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Recently ordered a pre-built IX40 for June delivery. I want to fit my existing Blackvue dashcam when it arrives and wondered if anyone has installed a dashcam in their IX using the front 12v socket? If so, how neat is the wiring around the 12v socket/floating phone charger area and how did you run the cable to this area? I could consider having it hard wired but can't see where the fuse box is on the online manual and if this is even possible with the bonnet not opening? BMW sell their own dashcam which they fit called Advance Car Eye but seems a bit pricey.
 

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Why do you want to fit a dash cam while the car has Drive Record go to in the car app and check it out, also you can check it out on YouTube. In my opinion it should be more reliable than any dash cam as its a manufacturer option. I set it up and it even records theft attempts and you can ask BMW assistant to record video or start recording yourself manually.
 

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Trialed this on my X5 but has limited features compared to a traditional dash cam. Only 40 sec recording as well as having to manually activate non-accident recordings not to mention £199 cost. BMW have just signed a supply contract with Thinkware for 2 exclusive dashcams so it doesn’t look like they plan to extend the features of Drive Record which has been around for a couple of years.
 

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Recently ordered a pre-built IX40 for June delivery. I want to fit my existing Blackvue dashcam when it arrives and wondered if anyone has installed a dashcam in their IX using the front 12v socket? If so, how neat is the wiring around the 12v socket/floating phone charger area and how did you run the cable to this area? I could consider having it hard wired but can't see where the fuse box is on the online manual and if this is even possible with the bonnet not opening? BMW sell their own dashcam which they fit called Advance Car Eye but seems a bit pricey.
Hi, I've used a coiled connection lead which comes from the Dashcam behind the info screen and into the 12v socket.
Although the cable is visible it is the neatest option without hard wiring.
p.s. you can open the bonnet, there are two loop catches on either side in the front just below steering wheel level, they may be tucked under the trim. You need someone to help as they need to be pulled simultaneously.
 

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Trialed this on my X5 but has limited features compared to a traditional dash cam. Only 40 sec recording as well as having to manually activate non-accident recordings not to mention £199 cost. BMW have just signed a supply contract with Thinkware for 2 exclusive dashcams so it doesn’t look like they plan to extend the features of Drive Record which has been around for a couple of years.
I see, its just in my past 2 cars it came with the package so not individually purchased, I find it neat that fiddling with wires and make the cabin a messy. My wife has BMW eye and is its nice costing with fitting nearly £500.
 
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