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Mentul's GPS/MP3 Install DIY
Voice activated GPS and MP3 installed for the price of iPod adapter
Published by MenTul
04-27-2009
Mentul's GPS/MP3 Install DIY




I got a lot of PMs from my earlier post http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=24.

Instead of responding to all the PMs, posting my first DIY on this forum.

Parts

TomTom 730 $180
Kuda Mount $60 (www.kudausa.com)
Swivel Mount $30 (www.kudausa.com)
16GB SDHC $30
Misc wires $20

DIY, hardwired for power, MP3 and GPS voice wired into radio AUX, no drilling in dash: $320.

Brief Description

I picked TomTom Go730 because it plays MP3s, supports voice instructions, reads street names and was available under $200. The TomTom is hardwired into the AUX jack of the stock headunit. Headunit must be on AUX for TomTom to play through stereo.
  • MP3s stored on the SDHC card, play through the TomTom
  • When the TomTom has a GPS direction to read, the MP3 is muted and the GPS direction is played over the stereo.
  • When you have a bluetooth call to make or receive, all output from the TomTom is muted and the call is handled as normal. All multifunction steering wheel controls are retained.

Instructions
  1. Screw Kuda swivel mount to Kuda base.
  2. Install Kuda base to dash per http://www.kudausa.com/manuals/29239...ab%2003-05.pdf, but leave dash trim piece off to install wires as shown below.
  3. Remove console trim piece.
  4. Slide out AC controls and headunit. No need to detach wires just need access behind dash to run wires. Route power and signal wires behind dash.
  5. Using solderless splices attach mini USB power hardwire to cigarette lighter power wires.
  6. Remove rectangular rubber tray in armrest compartment. Run phono plug under console to armrest compartment and plug into AUX jack. (2nd pic below).
  7. Put all trim pieces back, slide TomTom onto mount. Enjoy.




Customizations

Changed night colors to match BMW orange of instruments.
  • Replace TomTom splash screen with BMW Navigation logo.
  • Replace TomTom "here I am" cursor with e90 pic.
Both available from tomtom home site.



Complaints

TomTom needs to power on with ignition. This is a known problem with all TomToms. It does power off when ignition is off.
Minor - TomTom could be a little higher as hazard button not in line of sight, but still accessible.
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By nyc3r on 12-04-2009, 09:00 PM
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nice and clean, here is a picture of my install from a while back.
Hardwired for power but not aux in
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By laxideok on 06-27-2011, 02:12 AM
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e90 gps

Fantastic!! but do you have any ideas about installing a in dash double din unit? like this one? http://www.cars-electronics.com/bmw-...een_p1346.html sorry, i'm not a professional
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By absolutezero on 04-23-2012, 09:06 PM
Nice install. I'm considering doing this with my phone, which plays all my music, podcasts, audio books, shows incoming calls, and has Garmin software.

one question though. where did you get the L shaped 3.5mm AUX cable? I've been looking all over!
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