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Old 04-27-2016, 11:12 PM
Spartman Spartman is offline
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Budget Bluetooth retrofit into 08 X3

We thought our new to us X3 had bluetooth when we bought it as there was a button on the wheel...learned that it did not after trying to get it to pair plus reading on here quite a bit. I looked at many of the the different solutions out there, dice, stock bluetooth adapter but couldn't find anything that made me want to go spend +200 on a non ideal solution. We didn't need the steering wheel button to work so I thought I would try a cheaper solution.

I used a little module I bought from amazon for $40 bucks. It is a "HomeSpot Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit with Siri Activation" How it works is you plug it into the aux port and use a 12 volt usb adapter to power it. I tried it this way for a few days to make sure it worked well and it did so in order to make it look less temporary, i wired a switched 12 volt source and I hid all the wires in the centre console, lucky enough the adapter came with a 90 degree 3.5 jack, this way I was able to plug in the cable and still close the panel. For the switched 12 V I used fuse panel slot 13 as it was ignition switched.

As for the unit itself I two sided taped it just below the stereo beside the tire button. The plastic of the homespot matches the BMW plastic pretty well and it doesn't look out of place at all. No ground loop isolator was necessary. Sound quality for music and calls is amazing and the ability to use siri is a bonus. We can use Siri to change playlists and initiate navigation. I will take some pictures and post if anyone is interested.

Total install time: 3 hours mostly because I wasn't sure how to get in behind the stereo panel.

Cost: all in the project cost 55 bucks 40 for the adapter, 13 for the add a fuse link and a couple of bucks for the the dollar store 12 volt dual socket adapter.

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Old 04-27-2016, 11:35 PM
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I would be interested in seeing how you have installed it.
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:39 PM
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No prob. Wife is working next two days so will take some on the weekend
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:29 AM
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Second that. Please post photos.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:56 PM
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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6...XpBUVR2dzkwYmM
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:57 PM
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Hopefully that worked. Took some pics and a vid. Unfortunately music doesn't play when vid is on.
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Old 05-01-2016, 12:21 AM
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Thanks for that, great install.

My Aux in socket sits higher up in the rear ashtray.

Will need to try and lower that.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:16 AM
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How curious a 2008 doesn't have BT. Did you check to see if the module is fitted?
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:35 AM
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No module. It was a pay option in Canada
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Old 05-01-2016, 11:59 AM
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Ah ok. No pre wiring either? You can get your build sheet here. http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/
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