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      05-18-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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Garmin 7" nav installed in dash

Garmin 7" nav installed in dash. This is Garmins lastest model with very large 7" screen and traffic. I really like the garmins and this is the best unit to date. Unit is solid like a factory install. Unit has very bright screen and looks like a tablet. It has a very loud a powerful speaker that's very sharp and clear.


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      05-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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Really cool. What model is that garmin? Did you have to buy a special kit for it?
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      05-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Really cool. What model is that garmin? Did you have to buy a special kit for it?
It just came out. Nuvi 2797 LMT. The mount I used is garmin dash mount. I removed the rubber pad that is in the box and mounted the dash mount to the bottom of the hard plastic in the box. The bottom of the dash mount is super strong adhesive tape and the mount comes with an arm that has a ball mount socket and that attaches to the back of the garmin. I added a cigarette lighter socket to that box. There is plenty of room in that box for all the wires. I leave the unit attached all the time as is looks like the factory screen on the new 3 series that looks like it just sits on the dash.


The nice part is unlock the garmin mount and GPS screen detaches you can then put the screen in the glove box. Then you can still close the door on the dash bin and when you look inside the X1 it looks like nothing is there.

I had a new 5" nuvi and I was going to mount the screen inside the box like the factory nav unit but I was going to leave the door on the dash bin box for a custom look.

Then I saw how the new 3 series nav looked and found out garmin just came out with a 7" unit and made it look sort of like that.
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      05-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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nice solution to save around $2.500. But i still like the original built-in navigation more. The gap between the screen (bottom) and the dashboard is a little big to big.

But once again, nice and great alternative!
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      05-20-2013, 06:47 PM   #5
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nice solution to save around $2.500. But i still like the original built-in navigation more. The gap between the screen (bottom) and the dashboard is a little big to big.

But once again, nice and great alternative!
I did not get the factory Navigation to save money. I think BMW makes great cars but there factory GPS is just terrible. If they made factory nav unit that worked like the Garmin I would buy it. This new Garmin is really state of the art and it really sets a benchmark for GPS systems. I can get an address in the unit so fast. Either by voice command or pressing directly on the screen.

To talk to the unit you do not have to press any buttons I have it custom set up to wake up on just saying "hello X1". From there I use any functions the unit has to offer from quick address input to screen brightness to volume control. Also the sound out of the unit is Bluetooth to the BMW sound system.

The unit also has active lane guidance with photo real juction view. It also has something called "real directions". What this is is like real person telling you where to turn. Example turn right at the 7 Eleven turn left at the gas station.

I also have custom apps. That will alert to speed traps, red light cameras. There is a new one that has dangers ahead on the road pot holes ect. The built in traffic works very well and while most traffic on GPS only works on major highways this works on surface streets also.

I already fixed the gap on the screen bottom and dashboard. The unit now sits flush to the dashboard.
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      05-20-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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I did not get the factory Navigation to save money. I think BMW makes great cars but there factory GPS is just terrible. If they made factory nav unit that worked like the Garmin I would buy it. This new Garmin is really state of the art and it really sets a benchmark for GPS systems. I can get an address in the unit so fast. Either by voice command or pressing directly on the screen.

To talk to the unit you do not have to press any buttons I have it custom set up to wake up on just saying "hello X1". From there I use any functions the unit has to offer from quick address input to screen brightness to volume control. Also the sound out of the unit is Bluetooth to the BMW sound system.

The unit also has active lane guidance with photo real juction view. It also has something called "real directions". What this is is like real person telling you where to turn. Example turn right at the 7 Eleven turn left at the gas station.

I also have custom apps. That will alert to speed traps, red light cameras. There is a new one that has dangers ahead on the road pot holes ect. The built in traffic works very well and while most traffic on GPS only works on major highways this works on surface streets also.

I already fixed the gap on the screen bottom and dashboard. The unit now sits flush to the dashboard.
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It just came out. Nuvi 2797 LMT. The mount I used is garmin dash mount. I removed the rubber pad that is in the box and mounted the dash mount to the bottom of the hard plastic in the box. The bottom of the dash mount is super strong adhesive tape and the mount comes with an arm that has a ball mount socket and that attaches to the back of the garmin. I added a cigarette lighter socket to that box. There is plenty of room in that box for all the wires. I leave the unit attached all the time as is looks like the factory screen on the new 3 series that looks like it just sits on the dash.


The nice part is unlock the garmin mount and GPS screen detaches you can then put the screen in the glove box. Then you can still close the door on the dash bin and when you look inside the X1 it looks like nothing is there.

I had a new 5" nuvi and I was going to mount the screen inside the box like the factory nav unit but I was going to leave the door on the dash bin box for a custom look.

Then I saw how the new 3 series nav looked and found out garmin just came out with a 7" unit and made it look sort of like that.

Thanks alot for responding i really appreciate it. I think i might just do something like this in a month or 2.
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      05-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #8
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It just came out. Nuvi 2797 LMT. The mount I used is garmin dash mount. I removed the rubber pad that is in the box and mounted the dash mount to the bottom of the hard plastic in the box. The bottom of the dash mount is super strong adhesive tape and the mount comes with an arm that has a ball mount socket and that attaches to the back of the garmin. I added a cigarette lighter socket to that box. There is plenty of room in that box for all the wires. I leave the unit attached all the time as is looks like the factory screen on the new 3 series that looks like it just sits on the dash.


The nice part is unlock the garmin mount and GPS screen detaches you can then put the screen in the glove box. Then you can still close the door on the dash bin and when you look inside the X1 it looks like nothing is there.

I had a new 5" nuvi and I was going to mount the screen inside the box like the factory nav unit but I was going to leave the door on the dash bin box for a custom look.

Then I saw how the new 3 series nav looked and found out garmin just came out with a 7" unit and made it look sort of like that.
Could you expand your explanation to include how you routed the 12v power to that location?
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      05-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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Could you expand your explanation to include how you routed the 12v power to that location?
Yes, I ran power from the fuse box. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the dashboard bin. I did not remove the box. I then fished the power wires to the glove box then connected everything. I removed the the glovebox and the kick panel below the glovebox. You can see how to do this on the post how to install radar detector.
I used a heat gun to heat up the garmin mount and have the GPS sit lower. It looks much better now.





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Very slick installation! Did you use the heat gun to actually melt the plastic on the mount to get it to sit lower?
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Very slick installation! Did you use the heat gun to actually melt the plastic on the mount to get it to sit lower?
Yes, I just got the plastic hot with the heat gun.
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