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I have a 2000 M5 and all of a sudden the Nav screen has gone blank.

I decided to try and reload the cd, but it won't come out when I try and eject it.

I took the car to the dealer and he told me that the whole thing is kaput and I need a new one at $3,000 plus 94 labor (must be an easy installation.)

I wonder if the problem isn't the stuck CD and whether I should just go to a auto stereo place and have them try and remove it.

Any suggestions that would get my Nav back and keep me out of the poorhouse would be most appreciated

Nigel
 

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You are screwed.. and So am I..
you have a MKII Navigation system.

go to: www.bimmernav.com

and learn more about it.

anyways.. The Nav we got are junk pos..
the previous owner of my M5 couldn't get the CD out either.

only thing I can tell you to do, is to recycle the Nav unit..

Turn the car off.. Wait like 5 minutes, UNTIL ALL THE LIGHTS
are out on the NAV Unit.. Youll see...
After the light goes out.. DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY..
You'll know which terminal. The right side one with the door opening.
Disconnect the terminal, and be sure to close the Battery terminal door
so it doesn't accidently touch.
Get back in the car and HOLD the Brakes down for a minute or two until
all the power is drained from the car..

Then Reconnect. When you do, the Nav unit should cycle and reboot.
and you are able to take out your Nav Disk.. IMO: keep it out.. I'll tell you why later.

I do this with my Nav.. and I can get it to work for about a day or two, If im lucky.
Then the radio screen will just Freeze.. Or just go blank with bad horizontals.

Ive noticed that with the Nav disk out.. the Nav would come back alive, every now
and then with out the Powering down.. But with the disk in.. it just locks up and stays
locked.

You can get used MKII or MKIII from any where from 200-400. BUT BECAREFUL
they may say it works.. BUT It might just work just like the one you have..
Know what I mean?? Best bet is to go with a MKIV but they cost any where
from 500-1000 used on ebay.. Im learning to live with out nav.. and hitting
the radio button on and off.. BMW NAV is POS anyways..

well GOODLUCK.. Hope this helps..
 

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I have a working MKII & MKIII in the for sales... if you ware intrested in a replacement... and both defo work!!!
 

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Wow,

What a great post and thanks so much for the terrific advice. This morning I will follow your instructions to remove the CD and start looking around for a replacement machine though since I put the car away for the winter, I may wait until the spring.
I have also received a couple of offers from many many miles away for replacement machines.
Caveat Empor!!

Thanks again. I really do appreciate it.

E39 MFIVE said:
You are screwed.. and So am I..
you have a MKII Navigation system.

go to: www.bimmernav.com

and learn more about it.

anyways.. The Nav we got are junk pos..
the previous owner of my M5 couldn't get the CD out either.

only thing I can tell you to do, is to recycle the Nav unit..

Turn the car off.. Wait like 5 minutes, UNTIL ALL THE LIGHTS
are out on the NAV Unit.. Youll see...
After the light goes out.. DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY..
You'll know which terminal. The right side one with the door opening.
Disconnect the terminal, and be sure to close the Battery terminal door
so it doesn't accidently touch.
Get back in the car and HOLD the Brakes down for a minute or two until
all the power is drained from the car..

Then Reconnect. When you do, the Nav unit should cycle and reboot.
and you are able to take out your Nav Disk.. IMO: keep it out.. I'll tell you why later.

I do this with my Nav.. and I can get it to work for about a day or two, If im lucky.
Then the radio screen will just Freeze.. Or just go blank with bad horizontals.

Ive noticed that with the Nav disk out.. the Nav would come back alive, every now
and then with out the Powering down.. But with the disk in.. it just locks up and stays
locked.

You can get used MKII or MKIII from any where from 200-400. BUT BECAREFUL
they may say it works.. BUT It might just work just like the one you have..
Know what I mean?? Best bet is to go with a MKIV but they cost any where
from 500-1000 used on ebay.. Im learning to live with out nav.. and hitting
the radio button on and off.. BMW NAV is POS anyways..

well GOODLUCK.. Hope this helps..
 

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How do I find out which nav unit I have? My car is 00 with the square screen. Lately it only works for about 1/2 hr before it freezes. Then I have to wait for about 1/2 hr with the car shut off before it works again...
 

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EvolvedtoM5 said:
How do I find out which nav unit I have? My car is 00 with the square screen. Lately it only works for about 1/2 hr before it freezes. Then I have to wait for about 1/2 hr with the car shut off before it works again...
00 model year has the MKII nav system. Consider an upgrade to an MKIII or MKIV system. Huge improvement in functionality from the MKII system. Also, you won't have to upgrade your screen, as it works fine with the 4:3 screen.
 

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M5 2000 E39 Nav system

Looks like I have no hope of restoring my nav system and will be forced to upgrade. Could I get a couple of suggestions as to who would be best qualifioed to do such a job at reasonable cost for quality work?

I still can't believe my E39 cannot be fixed!


Many thanks
 

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Caicos said:
Looks like I have no hope of restoring my nav system and will be forced to upgrade. Could I get a couple of suggestions as to who would be best qualifioed to do such a job at reasonable cost for quality work?

I still can't believe my E39 cannot be fixed!


Many thanks
Should be close to plug and play. Remove the unit in the trunk and put in the newer unit. Mark III should be cheap, get it from upgrading to Mark IV, or go all the way to Mark IV, which is DVD based. If you search, there are writeups about doing the swap. If you are not comfortable, even with the board guiding you, any high end stereo shop can do it.
Regards,
Jerry
 
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