04-18-2013, 10:02 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Join Date: May 2009
Mein Auto: 2003 BMW 540i
I can confirm (for the most part) that bluetooth can be added to E39's without nav.
Originally Posted by DennisCooper!
Looks like you've researched quite a lot, but will need to keep on looking into things. I say that as as far as I'm aware, to run oem Bluetooth in an E39 means also having the 16:9 widescreen/GPS setup as a pre-requisite. It's the information that I and a few others have mentioned on the UK side of things and as yet, I've not had anyone say that what I've (and others) have said there be called incorrect. Perhaps US E39's can have one of the more basic oem audio setups for bluetooth? - in the link posted by 540 M Sport, the 'non navigation' BT option is on an E46 head unit
So, you'll 'most likely' need to retrofit the widescreen GPS/Audio setup and then spend more on getting the right Bluetooth module, loom etc and then fit that. Cost's will most likely be north of $2000+. If you *must* keep oem audio modules, I think this is way you'll need to go.
An alternative would be a sun visor type bluetooth option from the likes of Supertooth, Motorola, Parrot, Scosche etc etc - no messing around with wiring and can be used in different cars - just take it with you! high quality branded name units will be perhaps $75 and upwards to perhaps $150 or so? I used this type of setup for quite a few years and just about to get the Parrot Neo sun visor unit
Lucky my 03 was prewired / pre-equipped for most of the compenents.
I got as far as pairing. The MID was able to communicate with the ULF and i could initiate the paring function with the whole phone LED lights lighting up and what not.
The ULF bluetooth setup pdf also explains how to pair using the non-nav MID.
The only reason I couldn't fully pair was due to 1. Being a 4th gen ULF & 2. A very recent phone (Iphone 4s)
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Last edited by Dking078; 04-18-2013 at 10:09 PM.