Sorenm - Thank you for your feedback and pictures above - glad they show up now! A pleasure to help and support you with your questions and glad you are happy ! The result in your car looks great and also shows that head unit's with a little lip protrusion at the bottom edge can still fit and look just fine
Joshiahg52 - There's some head units with a control knob which you could use, but they don't look so great as it's then an extra protruding aspect/extra knob which of course 'doesn't look OEM' ! Some of the E46 guys for instance have used the Sony XAV-AX1000 with a blank fascia (as that's all that's on the market for them) and it looks off for this reason. If you fit a flat faced/touchscreen controlled head unit, and you then connect the steering wheel controls you then get the button press type of control for the most common used functions of volume up/down and track/station search. Personally for me, I've been used the total touchscreen Parrot Asteroid Smart and it's been very easy to control - just like a good smartphone screen, a light touch and movement and done and to me feels just as fast, if not faster, than pressing a button multiple times. This is going to be one of those personal preferences type thing though.
Kevin - Hopefully see your audio upgrade soon along with pictures and your thoughts about the NXG-39
Stickey - This aspect of being able to show the OBC parameters and information on a premium brand's head unit is something I've been researching for some time now. I can 'solve' it tomorrow, as a piece of hardware exists in order to have this functionality. The cost to me in order to modify that hardware for the BMW OBC protocol/system and then to have it properly tested and certified is very very expensive - circa $30-40000 USD. This was from one of the specialists who supply the OEM manufacturers with automotive systems and technology, so I know their quality and expertise level is excellent and which would mean I'd have a 'reliable' quality product. Per unit pricing would then be perhaps in the $300/400 level at retail once batch manufactured runs are made. I've been looking around to see if I can get the initial cost down somewhat. I know many will say the app from the German based guy is only $30 or so, but keep in mind it's an untested and 'home brew' product with no QA/Testing or certifications etc. I did contact him to ask if his app would run on Android Auto, his reply suggested he wasn't sure/had not tried/probably wouldn't. I got the gist he wasn't too sure what Android Auto was/is i.e an operating system specifically for cars. The cheap chinese units don't run Android Auto, they run the 'Android' operating system as you'd see on cheap Tablets. There is an 'App' version of Android Auto which is free and runs on 'Android' and that's what they've done. Once I know more about a properly developed and engineered solution, I will update here and on other forums about it.
2003 Ex-Police E39 530 Diesel Touring. Alpine White, 260,000+ Miles & climbing!
19" Hartge Nova 5 - with custom painted 'Flash Chrome' centres & Polished Lips (set of 5)
19" Hartge Nova 5 - Awaiting custom re-finish (set of 4)
19" Hartge Classic - with custom powder coated centres in shadow chrome & diamond cut/no lacquer lips (set of 5)
20" Hartge Classic - Awaiting custom re-finish
19" 3Pc Forged wheels - ID retained until re-built & finished (2 sets)
20" 3Pc Forged wheels -ID retained until re-built & finished
19" Centres - ID retained until rebuilt & finished
Full Custom Audio install - Arc Audio KS Mini ampliifers. DLS 5.25" 2 way front components & 4" 2 way co-axials. JL Audio 8W3-V3 subwoofer in stealth enclosure. Parrot Asteroid Smart head unit, custom door builds for DLS front stage & Earthquake SWS6 flatline subwoofers, custom rear pillar speaker pods. LumiDock iPod dock,
H&R Springs, ExoticsTuning front lip spoiler, Sport F/R bumpers upgrade, Carbon Fibre effect printed Vinyl roof wrap, High gloss black vinyl window trim wrap, Hartge bonnet/hood & tailgate badges, rear rooftip spoiler, matt Black kidney grille, projector foglamps.
Hartge auto gearlever, Hartge Handbrake handle, Hartge door sill strips, E46 M3 CSL Alcantara/Tri-stitch SMG steering wheel, full Black Leather Sport seats,
Custom ECU re-map biased for more Power & Torque in Steptronic mode, EGR delete, K&N induction kit, Stainless steel de-cat, Stainless steel exhaust backbox with twin oval pipes. Manual 5 spd gearbox conversion.
Plenty more modifications to come!