Installation was silly easy, I got this Pumpkin Android bmw dvd gps car radio done in a couple of hours and that was because I wanted to hide the wires for the GPS antenna and blutooth microphone, if you're less picky than me you could get it done in a half hour.

The buttons and knobs are very well built, the finish is slightly more glossy than the stock business radio of the E46, though I suspect part of that is due to aging of the stock materials. The screen is bright and clear and the touch screen is very responsive, the colors and sharpness are great.

I was worried that the audio quality would be worse than the stock CD player, but it's definitely not when using equal mediums (CD's, iPod, radio, etc.), but when streaming blutooth it's not the best, most people probably wouldn't notice the difference (my friends didn't), but if you're like me and like clear audio you'll want to stick to CD's, SD cards or an iPod.

The included apps are pretty good, I love the navigation which displays the speed limit of the road you're on as well as warning you if you're speeding, it can also display any nearby gas stations, hotels and many other things and lets you choose which ones you can see or not see. My only gripe with the pre-installed music player is that there is no shuffle button, that seems like a huge oversight, otherwise it works well and the equalizer presets are pretty good, as is the custom mapping option that it gives you.

The bmw car dvd player comes with a .apk installer app so that you can install any app from the Google Play store from an SD card, or anywhere else you could find a .apk app. It also has the Google Play Store app installed on it so if you use your phone as a mobile hotspot for the on-board wifi or use a 3G data card in your unit you can download apps directly from the store.

My bmw e46 car dvd gps came and worked well for a couple of months and then got stuck in the loading screen. But their customer service responded to me quite quickly and informed me it was likely a software issue. This did not require me to send it back to them or anything of the sort. Within an hour of being given directions of how to fix the issue, I had the stereo back in the car and working brand new. It did require me to wipe some settings like time/date and personal installed apps. But other than that it was fairly simple and quick and works perfect again. It looks great in the car, is very useful, and I get compliments from my friends when they see it and play around with it. The bmw car dvd is great and simple to install, that teamed with their persistent, quick, and most importantly *helpful* customer service, I give them a 5 out 5.

--by Jeffrey T

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