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      10-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Bimmer-Tech CIC Retrofit Service Review

I recently replaced 2008 e90 CCC with CIC from a donor car from Europe. Most of the coding was done by me. However, I lost Voice Control in the process because donor CIC did not have VC option and DVD was not working properly. Patryk and MEN from Bimmer-Tech took care of my requests quickly with care. I had other coding questions unrelated to the service purchased, but they answered my questions without any hesitation.

Before reaching out to Bimmer-Tech, I requested VO coding help from a few well known coders from a certain vendor but did not receive any response. Since the hardware package was purchased from somewhere else, I wasn't sure coding service would be easily attainable so I decided to do the coding myself. After a week of cable, software, and coding research, I was able to complete most of VO coding. I even had 2012 North America navigation working with DVD and FSC from Sergej, but he could not help me with VC FSC. Not being able to play DVD movies bothered me as well.

Thanks to Bimmer-Tech for their superb work and customer service. I now have fully functional retrofitted CIC. Thanks, guys, especially MEN for working on it and dealing with my questions. You can be sure I'll be going to Bimmer-Tech for future services. They are highly recommended.

Last but not least, I can't thank e90Post community enough for helping no0bs like me get the most out of our BMW experience. Keep up the good work everyone! I'm working on another retrofit project with Video Interface that I'll share here once complete. Until then if anyone has any questions regarding the CIC retrofit, I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.
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Where did you go to install this?
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I installed the CIC/CID hardware myself, and FSC code changes were done by Bimmer-Tech remotely through internet connection. In order to have remote work done, you need to have a laptop configured with NCS Expert tool. Below are other explanation you may not need to know, but it may help you to understand your options in CIC retrofit.

After installing the hardware, configuring the hardware for my car VIN was as easy as reading the CIC ECU and writing back to it, as the NCS Expert tool knows what your car (all other ECUs) has and configures the right entries for the CIC ECU.

The problem you'll run into is the having the right FSC code for MAP and Voice activation if the donor CIC did not already come with it or if it did you don't have the bypass module that tricks the CIC to appear as if the VIN from the donor car (from which the FSC codes are generated) is the VIN on your car.

You have 3 options:

1) Navigation only W/ bypass module: If you already know what your CIC VIN is, Bimmer-Tech or Sergej can give you a good deal on FSC code for Navigation. Make sure your FSC order matches the navigation version.

2) Navigation & Voice control W/ bypass module: Change the CIC VIN and FSC code to another VIN that already has the proper FSCs for both Navigation and Voice Control. If you don't have the know-how to accomplish this, you can request this option from Bimmer-Tech, assuming you already have the bypass module suggested earlier.

3) Navigation and/or Voice control (W/out bypass module): This is the most expensive option because the vendor will have to order new FSC codes for your car VIN. Some say FSC codes can be made easily by vendors who have the right tool to generate them, but I can't confirm it. Either way, this is the ideal option but will cost you dearly.

The 2nd option was best for me because I installed the bypass module.

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