X3Bruin is correct. The voice recognition features on the X3 have been discussed quite a bit in this forum and the Audio Upgrades forum.
The bottom line is that BMW introduced this in March 2005. If your X3 was built before March 2005, then you do not have voice recognition. Sorry.
March 2005 and on:
- Press "talking head" button on the steering wheel to access the phonebook transferred from the active bluetooth enabled phone
If you have a pre-March 2005 production X3 and you want voice recognition, then I think you have to swap out the TCU (Telematics Control Unit) for a later one. Assuming you ahve the Bluetooth option to begin with (which includes a Bluetooth antenna and wiring). Not sure what the good folks at your local dealer will charge to do that.
- Press "talking head" button on the steering wheel to access the phonebook transferred from the active bluetooth enabled phone.
- Press and hold (I have not timed it, but it's a coupla seconds) "talking head" button on the steering wheel to access the voice recognition. You will hear a "beep" to tell you voice recognition is active. The commands in the PDF file attached to an earlier post in this thread are understood.
If you have a 2004 MY car, then it might be more problematic - not sure if you can just swap the TCU.
If you don't have Bluetooth at all, then you can retrofit the car with Bluetooth - again - not sure what that entails or how much it costs.
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