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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

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:03 PM
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Hi,

I recently bought a certified 525i, 2006 model. It doesn't have any IPod integration options, only the CD player. But, it has blue-tooth and NAV. Production date: 08/2005.

I am wondering if I buy one of those blue-tooth adapters for my IPod video(3G), will I be able to listen to my IPoD in the car speakers. What about the audio quality? would it be comparable to the FM transmitter option or better?

http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/02/j...tooth-adapter/

Also, did any one figure out how to copy the NAV content and mp3 songs on the same dual-layer DVD so that they can play mp3 and also use the navigation simultaneously. This might be a cheaper option than buying the IPod integration kit.

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No, as of the date of this writing, BMW bluetooth does not support bluetooth a2dp protocol (which is the stereo audio protocol used for wireless headphones).

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:06 PM
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The part is ~$300 list, and every dealer I know of offers at least 10% BMWCCA discount.

Installation--per the BMW doc--is 0.75 hours.

So $450 - $270 = $180 you're being charged for labor, or $240/hour.

It's a fairly easy DIY (instructions have been posted in this thread). If you don't have the CD changer, the dealer would need to program iDrive to recognize the iPod interface (it emulates the CD changer).

Here's what I'd do. Contact Garry Romani at BMW of Newport (877-408-0108). He sells parts/accessories at 25% discount, so that's $225, plus say $10 shipping, so $235 for part. Install yourself. If you don't have a CD changer, the dealer will need to program IDrive, but I can't imagine them trying to charge more than 1 hour labor.
Hey Stream, thanks for all the informative info. Do you think they would charge a different (preferrably lower) rate if you asked the SA to simply "activate" the CDC option?
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:31 PM
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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.
Wait, after reading thru this ENTIRE thread over the past few days, it seems worth it to WAIT. Why pay over $400 unless you're really desperate and need mp3's now. Seems like the current iPod kit is slow to load lists, has display limitations, and various other buggy behavior. Once the 6FL retrofit kit comes out, you'll wish you had waited.

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Old 02-24-2009, 09:57 PM
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Hey Stream, thanks for all the informative info. Do you think they would charge a different (preferrably lower) rate if you asked the SA to simply "activate" the CDC option?
That's exactly what I suggested in my post that you quoted.
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That's exactly what I suggested in my post that you quoted.
Ahh, okay. I thought you were suggesting to ask them for an "iPod activation programming." I'll give them a call and see if it's cheaper to ask for a "CDC activation programming" thanks

UPDATE: Called my SA and asked for a quote for a "CDC activation programming," he said that they'd have to first bring the iDrive software up to date, then do the retrofit...all in all, $90. Now, that's a price I can live with...but, I'm going to wait till the 6FL retrofit kit comes out.

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Old 03-02-2009, 01:56 PM
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I had the BMW IPod Kit installed on my 04 530i a couple of years ago. I think it has to be installed in the glove box as that is where the connection is. It works great on my radio. It only disables the CD changer as that is the same connection that is used to connect the IPOD to the radio. The individual CD player still works fine. I don't remember what it cost to buy the changer and have it installed, but I think the total was around $500.00, including installation.
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Old 03-09-2009, 09:44 PM
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i bought an aux kit for my 04 530i from bavauto. the dealer wants 420 for install and program. to save some money, i want to try to install the kit myself, then let the dealer program it. anybody knows how to access the back of the radio? post some pics or something. thanks alot.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:01 PM
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i bought an aux kit for my 04 530i from bavauto. the dealer wants 420 for install and program. to save some money, i want to try to install the kit myself, then let the dealer program it. anybody knows how to access the back of the radio? post some pics or something. thanks alot.
I had the aux input installed a few years ago. Paid ~$60 for the part, and $140 for installation/programming (1 hour labor, per the BMW SIB, which is posted in this thread--try a search).

Installing it is a bit involved (you need to remove several dash trim pieces, then remove the head unit--I've seen DIY instructions and pix posted--again try a search), so I decided to let the dealer do it, since it was 1 hour total.

$420 for install is a rip. I'd suggest printing the SIB and ask the dealer why it's not 1 hour labor, and if you don't get satisfaction, find another dealer.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:20 PM
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Wow...still keeping up with this thread, Stream!? Amazing.
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'09 550i with CD changer and aux input in the rear of the center console.

I can control my iPod if connected through the auxillary input in the rear of the console but I don't like the wire coming out it and because the connect is someone loose, you get some static.

Should I just disconnect that aux input and install another in a different spot closer to the front of the car? Is there a kit that will charge the iPod and allow me to control music selection directly from my iPod?
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:56 AM
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'09 550i with CD changer and aux input in the rear of the center console.

I can control my iPod if connected through the auxillary input in the rear of the console but I don't like the wire coming out it and because the connect is someone loose, you get some static.

Should I just disconnect that aux input and install another in a different spot closer to the front of the car? Is there a kit that will charge the iPod and allow me to control music selection directly from my iPod?
If the only issue your'e trying to address is the static, I'd suggest getting another cable and see if that solves it (get a high quality one, that is shielded).

The first post of this thread has instructions & pix for a DIY install that does what you want--charges the iPod and you control music selection directly from iPod.

If you want to control the iPod using iDrive, you can get the BMW iPod interface (lots of info on it in this thread--try a search).

I assume you don't have the USB/iPod adapter inside the center console (it's a factory installed option)?
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:26 PM
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I am just using the AUX input on back of arm rest for now as paying $600+ for IPOD kit is a bit much.
Problem I am having is I have to take the Ipod out of the car every morning to goto gym then when I return to the car I put my gym bag in the trunk with the IPod in it and get into the car. Go to switch on the stereo, swear, get out of the car open the trunk, get the ipod and get back into the car.
I expect over time I will train myself to not leave the ipod in gym bag, or buy a cheeper Ipod just for the car.

I tried using my Iphone to play music however a message came onto the screen saying something along the lines of it will play songs but will not be able to receive or makes calls. What's up with that ? wrong aux cable perhaps ?
Right now the Iphone is using bluetooth and they are getting along ok so don't want to mess with it.
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:13 PM
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Yes m8 recently had it done by BMW they removed the cd changer for the ipod interface, got it done when i bought it great job no farting about with cd's etc if u r thinking about it for info the interface wont charge 4th Gen IPOD's go to apple and get an attachment called scosse approx £20 it charges ok then.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:40 AM
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Just picked up the 530 from the dealership after having them install the aux input. I was also going to ask them about a speaker upgrade because the sound left a lot to be desired. However, after running the iPod through the aux input, the sound was so much better than the FM. Makes me realize that the speakers are not as bad as I once thought.

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Just had the dealer install the ipod kit in my '04-545i. Reading this thread, I know there were limitations but even so, I could not see any reasonable aftermarket alternatives and didn't feel comfortable ripping my brand new car apart- I'm a BMW virgin. Cost me $550.

It is a bit frustration though that I only have access to 500 songs. I have a full 80GB ipod. Is there any way to just use the ipod menu directly and bypass the iDrive interface? The dealer was no help.
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Just had the dealer install the ipod kit in my '04-545i. Reading this thread, I know there were limitations but even so, I could not see any reasonable aftermarket alternatives and didn't feel comfortable ripping my brand new car apart- I'm a BMW virgin. Cost me $550.

It is a bit frustration though that I only have access to 500 songs. I have a full 80GB ipod. Is there any way to just use the ipod menu directly and bypass the iDrive interface? The dealer was no help.
Yes--if you have the aux input.
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No native AUX port (at least that I can find). The dealer removed the CD changer to install the iPod interface so I assume that no AUX port is/was available. Maybe a bad assumption? Can AUX be added in addition to the CD changer/ipod interface?
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No native AUX port (at least that I can find). The dealer removed the CD changer to install the iPod interface so I assume that no AUX port is/was available. Maybe a bad assumption? Can AUX be added in addition to the CD changer/ipod interface?
The bad news is that your '04 came standard with neither the Aux input nor the iPod interface, which is why you can't find an Aux. The good news is that you can have one installed in addition to the iPod interface - but you'll have to pay for it again, sort of. The Aux input installation is not as expensive as the iPod interface, though. There are price stories in this thread; I recall I paid about $60 for the part plus maybe $120 or so for the installation.

One more bit of good news - you could make yourself feel a little better about having the Aux input installed by thinking about the other things you could plug into it...an XM receiver for example.
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Will- Thanks for the info. The AUX port for around $220 my be worth it. Is the AUX port a BMW part of aftermarket? And does it require another "reprogramming"?
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Is the AUX port a BMW part of aftermarket? And does it require another "reprogramming"?
It's a BMW part, and does require iDrive to be programmed to recognize it.
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Thanks. Found the part number (65-12-0-153-502-BOE) and ordered it. I just paid to have the car reprogrammed for the ipod interface. Is the AUX programming a minor update ($) or major ($$$$)? Just looking for some reference point when I ask my dealer
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Thanks. Found the part number (65-12-0-153-502-BOE) and ordered it. I just paid to have the car reprogrammed for the ipod interface. Is the AUX programming a minor update ($) or major ($$$$)? Just looking for some reference point when I ask my dealer
They don't need to update the software, just code the system for aux--see page 6 of doc below. I'd call it minor.
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Installation and programming should be 1 hour. I had quotes for 1.5 and even 2 hours but once they knew I had done my homework, they agreed to do 1 hour.
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