So you have BMW E46 and you want to use modern music sources, right? You have two ways then: you can switch your standard Business CD radio to higher model, compatible with MP3 CD and AUX as well as just replace original BMW radio with the aftermarket one. If so, I guess you should consider E46 Android radio.
In general you can choose between two kinds of aftermarket units:
- 1 din, which is narrower than original, so you will need adapter in this case
- 2 din, which is fits perfect in every dimension
If you read this site, you probably already know I’m rather fan of neat and factory-like looking solutions, so if you need radio which will be up to date, I would recommend you 2 din unit. This solution gives your E46 Android features and all most popular interfaces: USB, AUX line, Bluetooth connection as well as GPS and even touchscreen.
1 din radio is the cheapest way to use MP3, USB and Bluetooth in your E46, but the adapter it needs makes such radio looking really uncool. No matter how much you try, it will never be well composed visually into the dashboard.
Best E46 Android units
There are lots of various units based on Android and they are available for few years, so you will find brand new models, most of all with Android 5 as well as used ones based on older versions.
Equipment varied from just CD MP3 and USB compatibility, through GPS, Bluetooth and touchscreen to finally even tire-pressure monitoring. There is only one thing that all these radios have in common: they are not made by major car-electronics brands. You can choose between probably never heard befeore chinese manufacturers, which doesn’t has to mean anything bad, but for sure doesn’t help if you consider choosing the one radio.
That’s why as a result I prepared for you few propositions.
These are most popular and/or interesing E46 Android unit you can buy. Enjoy!
Do you use some of these radios? Feel free to write few words about quality, usability or just review your unit. Or maybe you recommend device not from beyond this list?