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By YOUCANIC on Mar 1, 2019

What's the difference between BMW CCC and CIC?

CCC is the first generation of iDrive found in BMW models up to 2007. CIC was the next generation of iDrive that you will find in BMWs from 2008 to present. CCC to CIC changes included a different display, faster processor and a redesigned controller.

In 2012 BMW updated the CIC iDrive to CIC-HIGH. The update improved the processor speeds, memory, maps and hard drive capacity. 

Bimmer owners will often ask us "What is the difference between CIC vs. CCC on a BMW?" This article will help you learn how to tell the difference between CCC and CIC navigation unit.  

What's the difference between CIC and CCC?

A quick way to tell if you have BMW CCC or CIC is to look at the CD & DVD slots.

  • If you have two slots CD and DVD it means you have CCC.
  • If you have only one CD slot it means that you have the BMW CIC unit. In this case, the navigation maps are stored in an internal hard drive. 
difference between bmw ccc and cic

BMW CCC Navigation 

Another way to tell if you have CCC is to look at your BMW navigation screen also called infotainment. Does the screen look like the picture below?

difference between BMW ccc and cic navigation

This was the BMW CCC found on many BMW between 2000-2010. If you have CCC navigation you upgrade the maps by simply swapping out the DVD with one that has a newer map. 

The BMW CCC unit does not allow you to enable DVD in motion. The reason is that is was not designed to play DVD in the first place. 

There were two generations of CCC units:

  • 1st Gen CCC installed from 2004 to 2006  

    • Chassis: E60 E63 64 E90 E92 E93 E87

  • 2nd Gen CCC installed from 2007 to 2009

    • Chassis: E60 E63 E64 E61 E89 E90 E91 E92 E93 E70 E71

The second generation CCC had several advantages such as faster processor, more buttons, starts up faster, better design. The second generation CCC was more reliable. 

BMW CCC had several common problems. You can learn more about BMW CCC failures by following this problem: CCC common problems and possible fixes

BMW CIC Navigation

The newer and more powerful navigation is the CIC. The easiest way to identify if you have BMW CIC unit is to look at the navigation. It will look like the following picture. 


BMW CIC unit is more powerful compared to the early CCC unit. It allows you to enable DVD playback or DVD in motion when applicable. It has more functionality than the CCC. Has a faster processor. 

It also has a build it hard drive which is used to store maps. To upgrade the maps you will need to get a FSC code to update the maps in the hard drive. 



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Ahm, 2019-04-07

Hi, I have problems with my head unit I have a BMW 116i F20 2011, the screen shows the bmw logo and it restarts all the time and I can only hear fm radio. Can someone help me or have the same problem and if I find a committed head unit, do I have to program it or code again?

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