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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Sun, Dec-24-2017, 11:48:08 AM   #31
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Default Re: Obioban's Avin Avant 3 thread (eventually DIY to delete all stereo modules/harnes

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Do you guys know where the factory GPS antenna is located? Apparently since my car came with Assist, it should have a GPS antenna despite not having nav. I wonder if the reception would be any better than just rigging the Avin antenna somewhere under the dash.

On that note, is there anything I need to buy beyond the navigation console trim to do the retrofit?
Factory antenna in coupes is under the rear deck. In verts itís under the dash.

The kit comes with a gps antenna. They sell a adaptor to use the OE nav antenna if you prefer it.

If you have a non nav car, I believe the only thing you need is the unit and the relocation kit.
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The kit comes with a gps antenna. They sell a adaptor to use the OE nav antenna if you prefer it.
So for what it's worth, I took a look, and although I have a GPS antenna, the plug is different than what the navigation cars come with (the blue one; I don't know what the other connectors are for).



A combo of this extension cable and this adapter should do the trick if you want to use the factory antenna. Could probably even get a custom built cable that has the correct connections at both ends without needing an adapter.

I realize this is probably the wrong thread and most people would probably find it easier to just use the included GPS antenna. But in case anyone else wants to use the Assist GPS antenna, this should work.
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Old Sun, Dec-24-2017, 07:39:39 PM   #33
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Default Re: Obioban's Avin Avant 3 thread (eventually DIY to delete all stereo modules/harnes

Any idea what the vert dash gps antenna mount pn is? I was thinking I might relocate mine there and run it.

That said, the included one is pretty good— it’s picking up 7 different satellites while in my basement!
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Are any of these connectors for the mic? Or is the mic integrated into the main harness?

Thanks for the idea. I would prefer to use the factory gps versus running something additional.

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So for what it's worth, I took a look, and although I have a GPS antenna, the plug is different than what the navigation cars come with (the blue one; I don't know what the other connectors are for).

A combo of this extension cable and this adapter should do the trick if you want to use the factory antenna. Could probably even get a custom built cable that has the correct connections at both ends without needing an adapter.
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Old Sun, Dec-24-2017, 08:20:51 PM   #35
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Default Re: Obioban's Avin Avant 3 thread (eventually DIY to delete all stereo modules/harnes

I really look forward to the review.

I have used an Eonon for awhile and it starting to get on my nerves.
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Any idea what the vert dash gps antenna mount pn is? I was thinking I might relocate mine there and run it.

That said, the included one is pretty good— it’s picking up 7 different satellites while in my basement!
That's not a bad idea. Based on the nav retrofit PDF, sounds like convertibles already come with the mount. Might be integral to the dashboard (in which case we should have the mount too).

Also worth noting that if you have a climate comfort windshield and/or want to retrofit one (my current one has a crack so I've been thinking about it), that will block GPS reception. That would probably impact the Avin antenna too if you mount it under the dash.

Since you have a CF roof, might be worth just sticking it in the headliner.

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Are any of these connectors for the mic? Or is the mic integrated into the main harness?

Thanks for the idea. I would prefer to use the factory gps versus running something additional.
No, the mic goes to the main bluetooth/phone harness which isn't pictured here. I *think* the black FAKRA connection is meant for a cell phone antenna (the other end I believe is under the center console). I'm not sure what the 3-pin connector is for.
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Who in Northern Cali can install this for me?
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Looks cool but so did the Avin 2. The issue was lack of support going forward. I had the 2 about a year after it came out and it was not a fun experience. Hope the 3 is better
What he said.

What version of android does it have? Oreo 8.1 was just released.

How long is the warranty?

Does Avin make any commitment to keep the OS current?
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Default Re: Obioban's Avin Avant 3 thread (eventually DIY to delete all stereo modules/harnes

It's running 6.something.

I have no intention of updating any apps or the OS once everything is running as I desire, unless there's a significant compelling reason to do so.
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Default Re: Obioban's Avin Avant 3 thread (eventually DIY to delete all stereo modules/harnes

Does anyone have any videos of the UI yet? I've been lookin; but nothing found. Eager to see it since I just ordered blindly lol
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