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    Now: 2007 Turbocharged German PKW Used to have: 97 E39 540i Montreal Blue, fully optioned (since sold)
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    OEM BMW MkIII nav system to replace Jap nav Custom splash screen on nav Custom menu text Kiwi radio to replace Jap radio Upgraded TV tuner Re-programmed TV tuner to work when driving Reverse 'beep-beep' disabled Towbar + OEM towbar wiring fitted To Do: Reverse camera DVD player

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  1. Yes you can get the software. Here's the process: 1. Become an accredited BMW workshop 2. Purchase the software from BMW Should you chose not to go down that route, then contact a BMW garage - official or independent, your choice
  2. The E65 has to be reprogrammed using BMW software tools
  3. Use your fingers, no other tools required. I'm sure I wrote how on this forum somewhere....
  4. Whilst the car looks identical from the outside you always have to remember you cannot see the loaded software versions, and that the VIN number is stored in many devices. My recommendation is to change the radio bands using BMW software. This will avoid all issues with incompatible parts, inconpatible functions, and incompatible VIN numbers. You are free to make your own decision as to whether you follow my recommendation or not. And whether it is "cheap" or "expensive" is entirely relative to your personal financial situation, that is for you to decide.
  5. What model vehicles are they? E38, E65/E66/E67/E68, 01/F02/F03/F04 ??? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_7_Series All of these cars have programmable radios. No hardware change is required, only software change. Which makes it easier.
  6. You need to have the radio system reprogrammed, there's no other way on your car. Ask around if someone can reprogram for you
  7. You have an E60 or an F10, you need to use BMW software to reprogram. Try Guido at the BMW workshop on 317 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245
  8. Hi Jochen,
    I read your posts with tips how to reprogram Jap BMW radio to Eur frequencies and I have a question.
    Could you please advise me what kind of European radio module would by proper to my car.
    I bought e39 from Japanese market.
    VIN: WBADT410X0GY27412

    I tried to change oryginal Japanese radio module to European Becker BM54.
    Radio played but didn't display frequency.
    Below you can find photos with oryginal Japanese module from my car and Becker I tried to change.

    I'd be very thankful for your reply.

    Kind regards,

    Tomek

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  9. Be aware that when you remove the nav system you loose the ability to adjust and set Date Time Trip Computer Security Code (and more, depending on what options are fitted) All speaker wires are in the rear of the vehicle, you will have to run speaker wire from the front to the rear.
  10. Hi Do NOT fit a band expander, you will always be disappointed with the results. If you value your V8 7-series top of the line BMW, then just recode the car. No physical changes necessary, all you do is reprogram the radio tuner. There are guys on this forum who recode BMWs in NZ (I am not in NZ anymore) so look at the forum posts and search for "recode". hotwire is one guy, he's in Hamilton. And if you want the nav changed, then you're up for a hardware change. But it is possible. Again, talk to hotwire. As for the iPod, google "E65 ipod interface" and you will find lots of threads and solutions
  11. Remember: you only coded the radio, not the car The BMW coding system works like this: 1. First read the VehicleOrder, and workout the vehicle coding. A part of the vehicle coding is the country code, in your case, it is set to JAPAN 2. Then recode all modules according to the correct coding data for the country variant, in your case: JAPAN So: if you ever connect to a BMW diagnostic system and the operator does a complete vehicle recode, then it will detect that the current radio coding (set for ECE) does not match the vehicle country coding (set for JAPAN), and it will do it's job and correct the radio coding to what it is programmed to do: JAPAN Your solution (recode radio only) will work fine as long as you never have a entire vehicle recode Of course, the proper way to permanently set the vehicle correctly for use in NZ, is to change the Country Coding of the vehicle (by altering the Vehicle Order) to NEW ZEALAND (or OCEANIA or whatever the right value is), and then recode the vehicle.
  12. Make sure you never let anyone recode your vehicle, because unless you change the country coding of the entire vehicle, the next vehicle recode will revert the settings back to standard (standard for your vehicle country code, which I guess is Japan)
  13. With or without DSP? With or without subwoofer? Standard amp: DSP Amp: 10 Channels x 25W per channel = 250W (Front = 6 channels, rear = 4 channels) Standard Amp: 25W per bass channel = 4x25 = 100W 15W per mid and per high range channel = 6x15 = 60W Total = 160W Add subwoofer at about another 30W per channel, 2 channel, = another 60W or so.
  14. jochen

    Bright rear light

    Check you have a good battery, and that the battery connections are sound and clean. Check the earth cable where it connects to the car Disconnect the battery, wait 10min, then reconnect (to reset the whole vehicle and reboot all modules)
  15. jochen

    E46 Radio

    Then the radio is the older model, and you cannot change AREA via software. Replace the radio with the Euro model with is reprogrammable.
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