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Old 3rd December 2019, 22:09   #1
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Hi All,

I am new on the team-bhp forums. I tried looking for a similar thread but was unable to find one.

I have a 2016 X1 sdrive 20d. While the current X1 is the same in terms of exterior and most features, the newer cars come with an upgrade version of iDrive and also a reverse camera.

I am wondering if there's an authentic way to upgrade either iDrive or add a reversing camera without losing warranty, and burning a massive hole in my pocket.

I have looked at bimmer tech, but i'm looking for an "OEM" kind of solution

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Old 4th December 2019, 00:16   #2
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Not possible to upgrade iDrive without losing warranty & without burning a hole in your pocket. Bimmertech is the safest option, but it comes at a huge cost and will still void all warranty.

Your only option is to either enjoy the car as it is, or to spend several lakhs on a tiny upgrade that will not change your ownership / driving experience in any meaningful manner.

As for the reverse camera, you get some wireless options which have a battery operated camera which can connect to an app on your phone or a dedicated screen which can be plugged into a 12V socket. Any permanently wired camera will again void your warranty.
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An OEM style solution won't come on the cheap, and it will almost definitely void your warranty if you do it elsewhere.

To give you an idea about costs; I've been a quote of almost 2 lakhs to get an NBT Evo with the touch controller, apple carplay and the works by a known and trusted FNG. That's a heck of a lot of dough to plump for an OEM solution. Going to BMW will obviously drive those costs up further still.

You can save a bit by having the parts carried down by someone coming down from overseas, but you're still looking at a hefty bill. My advice; stick with what you have, unless you absolutely must have the latest and greatest at close quarters, money no object.
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Hi All,

I am new on the team-bhp forums. I tried looking for a similar thread but was unable to find one.
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I have looked at bimmer tech, but i'm looking for an "OEM" kind of solution

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Gursartaj
HI !
If a reverse camera is all you're trying to integrate into the current OE system, maybe you should try this - available overseas !
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Donít think you can without incurring huge costs. You could either get new headunit from the likes of Avin with a skinned android to look like ID7 or try for something like this: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/tKj8Us7Q
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