I have a 228i F22 and to easily install and facilitate the speed of it, you should have plastic pry tools for the vents/covers and a drill to get the T20 screws out fast and to put them in faster. Actually, for me, the drill was necessary since my car has the super large OEM radio unit and stuffing it back in was difficult so I did what any other lack of patience person would do, by just drilling it back in while making as much room as possible with the carplay unit. As for the performance and look of the carplay, its pretty solid. No better or worse than what you would get in a car that comes with it originally. The connection for setting up can be a tad bit finicky but once its set up, you really don’t have to worry about it again since it auto detects and auto launches (wireless) as long as you have wifi and bluetooth enabled. I also love that if you hold the menu button you can switch between the OEM BMW menu to check any diag messages or tire pressure etc and then hold menu again to go back to the glorious carplay. MAKE SURE you adjust your on/off switches accordingly to your screen size or you will put back everything just to see a blank screen! (made that mistake). I also recommend disconnecting the battery in the trunk while doing this process just for safety. Also do not use the car’s bluetooth audio setting, set the car to AUX in the OEM setting even if you’re using wireless. If you notice intermittent stuttering and general jittery audio, its because you aren’t technically using the carplay unit’s sound driver. This unit is a bit different than OEM in terms of tone so you may want to go into both the OEM menu to adjust bass and treble and the carplay unit to adjust the EQ.
When I ordered the CarPlay interface online, a representative from Andream emailed me the same day to verify the make and model of my car. They wanted to ensure that the correct interface was shipped to me. That was very impressive!
As far as the interface itself, I like that I have modern technology in my older car (2011). As of today, I have had it for only a week, so I’m not sure of all of the features. The features I really like are the equalizer and the loudness adjustment. I can fully customize my high end system.
Very happy with this radio. Makes my 2009 feel like a 2019. 10/10 recommend, easy install
This screen surpassed my expectations. It works really well. It also has wireless Android Auto. It wasn't difficult to install. All features worked as described. I replaced the original small screen that came with my BMW 428i with the 10.25" screen. It looks great on the car. The original controls still work plus you have the new touch screen functionality. The only thing I will request is a non-glossy screen option, or an option to buy a separate non-glossy protector that we can apply to the screen to prevent unwanted reflections. Overall a great product, and so far it is working well.
I trusted Andream as opposed to other AliExpress boxes and I’m glad I did! The price is still under $300 and compared to a previous one I installed for my 4 series that clearly degraded the audio output, the Andream unit realizes the maximum potential of my Harmon Kardon system! However I got no instruction manual at all for my F10 box, so I had to rely on online videos.
I absolutely love this screen. The install is a bit annoying but that’s expected with almost any European car. It is a major update from the factory unit, and it is very nice to be able to flip back to the old factory screen. Before my order was fulfilled the company reached out to me and asked for me to provide photos so they could confirm I was to receive the correct screen for my car. This made me feel very confident in the product choice and I am very grateful for them doing this.
‘12 328i, unit was very easy to install! Sometimes it’s a little slow to connect to my phone but I haven’t had any issues with it so far. Had an issue where the sound wasn’t working on my driver door speaker but support informed me that the plug wasn’t plugged in completely, checked the back of the screen and saw it had come loose, all speakers were working after that.
Car feels a lot more modern now and the touchscreen/CarPlay is fun to use. No regrets on the unit.
Ordered and installed two Apple CarPlay/Android Auto HUs on two LCI (post 2008) E60s, replacing one with OME (no nav) 6.5" screen, and another with OEM navigation 8.8" - both (M-ASK/CCC) work equally well once setup properly. The rear view camera is another major upgrade for these E60s, making you feel like driving a modern cars instead. iDrive and steering wheel audio controls continue to work just as before.
As others have said - there was no installations instructions included. However, the process was pretty much straight forward once you know which connections to make; and which to leave unplugged :)
Here are a few tips besides those that have already been mentioned Steven H. and other reviewers:
. If the original car display aspect ratio is off (seeing conked/half screen of OEM screen, for instance, especially if you're upgrading from nav. 8.8" OEM), go to factory setting (use code '1368'), and select the correct original OEM display type. Don't see it displayed on the screen? Use the touch screen on the right side to scroll down - it's there, just that the scroll bar is missing (reviewer Greg W. in SD had this issue, I believe)
. If the iDrive controller does not work properly (lags or no reponses...), you'd need to select the right iDrive controller type from the factory setting (type 'B' for both of mine).
. If your audio cuts out putting the car into reverse, check (or unchecked - I forgot which) the reverse camera audio silent from the factory setting - no more audio interruption.
. If you're installing a rear camera, you'd only need to run the yellow RCA (video) with built in positive feed from the trunk to the HU. For the trunk side, connect the positive (red) feed to the positive feed (red) on the camera/trunk latch, leave the black/ground disconnected. On the HU side, connect the positive feed (red) to the pink lead (labeled as 'CAM POW'). That's all there is to it, no need tap into reverse light circuit nor using the small power block included in the camera kit.
Camera works like a charm, come on when putting into reverse; and cuts out in a few seconds after putitng back into drive.
Having sound issues, a part from that great product easy install I wish my sound was working … I contact them just waiting
Was easier install than I made it. Does wireless CarPlay, also wireless Android auto. It looks great, definitely could use directions.
Great product would be nice if it came with instructions also
I did LOTS of research prior to purchasing any aftermarket head unit for my E70 Diesel. Found a response in a BMW forum who said these were excellent. To my amazement this head unit is nearly $200.00 cheaper than other suppliers of nearly the same product listed online like Amazon etc. Wiring was a BREEZE. It took me less than 30 minutes to install. I have a background as a mechanic and anyone who is not mechanically/electrically inclined can easily install this product. There are also several YouTube videos of these head units being installed step by step. NO Splicing of any wires were required. I didn't have to cut or modify any of my interior for this product to fit. All-in-all I'm extremely happy. The representative for this product reached out and confirmed the details of my vehicle prior to shipping the unit to ensure I would be satisfied with my purchase. The Factory Bose Sound System is also complimented well with the additional audio tuning through this unit, you get a huge updated screen like the newer BMW's, The CarPlay works great & IT'S AFFORDABLE! Rest assured you're getting a nice product.
I purchased the large touch screen for my CIC F10 BMW. The only complaint I have is there are no installation instructions. The product functions flawlessly. Installation was simple and straight forward. I had an issue and I was so surprised that a Chinese company in a different time zone answered every question quickly, knowledgeably and in English.
to replace the original screen and now is bigger brighter and has android auto!
the first issue i had, which is now resolved, is the split screen like in the "red" background photo, the resolution is to change the factory setting to NBT, as in the product description, using password 1368
now it works perfectly, the only issue now is the dash time won't update with the time setting on original screen, but other than that its a great product
Great upgrade to my 2013 335i. Works great and I love having the back up camera. Highly recommend this if you don't have carplay! Install was a bit of a challenge, I'm a novice but Andream was responsive via messenger. Lots of helpful youtube videos out there.