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Old 08-31-2009, 08:10 PM
mcewen98 mcewen98 is offline
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Location: Massachusetts
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Mein Auto: 2006 X3
2006 X3 ipod adapter

Hello, I recently got a 2006 X3 and had my BMW dealership install the iPod adapter. I'm fine with the BMW1, BMW2, etc playlists. Reading about this online, it sounded like only older iPods that can charge over Firewire would work, and my iPhone 3GS definitely would not. This is actually what I wanted since I planned to use these in the glovebox:

iPod 3G 20GB (firewire charging & syncing, usb for syncing only)
iPod 5G 30GB (firewire charging only, usb charging & syncing)
iPod mini 4GB (sync and charge over usb and firewire)

After a longer than normal install process due to an "incorrectly ordered part", I got it back several days later. I plugged in the ipod 3g and to my dismay it wouldn't work. I tried the newer 5G, the iPod mini, an iPhone 2G, and a new iPhone 3GS and they all played and charged just fine. The iPhones displayed an 'unsupported device' message but it went away after a few seconds and worked fine.

Looking at the BMW compatibility page again ( , I notice it says that only 4G and up, or ipod nano or mini's are supported, so maybe I just answered my question and my original assumption about the 3G being supported is incorrect.

Strangely enough - the dealership service rep said he knew nothing about ipods and didn't know how it worked, and I didn't give us any instructions either.

I'm wondering if perhaps they installed an updated version of the adapter since the iPhone 3GS charges and plays. I know I've seen dock adapters to make the iPhone 3GS and newer ipods work with older firewire chargers. Does anyone know of a dock adapter to make the ipod 3g compatible with the bmw ipod adapter?

Thanks a lot!
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