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Tutorial: Carplay installation in a BMW 5 Series E61

Tutorial: Carplay installation in a BMW 5 Series E61

In this tutorial, we will see how to install a Carplay in a BMW 5 series E61.
In fact, the only difficulty (or not) will be to get to the station, here it is a CCC.

So we chose the material accordingly: Carplay for BMW with CCC.

WHAT IS A CCC?

A BMW CCC is a GPS car radio of the Bavarian brand BMW with a small or large screen that can be controlled with the wheel, the famous Idrive.
It is presented in the following form:

ccc bmw

The menu is in 5 distinct parts:

  • Climate: ventilation, air conditioning, etc.
  • Communication: the bluetooth
  • Navigation: the GPS (PS: not all CCC car radios have the GPS function, yes, it exists unfortunately)
  • Entertainment: it's the Media/Sources part
  • i: Information, for the settings and the state of the vehicle

Here is the disassembly procedure to access the CCC:

Time: 20-30 minutes

Required hardware: a plastic spatula (or a flathead screwdriver will do) and a Phillips screwdriver.
This is the system that precedes the CIC system which is younger.

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

We'll start by removing the ventilation, first on the right.

bmw ccc carplay

Then the one on the left.

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

The connector must then be removed from the vent.

bmw ccc carplay

Here is the result when the ventilation is removed.

bmw ccc carplay

Then, 2 screws to remove.

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

The CCC station is finally visible.

bmw ccc carplay

Finally take out the post - very easy, no force required.

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

Protect the gearshift lever, especially if it is an automatic gearbox, as it returns to the starting position (in P) each time, thus risking damaging the leather of the knob.

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

bmw ccc carplay

1 - Power connector (Quadlock)

2 - video connector (LVDS)

The only "difficulty" is in the disassembly, for the connection, it is enough to use the 2 sockets mentioned 1 and 2.

carplay bmw e61

We remind here the Carplay module to add to benefit from Apple Carplay on this BMW E61: Carplay for BMW with CCC.