1999-2006 BMW X5 E53 Radio Replacement

BMW X5 E53 radio upgrade can make a huge difference on how you drive and derive comfort out of your car. Not just for music, but for GPS navigation as well as for news and radio, for alerts and for talking on the phone, a handy stereo system is all that you should be looking for.

Disadvantages of the factory radio

The BMW E53 SUV is classified as a midsize luxury vehicle. There are a few disadvantages of using the current BMW X5 E53 radio.

One being you cannot customize it according to your own free will. It doesn’t support any upgrades that come up in the market etc. Its navigation system has many other alternatives in the market which is far better and much cheaper, especially an android navigation which can work more efficiently, so a radio replacement is necessary if you have a BMW X5 e53.

bmw x5 e53 oem radio

The E53 OEM radio has limited functions, some just support car radio and CD player. Even for a X5 E53 with a premium package, the navigation is outdated and can not be upgraded. Let alone backup camera compatibility.

Advantages of BMW X5 E53 Radio Upgrade

The best idea is to upgrade the stereo with a new OEM looking large screen head unit like this:

e53 radio replacement

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Aftermarket radio for BMW X5 E53 suddenly is seen to have become exceedingly popular, as not only do you have an up to date, fast GPS system but also a variety of music and video options along with stunning stereo wheels control systems as well as the display of the rear view camera. All of these are extremely useful especially when you’re driving a BMW. They are controls and shortcuts that come in very handy.

This upgrade is Android OS based and can be installed easily with many applications and system upgrades. There are many stores supporting in the upgrade of the Aftermarket radio System for BMW, but you should be careful and only choose the top quality unit. There are neat steps which are outlined perfectly well for you to be able to purchase and install it by yourself without any kind of trouble, you can check BMW X5 aftermarket radio installation with our other post.

The CPU Frequency is very high in performance, at 1.5GHz Octa-cores. The main functions for this BMW X5 android head unit include DVD player, GPS navigation, USB, SD, FM/AM radio, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. It also supports the use of iPhone for hands free phone calling and Bluetooth streaming music, which makes it very versatile even though it is based on Android. It also supports the use of Wi-Fi, which makes audio connectivity very easy. It has a fantastic video output, with 4K video quality which is pure HD. Its services for audio and video is something that makes all your gadgets compatible with it to produce a highly enhanced experience.

However, this is not all. It also supports DVR and has a 7 inch High Definition Touch screen, making it easy to navigate and use this stereo set. It also does the basic necessities like Bluetooth for hands-free talking and speaking and attending phone calls. It also comes with a built in the memory card slot for your music and videos etc. It supports USB as well as Micro SD, so you’re never out of excuses to use this head unit.

BMW X5 e53 has steering wheel controls. One of its really enhanced functions is the fact that it has a control option of managing the steering wheel, and is very accurate and reliable. After replaced the factory BMW X5 radio, the new BMW X5 radio replacement can still support steering wheel control. This not only adds to your comfort but also safety, in a way. It also supports the traditional FM and AM Radio system for your radio preferences and can save all your channels in its system.


All in all, this is a fantastic upgrade and serves a way to enjoy the newer forms of controls and facilities that are available in the market without using obsolete technology. This upgrade is a smart decision which you will make for your BMW x5 head unit as its better than universal double din alternatives out there.

Remember, you will always make smart decisions with BMW X5 E53 radio upgrade.

32 thoughts on “1999-2006 BMW X5 E53 Radio Replacement

    1. Yes, it fits, but please send a dash photo and your car’s VIN for us to check further, this has something to do with installation.

  1. Hi
    I have a bmw 2003 x5
    Radio don’t have navigation I want to update the radio to Android n iPhone compatible wich one u recommended?

    1. This unit fits your car, but need to check if your car has DSP amplifier and if there’s a wide screen from your factory radio, because the power cable is different.

  2. hi I have 2005 bmw x5 e53 and I want to upgrade the radio. howmuch is the new device and how long will it take to be delivred in Pretoria south Africa?

    1. Hi, the unit price starts from US$299, shipping cost to South Africa is US$87 by Fedex or DHL at this time. The shipping time is about 3~5 days.

  3. Hi I’m Lance in South Africa I drive the E53 BMW x5 and im interested in the Android upgrade unit as my unit head is faulty

  4. I havea 2007 X5, NO audio ,radio does not power on, sos not working, took it to the dealer and they spent 6 hours on it and cant figure it out…help !

    1. Your car should be a BMW X5 E70. For factory radio system issue, if the BMW dealer can not solve it for you, you can try to find a car repair shop nearby and see if they can help. We just provide aftermarket car radio system.

  5. I have an x5 2009 model.. what is the best model screen for my x5…also once installed will the idrive system work through the new screen?

  6. Looking for nav system, compatible with I phone for maps, music, hands free calling, also backup camera to fit 2004 BMW X5 r.4i. . Must be workable with all steering wheel buttons. Can you advise options and pricing? Thanks

    1. This is the best nav system for your 2004 BMW X5:


      It’s compatible with iPhone for Bluetooth hands free phone calling, Bluetooth music, supports steering wheel controls. You can also choose the Apple Carplay option so that you can use your phone’s maps on the screen. By the way, we can also install our latest Sygic or iGO maps for your country.

      If you have any other questions, just feel free to contact us.

    1. You can send us your car model, manufacture year and a dashboard picture for us to check, so that we can tell you the installation details for your car. The shipping time is about 3~5 days shipping by DHL, you can check the shipping cost for your country after you add it to the cart on the shopping cart page.

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