Carmiol wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:40 am
So I missed something (important) in my original research. The ID6 retrofit costs over $2000 from Bimmer-Tech. Has anybody done this?
Their $2000 ID6 retrofit gets you wireless CarPlay, the same as 2018+ models. (No touchscreen, though.)
Their cheaper MMI option is apparently an older BMW entertainment system box, with only wired CarPlay hacked onto it somehow.
There are also ~$400 options from China similar to the MMI but not quite plug-and-play, if you want to go down that rabbit hole and deal with tech support through Skype when it doesn't work.
If you want the pure BMW experience, it'll cost you two grand. If I were doing CarPlay, that is what I would be buying. There is a video on YouTube showing the installation process on an i3, and it looks simple since everything is done under the rear seat. (Most other BMW's require opening up the dashboard as well.)
Personally, I would give the non-CarPlay BMW stuff a fair shake before dropping the money to replace it. Their connected apps setup works fine for Pandora in my 2015 model, and I think that it is worth the $50/year fee. If you want Google Maps or Waze, then CarPlay is the only game in town.....