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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012

    New Mafia member

    Hi, some of you may recognise my name from other forums, Im a member on quite a few, but here is a short introduction and a bit of background.

    I live in the UK, so no ZHPs over here, the nearest is the 330i M-sport. My day job is as a computer software designer/programmer which has lead me to an interest in the electronic systems that are used in the E46 generation cars.

    I bought my first BMW, an Brilliant Red E30 325i Touring, in 1990 and have had BMWs ever since. The E30 was followed by a Boston Green E36 325i saloon and then a Montreal Blue E36 328i Touring. In 2002 I changed to an Oxford Green E46 330i M-Sport Touring and then in 2004 to a LeMans Blue Individual E46 330d M-Sport Touring. In 2008 I picked up my current car, a Carbon Black E39 M5 and although I kept the 330d for more than a year after I picked up the M5, I received an offer I could not refuse and sold it in December 2009.

    With the purchase of the 330d in 2004 came a significant increase in annual mileage, including some trips to Germany which were a lot of fun! With the increase in time spent in the car came a desire to increase the music repertoire to more than could be provided by a 6 CD Changer, and so began my use of the Intravee. I was searching for anything that would allow decent navigation of MP3 CDs in an Alpine CHA-S634 which I had connected via an ICD iBus interface (my, that was a poor device!) and stumbled across the Intravee project which the owner had shelved. I managed to persuade him to resurrect the project and received Intravee serial number 000002 on 12th November 2004. It did not work! After a lot of late nights sending information and getting firmware updates I think the first working version was installed about 2 weeks later.

    In 2005 Alpine introduced the KCA-420i and the CD Changer was ditched for an iPod and I had access to a whole 20Gb of MP3s. Ive had an iPod in my car ever since and have been in regular contact with the Intravee designer ever since. As a consequence of all this, I know quite a lot about the BMW iBus, Nav systems and other related BMW electronics and about everything there is to know about the Intravee and associated Alpine AI-Net components.

    Hopefully some of my knowledge will be helpful to other members; so many thanks for letting me join.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Ocean County, NJ
    Welcome to the family, Richard.

    Great list of rides.

    We have an Intravee thread here.

    I wish this was sent with a Galaxy S3
    -Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
    ZHP Pre-Ride Briefing

    2005 ZHP, Alcantara, Silver Cube, Nav, Sharked, BMW Perf Intake, BMW Perf CF Strut Brace, CF Valve/Fuel Rail Covers,
    Shadowline Grills, CF Splitters, Fog Light Inserts, Euro-mirrors, CDV Delete, Beisan vanos, GAS DISA, BP Coded

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Wellesley, Ma
    Welcome Richard!
    The Mafia is different than any other car forum out there--we're lucky and excited to have you as a part of the community here!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Thanks for the welcome.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Victor NY
    Welcome! I am sure many will have electronics questions for you.


    2004 ZHP Coupe TiAg 6mt
    "I never said it was special"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Fairfax Station, VA
    Welcome Richard, M-Sport Tourings, OMG!

    21 GMC Sierra - mine
    16 X5 M-Sport - wife
    11 M3 - 1st son
    04 Tundra - 2nd son
    17 X1 M-Sport - daughter

    Former (mo/yr sold):
    15 335xi M-Sport (8/18)
    11 335is (8/17)
    11 X5 AW/blk (11/15)
    04 330xi blk/gray (7/15)
    06 ZHP SGM/blk (6/15)
    08 335xi blue/blk (4/15)
    04 ZHPci MB/blk (2/14)
    04 ZHPcic IR/Alc (10/13)
    01 540iT anthra/blk (7/13)
    04 ZHPci TIAG/blk (9/12)
    03 540i M-Sport (9/12)
    01 325ci (3/12)
    02 325iT 5MT (10/11)
    05 ZHPci (7/11)
    03 330cic (2/11)
    00 323ci (10/10)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2012
    I had them both together for about a week.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    Lebanon, OH

    Sent from a Thunderbolt
    "Flame suit NOT REQUIRED!!!"
    Call Me Dane l 2/2004 330i ZHP l 18x8 ET45 BBS CK's wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ @ 245-40-18 l KW V1 Coilovers in front l KW V1 springs w/ Bilstein B8 dampeners in rear l BMW Performance Rotors l UUC StrutBarbarian l Racing Dynamics Rear Strut Bar l Jim Conforti Shark Injector l Light Birch Interior Trim l Bimmian Celly Mount l M3 Trunk Mat l l e90 Performance E-Brake & Shift Knob l M3 Tri-Stitched Boots l AL Headlight Retrofit with ZKW Lenses l CobyWheel Wrap w/M3 Stitching l LCM sw 4.5 triple blink and rear fogs

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2011

    2003 330i / Orion V2 AEs / ASA GT1 Wheels / CDV Delete / OEM Aux / AFE Pro5 Intake

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Lexington, KY
    Welcome Richard
    325i, 2005, 5MT, Silvergrey, leatherette, Sport package; CDV delete, KONI STR-T & KYB Excel-G, Weisslichts, Stewart H2O pump

    328i, 2010, 6MT, Spacegrey, dakota leather, M-sport packages; all stock][IMG]

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