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post #1 of 13 Old 27th August 2010, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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E39 Navigation Display Repaired - Display Went Black

So the display on my nav went black a while back. Everything works, just the display is not lit up. Not wanting to drop $600 on a new nav display head unit I found an alternate solution. Jimmy Chen in New Jersey will do repairs for a fraction of the cost. Jimmy posts repair services as auctions on eBAY for BMW and Mercedes. I called Jimmy and talked w/him about the problem with my display. He said it could be repaired for $180 and to a mail a check for the amount and the unit to him.

Finding only limited posts/comments about him, and the fact that there is no physical business I was a bit suspicious. I searched a bit more and found some positive comments/threads on the web and decided to go for it. I mailed my display to Jimmy, and about a week half later (I am in California) I got it back.

I plugged it in and it works perfectly. So far so good!

Disclaimer: While my experiences may not reflect what you might experience, I am completely satisfied with his repair and service. I'll keep you posted as to the longevity of the repair.

In case you have this problem, here is his info:
Jimmy Chen
Alpine Electronics Repair
140 Hirshfeld Pl
New Milford, NJ 07646
Phone: 201-312-2317
email: feiyuan89@yahoo.com

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post #2 of 13 Old 2nd September 2010, 08:56 PM
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Thank you for this post. My Nav System is on the blink and this just may be the ticket. Much appreciated....

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Did your nav system go black as in no light on the screen, or you had light on the screen but no image?
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The display screen light (or backlight) went out. The screen was dark, but I could "see" the information on the screen if the sun or a flashlight was shining on it. I hope that makes sense.

Two weeks later and everything is working as new.

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my Nav screen says, "Please wait...." and that's it. It just sticks there every time I attempt to see the map. Other times (not very often) it just blacks out...I have no idea what is going on....If I just leave it in radio or CD mode it seems fine (unless it's blacked out...)

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Exhaust: Supersprint headers, Supersprint high flow cats, Supersprint X-pipe, Meisterschaft GT2 Racing Performance exhaust w/matte black 83mm tips
Powertrain: Koala Motorsport 3.45 differential w/30/60 asymmetrical ramps w/40% limited slip, UUC V12 Segmented Kevlar Clutch, UUC Ultimate V8 Flywheel, UUC Clutch Stop, UUC SSK, UUC DSSR, ZHP weighted/illuminated shifter
Suspension: H&R sway bars (front and rear), Beastpower rear sway bar brackets, Strong Strut strut brace, Koni shocks, H&R springs, Dinan monoball thrust arm bushings, Powerflex upper/lower control arm bushings, Ground Control adjustable camber plates
Wheels: 19" VMR V710 w/custom matte black finish
Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo BBK: 8-piston front calipers w/380 mm cross-drilled rotors, 4-piston rear calipers w/340 mm cross-drilled rotors
, Active Autowerke CAI front brake ram air cooling
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Euro-spec Accessories: BMW front seat mounted Fire Extinguisher, BMW front seat mounted First Aid Kit, BMW Emergency Triangle

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I would call Jimmy and see what he says. You can decide what to do with his information....
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I just spoke with him. He said he has a test bench for all configurations of BMW nav systems from 1991 to present for all 5 series and 7 series models. He said the problems I'm having are quite common; as evidenced here by the preponderance of nav related posts. He wants me to ship him my GPS nav unit and my monitor and a check for $180. He says he will not charge me if he cannot find anything. Otherwise it'll be fixed for $180. I think I'm going to give him a shot at this.
Interestingly, he also wants the AM/FM tuner box sent to him form beneath the GPS unit. He stated this causes a lot of problems with the 2001-2003 e39s...

Modifications:
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: ESS Tuning VT550 Supercharger w/91.44mm pulley, Aquamist HFS-3 Water Methanol Injection System w/Howerton Engineering custom trunk tanks.
Exhaust: Supersprint headers, Supersprint high flow cats, Supersprint X-pipe, Meisterschaft GT2 Racing Performance exhaust w/matte black 83mm tips
Powertrain: Koala Motorsport 3.45 differential w/30/60 asymmetrical ramps w/40% limited slip, UUC V12 Segmented Kevlar Clutch, UUC Ultimate V8 Flywheel, UUC Clutch Stop, UUC SSK, UUC DSSR, ZHP weighted/illuminated shifter
Suspension: H&R sway bars (front and rear), Beastpower rear sway bar brackets, Strong Strut strut brace, Koni shocks, H&R springs, Dinan monoball thrust arm bushings, Powerflex upper/lower control arm bushings, Ground Control adjustable camber plates
Wheels: 19" VMR V710 w/custom matte black finish
Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo BBK: 8-piston front calipers w/380 mm cross-drilled rotors, 4-piston rear calipers w/340 mm cross-drilled rotors
, Active Autowerke CAI front brake ram air cooling
Miscellaneous: radar-mirror.com AEM boost gauge & AEM wideband AFR gauge, Alcantara-lined custom mounted Aquamist gauge in center console, Rogue Engineering Power Pulleys, 16" electric fan w/temp control switch
Aesthetics: Slimm's custom CF Splitters, Vorsteiner CF vented hood, Vorsteiner CF diffuser, CF kidney grills, CF side view mirrors, CF rear spoiler, CF BMW roundels, matte black M5 badge, Ultimate Pedals aluminum race pedals & footrest, BMW foot-well mounted umbrella
Horns: Relayed Stebel Compact Truck Horn (300 Hz at 118 dB at 3M) & Stebel Compact Tuning Horn (480 & 630 Hz at 118 dB at 3M)
Fuzz Busters: Beltronics STi Driver Radar Detector, Blinder M47 laser jammer
Euro-spec Accessories: BMW front seat mounted Fire Extinguisher, BMW front seat mounted First Aid Kit, BMW Emergency Triangle

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Of course it is all at your own risk, but I had a successful repair and I have no complaints.

Keep us posted.
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+1 for Jimmy Chen. Sent him my nav system and FM modulator and he repaired everything as promised for $180. Everything works great again. Thanks M5Jon for the recommendation.

Modifications:
Engine Tuning
: ESS Tuning VT550 Supercharger w/91.44mm pulley, Aquamist HFS-3 Water Methanol Injection System w/Howerton Engineering custom trunk tanks.
Exhaust: Supersprint headers, Supersprint high flow cats, Supersprint X-pipe, Meisterschaft GT2 Racing Performance exhaust w/matte black 83mm tips
Powertrain: Koala Motorsport 3.45 differential w/30/60 asymmetrical ramps w/40% limited slip, UUC V12 Segmented Kevlar Clutch, UUC Ultimate V8 Flywheel, UUC Clutch Stop, UUC SSK, UUC DSSR, ZHP weighted/illuminated shifter
Suspension: H&R sway bars (front and rear), Beastpower rear sway bar brackets, Strong Strut strut brace, Koni shocks, H&R springs, Dinan monoball thrust arm bushings, Powerflex upper/lower control arm bushings, Ground Control adjustable camber plates
Wheels: 19" VMR V710 w/custom matte black finish
Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo BBK: 8-piston front calipers w/380 mm cross-drilled rotors, 4-piston rear calipers w/340 mm cross-drilled rotors
, Active Autowerke CAI front brake ram air cooling
Miscellaneous: radar-mirror.com AEM boost gauge & AEM wideband AFR gauge, Alcantara-lined custom mounted Aquamist gauge in center console, Rogue Engineering Power Pulleys, 16" electric fan w/temp control switch
Aesthetics: Slimm's custom CF Splitters, Vorsteiner CF vented hood, Vorsteiner CF diffuser, CF kidney grills, CF side view mirrors, CF rear spoiler, CF BMW roundels, matte black M5 badge, Ultimate Pedals aluminum race pedals & footrest, BMW foot-well mounted umbrella
Horns: Relayed Stebel Compact Truck Horn (300 Hz at 118 dB at 3M) & Stebel Compact Tuning Horn (480 & 630 Hz at 118 dB at 3M)
Fuzz Busters: Beltronics STi Driver Radar Detector, Blinder M47 laser jammer
Euro-spec Accessories: BMW front seat mounted Fire Extinguisher, BMW front seat mounted First Aid Kit, BMW Emergency Triangle
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Status Update after 7 months....

Just a status update. Everything working perfectly! Just added an Intravee II. It's pretty slick...

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