor on the dash.

If all goes well (fingers crossed) I will have ahigh quality satnav unit and be able to switch displays just be holding the idrive menu button for a second.

Control of the satnav is via its own remote control - I'm going to mount this on a Brodit console mount so it's close to hand.

If all goes well I will upload some pictures of the install.
 

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Hi All,

I'm a newbie here, but I also have a 525d M sport, 2008, and have spent time digging for and aftermarket satnav. The cost of a BMW upgrade is prohibitive and I don't want something stuck on my windscreen. I really struggled to find solutions outside of a BMW or DIY upgrade to the BMW unit.

I am about to do my upgrade. I picked up a brand new VDO Dayton 5600 on ebay for £300 and I intend to fit this in the back of the glove box (I don't have a CD changer). The output from the satnav is RGB and I've bought an xcarlink multimedia unit.

My plan is to feed the RGB signal to the xcarlink and then up to the monitor on the dash.

If all goes well (fingers crossed) I will have ahigh quality satnav unit and be able to switch displays just be holding the idrive menu button for a second.

Control of the satnav is via its own remote control - I'm going to mount this on a Brodit console mount so it's close to hand.

If all goes well I will upload some pictures of the install.

That sounds like an awesome plan if you could get that up and running. Ill keep my eyes open for the finished article....
 

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Interesting idea, and it may work well. My only thoughts would be:
1. That the VDO Dayton unit looks (at a glance) to be a bit clunky and far less slick/sophisticated than a newish garmin/tomtom unit.
2. The benefit of not having a unit stuck to the windscreen (cleaner looks etc.) seem to be far outweighed by the rather Heath Robinson idea of a remote in a Brodit mount.

By the way, how does the Dayton unit pick up traffic, get updated, use Google search etc.? Does it have its own sim?

Personally would I would love is simply to have my tomtom system hardwired into the power supply. I have vaguely looked into this and the responses from various garages were not that encouraging.
 

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Thanks for the comments JBP. Once I've got the job done then we'll see how it works out.

Regards clunkiness - who knows - how do you define clunky? Is it more clunky than the BMW sat nav? Is your defintiion based on the fact that it's not got a touch screen?

If you use the VDO Dayton sat nav with it's own monitor then the remote is infra red, so you can shove it out of the way when you are not using it. Since I'm not using the VDO monitor I have to find an alternative solution - hack into the IR set up or hard wire it. If it's hard wired I need to mount it, and is a Brodit mount any less elegant than having a phone installed.

The unit has an integrated RDS receiver for traffic updates - again, since I haven't used it yet I can't comment on how well this works.

I'm open to feedback.

I'm surprised you can't get your TomTom hardwired in - don't Brodit do an Active Mount for TomTom???
 

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My 'clunky' comment applied to the quality of the graphics. Nothing else.

'is a Brodit mount any less elegant than having a phone installed'. Not sure. I've been lucky enough with my last 2 cars to have the bluetooth system so all the address book appears on the i-drive while the phone is still in my pocket. In that case, it's a lot less elegant. It's less elegant than a parrot system too, but I guess you are absolutely correct that it's no worse than having a phone in a holder attached to the dashboard. But I'm not sure a satnav on the w/screen is as bad as a phone in a holder. Vast numbers of people with quality modern cars have satnavs on the w/s, but the phone in a holder set-up seems more antiquated and 'cheap'. However, that really is just my personal opinion.

On a different note, the new(ish) tomtoms with the Live function are amazing. HD traffic is incredible and far better than the old RDS system. The Google search is also excellent. When I bought my new car last month I was planning to install my TomTom even if the new car had a built in system. They are just ... better.

Anyway, best of luck with your system. It sounds quite a challenge!
 
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