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      07-11-2019, 04:33 PM   #1
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Idrive controller differences?

Hi guys,

Can anyone explain the differences between the iDrive controllers ? I mean besides the obvious being the size of the wheel ? I currently have the one with the small wheel and was contemplating going for the bigger one ... however seeing as the one I have sports five buttons at the top; media, radio, menu, telephone and navigation; wouldn't I just be better off replacing the small wheel with a bigger one ? If possible ? Or what am I missing ? Obviously I'm comparing two identical setups other than the size of the wheel .. so no touch or ceramic or anything - just 1:1 ...

Hope it makes sense ?

Btw... disregard the cd button on the image below .. just find a picture online to visualise what I'm babbling about ..

So is worth spending 120$ on a new iDrive controller or can exchange the wheel itself on my current ?
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The bottom one you can use the top of the button to write stuff on the screen but you need an adapter to make that part work.

So you would just be getting the different look. If you can find a ceramic one that looks much nicer.
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Hi guys,

Can anyone explain the differences between the iDrive controllers ? I mean besides the obvious being the size of the wheel ? I currently have the one with the small wheel and was contemplating going for the bigger one ... however seeing as the one I have sports five buttons at the top; media, radio, menu, telephone and navigation; wouldn't I just be better off replacing the small wheel with a bigger one ? If possible ? Or what am I missing ? Obviously I'm comparing two identical setups other than the size of the wheel .. so no touch or ceramic or anything - just 1:1 ...

Hope it makes sense ?

Btw... disregard the cd button on the image below .. just find a picture online to visualise what I'm babbling about ..

So is worth spending 120$ on a new iDrive controller or can exchange the wheel itself on my current ?
What model and year is your car?

Navigation or not?

Is it a CIC or early NBT unit?

I fully expect you have a CIC or early NBT unit which works on KCAN and the larger iDrive Controllers work on KCAN2, a different bus.

This means you would have to do some rewiring in the car.
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Hi guys,

Can anyone explain the differences between the iDrive controllers ? I mean besides the obvious being the size of the wheel ? I currently have the one with the small wheel and was contemplating going for the bigger one ... however seeing as the one I have sports five buttons at the top; media, radio, menu, telephone and navigation; wouldn't I just be better off replacing the small wheel with a bigger one ? If possible ? Or what am I missing ? Obviously I'm comparing two identical setups other than the size of the wheel .. so no touch or ceramic or anything - just 1:1 ...

Hope it makes sense ?

Btw... disregard the cd button on the image below .. just find a picture online to visualise what I'm babbling about ..

So is worth spending 120$ on a new iDrive controller or can exchange the wheel itself on my current ?
What model and year is your car?

Navigation or not?

Is it a CIC or early NBT unit?

I fully expect you have a CIC or early NBT unit which works on KCAN and the larger iDrive Controllers work on KCAN2, a different bus.

This means you would have to do some rewiring in the car.
I have a 316D F31 LCI Model. 2016 ... I have business navigation and NBT...
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Hi guys,

Can anyone explain the differences between the iDrive controllers ? I mean besides the obvious being the size of the wheel ? I currently have the one with the small wheel and was contemplating going for the bigger one ... however seeing as the one I have sports five buttons at the top; media, radio, menu, telephone and navigation; wouldn't I just be better off replacing the small wheel with a bigger one ? If possible ? Or what am I missing ? Obviously I'm comparing two identical setups other than the size of the wheel .. so no touch or ceramic or anything - just 1:1 ...

Hope it makes sense ?

Btw... disregard the cd button on the image below .. just find a picture online to visualise what I'm babbling about ..

So is worth spending 120$ on a new iDrive controller or can exchange the wheel itself on my current ?
What model and year is your car?

Navigation or not?

Is it a CIC or early NBT unit?

I fully expect you have a CIC or early NBT unit which works on KCAN and the larger iDrive Controllers work on KCAN2, a different bus.

This means you would have to do some rewiring in the car.
I have a 316D F31 LCI Model. 2016 ... I have business navigation and NBT...

Maybe I actually have NBT EVO??
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Hi guys,

Can anyone explain the differences between the iDrive controllers ? I mean besides the obvious being the size of the wheel ? I currently have the one with the small wheel and was contemplating going for the bigger one ... however seeing as the one I have sports five buttons at the top; media, radio, menu, telephone and navigation; wouldn't I just be better off replacing the small wheel with a bigger one ? If possible ? Or what am I missing ? Obviously I'm comparing two identical setups other than the size of the wheel .. so no touch or ceramic or anything - just 1:1 ...

Hope it makes sense ?

Btw... disregard the cd button on the image below .. just find a picture online to visualise what I'm babbling about ..

So is worth spending 120$ on a new iDrive controller or can exchange the wheel itself on my current ?
What model and year is your car?

Navigation or not?

Is it a CIC or early NBT unit?

I fully expect you have a CIC or early NBT unit which works on KCAN and the larger iDrive Controllers work on KCAN2, a different bus.

This means you would have to do some rewiring in the car.
I have a 316D F31 LCI Model. 2016 ... I have business navigation and NBT...

Maybe I actually have NBT EVO??
Then you do not need to rewire.

Simple swap.

Surprised you do not have a touch controller already.
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I think it's different in Germany (where the car was bought by the first owner) and from what I can see in Denmark, where I live, most cars have the small iDrive wheel except for cars with navigation pro...

But to get back to my original question - is it possible to just swap the wheel itself if that's the only difference between the two since I don't care about the touch part ?
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But to get back to my original question - is it possible to just swap the wheel itself if that's the only difference between the two since I don't care about the touch part ?
Yes, it's possible - the wheel can be found on eBay or amazon. Here a video I found with instructions:

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