Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)

E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #626  
Old 01-19-2009, 10:56 AM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scotchnife View Post
Total nfg here. Been reading through the treads for about a month and soaking up all the info on my 328i I should be getting in March. One thing I have yet to see about the 6FL ipod integration is the ability of the idrive to control the Genius function in the Ipod. Is it possible to create a new Genius playlist through the control of the idrive? Thanks
I don't have 6FL in my car, but I don't think you can create any playlists (or anything, for that matter) through iDrive--but rather only play what exists on the device.
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #627  
Old 01-20-2009, 09:55 PM
Stoky Stoky is offline
Registered User
Location: Chicago
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: Not a Z4
Sorry guys to put this kinda newbie question out there, but really not finding a satisfying answer. So I am going to be ordering a new BMW soon. Is it worth the money to have the factory installed BMW Ipod integration?
Reply With Quote
  #628  
Old 01-21-2009, 06:05 PM
kscarrol kscarrol is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New Orleans
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 543
Mein Auto: 2011 E90 M3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stoky View Post
Sorry guys to put this kinda newbie question out there, but really not finding a satisfying answer. So I am going to be ordering a new BMW soon. Is it worth the money to have the factory installed BMW Ipod integration?
Depends on your needs but for me yes! If you drive all day listening to talk radio then maybe no, you don't need it. But the storage capacity of the iPod (vs burned MP3 discs in the console drive) and iDrive integration are well worth it in my view. There are third party options that will connect in the glove box and work with iDrive as well...
Reply With Quote
  #629  
Old 01-22-2009, 04:58 PM
Neumahn Neumahn is offline
Registered User
Location: Camarillo, CA
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 11
Mein Auto: 2008 BMW 550i
I have a 2008 550i with Navigation and without the CD changer. I also have an iPhone 3G. I want to get the iPhone cradle so I can charge the phone and use the external antenna. I also want to get a USB interface. I currently have about 80 albums on a DVD in MP3 format that I am playing through the iDrive and the Navigation system but I want my navigation system back. I just bought a 32Gb flash drive and want to play my music through the USB interface off of it instead. I have spoken to several dealers and received conflicting responses. Several said that they cannot retrofit the USB interface. They also want $330 for the iPhone 3G cradle and said that all the space under the cradle will be lost to wires.

Can I get the USB interface installed in my car and if so what is the Part Number. Should I let the dealer do it or can I do it myself?

Is $330 reasonable for the cradle (sounds expensive to me) and does it real wipe out all the space under the cradle with wires?

I am sure some of this has been covered in this thread already but I had a hard time finding it.

Thank you!!
__________________
NEUMAHN / 2008 550i
Reply With Quote
  #630  
Old 01-22-2009, 09:08 PM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Comments in bold below

Quote:
Originally Posted by Neumahn View Post
I have a 2008 550i with Navigation and without the CD changer. I also have an iPhone 3G. I want to get the iPhone cradle so I can charge the phone and use the external antenna. I also want to get a USB interface. I currently have about 80 albums on a DVD in MP3 format that I am playing through the iDrive and the Navigation system but I want my navigation system back. I just bought a 32Gb flash drive and want to play my music through the USB interface off of it instead. I have spoken to several dealers and received conflicting responses. Several said that they cannot retrofit the USB interface. They also want $330 for the iPhone 3G cradle and said that all the space under the cradle will be lost to wires.

Can I get the USB interface installed in my car and if so what is the Part Number. Should I let the dealer do it or can I do it myself?
The iPod / USB adapter is currently only available as a factory installed option, although I've heard rumors it will be released at some point as a retrofit.

Is $330 reasonable for the cradle (sounds expensive to me) and does it real wipe out all the space under the cradle with wires?
For parts and labor, doesn't sound too bad, and no, it doesn't take up all the space below it. See this thread for details:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=172379


I am sure some of this has been covered in this thread already but I had a hard time finding it.

Thank you!!
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #631  
Old 01-23-2009, 01:19 PM
Neumahn Neumahn is offline
Registered User
Location: Camarillo, CA
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 11
Mein Auto: 2008 BMW 550i
Damn, the cradle is nice but I really wanted that USB adapter. One dealer quoting me about $700 to install it, were they mistaken?
__________________
NEUMAHN / 2008 550i
Reply With Quote
  #632  
Old 01-23-2009, 05:40 PM
boriska00's Avatar
boriska00 boriska00 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Chicago
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 264
Mein Auto: '06 550i 6-speed
I got quotes from 3 dealers ($900, $700, and $500).
Haven't done it yet, though.
With all those rumors of 6FL retrofit for '05-'06 cars........i wonder if i should just wait and see.
__________________
2008 X5 4.8 - sport package, 20" rims
2006 550i - 6-speed, sport package
2006 X5 3.0 (retired) - sport package
2001 330i (retired) - 5-speed/sport/heated seats/xenons/DICE iPod interfaces
Reply With Quote
  #633  
Old 01-23-2009, 06:20 PM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neumahn View Post
Damn, the cradle is nice but I really wanted that USB adapter. One dealer quoting me about $700 to install it, were they mistaken?
No...there were a rip off...
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #634  
Old 01-23-2009, 06:21 PM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by boriska00 View Post
I got quotes from 3 dealers ($900, $700, and $500).
Haven't done it yet, though.
With all those rumors of 6FL retrofit for '05-'06 cars........i wonder if i should just wait and see.
I would--I am.
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #635  
Old 01-24-2009, 12:46 PM
Neumahn Neumahn is offline
Registered User
Location: Camarillo, CA
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 11
Mein Auto: 2008 BMW 550i
But you said that the USB interface was not available as a retrofit however I did get a quote from Steve Thomas BMW to install it for $700. I am confused.
__________________
NEUMAHN / 2008 550i
Reply With Quote
  #636  
Old 01-24-2009, 02:23 PM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neumahn View Post
But you said that the USB interface was not available as a retrofit however I did get a quote from Steve Thomas BMW to install it for $700. I am confused.
I am not aware of the USB / Ipod adapter being available as a dealer installed accessory. My guess is your dealer is in a beta program for it (not likely...), or is confusing it with the BMW iPod interface (very likely).
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #637  
Old 01-26-2009, 09:44 AM
mboykins21 mboykins21 is offline
Registered User
Location: Germany
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2
Mein Auto: 525i
IPOD Connection

All,
I am not sure what BMW USA is doing with the prices. I live in germany and own a US spec 5, I took it in last year for the IPOD installation. It ended up costing around $300 for the everything (parts, labor and the software upgrade). It was done with the interface and the IPOD is in the glove. No issues with control, everything is done thru the Idrive. I reccommend it as a exec touch. Nothing better than crusing 200k and changing from lil wayne to LL.
Reply With Quote
  #638  
Old 02-04-2009, 08:32 PM
MSAMMY MSAMMY is offline
2007 550i & X3, 2002 X5
Location: Connecticut
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 658
Mein Auto: BMW 550i, X5, X3
OK, I did a search on this thread but could not find an answer to my question. I have a 2007 550i with Progman V26 and the factory installed iPod adapter. It works great with my 80GB iPod. I just purchased an iPhone 3G and when I plug it into the adapter, I get a message on the iPhone that says charging is not support for this device. My Idrive recognizes the iPhone just fine and I can play the music no problem, but it appears that it's not charging my iPhone. Any suggestions? Will a progman upgrade fix my charging problem?
__________________

2007 550i, Sport Premium, Silver Gray Metallic, Gray Dakota, Navigation, Cold Weather Package, Comfort Access, Heated Rear Seats, HD Radio, Xenon


2007 X3, 3.0si ///M Sport Premium, Monaco Blue, Gray Dakota, Navigation, Cold Weather Package, Xenon

2002 X5, 3.0i Sport Premium, Titanium Silver, Gray Dakota, Cold Weather Package, Xenon, just a winter vehicle
Reply With Quote
  #639  
Old 02-05-2009, 10:34 AM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by MSAMMY View Post
OK, I did a search on this thread but could not find an answer to my question. I have a 2007 550i with Progman V26 and the factory installed iPod adapter. It works great with my 80GB iPod. I just purchased an iPhone 3G and when I plug it into the adapter, I get a message on the iPhone that says charging is not support for this device. My Idrive recognizes the iPhone just fine and I can play the music no problem, but it appears that it's not charging my iPhone. Any suggestions? Will a progman upgrade fix my charging problem?
When you say the factory installed iPod adapter, do you mean 6FL (iPod and USB adapter, which as far as I know is the only factory installed one)? If so, I recall hearing there was an updated cable that addressed the charging issue.

I see you have an '07, but I don't think 6FL was available until MY08.
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #640  
Old 02-05-2009, 10:48 AM
DaGmen DaGmen is offline
Registered User
Location: New River AZ 85087
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 81
Mein Auto: Not a BMW
Holy crap! I just finished reading this whole thread! OMG!! I need help! LOL!! Just kidding lots of great info here!
__________________
Go Giants!
Reply With Quote
  #641  
Old 02-06-2009, 10:05 PM
MSAMMY MSAMMY is offline
2007 550i & X3, 2002 X5
Location: Connecticut
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 658
Mein Auto: BMW 550i, X5, X3
Quote:
Originally Posted by stream View Post
When you say the factory installed iPod adapter, do you mean 6FL (iPod and USB adapter, which as far as I know is the only factory installed one)? If so, I recall hearing there was an updated cable that addressed the charging issue.

I see you have an '07, but I don't think 6FL was available until MY08.
Stream, my apologies, brain burp/fart, I meant to say dealer installed iPod adapter/cable - I do not have the 6FL option. My iPhone works fine with Idrive, I can scroll through the various playlists, etc, but it looks like it's not charging my iPhone. I'm wondering if I need a new cable or will a progman upgrade fix the charging issue?
__________________

2007 550i, Sport Premium, Silver Gray Metallic, Gray Dakota, Navigation, Cold Weather Package, Comfort Access, Heated Rear Seats, HD Radio, Xenon


2007 X3, 3.0si ///M Sport Premium, Monaco Blue, Gray Dakota, Navigation, Cold Weather Package, Xenon

2002 X5, 3.0i Sport Premium, Titanium Silver, Gray Dakota, Cold Weather Package, Xenon, just a winter vehicle
Reply With Quote
  #642  
Old 02-07-2009, 03:29 PM
kscarrol kscarrol is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New Orleans
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 543
Mein Auto: 2011 E90 M3
As I recall, BMW did come out with a new cable to handle the different power needs of the iPhone. Likely you need a new cable, but I cannot quote you a part number...
Reply With Quote
  #643  
Old 02-07-2009, 03:51 PM
stream's Avatar
stream stream is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco Bay area
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,940
Mein Auto: '05 545i
Quote:
Originally Posted by kscarrol View Post
As I recall, BMW did come out with a new cable to handle the different power needs of the iPhone. Likely you need a new cable, but I cannot quote you a part number...
I recall that as well, but I believe you're thinking of the pig-tail cable for the 6FL (factory installed) iPod option, not the dealer installed iPod accessory.
__________________
2005 545i - sold
Reply With Quote
  #644  
Old 02-07-2009, 04:53 PM
kscarrol kscarrol is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New Orleans
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 543
Mein Auto: 2011 E90 M3
Of course, you are correct Stream. I am thinking of the 6FL option...
Reply With Quote
  #645  
Old 02-22-2009, 11:42 PM
NeoE60 NeoE60 is offline
L5 Commander
Location: US
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 2006 530xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neumahn View Post

Is $330 reasonable for the cradle (sounds expensive to me) and does it real wipe out all the space under the cradle with wires?

I am sure some of this has been covered in this thread already but I had a hard time finding it.

Thank you!!
Check other dealer's prices and compare:

http://forums.e60.net/index.php?s=&s...dpost&p=794369

Last edited by NeoE60; 02-24-2009 at 09:36 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #646  
Old 02-23-2009, 12:10 AM
mybavauto mybavauto is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: SFC
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 158
Mein Auto: BMW 323i
i have a 2000 323i with the biz cd, i dont think it has dsp. no aux button. I want to install an ipod interface. what are my options. spending as little as possible. trying to leave ipod in glove box and being able to charge.
__________________
"its not the car that races, its the driver"
Reply With Quote
  #647  
Old 02-23-2009, 08:42 AM
proxy123 proxy123 is offline
Registered User
Location: USA
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 8
Mein Auto: 2011 535i
Harmon Kardon Drive + Play Issue

I just bought a used '07 530i (SMG), the car came with professionally installed Harmon Kardon (HK) Drive + Play (first generation) adapter/kit. The problem is that the HK dipslay screen shows "Please Wait" message everytime I start the car, but when I connect the iPod the iPod screen dispalys "OK to Disconnect" after this the HK display screen only shows "Please Wait" and nothig else comes on (oh yeah there is also a "02,1" message that keeps on blinking on the lower left corner of the HK diplay screen along with the "Please Wait" message).

I was wodering if someone has encountered this and if there is a way to fix it. I called HK and they told me to reset the the kit by unpluggig the wires. The problem with that is the adapter, which is installed somewhere behind the dash which I dont have access to.

I would appreciate any help on this matter.

Last edited by proxy123; 02-23-2009 at 09:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #648  
Old 02-24-2009, 05:47 PM
NeoE60 NeoE60 is offline
L5 Commander
Location: US
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 2006 530xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbeene View Post
Ya, I was quoted $910.

I think this is complete Bullsh.... 2.5 hours of shop time to plug a car into a computer...$410 for the parts plus 1.5 hours of install time?

Come on. Its plug and play with a software download. Maybe some interior trim removal and making sure the connectors are clipped together.

My service advisor is a good guy and is trying but when is BMW going to get control of the dealers who fleece us because we can afford a BMW.

I am convinced that with the help of this forum and my ability to read and retain information I know more about the car than they do.

My salesman as much as told me so today.

Don't get me wrong, its a slick setup. Why do I have to pay 3 times what the Ipod itslef cost to get it? Even a Bose Sound-dock is cheaper...
I agree, there are stealerships out there that are totally unethical. Here's an easy way to compare dealership rates on part + labor:

http://forums.e60.net/index.php?show...***entry784945

Support the ethical ones, hopefully, the rest will get the message.
Reply With Quote
  #649  
Old 02-24-2009, 05:57 PM
NeoE60 NeoE60 is offline
L5 Commander
Location: US
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 2006 530xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by thehitter530xi View Post
First off, thanks for all the information everyone, this thread is packed with facts.
OK, so I had the adapter installed last week in my non-NAV '06 530xi. Here are my thoughts:
1. Sounds brilliant.
2. The limitations previously mentioned of the number of songs per 'folder' are pretty annoying, though i have adjusted by making a bunch of playlists with fewer than 500 songs.
3. I love iPod's 'random' feature, it is one of the things that makes them better than cds in my opinion. however, on the BMW interface the 'random all' command is pretty often overmatched in some way and regularly just plays the next song on the list. This is not very cool and usually takes a 'play' command and then another 'random all' command to dispel. Pain.
4. The most annoying feature is the fact that when you select a folder (say, playlists or 'mp3 1') it will automatically go into the default (the first 500 songs on your iPod) playlist and begin playing the first song. i really do not want to have to listen to AC/DC every single time i turn on the iPod (much as i love them). I REALLY hope i find a way around this but right now i have to navigate out of that playlist and into another and there seems to be no way to accomplish this task before angus starts ripping off chords. More pain.
5. Sounds brilliant.

Before the 530, which I just bought used, i had a Jetta wagon with an Alpine iDX1000 head unit in it. Apple and Alpine have worked closely and that head unit really does replicate the interface of an iPod very well. I love my BMW, but i do miss the alpine right now...
Thanks for the detailed info! I'm in the same boat...er, ride...as you and this really helps spells out exactly whether getting the iPod integration kit is worth it.
Reply With Quote
  #650  
Old 02-24-2009, 08:47 PM
NeoE60 NeoE60 is offline
L5 Commander
Location: US
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 145
Mein Auto: 2006 530xi
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbjones6 View Post
So I am thinking about getting the BMW Ipod Kit installed by my nearby BMW. They told me it will cost $599 to install it into my 2004 BMW glove compartment.

1 Does it really cost $599 for the Ipod Kit, does that include installation cost?

2 They are going to place it in the glove compartment, is it possible for BMW to install it inside my arm box?

3 BMW told me the CD player will no longer be functional, is this true?

4 What is the brand name of the Ipod kit that BMW currently installs?

5 What do you think of the BMW ipod kit, Pros/Cons?

Thanks in advance.
Don't pay over $400 for the kit, installed.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bentley E46 Repair Manual (Tips, tricks and general info) Thread LilEccentricJ General BMW 12 12-18-2010 04:28 PM
iPod in X3 (BMW Business CD) simoncpw Car Navigation, Audio & Electronics 6 07-05-2005 04:06 PM
Apple to Introduce a Cheaper iPod Spiderm0n Off-Topic 19 01-06-2004 06:09 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms