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      06-17-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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BMW License Plate Mounted Park Distance Control Kit-Rear Only - 66210395009

I stumbled upon this on BMW's site, and was wondering if anyone has tried it?

http://www.shopbmwusa.com/ProductDet...&ProductId=779

If so, what all goes into the installation. I don't have PDC, but since I only back my car in, I don't feel the need for the front pdc unit, and this seems to be reasonably priced.
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Hmm, I can't see how that can be useful unless you are always backing up to a straight long wall. In all of my cars, I found PDC is most usefull detecting obstacles in the corners of the bumpers. The good thing about BMW's PDC is that it shows you which sensor is closest to obstacle.

In my mind, if you don't have PDC, retrofit OEM PDC. You can get it remote coded from Mike Benvo. Other option would be to install a backup camera (assuming you have NAV) and use that as reference.
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I have it since 2009.
It's not bad. Basically, you're installing a license plate sensor and tiny speaker (in rear windshield brake light area).
So when you back in and getting close to any object, it'll start beeping slowly then gets faster (closer to object).

It's indépendant unit so don't expect to see anything in your drive screen or from your audio speaker. For the price, it works well. I later added front/rear camera and works really well together (visual + sound).

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Hmm, I can't see how that can be useful unless you are always backing up to a straight long wall.
Yeah, the wall in my parking garage. I picked up a modmynav unit, but I haven't decided if I wanted to use the camera input for that or something else.....

Thank you for the pics, Isugoo! One thing I noticed in them....3 different sets of rims *lol*

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Yeah, the wall in my parking garage. I picked up a modmynav unit, but I haven't decided if I wanted to use the camera input for that or something else.....

Thank you for the pics, Isugoo! One thing I noticed in them....3 different sets of rims *lol*
hahaha. you're sharp to see 3 sets of wheels in that picture.
I only have TE37SL at the moment. =D
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Hmm, I can't see how that can be useful unless you are always backing up to a straight long wall. In all of my cars, I found PDC is most usefull detecting obstacles in the corners of the bumpers. The good thing about BMW's PDC is that it shows you which sensor is closest to obstacle.

In my mind, if you don't have PDC, retrofit OEM PDC. You can get it remote coded from Mike Benvo. Other option would be to install a backup camera (assuming you have NAV) and use that as reference.
Agree with you.
OEM PDC would be the best but can't beat its $150 price tag on those for backup and parallel parking etc of simple use.

it's really better than nothing and worth its price tag.
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