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georgost 11-25-2010 11:54 AM

New aftermarket E39 GPS Navi systems
Anyone see these systems yet. Look pretty cool as they are a self contained unit. Only downside is you loose the OBC functionality, however looks like some people have actually moved the OBC to the glove box.

Qube 11-25-2010 01:32 PM

I've actually ordered one and it's coming today (or tomorrow). Will update on findings.

The general consensus is the UI isn't the best, but it does run on WinCE.

georgost 11-25-2010 01:33 PM

Where did you order from?
Are you going to relocate the MID to teh glove box?

Qube 11-25-2010 01:50 PM

Ordered from private seller. Has the little "lip" and red illumination. Looks like this:

I'll disclose the source if things go well. Price was ~$620 USD shipped.

I haven't decided what to do with the MID or if I'm keeping it. The only thing I think I'll miss is the SAFE CODE function. Maybe the stopwatch. If I need to reprogram the in-dash LCD (under the speedo), I can always just plug it in temporarily.

Qube 11-25-2010 01:56 PM

BTW have a look at this thread: http:// forums. bimmerforums .com/forum/showthread.php?t=1512832

Qube 11-27-2010 03:30 PM

I missed DHL delivery twice. Will be picking up on Monday.

540guy 11-27-2010 07:38 PM

looking forward to hearing your results.

i've been following that thread from the beginning, still torn on which unit to buy.

The MID can be relocated to inside the glovebox, or even to where the cupholders go.

And the unit you are purchasing, the Hualingan, its design seems to be geared towards the x5 as I'm sure you know. So it doesnt sit flush with the e39 dash unfortunately.

Qube 11-29-2010 11:35 PM

In true "buy overseas" fashion, they send the wrong style... this is even though I filled in the form stating it's for an E39 AND they asked me to pick which OEM style radio I had...

I've contacted them to see what's up. In the meantime, I'm going to test fit it to see if the connections are correct and if I can live with the curvature instead of the "ridge". I had unboxing pics but I'm too annoyed to post them now.

540guy 11-30-2010 12:26 PM

The one they sent you like in the picture is for the e39.

The model with the ridge, or lip like you said, under the second button from the top, is made for the e46 I believe. The ridge lines up with the trim in the e46 dash.

Qube 11-30-2010 01:24 PM

Is that right? Bah. I was hoping for the little lip. Anyway, I'll try and get to the install today. Working from home but can't tear away yet.

Thinking how to extend the MID wires, route the aux in, and GPS antenna...

Qube 11-30-2010 06:49 PM

Four screws are out, now how do you remove the radio frame without breaking it? Grrr...

Qube 11-30-2010 07:52 PM

Bookmark this guys:

zarbat007 11-30-2010 11:46 PM

If the fonts on the Hualingan unit were not Italic, it would make the decision so much easier.
Dynavin looks more OEM, Hualingan has bigger screen and more features I think.

Qube 11-30-2010 11:50 PM

It's fully skinnable and I have the tools already :)

Qube 11-30-2010 11:51 PM

Or did you mean the buttons?

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