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  1. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    In your pic it looks very much like you have your DAB aerial mounted right at the top of your front screen? That is exactly where the tech guy from ATD said you must not mount them. I’m no expert at all & only repeating what he said but he seems to know his stuff & the products he sells, he said if you think of the top of the screen being 100% & the bottom 0% you should mount the aerial at 40%. Thats a good point I can’t remember were I mounted that for my old unit, the Nav was actually the only thing that worked all the time on my old unit. It did take you on some very dubious ways home though, so we switched to waze a long time ago. The most annoying feature of it was you couldn’t adjust the volume of the music when you had the navigation screen on & the dam thing would often lock up & not let you switch back to the music screen to adjust the volume (mainly when playing music from an iPhone). My other half got stopped by the boys in blue once & we had fun trying to tell him sorry but we can’t turn the music down! I’m really hoping the new unit is going to be a marked improvement...
  2. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    I was wondering about that, should have asked you before ordering the stick on aerial! I’m still waiting for my order seems it is a special from Germany, rather annoying, but I did have an interesting long chat with the ATD tech guy today. I asked about the DAB, he said it should work fine but it’s critical you get the placement of the aerial element right it must be in a unobstructed part of the front screen, about 1/3 of the way up the passenger side, with the pig tail pointing up. He said a lot of people try to hide them at the top & the tinted strip stops them working properly. However he also said the DAB signal isn’t all that good, you will lose it in some areas - he’s right thinking about it. We have had a few new cars with DAB factory fitted & you do have to switch back to FM a lot in those. I’d forgotten because the last two we had automatically switched back to FM so you hardly notice, but the 2012 F13 640d didn’t & it was a right pain in that always having to switch back manually to FM. It will be interesting to see how this compares to that. I spent a long time trying to get FM to work with my old unit, but never really got to to work properly. Hopefully the tuner in the new head unit should be better, he said it would be. I mentioned the twin aerials our touring had in an earlier post above, one in the side rear NS window & the other in the rear screen. He reminded me the system is called Diversity, apparently it’s used on a lot of German cars. All I knew about it was what was written in WDS, that tells you the system automatically switches between the two aerials depending which has the best signal, but it seems to say the OE head unit controlled the system. However he told me actually all it did was send a power signal to turn the unit on, however you can’t just power up the system manually as it actually also massively amplifies the signal (up to 12v) & no after market head unit can cope with such a high voltage. They do apparently sell diversity receiver unit that can “decode” the signal so you can get the same reception as the factory system. He suggested I just tried the new unit as it was to start with, but that is an option if it’s not great. When I first fitted my last unit I found I had no radio signal at all, after a lot if messing about with EWS I finally found the OE aerial amplifier for the rear screen was totally corroded out inside. If you open just the glass on the touring it’s hidden in here (The little white box in the middle of the picture) after fitting a new one it was kind if ok but still had an amount of interference. The odd thing was that the FM reception had been fine with the old OE head unit even with the rear screen amp being totally shot, so it must have been running from the side window aerial. But the output from that aerial goes directly into the diversity unit in the D pillar & I couldn’t make the diversity unit switch to that aerial. So I fitted an aerial amp from a 3 series directly to the output from the rear screen as it has the correct connections but didn’t have diversity, that kind of worked. It did actually get quite a bit better after addressing the tourings achilles heel of snapped wires in the hinges. I guess arcing of the broken wires was interfering with the signal. However I recently had to replace the gas struts for the rear screen & it’s back to being rubbish again! I thought I just try the old diversity unit again today & it got a slightly better signal, so I disconnected the rear screen amp (so took that picture above) to check it again but found it made no difference to the signal at all this time, so the diversity system must have managed to switch to the side screen when I reconnect it is all I can think. Just looking for things to do really, fiddling about waiting for the new head unit to turn up!
  3. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    I was talking to the technical guy at ATD & he said it’s not Eonon they sell, its their own specially designed system. I was telling him about the problems I had with my old Eonon D5124FE he was polite enough not to bad mouth those but said it was actually probably Apple doing update to the iPhones that killed my old system. It was after trying to use it to control an old iPhone again that it really gave up. @d_a_n1979 if you just want a reasonable factory looking system their £200 options should be very good, if the FM reception has any issues it still has the option of the DAB add on. The specs are much better than my old unit & that wasn’t too bad most of the time. I just went for the top Android this time as you can fit Apple car play to that, as that is Apples own system it should work much better for new iPhone’s!
  4. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    Yes thanks, I spotted the other thread you posted that on originally. They are indeed very helpful & happen to be about 5 miles from me too, so I know where to go if I have any problems! I have an android unit on order from them already, I’ll update the android thread with the details when it arrives
  5. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    To be fair the Chinese sellers were very helpful for a long time, they were keen to get error logs back from me to help develop the next model. It did become unusable very quickly but I managed to fix that with there help early on with updates. It was only later when it completely gave up (when we were in the middle of France leaving us rather stuck with no sat nav) they couldn’t help as they were then on to the next model by then. A while after we got home after leaving the battery disconnected for some time to try to fix some other issue it suddenly came back to life & was kind of ok for a good few years after. I noticed you linked a UK seller of the newer model of these type of head units in a different thread. I’ll check them out along with that Kenwood, thanks!
  6. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    Very sensible!
  7. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    Which are you going for?
  8. Andyrt200

    these chinese radios on ebay

    I have got one, I forget the exact make now but it looks like a factory unit. It was kind of ok, but the radio never worked properly, I don’t know if all have it but our E39 had two aerials the original stereo could switch between, it was very good never really losing signal. I spent ages trying to get it working with boxes from 3 series that didn’t switch but it’s always been rubbish. It did used to play MP3s ok but its now about 5 years old & the only thing really works is the aux input. The DVD player did work very well & the kids are upset that has packed in! The NAV I think still works but we never use it as the ones on phones are much better now. The main problem we are having now is the iPhone is very good at playing music & being a sat nav, but it needs power to run the NAV app & you get interference with the amount of power it uses, unplug the power & the music is perfect (from the aux in) Its should have Bluetooth phone & music streaming, I did get the phone working once but the sound quality was appalling, the audio has never worked. I’m looking for a replacement now, but really want to keep the reversing camera I put in so going back to the standard unit isn’t really going to work. I also need line out with separate sub control... Edit: I forgot to add I had to pay import duty on the dam thing too so it ended up costing a lot!
  9. Andyrt200

    Amps (for a sub) & when to fit in a touring

    The cover does need trimming back: but you may well still find it still won’t go. I forgot to add I had to take the -ve connector block (with the brown wires) out of the loom tape & re-tape it back in further down the loom, that was stopping the box sliding back all the way.
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    M sport/ sport

    I’ve been getting it wrong for years too it seems. Maybe not exactly the right thread or section, but what was the convention with the E28 & E34? I was young enough to care more back then & was sure the MSport name started with the E34, but again that was probably only going from dealer posters & magazines. Was the E34 actually just sport or SE? As far as I knew for the E28s it was just the M5 or M535i, nothing else available over the normal range.
  11. Andyrt200

    The E39 First World Problems thread

    Ah brilliant thanks! I thought it must have just been a switch that could be reversed, it’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to look at for years. That link will save lots of time
  12. Andyrt200

    The E39 First World Problems thread

    Well every day is a school day, I have happily been calling them MSports for the last 20 years! I did wonder why the V5 form only had Sport on it though... Quite, every trader friend I have & ever dealer I have spoken to called them the MSport. We got a new 320d “MSport” in 2007, the main UK BMW website called it that. In 2010 we got an 325SE instead of the MSport in 2010. It was only when looking again 2015 I found the easy choice of SE or MSport had been replaced with a bewildering range of models, the MSport being conspicuous in its absence. In relation to the tread though, its the manual gear selection of the auto that bugs me, you should push the leaver forward to drop a cog, not pull it back!
  13. Andyrt200

    Amps (for a sub) & when to fit in a touring

    Sorry I didn’t realise there was actually a separate section for audio stuff, thanks for mentioning that @d_a_n1979! I’ll just update this thread here though so the other people like me who didn’t know about the audio section see it. The relays just unclip from the holder: as do the fuse holders themselves: Then you can just feed the relays & fuse holders back behind that bar of body work so the main cable for them all comes in front, hardly any wires or plugs have to be disconnected. They just clip back into the holder that goes back in the same place: You can just see the PDC unit tucked in behind now with the wires running to it, it’s just held in with sticky pads. The sub box is generally very good, but the connections you can see in gold there are rubbish the threads strip very easily just doing the nuts finger tight! The box does need a bit of trimming to fit over the battery terminal (I think that’s the explosive disconnect device thing that sticks up). There are some very detailed instructions from a different in a link at the top of this thread, but that guy removed loads of MDF, I just used the sanding disc on the angle grinder, the curved cut out should be stronger than the sharp edges. It fits in very well: The cover panel goes back on fine using the original fitting so just pops off if you want to show anybody. (That is after removing the soundproofing & all sticking out bits of plastic from it): No clue anything is there & you can still chuck what ever rubbish you like in the boot with no fear of damaging it! It is a bit of a pain if you want to disconnect the battery, but it only means lifting the boot floor to remove that lower plastic trim then the sub just slides out easily. I did mention trying to drill holes in it but is so powerful with the cover as is I won’t bother, it sounds amazing! I also said I want to try relocating the storage bin to the other side, but I didn’t realise how much smaller that space it: So I won’t bother, it just full of rubbish I don’t need to be carting about anyway, so the amp will be going in there. I hope I can modify the CD changer bracket to hold the amp. But for the time being it’s just under the boot floor: I have changed the door speakers too but I’ll put those pictures in the correct audio section...
  14. Andyrt200

    E39 parts

    I have some of those screws, (in my pictures above) they are indeed just plated in a nice black finish. It was the nuts I was wondering about, a quick search like you did for the screws would suggest they’re not rubber coated, I could have sworn the ones I took off did have a rubber coating. It’s not nice pushing the standard metal slip on nuts over your lovely fresh new paint!
  15. Andyrt200

    E39 parts

    Ah great thanks, yes its the position of numbers 8 & 9 that throw you in that diagram! If you remember can you confirm if your new nuts have a rubber coating on them when you get them?
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