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      04-10-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Possibility of adding OEM PDC to E92 Nav

I just got rid of my 550I Sport and will be picking up a fully loaded SG on RF M3 Coupe next week, but the only problem is that it does not have PDC. I know many of you are going to say it's a stupid option and not necessary but unfortunately I still want it.

I want to try to install the full kit and have it integrated into the Nav just as the OEM would.

Do any of you know if it's possible or if it has ever been done before?

I'm mainly interested in the back PDC but If possible I would probably like to try and even have it installed on the fronts as well, as I know the European versions have it in the front.
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I just got rid of my 550I Sport and will be picking up a fully loaded SG on RF M3 Coupe next week, but the only problem is that it does not have PDC. I know many of you are going to say it's a stupid option and not necessary but unfortunately I still want it.

I want to try to install the full kit and have it integrated into the Nav just as the OEM would.

Do any of you know if it's possible or if it has ever been done before?

I'm mainly interested in the back PDC but If possible I would probably like to try and even have it installed on the fronts as well, as I know the European versions have it in the front.
I think this is going to cost you and arm and a leg if it's even possible. Bumper, programming, and possibly a change to the ECU's VIN based list of options installed (the ECU essentially has something like a windows registry for the options associated with the car).

Why not get an integrated rear camera? For under 500 bucks it's more or less plug and play and will achieve the same objective (and more). Here's an vendor I can recommend....You can also find him here on the board.

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      04-10-2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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not worth the hassle and cost imo
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Interesting idea, and it might actually be possible. I think retrofitting the OEM rear PDC on an E92 could be done, but it would cost $$$. You would need a new bumper, the 4 rear sensors, the PDC harness (which I think is separate from the main body harness), the PDC module, and installation/programming.

The starting point would be to look in the right rear trunk area for the electrical connector that would plug into the module. I think that it will be there, probably wrapped up with cloth tape. The PDC module would be located near the RDC (tire pressure) module, in the plastic carrier behind the right trunk trim panel. look for the wiring in this area.

If the body harness is pre-wired for the PDC, then the retrofit should be fairly easy. Just a bunch of parts to install. Modifying the vehicle order via ISTA/P should not be a big deal. I believe there is an option to retrofit PDC into the vehicle.

If you get serious about this, let me know. I'll try to help you out where I can.
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Interesting idea, and it might actually be possible. I think retrofitting the OEM rear PDC on an E92 could be done, but it would cost $$$. You would need a new bumper, the 4 rear sensors, the PDC harness (which I think is separate from the main body harness), the PDC module, and installation/programming.

The starting point would be to look in the right rear trunk area for the electrical connector that would plug into the module. I think that it will be there, probably wrapped up with cloth tape. The PDC module would be located near the RDC (tire pressure) module, in the plastic carrier behind the right trunk trim panel. look for the wiring in this area.

If the body harness is pre-wired for the PDC, then the retrofit should be fairly easy. Just a bunch of parts to install. Modifying the vehicle order via ISTA/P should not be a big deal. I believe there is an option to retrofit PDC into the vehicle.

If you get serious about this, let me know. I'll try to help you out where I can.
Andy, I thought this was kind of a big deal, but I'm glad I'm wrong (I updated my earlier post based on your info here).
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I'm working on a front PDC retrofit right now. Doing it on the cheap... sort of. Got a Euro front bumper with PDC for $200 bucks from a bumper shop in the UK, courtesy of ebay in the UK and will have it painted when it arrives. Shipping is about $400 though. Got 4 unpainted sensors from a tuner in Spain - ebay as well for $100 delivered and will get them painted here as well. Overall, less than $1000 to get the sensors and bumper done and painted.

Now, I need a harness for the front. This will be harder to get. I might have to get it through Renn Spec. That's it really. Now that the 3 series LCI's can get front PDC, coding shouldn't be a big deal.
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I'm working on a front PDC retrofit right now. Doing it on the cheap... sort of. Got a Euro front bumper with PDC for $200 bucks from a bumper shop in the UK, courtesy of ebay in the UK and will have it painted when it arrives. Shipping is about $400 though. Got 4 unpainted sensors from a tuner in Spain - ebay as well for $100 delivered and will get them painted here as well. Overall, less than $1000 to get the sensors and bumper done and painted.

Now, I need a harness for the front. This will be harder to get. I might have to get it through Renn Spec. That's it really. Now that the 3 series LCI's can get front PDC, coding shouldn't be a big deal.
How is this going? My dad crushed my front bumper by accident so I used the opportunity to get a different one with sensor holes and I obtained painted sensors - all installed (except wiring, for now.) I also procured the dash/seat heater switch. I need to find that front retrofit harness as well (that goes to that module in the R/R 1/4 panel). I took a look at the module tonight - looks like that needs replacing too as there is only two connectors, both used, and I think the modules with front PDC have the third connector.

Please let me know if you get a part number/source for that front harness. I'm trying now to get a breakdown list of the parts used in the actual retrofit and see if I can just order the harness...
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Since you have iDrive a rear-view camera might be a better solution for you. You can even get a front camera too.

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It's going well. I found the front PDC retrofit kit from Roveractive and the bought the front dash pieces as well. I just need to get it installed which will happen in the next two weeks. Heading to EAS to get it done. I'll posted pics and reviews afterwards.
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I just got rid of my 550I Sport and will be picking up a fully loaded SG on RF M3 Coupe next week, but the only problem is that it does not have PDC. I know many of you are going to say it's a stupid option and not necessary but unfortunately I still want it.

I want to try to install the full kit and have it integrated into the Nav just as the OEM would.

Do any of you know if it's possible or if it has ever been done before?

I'm mainly interested in the back PDC but If possible I would probably like to try and even have it installed on the fronts as well, as I know the European versions have it in the front.
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