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    I would think 2 din decks are generally the same size. Maybe by 'fit' they mean no simple way to adapt the connections

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    Quote Originally Posted by onaquest View Post
    I would think 2 din decks are generally the same size. Maybe by 'fit' they mean no simple way to adapt the connections
    Connections are not the issue for Double DIN decks in an E46, size is. While the factory head unit looks to be Double DIN from the front, the car's HVAC unit does not allow it depth wise on the bottom. See the following pic of an aftermarket android E46 head unit, you can see where the top half is full depth, and the bottom half is only an inch or so deep.

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    Im really hoping that the Sony unit isn't as deep as the older units. Since it doesn't have the CD slot I'm guessing it shouldn't be too bad but FW_FW is right with the post previous to mine here, the back of the HVAC unit is more shallow than the top half where the CD slot is. If anyone does decide to try the sony unit out please keep us all updated because I will definitely buy it if it fits.

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    promising new CarPlayo/Android Auto unit from Sony coming - $499

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyBimmer05 View Post
    Im really hoping that the Sony unit isn't as deep as the older units. Since it doesn't have the CD slot I'm guessing it shouldn't be too bad but FW_FW is right with the post previous to mine here, the back of the HVAC unit is more shallow than the top half where the CD slot is. If anyone does decide to try the sony unit out please keep us all updated because I will definitely buy it if it fits.
    Stumbled upon this and got curious and did a little google searching. Saw this pics.





    And from the actual owners manual.



    Soooo, maybe it does fit


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    That would be sweet

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    O man, that could be it! It's gotta be a fit, even if might need a bit of finessing to get it just right. Just watched the Crutchfield demo video, it's tits! Also does Android Auto in addition to CarPlay. I gotta look into this.

    A dude has done one in an E36 M3....

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    The only thing I don't like is that it needs to be a wired (USB) connection for CarPlay/Android auto to work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by edwin.colo View Post
    The only thing I don't like is that it needs to be a wired (USB) connection for CarPlay/Android auto to work.
    Yes, not ideal, but compared to the Chinese Ebay options, this is a dream come true. If it can be installed cleanly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinC View Post
    Yes, not ideal, but compared to the Chinese Ebay options, this is a dream come true. If it can be installed cleanly.
    I agree...


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    promising new CarPlayo/Android Auto unit from Sony coming - $499

    That does look promising. Also has a camera-in Port. Who is the first to dive in??

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