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Old 05-25-2009, 10:08 AM
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- Adding OEM Bluetooth is $250. It works much better than the Parrot system, and the steering wheel integration / voice recognition is fantastic.

The price to upgrade my base X3 (no nav, no assist, etc.) with the BMW Bluetooth package is around $700 or so (parts only) so perhaps I've missed something in my research. If so, can someone direct me to an OEM package that only costs $250!?!?

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Old 05-25-2009, 10:56 AM
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- Adding OEM Bluetooth is $250. It works much better than the Parrot system, and the steering wheel integration / voice recognition is fantastic.

The price to upgrade my base X3 (no nav, no assist, etc.) with the BMW Bluetooth package is around $700 or so (parts only) so perhaps I've missed something in my research. If so, can someone direct me to an OEM package that only costs $250!?!?

Thanks again.

JV


Sure can... A Bluetooth TCU is only $328 (sorry just looked up exact cost) from the dealer. Gone are the days of needing a $700 Bluetooth ULF.


plug in the latest part # 84109195455 to www.getbmwparts.com
http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/p...artNumbers.pdf

also read the links on www.bimmerboard.com in the Bluetooth section
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Old 05-25-2009, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for all the info sna77!

Initially I had thought it would be more cost effective to get a new aftermarket stereo with BT built-in. But the phone book, steering wheel integration, and possible voice recognition compromises are making this a bit more thought provoking. So, to be clear, the TCU install will allow these mentioned features even if the 2006 X3 does NOT have nav, assist, etc. The vehicle does have the Business CD and I've been led to believe that the necessary wiring is in place 'cause there is a small bundle of non-landed cables/connectors in the rear left side compartment. The steering wheel has the RT button also.

I'm guessing that I would also need the mic and, again, this vehicle should have the pre-wiring.

So aside from the TCU and microphone, is there anything else to be considered for this upgrade?? I realize that the phone needs to be placed somewhere but I want to cost out the minimum hardware needed for functionality first.

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Old 05-25-2009, 12:49 PM
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So... You probably only need the TCU. My guess is the microphone is there already. Just check. they linked a picture above of where it was..


The X3 install is super easy:
http://www.bimmernav.com/BMW_X3_Blue...tructions.html

You dont need to do anything with the arm rest / phone snap in & charging cradle (unless you want to). You simply pop the TCU into the trunk...

I leave my phone in the cupholder while driving... Although the snap-in is really cool. If I didn't change phones every 6 months, I'd probably install another one...
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Old 05-25-2009, 03:29 PM
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And does a dealer need to program the unit for voice recognition???

Thanks again sna77.

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Old 05-25-2009, 03:45 PM
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And does a dealer need to program the unit for voice recognition???

Thanks again sna77.

JV
First, you dont need voice recognition for Bluetooth to work--especially if your phone already has voice dialing capabilites etc. Its a "nice to have" IMO. You can just plug in the BT module and be working in 5 minutes...

If you DO want the VR, you can either:

- code it using NavCoder. AFAIK the dealers havent figured it out yet... On x5world.com in the Bluetooth section KiwiJochen and BrianBMW have it fugured out with NavCoder ($20 software + $20 ibus to serial adapter).

- Buy a used ULF. They are pre-coded for VR. The PDF I linked has all the part #'s...

Edit: forgot you need a bluetooth antenna also. Its about $50

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Old 12-22-2010, 08:43 AM
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hey guys ... sorry for digging up this old thread but i got a quick question..
I was told by the installer that i would lose the front and back parking sensor functionality if i replace the OEM stereo w/ an aftermarket HU, is that true????(unless i get an adaptor... but thats only for the backup sensor)
Or does that only apply to E9X?
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:11 PM
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hey guys ... sorry for digging up this old thread but i got a quick question..
I was told by the installer that i would lose the front and back parking sensor functionality if i replace the OEM stereo w/ an aftermarket HU, is that true????(unless i get an adaptor... but thats only for the backup sensor)
Or does that only apply to E9X?
Responded in PM, but will have to update some of the DIY as I have come up with a good way to update sound system and keep the HU as well
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:30 PM
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I will probably go aftermarket. Can anyone confirm that the steering controls work?

Requirements
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Ipod
STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS !!!

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:40 PM
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I will probably go aftermarket. Can anyone confirm that the steering controls work?

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Bluetooth
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STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS !!!

Thanks in advance
My steering wheel controls work perfectly. I used the JVC interface to my Alpine H/U.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:01 PM
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Go for GROMAUDIO. 130+40 BT dongle gives everything you wanted, without replacing anything (rather just adding things).
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:56 PM
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Pioneer DEH-P8400BH Help

Trying to install DEH-P8400BH into our 04 X3. We have a VW Scosche wiring harness (Best Buy said it would work), but its not working. Any advice?
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:02 PM
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.... (Best Buy said it would work), but its not working. Any advice?
What does Crutchfield say? I would trust their word more than Best Buy.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:59 PM
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Could you give us any less detail to go on?
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:20 PM
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ok so personally if you want aux - dont b e lazy run the wire. i did by myself in a sling hahahah. its not that bad , plus you retain the factory look. second who really uses bluetooth now days, if your on your phone that much in your car thats ridiculous but thats just me. you can plus your phone up to the aux to listen to music , and when you get a call. just answer it while it plugged up ( DO NOT PUT ON SPEAKER ) and your conversation will play through your speakers while your phone sits in your lap and you can talk calm.

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Old 10-01-2013, 01:07 PM
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Trying to install DEH-P8400BH into our 04 X3. We have a VW Scosche wiring harness (Best Buy said it would work), but its not working. Any advice?
it sounds about right

perhaps you used flipped the wires somewhere?
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:35 PM
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My steering wheel controls work perfectly. I used the JVC interface to my Alpine H/U.
Link to this JVC control please? Crutchfield doesn't list it.
thanks!

I assume they all require a good bit of wire splicing? Did it come with all the required information? If not where do I find it?
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