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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 Sat, May-06-2017, 05:13:58 PM   #11
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Excited to install mine in a couple of weeks.
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Jbla. I didn't have to mess with anything for the steering wheel. I just plugged and played and everything works just fine. E39 and e46 most likely have different wiring

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Well, I actually have an E46 M3 and an E39 M5 and when I bought each of them I replaced the steering wheel for cosmetic reasons. It was the same steering wheel for both cars, same PN. My stereo guy for the E39 install said he tried the harness coming out from the dash and going direct to the base of the wheel itself and neither worked. So I feel like it it's the same exact wiring scenario.

Also the can bus interface that comes with the unit says E46 and E39 printed right on it.

Anyway, could you post a pic of the connection of the exact wires? I don't know what you mean by plug and play?
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Well, I actually have an E46 M3 and an E39 M5 and when I bought each of them I replaced the steering wheel for cosmetic reasons. It was the same steering wheel for both cars, same PN. My stereo guy for the E39 install said he tried the harness coming out from the dash and going direct to the base of the wheel itself and neither worked. So I feel like it it's the same exact wiring scenario.

Also the can bus interface that comes with the unit says E46 and E39 printed right on it.

Anyway, could you post a pic of the connection of the exact wires? I don't know what you mean by plug and play?
Maybe the steering wheel wiring harness is disconnected some where before The final connection? The picture i have in the OP is how I have connected. Sorry I can't really help much more, it was a smooth instal for me.

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Old Sat, May-06-2017, 09:26:59 PM   #14
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I have a ZCP so no steering wheel controls to worry about LOL

did you consider this unit?

https://avinusa.com/bmw-e46-9inch-an...on-system.html

If so, just wondering why you went with the xtron over it.
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The canbus should take care of the steering wheel controls, no need to hook any wires up manually, everything should be plug and play
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I have a ZCP so no steering wheel controls to worry about LOL

did you consider this unit?

https://avinusa.com/bmw-e46-9inch-an...on-system.html

If so, just wondering why you went with the xtron over it.
I looked at it. I the xtron has better specs and I don't like the look of that

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I looked at it. I the xtron has better specs and I don't like the look of that

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Do the buttons color match with everything else at night?
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Do the buttons color match with everything else at night?
Yes. Orange glow. You can adjust the screens brightness also on the fly if it's to bright for you at night.

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Well, I actually have an E46 M3 and an E39 M5 and when I bought each of them I replaced the steering wheel for cosmetic reasons. It was the same steering wheel for both cars, same PN.
I too have both cars and can confirm the steering wheel is exactly the same with the same part number. In your e39, did you eliminate the radio control module, CD changer and DSP amp? I may purchase one of these units for each car as you did if they work well.
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I too have both cars and can confirm the steering wheel is exactly the same with the same part number. In your e39, did you eliminate the radio control module, CD changer and DSP amp? I may purchase one of these units for each car as you did if they work well.


Yep I had the DSP amp removed previously for a Dynavin N6 which was replaced by this unit. There's an aftermarket 6 channel amp in there now.

It sounds like whatever the previous installers did to my wiring maybe the issue so don't let my issue discourage you. It's still a leaps and bounds better choice than Dynavin and I am very happy with it
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