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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-12-2014, 09:43 PM
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Aux input jack -- pics?

If anyone had the Aux input jack purchased as a factory option in their car from the dealer, could you post a pic of where the OEM location is? I've seen that it goes in the back of the glovebox on the left, on the side of the glovebox on the left, and underneath the flashlight. Can't tell which is the true OEM location, but think from the instructions I've seen that it should be on the side on the left, rather than in the back on the left...
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:03 AM
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If anyone had the Aux input jack purchased as a factory option in their car from the dealer, could you post a pic of where the OEM location is? I've seen that it goes in the back of the glovebox on the left, on the side of the glovebox on the left, and underneath the flashlight. Can't tell which is the true OEM location, but think from the instructions I've seen that it should be on the side on the left, rather than in the back on the left...
Why do you want to know this? Assuming you're putting one in now, I don't know of anyone who puts the jack there. Usually the jack is mounted on the button row above the ashtray or in the center console by the cupholders somewhere.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:26 AM
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Yup, doesn't really matter, personal choice.
I ran my Aux cable from the head unit right up to the cupholder area. No need to install the extra jack. I didn't want an extra cable I had to mess with.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:25 AM
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I ran mine into the back of the ashtray. It's hidden in there along with a retractable adapter for my ipod. You can only see it when it's in use, everything else stays nice and clean looking.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:22 AM
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Just to give you ideas, we have compendiums of AUX inputs on the E39, which may be useful to you for ideas ...
- How to add an aux input auxiliary audio port for iPod/MP3 retrofit input to the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
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So you can put your player away neatly and still have access to it. Find a 1-ft cable to match.

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Thanks to all for your replies. I think I've read about 50 threads about the aux jack here and on other BMW boards. I've noticed that a lot of people do not want to put it in the glovebox, as many of you have voiced. I certainly understand the appeal of placing it in the center console or near the coin wheel, and I do agree that it looks very clean that way.

I like things to be "OEM" as much as possible, though, which is why I was hoping someone who had it factory-installed (not dealer retrofitted, although I'd take pics of those as well) could chime in with a glovebox pic.

PS If anyone knows how I can access the Matt McNulty page, I'd be all ears. It's apparently username/password protected...
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:05 PM
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Putting it in the sunglass holder which is below the climate control was easy to do. You just have to have a power drill to put a hole in it. The whole process took me about 20 minutes to do. I have to take photos again. Right now I have a car charger with the 3in USB cord which doesn't get in the way of the stick shift. Also, I have a flat AUX cable which allows me to have my iPhone to sit on the seat and close the sunglass compartment. or Whenever I'm running errands, I can just throw my iPhone inside the sunglass compartment


I didn't put it in the glovebox because at some point I might want to change the song or answer the phone. Its hard to reach over and grab something when you are driving.

Remember our cars are pre-wired for a bunch of stuff. So get the "OEM" Aux kit
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:16 PM
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Yup, I got the OEM Aux kit and plugged it in already. I'm just trying to decide where to route it. I have NAV, so I don't have the sunglass holder space. I got a BlueTooth music receiver and will be streaming music from my phone. Really liking the setup so far, but just need to make a decision so I can put the vents and trim back together!
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When I did mine I broke two of the orange thingys that attaches the trim to the car. No biggy. The dealer gave me a few replacements at no charge.

Here are a few updated pics of my AUX setup. I've been piecing the accessories together cause I don't wanna pay those crazy fees. Belkin Dual USB charger $5 (black). Incase Sync/Charge Cable $10 (blue). Belkin Mixit Aux cable $3 (red).
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I ended up caving and taking off the glove box. Made it much easier to thread the cable through. Installed the jack below the flashlight. My Bluetooth audio receiver is plugged in and left hidden away in the glove box now.
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