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Looking at purchasing a 2008 130i and is there a simple way to tell which idrive system the car has? build date was 11/17, japanese import. Is the something obvious to look for and which is the better idrive system?

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Put the VIN number into RealOEM and look at the parts required for the iDrive / Navigation systems. Probably going to need conversion from Jap to NZ, so maybe talk to one of the conversion specialists who can tell you the pro's and con's of the different system and costs to convert.

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new CIC (wide screen, doesnt flip down, more buttons on the controller)

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old CCC (smaller screen, flips down, more basic controller, old software)

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the CIC is better for sure but not by a lot. bluetooth connectivity is rubbish, you wont get music streaming anyway on either system.

 

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The 1-series received CIC starting 09/2008 so yours may well have CIC, but as it's a Japanese system the hardware will be different to that of ECE cars. Bluetooth streaming is possible if the car was optioned for it. Post the VIN and I'll check.

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