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Old 04-12-2005, 07:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey.
Is it possible to put in a out of dash (flips up) dvd player in my X5? (2005)
Looking into getting one..

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Old 04-12-2005, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, but it won't play while the car is in drive. In order for an in-dash system to work, the car must be in park and the parking break must be engaged. Professional installation requires this by law in all 48 continental states.

Of course, that means you pull the car into the parking lot afterwords and slip the guy a $20 to rewire it for ya... Whoops, did I type that???
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Most all these players will do everything except play a DVD movie on the flip out screen. Most of these have video outputs for rear passengers that can watch a DVD while driving. You are correct about the parking brake wire having to be hooked up. But it is just for the built in screen that comes with it. Navigation, CD, AM, FM,XM and all the rest of the features would be pointless if you had to pull over and set the park brake to use them.

The one I would recommend is Pioneer's AVIC-N1. I've sold/installed a handful of these pieces and they are wonderful. It has the most features for the money and well put together, including touch screen, vehicle status (speed, tach, g-force, etc) are all part of this unit.
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take the parking break wire and run it directly into your 12 volt accessory wire... works like a charm.
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some require a ground, check with your installation manual first
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you install the parking brake wire to a ground! not a 12v! it will burn up fuses! trust me.. been doin it since i was born
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Where is the parking brake wire at? And what do you mean to a ground? I know it may be a stupid question, but I need to know.
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Take a look at your parking brake assembly. There should be one or two wires coming from it. One of these should show a ground (most cars anyways) when the brake is set. Most indash DVD players with a screen will have a "parking brake input" wire. Make sure in the instructions that it needs a ground. The wire you determined to have a ground when applied, will go to the "park brake input" on your DVD player. You will then apply the park brake and the unit knows you arent moving and will allow the DVD to play.

And yes, most of the time there is a way around having to have your park brake set to watch a movie.
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