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      03-15-2020, 10:07 AM   #1

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Smile Badly specced E89 retrofits

I came across a 2009 E89 35i thats for sale in my region. There is not many (like any) available here. This one is very bare bone, no cruise control, no idrive, no m sport. Even steering wheel is one without the buttons. Its also manual so no DCT.

I have some questions about how to go about fixing this car assuming I end up buying it

Missing iDrive i can fix with Android unit.
How about retrofitting cruise control? How much does that cost and where can I get the parts? How about the software?
New steering wheel with the buttons? Does it need software configs?
Exterior I may end up wrapping and at the same time going with some bodykit.

It has heated seats so no problem there. Any other specs I may have missed?

Also question about the drivetrain: can manual handle torque better than DCT? I plan on adding some tunes and couldnt find info about this anywhere.

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      03-15-2020, 03:42 PM   #2
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Not 100% sure on the wheel, but I'd say you'd need additional wiring as well for the buttons as well as a new wheel, and slip ring. Yes it would need coding as well.

As for Cruise Control, take a look at this full How-To video I've produced, it runs you through everything including coding, it also has links to the written version and then links to software etc........

I've also done a video on the Android install
2011, 23i, Grey with Red leather.... relatively basic (getting less and less basic with every new retrofit)!
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