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      02-19-2019, 02:12 PM   #1
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iDrive and Aftermarket Headunit

I have a 2008 e93 335i with CCC iDrive and the iDrive functionality really useless and dated. I'd like to swap the stock headunit with a Pioneer Apple CarPlay headunit and retain iDrive, like a 2 screen setup. Anybody know if this is possible, I haven't been able to find any other people that have done this, but my searching skills are less than perfect, so I could have easily missed it. Thanks!
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I have a 2008 e93 335i with CCC iDrive and the iDrive functionality really useless and dated. I'd like to swap the stock headunit with a Pioneer Apple CarPlay headunit and retain iDrive, like a 2 screen setup. Anybody know if this is possible, I haven't been able to find any other people that have done this, but my searching skills are less than perfect, so I could have easily missed it. Thanks!
You can not retrofit a 2 DIN aftermarket head unit into a iDrive car. Even on a non idrive car it would be ghetto. You can put in a Avin unit if you want but they are pretty buggy.

I may be biased since I sell CIC kits and have a NBT Evo in my car but really nothing compares to an OEM system.
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I have a 2008 e93 335i with CCC iDrive and the iDrive functionality really useless and dated. I'd like to swap the stock headunit with a Pioneer Apple CarPlay headunit and retain iDrive, like a 2 screen setup. Anybody know if this is possible, I haven't been able to find any other people that have done this, but my searching skills are less than perfect, so I could have easily missed it. Thanks!
You can not retrofit a 2 DIN aftermarket head unit in an iDrive car. Even on a non idrive car it would be ghetto. You can put in a Avin unit if you want but they are pretty ghetto as well.
guess I'll be using aux forever
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I have a 2008 e93 335i with CCC iDrive and the iDrive functionality really useless and dated. I'd like to swap the stock headunit with a Pioneer Apple CarPlay headunit and retain iDrive, like a 2 screen setup. Anybody know if this is possible, I haven't been able to find any other people that have done this, but my searching skills are less than perfect, so I could have easily missed it. Thanks!
You can not retrofit a 2 DIN aftermarket head unit in an iDrive car. Even on a non idrive car it would be ghetto. You can put in a Avin unit if you want but they are pretty ghetto as well.
guess I'll be using aux forever
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guess I'll be using aux forever
I have had every single radio / navigation system in my car. You can put in a newer OEM system into the E90 but it is costly. I have a navigation system from a 2018 330i in my car.
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I had a 2din head unit for a couple years when I first got my car.
That part is doable, but you definitely cannot keep idrive. You'd have a dead screen, since the idrive screen is driven by a 2din head unit in the same spot where you would put the aftermarket.

Best bet is an avin or a CIC / NBT upgrade
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