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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:12 PM
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Where can I find my Vehicle Manufacture Date?

Hey, new to the forum, just purchased a used 2004 530i and wanting to know the manufacture date in order to decide whether or not I want to get the updated software for bluetooth or if I need to replace the TCU in which case i'm not too worried about. Any help would be great!
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:26 PM
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Hi, welcome to the board! Your car build date is displayed on the sticker that's attached to the driver side door jamb. It's a 4 digit number mm/yy.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:57 AM
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Also you can put the last 7 digits of your VIN into realoem.com and it will tell you the month it was mfg'd.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:58 AM
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Also, the production year/month can also be determined from the last 7 characters of your VIN. See screenshot attached. Just go to realoem.com and enter the last 7 chars of your vin and it will give you a lot of info specific to your vehicle including the manufacturing production code and batch id as well.


LOL Brian... we were posting at the same time.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:42 PM
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Thanks all, thats awesome, I only need the software update. How much will that run me?
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:34 PM
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How do you find out the production number of your BMW ?
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:50 AM
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Enabling Bluetooth

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Thanks all, thats awesome, I only need the software update. How much will that run me?
I realize this post is from 2009, but hopefully someone can help. I have the exact same situation (04' 530i with no Bluetooth software options). I just looked up my VIN's last 7 digits on realOEM.com and it looks like my 2004 530i is an e60 with a build date of 05/2004. Does this mean that I need a new TCU, or can I just upgrade my software to enable the BLUETOOTH functionality?

Thanks in advance. This lack of Bluetooth has been a major disappointment so far.

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Old 03-20-2016, 12:08 PM
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I had a 2004 with the same issue. I looked into it years ago when I owned the car, and I recall the upgrade was well over $500, maybe even over $1,000. You can ask the dealer to make sure, though. I'm pretty confident it's not a $200 or $300 upgrade.

I bought a Supertooth unit for my 2004 when I had it for about $150. It doesn't connect through your speakers, so it's a stand-alone unit. It has great sound and the mic is excellent. I only had to charge mine every month or so. The bluetooth in my 2008 has been buggy over the least year, so I've started using the Supertooth again.

Here's their newest model...there are other manufacturers and models out there like this.

http://www.amazon.com/SuperTooth-Blu.../dp/B0052AGO2G
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:20 PM
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Thanks for that!

I have two concerns for going with an aftermarket BT.

1) Will it work with the built-in controls such as the buttons on the steering wheel (answer/hang-up,next song, etc.) and display anything on the Nav screen, like player controls etc. (not as important).

2) More importantly, does it hook up through the stereo antenna? If so, I was told that the sound goes from a pure digital quality to analog quality. Therefore your music sounds like FM radio quality versus a pure clean digital sound.

With that said... at this point I'll take two cans and a string to connect my digital music to the stereo. I'm tired of making CDs (which get old really fast) and listening to the crap they play on the radio all the time.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:55 PM
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Oh, this makes more sense now! The only e60's that came with that were the 2010's. The easiest solution for you would be to do an aux in retrofit.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:09 PM
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OK, so here is what I already knew coming into this forum... There are aftermarket Bluetooth units that that allow you to unplug your CD Changer unit and plug-in this aftermarket Bluetooth unit where the CD Changer is/was connected, in the trunk somewhere. Then you run the cable up to the front of the car to the glove box, where this aftermarket Bluetooth unit sits. You then run a new mic and wire from the BT unit up into he headliner to replace the old mic.

See it here... GROM Bluetooth
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...USB3-BMWT.html

Then all of your built in Bluetooth and wireless buttons (answer/hang-up, next and previous buttons) on the steering wheel function properly, along with the Nav screen for listing songs on your phone, etc. Brilliant, right?

The only problem is that this unit and similar ones like it are not supported on the 2004 5 series. It lists 1997 thru 2003, so I assume that e39 models are supported, but not the e60 models.

This would have been the perfect solution for $149.99, but unfortunately it supposedly doesn't work on my 2004 e60 5 series.

Has anyone ever found one of these aftermarket Bluetooth units that work on the 2004 and up, as described above?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:37 PM
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It sounds like you're looking for Dension. Not cheap, last I checked a few years it was $500 for the unit. Unfortunately, the fiber optics in the car seem to limit the aftermarket support greatly.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:03 AM
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OK, I'm done with this DIY idea. I'm just going to take it to a reputable car stereo shop, open my checkbook and tell them what I want.

Thanks for the replies everyone.
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