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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-28-2012, 06:34 PM
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E39 and SmartPhone - How to connect?

I got an E39 with a CD rack in the boot, but now I also got a smart phone with lots of music.

What is the easiest way top connect the smart phone to the stereo? Bloothtooth? USB connection?
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:49 PM
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For my iphone, I have a usaspec module that replaces the cd changer. It lets you use the steering wheel controls and charges the phone. I dont miss the charger at all. I also have a parrot Bluetooth connector for the phone. Very handy and highly recommended.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:18 AM
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I've seen the charger that replaces the dip in your armrest for iPhones but can't find them to buy anywhere the dealership says there is no such thing but I've seen them anyone know what I'm talking about n if so where can I get one
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:22 AM
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I have a unit that takes the place of your cd changer and you can plug in your ipod. I forget the brad right off hand but I believe a ice unit? anyways Id let it go for the right amount
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:46 AM
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What year is the e39? If it's a 2003, you can plug in a cable to the back of the radio/CD player in the dash which will give you an AUX input. If it's not a 2003, you can change the radio/CD player to a later model one.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:11 PM
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The build date for compatibility with later (satellite radio compatible) E39 sound systems was supposed to be Sept. 2002. However, if your proposed setup needs the newer system and your build date is even close to Sept. '02, then get your VIN to a dealer and they will be able to tell you which system your car really has. Mine was built Sept. '02 but does not have the newer radio.
Also, my DICE Mediabridge (Bluetooth, satellite, USB) has never worked consistently despite numerous software updates and one complete replacement. It locks up and needs hard re-booting occassionally, so I had an under-dash kill switch installed to reboot the DICE unit while driving. When working, DICE is nice, but you do lose your rear CD magazine player.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:15 PM
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What year is the e39? If it's a 2003, you can plug in a cable to the back of the radio/CD player in the dash which will give you an AUX input. If it's not a 2003, you can change the radio/CD player to a later model one.
Did not know this. Lucky me to have an '03 and be on the site today!
Questions: Does the stereo have to be removed to plug-in the cable? Please advise on all steps required for installation and what type of connector for the cable.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:20 AM
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You do have to remove the radio to attach the cable, but this radio is amazingly easy to remove. It takes only a couple of minutes. Here's a link to a DIY to hooking up the cable. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1202510 I drilled a small hole in the cup holder and used that as the location for the AUX jack. Here's another link showing the final location of the jack. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1236285 It also shows you how to make the cable itself, however, they aren't very expensive, so I just bought one. It works great.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:29 AM
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You do have to remove the radio to attach the cable, but this radio is amazingly easy to remove. It takes only a couple of minutes. Here's a link to a DIY to hooking up the cable. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1202510 I drilled a small hole in the cup holder and used that as the location for the AUX jack. Here's another link showing the final location of the jack. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1236285 It also shows you how to make the cable itself, however, they aren't very expensive, so I just bought one. It works great.
Where did you buy your cable and how much did you pay? Was it one similar to this?
http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?par...00%20149%20390
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:32 AM
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Yup. That's the cable.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:35 AM
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Where did you buy your cable and how much did you pay? Was it one similar to this?
http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?par...00%20149%20390
Severe,

That's the cable. I put mine over the left cupholder (drilled), just be careful it doesn't interfere with the cig lighter.

This will play music from ipod/iphone/mp3 device. It does not allow you to make handsfree calls, maybe some kind of adapter would work with it?

I use the official BMW bluetooth kit for handsfree calls, fully integrated with MID and steering wheel, but that costs ~$500, and installs in trunk near changer.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:41 AM
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Yup. That's the cable.
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Severe,

That's the cable. I put mine over the left cupholder (drilled), just be careful it doesn't interfere with the cig lighter.

This will play music from ipod/iphone/mp3 device. It does not allow you to make handsfree calls, maybe some kind of adapter would work with it?

I use the official BMW bluetooth kit for handsfree calls, fully integrated with MID and steering wheel, but that costs ~$500, and installs in trunk near changer.

dave
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Thanks, Guys!
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:29 PM
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I've heard good things about grom's. same idea as a dice different manufacturer.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:47 PM
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I have an iPod adapter for a E39 that can be functioned with the steering wheel controls and head unit.

I bought it some years ago - but since have replaced it with a high end audio / video system.

I think i paid $100 (maybe more?) - ill sell it for $50 shipped.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:52 PM
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Do you know what adapter you have, as well as DSP?
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:16 PM
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Ill check tomorrow when I'm at the office.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:20 AM
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MediaBridge 1500 is a seamless iPhone integration.

http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/pr...tegration-Kit/
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:45 AM
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Do you know what adapter you have, as well as DSP?
It's a USA-SPEC PA12-BMW w/ Text Display

It has two inputs: iPod & RCA (red/white) for any AUX device


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Old 01-06-2013, 12:15 PM
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Thanks but I'm looking for a blue tooth compatible unit.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:16 PM
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My experience for connecting my iPhone 5 into my '03 E39 follows: This was a simple $40 installation (dealer purchase), allowing me to plug-in the iPhone headphone jack using the car's AUX input. The sacrifice is not having integrated charging or iPod/iPhone control through the factory unit. I was ok with not having either of those options.
I made a slight mistake locating the AUX input jack. BMW instructions show a glove box location, but I wanted mine next to the cup holder. Since the cup holders are shot anyway, I'm not too worried...
Enjoy the pictures and any feedback or questions would be appreciated!


































































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Old 01-08-2013, 08:14 AM
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Good write-up. I did the same thing several years ago. Pretty much the same location, but I didn't put on the faceplate to make it more stealth, no problems. I would get the right angle plug, looks like that will eventually cause issues and broken wire, especially when it's very cold outside (thin wire gets brittle).

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:00 AM
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Good write-up. I did the same thing several years ago. Pretty much the same location, but I didn't put on the faceplate to make it more stealth, no problems. I would get the right angle plug, looks like that will eventually cause issues and broken wire, especially when it's very cold outside (thin wire gets brittle).

dave
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Thanks! can you post a pic of your completed installation? Did you have any issues like I did with the cup holder assembly not going back together tightly?
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:14 PM
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I made the mistake of purchasing a aux input kit for mine (on craigslist) that was for the earlier e39s with the 17 pin round connectors. If anyone needs one, send me a message. BTW, is there a spot on the forum to post 'for sale' items?
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My experience for connecting my iPhone 5 into my '03 E39 follows
That's a nice writeup!

I printed it to PDF, but it's 11MB which I need to shrink to 7MB so I can't post it yet for others to benefit.

However, so that others still benefit, I'll cross reference it to the following in the bestlinks:
- How to remove the E39 business CD radio MID (1) and adding the BMW AUX smart phone connection (1) & DICE Silverline radio-mount instructions (1) (2) (3) & how to remove just the MID (1) (2) (3) & how not to remove the MID (1) (2) by stripping the torx twist screw.
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Good thread and nice install Severe. PO of my car did a sweet iPod integration in the center column, DICE I think. So I'm set on music.

It's never been a huge priority, but would be nice to make hands free calls from Android phone. Has technology progressed to the point of a simple, affordable option? The Argos kit BavAuto sells sounds complicated, and the price knocked me off my chair. My M5 is 2002 so I can't get the one that just plugs in to the connector in the trunk.
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