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DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
25-04-2010, 10:24 PM (This post was last modified: 25-04-2010 10:26 PM by Garfield.)
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DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Ok guys so i got bored of the standard radio and was going to upgrade but wanted keep it OEM so i found the navigation unit, Perfect Thumbsup2

Parts used:

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Widescreen Unit
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Radio tuner
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Navigation unit
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Bluetooth unit
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Amplifier
[Image: Amp.jpg]

Aerial booster
[Image: Aerialbooster.jpg]

GPS aerial
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Wiring harness
[Image: Wiringharness.jpg]


First off disconnect the battery ! We don't want to chance anything when working with electrics
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Then tape up terminal just incase
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Remove left side trunk carpet, a few clips
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Next up was rear seat, just lifts up and out
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Remove left side floor trim, Gently pull up on trim, you'll hear a loud pop but that's supposed to happen, remove the clips left in the body then slide them back into the trim so you don't lose them
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Then remove the Lower "B" pillar trim, gently pull at the bottom corners till it pops out then slide down to remove. Carefull not to break the tabs at the top
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Remove bolt holding seat belt and then remove bolts holding seat
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Remove clip under seat, Pull the tab in direction of arrow
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Remove seat
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Remove left side front floor trim, Gently pull up on trim, you'll hear a loud pop but that's supposed to happen, remove the clips left in the body then slide them back into the trim so you don't lose them
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Remove left side front floor trim, Gently pull on trim, held in two clips, i removed the cubby hole to make it easier (see next step)
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Optional : remove cubby hole, held in by six screws, then just pulls out
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Loosen nut holding carpet down
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Remove rear ashtray to gain access to screws holding handbrake excess
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Remove trim
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Once the above trim is removed you can slide the rest of the trim out
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To remove sunglasses holder press up on inside of holder while pulling out, It'll pop out
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Remove the centre console, there are two screws at the bottom and two at the top
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Remove the dash trim by gently prying it up piece by piece with a flat screw driver
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Remove the radio by removing the screw on each side
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You can remove the centre vents, not necessary yet but while you there, To remove lift the bottom of the vent and pull like your life depends on it, it should pop out
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To remove the climate control press at the back of it and it will pop out
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Then remove the "C" pillar trim, yet again also pulls out
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Remove the black trim across the back, It has 4 pins in it, they just pull up
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Lift the rear deck to expose these clips, they just pull out to the side
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Remove rear headrests, first lift headrests as high as you can then remove the pins in above pics
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You can now remove the rear deck
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Thats it as far as removal goes, now for the wiring


Loosen these screws to make it easier to get the wires out
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Wiring harness removed, unplug at the back and follow it
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Laying new harness, feed end point up under carpet and out by the gear lever, then route down as shown
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25-04-2010, 10:28 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Top Class Post

looking forward to seeing the final result

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25-04-2010, 10:29 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Feed harness through rear seat
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Attach GPS aerial to rear deck

Connect booster and appropriate cables
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Wires in the trunk
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All components hooked up and wired, i can't show you exactly how cause amongst all the swearing and sweating i forgot to take pics Cursin
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Then replace all panels in the order they came out

End result Thumbsup2Thumbsup2Thumbsup2

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Overall this wasn't hard to do but you have to keep your head on straight and remember what goes where and in which order it came out.

Basically if you can wire an amp into a car you can do this Str8pimp

I take no responsibility for anyone attempting this if you happen to break anything or what ever may happen Hammerhead

Goodluck and if you have any questions feel free to ask Thumbsup2

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25-04-2010, 10:31 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Excellent! thanks for the effortThumbsup2

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25-04-2010, 10:34 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Its my pleasure Str8pimp

Was worth every minute of it Bluebiggrin

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25-04-2010, 10:50 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Thumbsup2 Congrats man! Have you got functionality of all the function? What was the total cost (excluding the swearing?)

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25-04-2010, 11:00 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Thanks Hellas

I'm not sure of what all the functions are yet, but the GPS is working, the bluetooth needs the pairing button then the telephone function will work, the on board computer works

Lol i still need to read the manual

Total cost came to R2 000, swearing was complimentary Spit

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25-04-2010, 11:32 PM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
nice DIY! Well done!

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25-04-2010, 11:54 PM
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Awesome upgrade dude Clap

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26-04-2010, 03:00 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
wow, nice

R2000, that is a bargain, would love to do this

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26-04-2010, 03:47 AM
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how long did it take you to do the whole modification?Thinkerg
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26-04-2010, 06:30 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
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26-04-2010, 07:11 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Awesome write up. We need more of these.
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26-04-2010, 07:27 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Great one. Would love to do this aswell on the gopher. Great DIY.
Q: Where did you get all the bits?
Q: How long did it take you?
Q: How dificult do you rate this out of 10?
Q: Could you get all the bits again if someone requests?
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26-04-2010, 07:30 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
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26-04-2010, 08:42 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
Well done man, Excellent job...!!
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26-04-2010, 09:12 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
shoo, and everyone reckons this is not do-able for a fair price Bluebiggrin

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26-04-2010, 09:15 AM
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RE: DIY - E46 Navigation retrofit *56k No Way*
excellent write up....

did the navigation system cost you 2K?

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26-04-2010, 09:18 AM (This post was last modified: 26-04-2010 09:20 AM by Garfield.)
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Thanks guys Thumbsup2

(26-04-2010 03:00 AM)kabal Wrote:  wow, nice

R2000, that is a bargain, would love to do this
It was a huge bargain but i think I'm leaning more towards lucky find in a scrap yard Bluebiggrin

(26-04-2010 03:47 AM)BMW 318I Wrote:  how long did it take you to do the whole modification?Thinkerg
I did it over Friday Saturday and Sunday, only a few hours each day though

(26-04-2010 07:27 AM)Spy007 Wrote:  Great one. Would love to do this aswell on the gopher. Great DIY.
Q: Where did you get all the bits?
Q: How long did it take you?
Q: How dificult do you rate this out of 10?
Q: Could you get all the bits again if someone requests?

Thanks,

1) Got all the bits from a written off 330d in a scrap yard while i was looking for a kidney grill Spit

2) As i say i broke it over 3 days but in total about 8 hours all in all

3)I would rate it about a 6 out of 10, laying the harness was easy (lift the edge of the carpet and lay it) Hardest part for me was putting all the parts in the bracket and connecting the plugs (plenty Cursin to go around)
If you can wire the your car up with an amp in the boot and new radio, you can do this

4)I doubt it, as i say was walking around the scrap yard and happened to see the navigation system laying on the shelf. But if you look around i'm sure you might be able to find something

I was Quoted over R40 000 at the stealership for this, R30 K for the parts and R10 K labour Icon_jaw

When i found it at the scrap yard at that price there was no second thoughts
Thanks,

Its doable at a fair price if you hunt around Thumbsup2

The R2 000 was for all the parts including wiring harness, they even threw in the neat dash trim for me for free Excited

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26-04-2010, 09:34 AM
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you make it sound so easy.....Bluebiggrin

but i guess it is kinda easy if you know what you doing and if you have the right tools

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