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Re: Installing after market backup camera

Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:12 pm

helmethair3000 wrote:Just wanted to let you guys know, after about 6 mos of owning a used 2014 i3 I was able to successfully get a backup camera installed for less than $600 US in Los Angeles. It's fantastic, and uses the i3's monitor as display. Automatically comes on when reversing, has working steering/parking lines, and even works with the i3's stock distance sensors (shows on the screen with markers potential hazards the car can hit). The company that makes the interface kit is NavTV ( ... c-kit.html).

This is certainly much more affordable than the $2200 option dealers were telling me to install with the OEM version.


Can you tell me where in LA you have your camera installed?

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Re: Installing after market backup camera

Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:39 pm

Same here! Would love to know how did it in LA and cost...

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Re: Installing after market backup camera

Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:22 am

I also installed an after market camera last weekend. I bought the video interface directly from China (Aliexpress):


A Sony camera:


The installation was not as smooth as I was hoping for. I had to modify the pin orientation of the LVDS cables but now everything seems to work well :P

The car image on the PDC display has changed, though :roll:

2014 BMW i3 REX

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Re: Installing after market backup camera

Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:10 pm

Nice of you to share the details. Thank you. I think I might just go for a 2017 if I can get over my fear about BMW expensive repairs and battery obsolesence.

Thanks again for the post.

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