Components Installed and Coded in this DIY:
-16:9 CD Navigation Monitor
-MK4 Navigation Computer with 2010 Tele Atlas North America DVD
-BM53 Navigation AM/FM Radio Receiver
-Navigation Retrofit Harness Adapter
-OEM Aux-In for Navigation
-OEM BMW Sirius Receiver for Navigation
-Voice Command Bluetooth using Parrot CK3000 and Connects2 CTPPAR007
-Alpine KCA-420i & Intravee2 iPod Interface Adapter
-Coding of MK4 and Factory E46 Alarm
I wasn't going to do an official DIY write up for this because it is one DIY that I will NEVER EVER recommend since results and budgets are guaranteed to vary.
You can get all the straight dope you need for the RETROFIT at these links:
It is the link I followed but, because that retrofit was done years ago and key things have changed since then, those attempting this retrofit will want to read what I wrote here or may want to ask current opinions on the project as prices and parts availability have changed and will continue changing over the years.
When said and done this is what my journey looked like:
MY CABIN BEFORE:
MY CABIN AFTER:
(I also upgraded to a new SMG M Sport Steering Wheel):
PROLOGUE:The two main reasons I attempted this Retrofit were-
I got the opportunity to get a full working new retrofit kit for only $1100.
I figured I could sell the current set up that I had in my car at the time; the CD53 MP3 head unit ($400), the iPod USA-Spec ($100), the Parrot Bluetooth ck3000 and ctppar007 kit ($100), and my Tom Tom Go 720 unit ($100) all for at least $500 to $700.
Now I subtracted this $700
I would make from $1100
I would spend and saw that when the dust settled it would only cost me $400
for a clean retrofit install!
After reading thru SNA77's DIY links on the retrofit, I figured about $100 to $200 extra would be eventually spent to get any extra parts and unseen expenses for the project.
I expected the DIY would take about 8 hours tops and leave me about $600 max ($400 plus at most $200 for unseen expenses)
in the hole which was cheaper than the $699 Dynavin DVN-E46 kit!
So I charged ahead with the project expecting it being relatively easier and cheaper for me than it normally is and man was I wrong.
PART ONE: COMPLETE BUDGET BREAKDOWN AFTER THE DIY WAS FINISHED-
Money Spent on Complete Retrofit Kit:
for 2004 MK4 unit, 2007 BM53, Retrofit Wire Harness, HVAC relocation kit, and NON-WORKING CD 16:9 Monitor (that was sold to me under the impression it was new and working).
for a brand new replacement CD 16:9 Monitor
for various parts (mounting brackets in the trunk, trunk trim, trunk tray)
I also ended up spending $600
for other little miscellaneous things I either had to buy or got billed for like:
shipping/ebay/paypal fees ($90) from selling my old parts, buying the 2010 Navigation DVDs and coding to Mk4 to car ($100), a new GPS antenna ($10), the Navigation Aux In kit ($40), The Navigation iPod Data Alpine KCI adapter+ iPod Intravee 2 kit ($300) as well as various screws, bolts and
I had to replace both my rear C pillars ($60) that I damaged during the installation.
Money Earned by selling old parts:
made selling my Alpine CD53 MP3 Player ($520 on eBay), USA-Spec iPod Data kit($80), Old CD53 radio bracket ($30)
made selling my Tom Tom Go 720 on eBay
made selling the non-working monitor that came with the first kit
$2600 - $1020 = $1580
Getting ripped off buying the original kit with a bad monitor is what really set me back money-wise and time-wise as I waited a full month to get a working replacement monitor. :tsk:
My advice is to make sure the parts you buy come with some sort of warranty against fraud and the seller is readily available to refund your money or make some sort of amends on what they sell you. :thumbsup: