BMW 335i (E92) is a great looking car and the design has held up very well over the years, but of course technology moves on. In this video, I modernize my 10 year old BMW by installing wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that works with the original iDrive controller and the steering wheel controls! It works great and allows you to have modern maps, steering music, videos and podcasts and all of the features CarPlay offers! I was impressed with how fast this unit connects and how good the audio is coming out of this device. This set up will work on all BMW CiC head units listed below. If you have the older style screen/controller, your steps may vary and you have to get the correct version of the add on device. CiC (Same as in this video): 1-Series E81/E82/E87/E88 09/08 – 03/14 1-Series F20/F21 09/11 – 03/13 3-Series E90/E91/E92/E93 09/08 – 10/13 3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 02/12 – 11/12 5-Series E60/E61 11/08 – 05/10 5-Series F07/F10 03/10 – 09/12 6-Series E63/E64 11/08 – 07/10 6-Series F06/F12/F13 12/10 – 03/13 7-Series F01-03 11/08 – 07/13 X1 E84 10/2009 – 06/2015 X3 F25 10/2010 – 04/2013 X5 E70 10/2009 – 06/2013 X6 E71 10/2009 – 08/2014 Z4 E89 04/2009 – present MINI CIC 10/2009 – 04/2013 If you don’t have buttons around your iDrive controller, you most likely have the CCC headunit: CCC (older BMWs): 1-Series E81/E82/E87/E88 06/2004 – 09/2008 3-Series E90/E91/E92/E93 03/2005 – 09/2008 5-Series E60/E61 12/2003 – 11/2008 6-Series E63/E64 12/2003 – 11/2008 X5 Series E70 03/2007 – 10/2009 X6 Series E72 05/2008 – 10/2009
BMW R Nine T Belly Pan Install
After installing the carbon fiber headlight fairing and the engine cover, I’m now adding the belly pan to my BMW R Nine T! This would go perfect on the scrambler and of course on the roadster like mine. Not only does it protect the engine and helps with air dynamics, it also looks great! Installing the belly pan is easy and only took me about 10 minutes without any special tools. You will only need a 4 and 5 Hex sockets to complete this job.
BMW 3 Series (E90, E92) Cabin Air Filter Change DIY
One of the easiest DIY projects you can do on your car is swapping the cabin air filter. It’s very inexpensive to do yourself and doesn’t require more than a very simple socket set. On this BMW 335i, you would save about $100 by not going to the dealer and doing this at home. In the video, I show you where the filter is located, how to remove it, swap it for a new one and reinstall the plastic bracket back on the car.
BMW i3 Cabin Air Filter DIY
Improve the air quality in your BMW i3 by replacing the cabin Air Filter. Going to the dealer will cost you well over 5x what it would cost to do this at home. The entire filter replacement takes about 15 minutes and is not difficult to do. These are also know as the carbon filters or charcoal filters or microfilters. To replace the filter on the BMW i3, you will need a torx socket like this:
BMW E92 Fender Removal DIY
Removing fenders on the BMW 335i (or any E92) is more difficult than I would expect. The main reason is because some of the bolts are just very difficult to get to. Some of them are in the wheel well, some are inside the fender and some are behind the side skirt. In this video I show you how to access all of those bolts and remove the fender. The passenger side has an additional step as it requires the washer fluid bottle to be removed as well.
BMW 3 Series (E92) Reverse Camera Install DIY
After installing the wireless CarPlay on my BMW 335i, the only thing that was missing was the reverse camera. Fortunately, this was a very easy add on thanks to the add-on I had already installed in the camera. This $35 dollar camera functions as you would expect and has great quality for the price. Install took me about 90 minutes total and it’s definitely worth it to make the car a lot more modern. Hope it helps you install yours as well!
Ford Escape Wireless CarPlay Retrofit – Seicane Headunit Install/Review
Hey guys and welcome back to the channel! My little system has been driving this car for a while and now it’s finally time I modernize it for her by installing this 9.7 inch Android head unit with built in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This Ford Escape came with a tiny little display, so adding CarPlay support was not an option without replacing the entire headunit. Anyway, I’m very excited to see how well this works, so let’s take this car apart and get it installed!
It has been a week since I installed this unit in the car so now it’s time for a quick review. Let’s start with the rearview camera. I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the instructions, so I didn’t know how to configure the rearview camera. Since these cars can have different camera options, you have to select the one you have in your vehicle. I’m happy to report that I contacted support and they were super helpful and quick to respond with instructions. Here is how you do it.
You will also have to connect to the internet in order to activate the 360 app which is what’s used for the backup camera. I used my phone’s personal hotstop for this and that worked fine. Internet is not needed for anything else after.
Now that we are here in the configuration menu, you can see everything else you can adjust. Personally, I didn’t touch anything else as everything else worked as expected.
Review of unit:
Connecting to CarPlay is very simple. You connect your phone to Bluetooth on the Android unit and then open the ZLINK app. In the settings you can enabled it to automatically start the app when you are connected. Then the next time you start the car, your phone will automatically connect wirelessly and CarPlay will turn on.
One thing I haven’t figured out was how to remove the control panel at the bottom here as it does not control the HVAC on this car since it is manual. Higher trim models have electric controls and would work with this control panel at the bottom.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the quality of the unit and especially the display panel. It easy to see in the sun and there isn’t too much glare. Touchscreen feels very modern and operates smoothly between menus and apps. The headunit also integrates into the car’s system, so you can control things like volume using the buttons on the steering wheels. You can also get into car’s original settings from the settings menu in case there is something to adjust there. Finally, I wanted to touch on the sound quality. The built-in amplifier is doing a great job and sounds more powerful than the original headunit. Music sounds clear and there is no hiss or noise even at higher volume. There are many other things you can do on this headunit besides the CarPlay and Android Auto, especially, if you insert a SIM card, but that’s a whole video in itself. If you would like to purchase this or a similar unit for your vehicle, check out the links in the description. Seicane make units that fit your specific make and model which makes the integration that much better! Let me know what you think in the comments down below. Like the video if you liked it and I’ll see you in the next one!
Installed this in a 2017 Ford Escape with the basic radio (only the tiny screen) and wow what a difference. The car now feels a lot more modern and Wireless CarPlay works great as well. Installation took about 90 minutes doing it for the first time and going slow not to break any clips etc. The value for money here is great as well, you get a 9.7 inch QLED screen (WOW), modern features, support for original vehicle camera, steering wheel integration and much more. It even has a built in amplifier that’s more powerful than the original and pushes the speakers just right! It sounds nice and loud in the car. I would recommend this unit to anyone that wants to elevate their car and make it feel modern again giving it a few more years of enjoyable life.
BMW R NineT Tail Tidy Install
Ever since I got my BMW R NineT, I have been dreaming about cleaning up the rear of the bike and getting rid of the stock fender, brake light and turn signals. With the NewRageCycles’ fender eliminator kit, I was able to do that in about and hour and it looks 100% better! I’m very impressed with the kit and love how it turned out. The kit also hides the license plate under the seat cleaning up the look even more. This tail tidy kit works on all BMW R NineT bikes and there is no need to remove the passenger foot pegs or make any permanent changes to the bike. This is completely reversible.
Fixing BMW i3 Start/Stop Button for $5 DIY
I looked for a fix to this very simple problem, but was not able to find any videos or solutions. However, I did find a decal that would solve the problem for me! It was $10 for 2 of them and all you have to do is remove the old residue, clean the button with rubbing alcohol and put the new one on. If yours is as bad as mine, you will have to color in the edges, but if it isn’t scrape a little less than what I did. The start/stop button on this BMW i3 is now fixed and is actually transparent where the words are, so it looks like OEM.
BMW Z4 Aftermarket Apple CarPlay Retrofit – Full Installation DIY
After upgrading the speakers and subwoofers in my BMW Z4, it’s now time to modernize the infotainment system even further by installing an aftermarket Apple CarPlay and Android Auto unit with a BMW style controller. My Z4 came with a storage box instead of the screen, so I couldn’t do what I did in my BMW 550 and just add an interface to the existing screen. Anyway, let’s take the car apart and get this installed!
Last generation BMW Z4 (e89) never offered Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and most didn’t even have a screen fitted. My Z4 is a perfect example as it doesn’t have any kind of display and came with a storage box instead. So, in this video I go through each step of installing an aftermarket Android unit that offers CarPlay and AndroidAuto. This unit also displays vehicle information when the car is running. Even though this head unit is touchscreen, I decided to add optional controller to make it easier to use while driving. This unit can be installed on any BMW Z4 E89 that doesn’t have a display or you are willing to replace the original CiC unit.
I have now wirelessly connected my phone to the Apple CarPlay and played with it for a little bit. CarPlay works as you would expect and connects automatically. Of course, you can also use it without connecting your phone and still have music, navigation and car data. This unit pulls this data from the car computer and can show you speed, revs, mileage, temperature and other data in various screens. Anyway, this concludes the install video, subscribe to the channel to see the follow up video for a quick review of the unit after I use it for a couple of weeks. Also, if you have any questions about the install or the unit, leave those down below and I will answer them in the same video. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next one.