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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 25th, 2019, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Retro-fitting a factory sat nav to a 2008 R56

Is this a realistic possibility?

I often see "complete sets" of used sat nav kit on eBay (head unit. LCD, steering wheel controls....) but if the car didn't have sat nav from the factory would there be a need to do major loom reworking in order to fit the sat nav retrospectively?

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Some guides on YouTube and here

https://www.northamericanmotoring.co...-to-guide.html

https://www.minimania.com/pdfile/R56_Port_Nav.pdf

Fit and Install

https://www.cartronics.co.uk/mini

I would probably say some sort of Chinese Android head system would be a better option.

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Is it plug and play or do you need to get MINI dealer to make it work?
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Android replacement should be plug and play

https://www.seicane.com/blog/how-to-...od-car-stereo/

https://www.seicane.com/blog/the-bes...-installation/

OEM retro fit will need some coding of the system as mentioned in the guides linked.
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Great thanks everyone.

I fitted a dual-DIN Android unit to our Picasso and it's been great, for the Mini I wanted to retain (/add) the original in-speedo sat nav to keep things looking as "stock" as possible.

Regarding coding - is this a main-dealer task?
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I doubt any dealer will code it for you as they have not done the installation work. They probably wont know how to code it anyway. Coding details are in the links knt provided but NCS Expert is not intuitive.
These Chinese Android Units look pretty stock once installed and are indeed plug and play with far more features than just GPS. They are a full android OS system with navigation, etc. I have one in my R57 and not only does it do everything a tablet would, it is a much better sound for music even with stock speakers, the built in amp is superior.

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I like the look of the android ones but the speedos are all in KMH. Seicane appear to all be KMH.
Has anyone seen any that show MPH?
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If it's double DIN style type I don't think you'll need to change the speedo part.
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