BMW X5 Aftermarket Radio Installation

This section will cover the actual installation of the Seicane radio I went with for my 2005 BMW X5 3.0 from unboxing to the finally install.

I cover all of this with a good bit of back and forth on the install on xoutpost.com at this link :

https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/x5-e53-forum/106824-my-2005-x5-aftermarket-radio-install-thread.html

So consider this the condensed cleaned up version of that thread 🙂

This is the radio I purchased :

Seicane model S6902

Product Highlight

  • This unit is plug and play, easy to upgrade and install, your car’s steering wheel control still work after installation, so you can use hands-free calls and music streaming with buttons of steering wheel. It comes with a big HD touch screen for better visual experience, you can also mirror link your phone. And more importantly, you will have the latest 3D map navigation system for your trip.

Features Overview

  • Built-in: 4G/WIFI/App download/3D GPS Navigation/FM&AM Radio/Bluetooth/Dual Zone/File Management/HD 1080P/Steering Wheel Control/Mirror Link/MP3/AUX/USB.
  • Opt:OBD2/DVR/Backup Camera/TPMS/Digital TV

Advanced Configurations

  • OS: Intelligent pure Android 7.1 system
  • CPU: High-quality 1.6Ghz Quad-core RK PX3 processor with more efficient computing capability
  • GPU: with Mali-600MP2 GPU, It supports dual-screen display for the highest resolution of 2048*1536.
  • Hard Disk: 16GB Inland Flash
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3 RAM memory
  • UI: Fresh unique user interface with dynamic graphics
  • Screen: Smart HD multi-touch screen with smooth operation, high sensitivity and abundant interaction for the better view of your road ahead.
  • 2 USB Ports: It comes with 2 USB Ports to meet your different needs of external devices, more choices for both practical and entertainment service, you also can connect a USB Hub for more USB ports. And USB OTG is also supported.

Unique Features

  • Latest Android System: Loaded with the most advanced Android operation system, it offers the fastest and smoothest operation you’ve never enjoyed before.
  • Prompt Response: Adopted Quad-core RK PX3 CPU and high-speed iNAND MLC hard disk, this unit can start up within just 1 sec. And it only takes less than 2 seconds for sound, 3 seconds for rearview and 16 seconds for operation.
  • High-speed 4G/WIFI Network: It comes with built-in WIFI network and can support the most up-to-date 4G module, allowing you to easily get access to internet for online music listening, online videos watching, online games watching, e-mail checking, etc as long as you reach a WIFI hotspot or connect it to a 4G/module.
  • App download: It replaces your factory radio with android based system of great utility and extendibility. You can download any applications in the android market for access to games, Skype, MSN, YouTube, twitter, E-Book, Gmail etc. This system also supports installation or removal of apps on RAM or SD optionally.
  • HD Touch-Screen Display: It greatly simplifies the operation with a digital multi-touch screen which can support multi-resolution, making it clearer than resolution 1024*600 with the same interface.
  • 3D GPS Navigation: With 3D maps(maps in iNAND ), the best way to your desired destination is just in your reach within seconds. All the navigation information is available, such as the current location, speed, mileage, landmark building display,3D street view, destination search and turn-by-turn voice directions, etc. You can also download the latest Google maps app. And it supports Auto Google, SYGIC etc. With dual zone function, the music from radio/AV/TV etc can be played behind the scene under GPS mode and it will switch to the GPS voice automatically.
  • Radio Tuner: Built-in with strong digital FM/AM radio tuner, this car A/V system features searching radio channels automatically, manually and storing them in the process. RDS is also supported.
  • Bluetooth: It upgrades your car with BC8 Bluetooth module for hands-free calls and music streaming. With ringtones and voice coming out from the car speakers, you can dial, receive, reject and mute calls without taking your hands off the steering wheel. Its phonebook function enables you to search for contacts directly on the big screen of the head unit. The capability to stream your favorite music from the Smartphone wirelessly is also desirable. Besides, this powerful Bluetooth function supports CID as well.
  • Office Tools: You can read and edit office files formats such as DOC/XLS/PPT/PDF/TXT on it as your tablet.
  • File Management: With file browser, you can open files with the corresponding applications, search files and manage them.
  • AUX: This function is for audio, video input and output from external devices.
  • Steering wheel control: Your original car’s steering wheel controls will still work after installation. There are built-in dozens of car model setting for steering-wheel function setting.
  • USB/SD Connection: Support Double SD card/Multi-Media card/GPS card. The maximum capacity is up to 64G. This unit allows for audio and video play, photo view, E-book Reading etc from SD or USB. A wide range of audio and video formats are compatible with this unit, including MP3,WMA,WAV,APE,FLAC, MP4,H.264,WMV,AVI,RM/RMVB,VOB,etc. Besides, JPG/BMP/JEPG/GIF/PNG picture are supported.
  • Headrest Function: This unit can support headrest function.
  • Built-in Amplifier: Equipped with 7388 Amplifier IC, 4 channel output 4*45W Amplifier is embedded into this car audio system.
  • Mirror link: It synchronizes your mobile phone with this DVD player trough WiFi or USB. This technology enables you to gain access to your Smartphone’s applications on the unit to play music and videos etc. It currently supports android phones and iPhone.

Options

  • HD Digital TV: DVB-T/ATSC/ISDB-T HD TV Tuner can be provided for receiving digital TV channels.
  • Car DVR: The DVR function is used for recording the whole process of traffic accidents, taking photos for front of vehicles and storing the video in real-time while driving.
  • 4G module: With this 4g module, you can connect to 4g internet by inserting an SIM card to it.
  • Backup Camera: It adds a backup camera for automatically switching to the parking image while reversing. This option includes a waterproof and night vision backup camera which will be mounted to the position of your car’s license plate lights and the cables for its connection. The default rearview camera is wired. If you need the wireless one, please send a note us after placing order.
  • OBDII: With this OBDII Scanner, you can connect it to your car’s DLC port and open the unit’s Bluetooth for monitoring the car’s fuel consumption, water temperature, revolving speed, environment temperature, intake pressure, throttle position, air flow, computer load, car speed etc in the OBD interface.
  • WIFi for monitoring the car’s fuel consumption, water temperature, revolving speed, environment temperature, intake pressure, throttle position, air flow, computer load, car speed etc in the OBD interface.
  • DAB+: Short for digital audio broadcasting, DAB+ as an advanced digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations integrates a number of features to reduce interference problems and signal noise. With high-quality sound, it offers more radio programs over a specific spectrum than analogue FM radio. Besides, DAB+ can not only automatically tune to all the available stations, offering a list for you to select from, but also provide real-time information such as song titles, music type and news or traffic updates. It’s the best choice for radio lovers and music enthusiasts.
  • TPMS: Perfectly connected with this head unit with simple installation, the TPMS reports real-time tire-pressure information via a pictogram display or a simple low-pressure warning light to help you save fuel consumption, extend the tire life, decrease downtime and maintenance and increase environmental efficiency. The early recognition of the malfunction of tires provided by TPMS can avoid traffic accidents to improve safety in the whole process of driving.

 

Critical parameter
Working voltage DC 10.8-15.7V
Working current MAX 10A
Standby current <=50mA
POWER OFF current <5mA
Working Temperature -20°-55°
Storage Temperature -30°-80°
Hardware parameters
Processor RK PX3 quad /4 core
Main frequency 1.6GHz
RAM DDR3 2GB
FLASH 16GB
USB USB2.0 OTG
System parameters
Operation system Android 7.1
Support map support multiple maps: google/Igo/NaviOne etc
Video system automatic PAL/NTSC
Display
Display size 16:9
Screen Size 7 inch
Touch Screen yes
Screen Resolution 1024*600 Pixels
GPS Navigation System
Chipset SIRF STAR 3
Frequency 1.575GHz
Channel number 20channels
Hot start time average 2s
Warm start time average 31s
Cold start time average 32s
Display output CVBS+S-VIDEO output
Audio output Stereo CD Quality
Support audio type MP3/PCM/WMA
Support video type ASF/AVI/WMV/DIVX
Tracking sense degree -159dbm
Position accuracy 10m 2D RMS WAAS enable
Velocity 0.1m/s
Data renewal rate 1Hz
Re-catching time average 0.1s
The biggest fixed height 18000m
The biggest velocity 515m/s
Power specification DV 12V current<500mA
Consumption 4.5W(12V/360mA) normal 3W(12V/250mA)
Amplifier parameters
Testing voltage 10.8-15.7V
Maximum power output 4×45W
Speaker impedance 4Ω (4-8Ω acceptable)
Subwoofer Output yes
DVD parameters
Video output range 1+10.2Vp-p(75Ω)
Disc spec diameter 12cm disc
Buffer time CD/MP3 10s/16s
Compatible disc DIVX/DVD/DVD-RS/DVD+RS/DVD-RW/VCD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/MP5/WMA/AVI
Audio parameters
Channel Separation 60dB
Distortion 0.5%
Frequency response 20Hz-20KHz (±3dB)
S/N Ration 70dB
Bass Treble Effect Low 100Hz±10dB High 10KHz±10dB
EQ Type Jazz/Rock/Pop/Nor/Dance/Classic/Customized
Radio parameters
FM/AM frequency FM: 87.5MHz-108MHZ(Worldwide) AM: 522KHz-1620KHz(Worldwide)
Radio area Europe Japan USA Russia China Latin America
Storage quantity FM radio: 18channels AM radio: 12channels
Search method automatic/manual
Optional function
Digital TV (DVB-T/ATSC-MH/I-SDB-T) yes
Camera yes
Accessories
English User’s Manual yes
RCA Cable yes
iPod Cable no
USB Cable yes
GPS Antenna yes
touch pen yes
Canbus Box yes
3G module yes
Wifi module yes
Packing and Shipping
Carton size 39*31*28cm
Unit Packing(G.W.) 6.50kg
Export carton 5.05kg
Warranty 1 year

The Unboxing

Not a real fan of unboxing stuff people do but I was VERY impressed with the packaging on this one over the eonons I had bought so here it is.

 

Here is a comparison of the factory nav unit vs the new Seicane radio.

 

This next part is a warning. The inside of the dash of a BMW has lost of very SHARP edges on the metal braces and such. So either be very careful or do like I do and make a blood offering to the BMW gods as I put it. Never fails I seem to always end up getting cut doing installs that require running wires thru the dash.

This was after I had run the wires up from the glovebox area to the back of the radio.

 

So be careful.

 

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