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Old 11-01-2018, 04:55 AM
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...But yeah. Not much beyond fuel, air and fire join up a Ford and BMW even if they both have Android radios.
Add 6-speed auto transmissions the list of "commonalities"...

One of my colleagues recently purchased a 2013 Ford Ranger pickup (ute) and we were surprised to discover the pedigree of the 6-speed auto transmission it uses...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_6R_transmission



I also note that Seicane make a custom head unit for his truck (just sayin this to stay on topic!)
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:03 PM
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A transmission based on a BMW trans and IBUS that is similar are examples of what I am referring. Based on and similar means there may be differences that we are not aware of and our input can steer OP in the wrong direction. That's part of the reason it is best to have year and model in the signature so responders know if their experience directly applies.
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My XTRONS unit for the e53 was plug and play and worked

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I have a similar version from Seicane that I would no recommend buying from due to the language barrier, lack of customer services and no US contact. Pictures follows:


Heeeeeey! What’s up with that paddle shifter? What’s the scoop on those? Thanks. Nice setup you have. Love the carbon fiber.


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A transmission based on a BMW trans and IBUS that is similar are examples of what I am referring. Based on and similar means there may be differences that we are not aware of and our input can steer OP in the wrong direction.
Of course. The best practice is not so much to avoid discussion of models other than an E53- That'd be silly due to the extensive similarities we've seen here between 3, 5, and 7 series of the era.

But if someone should choose not to include the courtesy of details within the signature, the very least we might ask is that we're clear with where our experience is- and where it is not.
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i got the Pumpkin one for my e53, it has two knobs on each side, alittle bigger than the stock one, and less buttons on the sides, but works nicely, almost no issues, was $430 thru Amazon a couple years back. One thing i didn't like was cutting the stock supports to install it, the metal box is in the wrong spot to just slide in without cutting.

User interface was good on this one, the graphics were fresh and modern. Did everything i wanted it to do.

https://www.autopumpkin.com/pumpkin-...x5-m5-e39.html
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That one is nice too. Like the clean less buttons liek the E46 style. Got a pic of it installed?

So I guess there a few different designs.

1. OEM look with similar button lay out
2. 9" screen Table look
3. 10.25" Wide Screen look (I'll call this iDrive style?)
4. E46 style button look.
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4. E46 style button look.
I don't think it's an option any more. You wouldn't want it anyway. quad core.
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Heeeeeey! What’s up with that paddle shifter? What’s the scoop on those? Thanks. Nice setup you have. Love the carbon fiber.


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Thanks.

I replaced the stock steering wheel with a SMG M3 paddleshift wheel. It is wired to transmission so it is functional.

Purchased carbon fiber trim from England many years ago. I bought the last set. It's real carbon fiber.
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I replaced the stock steering wheel with a SMG M3 paddleshift wheel. It is wired to transmission so it is functional.
Very cool!

I thought I'd read ab those shifters, but I'd forgotten that they came from an E46. Very cool and yet another example of a disparate part bin considered in our E53 discussions!

Are they like these?

Turner's CF shifters
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