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      07-02-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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regretting IDrive... do I have options?

I am really regretting getting the CIC Idrive in my new to me 2009 convertible.
I orig. elected to get the idrive because I didn't want to deal with aftermarket NAV and bad visibility of the screen when the top was down. After a couple of weeks trying to work through the CIC's clunkiness and general poor UI, I am questioning my decision.

So I am wondering if I have any options? Has anyone removed the CIC to retro an aftermarket unit that has better functionality? I'd really like to see if anyone has retro'd something that either has a screen that fits in teh standard CIC location or uses the stock screen (don't know if the screen is a standard interface)

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      07-05-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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I think the CIC is a vast improvement from the CCC. It's by no means fast but it sure isn't slow either.

As for the aftermarket nav, i don't know much about it
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      07-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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      07-06-2012, 01:39 AM   #4
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You can look into the Dynavin aftermarket unit. Not sure if anyone here has one. But thats one that I am considering.
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      07-06-2012, 08:43 AM   #5
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Really OP? Only those with CCC idrive are allowed to bitch.
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      07-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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you should try a 2008 navi then ...
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oh man the 2009 nav is 10x more superior than 2008... 2008 is like an old nintendo hehe
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      07-06-2012, 10:51 AM   #8
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oh man the 2009 nav is 10x more superior than 2008... 2008 is like an old nintendo hehe
Negative, at least I could play Mario on NES, you can't even do that with old iDrive
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      07-06-2012, 06:14 PM   #9
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I have had the 08 Navi and let me tell you, the new one is a HUGE improvement.
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I'm not saying it's not an improvment over CCC, I am saying it's UI is clunky, hard to use and generally sucks. Browsing music on a thumb drive or the Iphone is very difficult. The NAV is really poor compared to 3rd party. I do like the wheel interface, I think that's a good setup. It wouldbe nice if someone would hack these things to run custom code.

Anyhow, If I could find a good option to put something aftermarket in the orig screen location I would probably do it in a heartbeat and sell off the CIC. I looked into buying a car without NAV and adding a Dynavin. I think it's a great option, but with a convertible the Dynavin screen is not adequate due to the glare issues.

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I'm not saying it's not an improvment over CCC, I am saying it's UI is clunky, hard to use and generally sucks. Browsing music on a thumb drive or the Iphone is very difficult. The NAV is really poor compared to 3rd party. I do like the wheel interface, I think that's a good setup. It wouldbe nice if someone would hack these things to run custom code.

Anyhow, If I could find a good option to put something aftermarket in the orig screen location I would probably do it in a heartbeat and sell off the CIC. I looked into buying a car without NAV and adding a Dynavin. I think it's a great option, but with a convertible the Dynavin screen is not adequate due to the glare issues.

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I am really regretting getting the CIC Idrive in my new to me 2009 convertible.
I orig. elected to get the idrive because I didn't want to deal with aftermarket NAV and bad visibility of the screen when the top was down. After a couple of weeks trying to work through the CIC's clunkiness and general poor UI, I am questioning my decision.

So I am wondering if I have any options? Has anyone removed the CIC to retro an aftermarket unit that has better functionality? I'd really like to see if anyone has retro'd something that either has a screen that fits in the standard CIC location or uses the stock screen (don't know if the screen is a standard interface)

Any ideas?
-J
I never noticed anything specifically wrong when I had my '09 model. Is there a particular issue that you are having or just unhappy with it in general? The UI in the '09 is actually vastly improved over the previous gen, and the new iDrive with the side buttons is so much more user friendly than when it was just the single round control. This was also the first year in the 3 Series with the new software, have you visited a dealership to see if there are any updates that may improve the functionality? If you have an early model it's possible some of the issues got addressed in later releases. A buddy of mine got his '09 M3 upgraded recently and he said there was a definite improvement over the original software.
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I have CCC... you really should try using this dinosaur... you will immediately like your CIC, I want to retrofit CIC in my car but am unwilling to pay aftermarket dealers for the unit
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      07-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #14
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I think OP is comparing the BMW unit with a after market unit, and he is right.

I came from a Kenwood unit with an awesome gps/radio/dvd/mp3/ipod support to the 2010 idrive nav. I was dissapoint. The bmw one doesnt even do automatic night mode!
Ipod support sucks, browsing mp3s suck, maps suck, etc.

What can you do. I learned my lesson. Be sure to play with the radio/nav first before buying.
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I am really hoping that I can get an aftermarket unit and run an external video feed to the Idrive screen.

Anyone know if there is a video adapter for the idrive sceen to use an external source?
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trade me your dash, i dont have i-drive so you dont even have to worry about navigation. LOL you can add a dynavin navi screen for a clean look.
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