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iDrive Display Replacement
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iDrive Display Replacement

Nick Czerula


1 hours1 hrs






Plastic prying tool, T10 Torx driver,

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)
BMW M5 Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

iDrive display

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to scratch display. Clean display plastic before reinstalling.

Performance Gain:

Working iDrive display

Complementary Modification:

Replace radio

BMW E60 models have a screen mounted in the center of the instrument panel that displays the functions and information from the iDrive system. The iDrive system is controlled via a knob mounted to the center console. Using the iDrive system, you can access many features of your BMW. For example the screen can display some diagnostics tasks such and tire pressure monitoring status, display maintenance items and navigation maps. All depending on your vehicle year and options. See your owner's manual for specific information related to the iDrive screen in your vehicle.

The most common issue with the iDrive screen is the brightness drops or the screen shuts down during use. Both of these issues can be remedied by replacing the screen. Keep in mind, other control modules can also cause the screen not to work. Usually if everything works except for the screen, (radio, sounds, etc) the screen is faulty. Is nothing in the communication system (radio, navigation, screen) works, a module or other component may be at fault. The CCC (Car Communications Computer) and CIC (Car Information Computer) has been known to be a common issue. In the case you suspect it is your issue, a BMW scan tool is needed to complete the diagnosis.

Most electrical components on BMW E60 models require programming using an advanced BMW scan tool when replacing. With that said, don't feel you can't replace these items yourself. You also have the option of swapping out used items, which will at times work with programming. I don't have experience with this method, due to my access to a BMW scan tool, but it is something to consider. I have been told that programming of used items isn't always required, so this may be an option, but I cannot vouch for it. Caveat emptor.

If you have a stuck CD or DVD in the drive due to a failed iDrive unit or related component, use the following steps to remove it:

  1. Turn the ignition ON.
  2. Press the rotary knob along with both drive eject buttons simultaneously.
  3. Release the buttons. This will initiate a CCC reset.
  4. Once the CCC starts to reset, press the eject buttons repeatedly to eject the discs.
  5. If necessary, try this procedure several times.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Working at the top of the iDrive display, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 1

Working at the top of the iDrive display, remove the two T10 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

It is a tight fit.
Figure 2

It is a tight fit. I like to use a 1/4-inch bit driver with a T10 Torx bit. This fits well and makes quick work of removing the fasteners.

Once the fasteners are removed, pull the top of the iDrive display out of the dashboard.
Figure 3

Once the fasteners are removed, pull the top of the iDrive display out of the dashboard. If needed, gently lever it out using a plastic prying tool. Once the top is free, lift the bottom of the display out from the mounts and remove it far enough to access the electrical connectors.

Next, press the small button and rotate the connector lock 90° to disconnect the connector (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, press the small button and rotate the connector lock 90 degrees to disconnect the connector (red arrow). Then pull the wiring harness out of the mounts (blue arrows).

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight out of the display.
Figure 5

Pull the left side electrical connector (red arrow) straight out of the display. If needed, gently lever it out using a small flathead screwdriver. Note the part number on your display, if you are attempting to replace it with a used part (blue arrow). Install the replacement display into the dashboard in the reverse order of removal. Check the operation of the display and clear any fault codes you may have set.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Fanuc32 Comments: Where is the modual exactly located in a 2008 bmw 550i m sport? if it has one .
July 23, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What module are you looking for/ I can see if I have that info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rich Comments: I would like to upgrade my 07 bmw 530xi from ccc to cic. do you know if the 8.8 displays are all the same resolution. does it matter getting it from an 04 to a 2010?
July 20, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure of resolution. I would imagine they are all the same for E60 models. But have no data to support that claim. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nycdave Comments: thanks for the fast reply. Not sure what you mean by the navigation unit in the trunk. Is that the TCU? Where in the trunk is this part? Do you know the module code name? Thanks.
June 26, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On some 5-Series models a control module for nav was in trunk. Later models integrated it into the nav display, sharing some function with the control knob and radio. Best bet is to get a wiring diagram for your vehicle to see what your system layout is. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nycdave Comments: So, for the past year, the iDrive system 2004 545i is dead at times, but comes back to life from time to time. Lately it has been more dead than alive. Suddenly, it has come back to life, but the menu button does not return you to the main screen. If I want to change from Entertainment to Navigation, I must reset the system vol+eject button and quickly change to up/down/right/left when main screen shows. Otherwise, it goes back to where it was last. This is also true for settings by pressing knob down. Any ideas? Doesn't sound like a screen issue. My mechanic who I have been trusting less and less says it is a fiber optic cable issue. Could that be true? Thanks.
June 26, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would assume the navigation unit the trunk is failing. That is quite common. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sgt Comments: My iDrive display in my 2006 525i is blank. So that means I get no stereo, or information, just a blank screen. Help
June 10, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Likely the module in the trunk or the screen itself. You will need to scan the vehicle and see which one is offline. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
No music chuck Comments: My 2008 528i Idrive display froze up no audio nav or anything. I've tried to reset nothing works I have a cd inside the I hear spinning periodically without me doing the reset. My dealer say he sees a lot of faults in reading but for some reason can't give a solution what should I do
May 14, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the iDrive unit or the control module. You may have to pick one and try it to see it fixes it. hard for me to guess without seeing vehicle or fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chris Comments: My home screen seems stretched as if its not central if that makes sense
April 15, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Looks like a resolution problem with the display. It is possible you have the wrong screen. did this just happen or when you replaced a part? Looks to me like it thinks it has the extended monitor in it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kall Comments: I have a BMW 2005 545... the navigation screen went blank and I've tried everything I even replaced the screen with a second hand screen and it still won't come on what could be the problem?
March 2, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the navigation module in the trunk. I would check is it is getting power, ground and is there are any fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fanuc32 Comments: The ccc on my 2008 BMW 550i msport keeps rebooting. The screen shows the BMW logo and disappears continually. I found that if I press the mode button near the CD player repeatedly the ccc will start working again until i shut the car off. Then I'd have to repeat the process to get the ccc to work.
January 26, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the CCC is faulty. First have someone with a BMW scan tool confirm the software is up to date, if so you may need a ccc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
gerryd Comments: My idrive has gone down e60 2005 non sat nav
Diagnistics show cid faulty however i have tried 3 replacements and still nothing..does it have to becreset using diagnostics???
Many thanks
January 2, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to have the new module programmed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jr Comments: my console button for I drive does nothing it just spins does not click whats wrong 04 bmw 545i
December 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it is mechanically broken / worn out. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
tanveer hassan Comments: my bmw display does not openining to show
January 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know what you mean. Can you explain in more detail what you need help with? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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