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      11-06-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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Welcome to the one and only CIC Retrofit Group Buy thread



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Read it first:

I am proud to announce I am the only vendor offering the CIC Retrofit Kits based exclusively on OEM parts and OEM activation.
However, If you are thinking of working with somebody else who says that can do it for you please note that the installation of all parts in your car is just the first step to retrofit the CIC successfully.
The most important is to activate the Navigation and code the car in order to make sure that all modules can work with each other and with the CIC.
I have installed many CIC retrofits in cars produced from 2004 and there have been major differences in how these cars reacted to the CIC
and how they had to be coded and programmed in order to make sure that all car options were compatible with the CIC.

Patrys OEM Activation of the Navigation vs. Aftermarket module offered by competition


The way I activation the Navigation and/or the Voice Control is fully OEM.
It means I buy special activation codes from BMW (VIN specific) and load them into the CIC.
The cost of the codes is pretty high, so that's a reason why the complete OEM kit is over 2000 Euro.

If you find other people/companies offering cheaper CIC retrofit kits you might expect an aftermarket "activation" of the Navigation and Voice Control.

What does the aftermarket "activation" mean?
There is a module which can be installed in a car to tamper the communication between the CIC and the rest of the car.
The CIC includes the VIN of a car it comes from as well as the activation codes for that VIN, so if you buy a used CIC the VIN stored inside it does not match your VIN and the codes do not match your VIN either.
My OEM activation is to load your VIN and your codes (received from BMW AG) into the CIC the same way BMW does it.

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The aftermarket module:
The installation requires either cutting of the wires behind the CIC or opening the CIC, removing one of the CIC main board components and soldering in that place wires connected to this aftermarket module.

I know there are people who always look for more affordable solution and I do not blame them for that, but before you decide to use an aftermarket solution just think about the consequences.
-> Do you really want to have all that mess inside your CIC - all the cables and soldering?

-> One of my friends have tested this solution and from time to time the iDrive screen was blank for a few minutes. The same happened after replacing the module with a new one.

-> Think about updating the map - you will have to give your dealership the VIN of the car the CIC comes from. If the car is from Europe or some other region it might be difficult to order the US map.

-> What if BMW releases a new software version for your car that will make this module useless?

-> My DVD-in-motion activation does not tamper the speed read by the CIC, but the module does it. It means your CIC will "think" you drive very slowly all the time while you might be doing 80mph.
Your CIC should know your speed to calculate your position if there is no GPS signal.

I could offer this aftermarket solution to you guys too, but I think our BMWs do not deserve to be treated like that!!! Go for the OEM solution!!!
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My experience is something you cannot underestimate, so please have a look at the below testimonials before you decide who you would like to work with:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=981

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=419641

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...2&postcount=31

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60...ml#post1864579

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KEY FACTS
- OEM parts only
- OEM Navigation activation (no messing with your car electronics or the CIC)
- DIY installation
- no dealer coding or programming required
- proven by a number of forum members - over 50 CIC retrofit done!!!
- this retrofit is much more than just parts you can buy else where
- more info on my CIC Retrofit kit - click here
- CIC review on YouTube - click here


WHO IT IS FOR
This is an offer for the E90post and the M3post forum members only.
The CIC Retrofit kit presented in this group buy is for E9x vehicles equipped in the previous generation Navigation system (CCC).
If you do not have the Navigation please contact me to find out what you will have to buy in addition to the parts listed below.


WHAT THE CIC KIT INCLUDES
All you need to retrofit the CIC is here:
- CIC head unit
- CID High Definition screen
- CIC trim
- USB port
- Cables
- Navigation activation
- Navigation map
- Complete coding
- DVD-in-motion

Optional:
- Voice Control
- iDrive controller
- Center console trim


RULES
We need at least three people to sign up until the 31th of December.
Only those who will send the 1000 USD deposit will be counted (see PRICING below).
The turnaround time to ship your packages is around 2-3 weeks from the end of this GB.
Please send all your questions and comments by email only at info@modyfikacjebmw.pl and include your forum nickname.


PRICING
Regular: 3300 USD shipped
Group buy: 2820 USD shipped
You save almost 500 USD

Optional:
Voice Control - 700 USD
iDrive controller - 100 USD
Center console trim - ask for price

THIS IS A TIME LIMITED OFFER AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AGAIN, SO DON'T WAIT AND GET YOURSELF A FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS GIFT

The E9x set installed:


The CIC installed:


The main menu screen:


The Tire Pressure Monitor screen:


The PDC screen:


The DVD-in-motion activated:
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      11-15-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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My wife would kill me if I did this. I need to think about it first but I know it is worth it!
Just don't tell her.
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I thought you were charging $25000 for the kit before?
Did the price go up?
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I thought you were charging $25000 for the kit before?
Did the price go up?
I am not sure what price you are referring to, but I have never rised my pricing of the CIC retrofit kit.
So far I have been giving my prices in Euro rather than in USD, so that's why you might think the price went up.

This is the first time I posted my price in USD and it's 500USD less than my regular price.
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Ok, thanks
No problem
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Guys / Gals- I highly recommend this upgrade if you are going to keep your ride for a while. Patryk did mine this weekend and I love it, plus he is excellent to work with. Now I can't think of a reason to replace my car with a newer one, and this cost a lot less than trading cars.

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Patryk,

Will you consider setting up a COMBOX retrofit?
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Guys / Gals- I highly recommend this upgrade if you are going to keep your ride for a while. Patryk did mine this weekend and I love it, plus he is excellent to work with. Now I can't think of a reason to replace my car with a newer one, and this cost a lot less than trading cars.

Thanks Patryk!

Thank you very much Brian!
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Patryk,

Will you consider setting up a COMBOX retrofit?
It's coming...
No ETA yet.
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Just wondering, why is voice activation so pricey?
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Will this allow ability to hook up an Ipod/Iphone and control using CIC?
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Just wondering, why is voice activation so pricey?
Those are BMW prices + profit, as the code to activate the Voice Control has to be purchased thru a BMW dealer.

For example, to update the Nav maps now you buy the DVD set for $7.00 and BMW sells you the codes to activate the DVD for $180. Without the codes the DVD set is useless.
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Will this allow ability to hook up an Ipod/Iphone and control using CIC?
Yes if your car already has the iPod/USB adapter installed.
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This would be really cool to have, wonder how much BMW would charge to put it in though?
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This would be really cool to have, wonder how much BMW would charge to put it in though?
There is no CIC retrofit available from BMW.
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There is no CIC retrofit available from BMW.

Yep, heard the same from my miserable dealer who sold me an April '10 M3 w/o disclosing there were mid year changes available after September builds, so I have NA involved and they're all saying the same thing. Can't retrofit it. Looking at legal options.
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Yep, heard the same from my miserable dealer who sold me an April '10 M3 w/o disclosing there were mid year changes available after September builds, so I have NA involved and they're all saying the same thing. Can't retrofit it. Looking at legal options.
There is no work around here. Since BMW does not officially have this retrofit in their offering you will have to remove the CIC before taking your car in.
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Yep, heard the same from my miserable dealer who sold me an April '10 M3 w/o disclosing there were mid year changes available after September builds, so I have NA involved and they're all saying the same thing. Can't retrofit it. Looking at legal options.
I don't know what legal argument -if any at all- you have here.

Acting like the Devil's advocate, no manufacturer of any commercial product is required to tell any customer in advance when they are making changes/improvements to their product, much less what changes. They just do it.
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