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sheppy02 07-18-2007 08:30 AM

help for a newbie adding board monitor to x5
HI guys
Ive owned my X5 3.0d for 2 weeks now..... love it.......
ive just bought a bluetooth set im going to add on the weekend........... ive bought a boardmonitor..... what do i need to remove my business cd/radio and add the board monitor? all help welcome thanks Alex

Sudesh 07-18-2007 08:47 AM

Hi and welcome!! Did you purchase all the wiring kit for the boardmonitor, and sat nav drive and/or TV modual?

sheppy02 07-18-2007 08:51 AM

HI and thank you....no went into it a little blind... just monitor & cd changer im supposing I need radio module & a wiring loom kit???

Sudesh 07-18-2007 08:55 AM

Yeah there is quite a bit too it! Plus you will need to remove some of your interior and seats to do it correctly as a new wiring loom will need to be fitted. The screen will not work without either the Nav Unit or the TV modual. Take a look at this link, and do a search on here for more info. They may also be a few members on here that done this mod that can give you some better info.


sheppy02 07-18-2007 09:02 AM

Thank you....... I think board monitor & cd changer may go back on Ebay... bought the bluetooth module the same way.... 400 & something pound later for the fitting kit... ive got the fitting to look forward too..... I dont actually want sat nav or tv just thought it would look better with screen controlling music system ill let the forum know about the blue tooth fitting try to give something back speak soon... Alex

Sudesh 07-18-2007 09:15 AM

Yeah I know what you mean, I'm glad my X5 had the complete BMW system as standard! but I did have the same problem with my e39 a few years back. It had no Screen and I wanted to do the BMW retrofit but it was quite a bit of work and the screen will just not work without the rest. So what I did to get a similar factory finish look for the my e39 was I purchased a Double Din system similar to this

Then I purchased a double din facia plate from this guy:

And the look you get is something like this:
http://www.mybimmer.net/x5dd/[email protected]/DSC00136.jpg

and the whole system look fantastic, less hassle and a cheaper mod than retrofitting the original BMW unit.

Michelle 07-18-2007 09:19 AM

:xoutpost: :wavey:

sheppy02 07-18-2007 09:24 AM

Thanks Sudesh, will give it a ponder this afternoon... can get the radio module for about £200 but after the bluetooth fiasco Im sure the loom will be £400 & the dreaded v.a.t for just purely show, as i wont use sat nav or t.v. I suddenly really love the Business C.d player I already have.... Alex

sheppy02 07-18-2007 09:26 AM

Thanks Michelle i feel welcome already........ hope as time goes by I can add some stuff too

Michelle 07-18-2007 09:27 AM


Originally Posted by sheppy02
........ hope as time goes by I can add some stuff too

Trust me, it's an addiction!

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