BMW E46 is the classic BMW 3 series which produced by BMW from year 1998 to 2006. For the base model BMW E46 radio in the dashboard it does not have navigation system, just FM/AM car radio and a CD player. The old BMW E46 radio may be defective after a few years, now you are able to replace it with an aftermarket quality double din 7 inch touch screen BMW E46 navigation head unit in good price, we provide some pictures showing the old BMW E46 radio removal and installing new BMW E46 navigation unit.
The first thing you will need to do is prying up the decorative bars near the BMW E46 radio, you can use special installation tools to pry up the trims carefully, these installation tools kit is cheap and should be available in a car stereo shop.
After removed the trims you can see the screws which fixed the E46 radio, use a cross screwdriver to take out screws on both side.
Remove CD player:
Remove climate control:
Install new BMW E46 navigation:
Relocate the climate control/air conditioning system in the storage compartment below the new e46 navigation.
All wires/ cables connection from rear of the new BMW E46 navigation:
You can download a full installation instruction manual via this link, including more pics showing how to remove the factory BMW E46 radio and how to install new BMW E46 navigation system.
Note: If your BMW E46 has a 16:9 or 4:3 screen in the dashboard, you will need to use a 6m long cable with 17pins or 40pins plug to connect your 17pins or 40pins plug in the trunk, see pic below:
There’s also a long radio antenna included in the package to connect your radio antenna in the trunk.
Frequently asked questions about this touch screen 7″ BMW E46 navigation.
Q: How can I know if it fits my car? A: As long as your car is BMW E46, this BMW E46 radio fits your car.
Q: Can this unit support my steering wheel controls? A: Yes, this BMW E46 radio supports steering wheel controls through a CAN-BUS decoder.
Q: Do you offer GPS maps for my country? A: We offer free navigation maps for nearly all over the world, including USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, UAE, Middle East, Asia, South Africa, etc.
Q: Can this BMW E46 radio support CD changer? A: This e46 radio supports original Alpine 6 CD changer. However, you have more choices to listen to quality music through SD card, USB, iPod, Bluetooth phone, DVD, CD.