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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 10-13-2015, 01:09 AM
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iPhone 6S into an E39 528i

I have a 528i SE 4d Auto (Jan 2000) with a built-in Nokia telephone using the existing speaker system and steering wheel controls. Very good and very clear in its day but I now have an iPhone 6S. Can I link the new iPhone into the old system? Is it by a physical connector or is it some kind or remote connection?
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Old 10-13-2015, 05:46 AM
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The factory Nokia phone was analogue and your iPhone 6S is digital.
It is like oil and water, they don't mix.

There are other alternatives, I think the forum has some solutions, just can't remember where it was posted.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:09 PM
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Hi,

Depending on which oem audio setup is in your car, you've got 'some' options. You'll need to confirm which audio setup you've got, then look at either an oem bluetooth retrofit which has it's own limitations and costs etc, or at an aftermarket interface unit which allows use of the oem buttons to control the handset. In short, there's no simple or 'budget' option, each of the above routes will be 'relatively' expensive.

As you are a new user here on this forum, do also take a look at the UK centric http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/ as this one is 99+ % USA orientated.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:26 AM
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Thanks

Thank you both. That gives me a route to follow to get started. Thank you also, Dennis, for the link to the UK site.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:37 AM
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To DennisCooper!
The uk forum did not accept my password. Is it set up as a separate organisation with its own subscription?
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:20 PM
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Yes, the bmw5.co.uk site is entirely independent, you need to create a new account there.

Cheers, Dennis!
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