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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 03-25-2015, 04:57 PM
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Unhappy Aux cord/ radio issues

Ok so i have a 12 pin aux cable with a normal 3.5mm jack on the other side that plugs into the back of my head unit. I have my head unit out right now and that went smoothly but unfortunately it got a little harder as I went on. It went into the back of the head unit just fine but when I tried to do a test to see if it would work, I could not get it to switch into aux mode or any mode that would make it work. It switches between cd and radio only... I looked on youtube and other websites to see if I could find a solution but nothing helps.. My radio has the DSP setting so I think that is the potential problem. Any suggestions? Id really love to be able to listen to it tonight! Thanks
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:10 AM
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If u have a cd changer there is a cord u can get from Crutchfield that will plug into the cd changer in the trunk.U run that up to the front,the car thinks u have a cd changer hooked up. That works well with an iPod or iPhone. Just throwing it out. Good luck.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:22 AM
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Make sure your radio is compatible. It needs to be sept. 02 or later. Make sure the cable connectors are fully seated in the unit.

http://e39source.com/archives/880
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:25 AM
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Make sure your radio is compatible. It needs to be sept. 02 or later. Make sure the cable connectors are fully seated in the unit.

http://e39source.com/archives/880
Bingo!! ^^^

Not all bmw cd units are aux capable. It goes mostly by production date.

If your unit is not cd capable, in addition to the other solution proposed, you can get a Quidzel unit for $50 that will solve the problem. It's just a little bigger than a postage stamp, (remember those!!) and plugs into where the trunk cd changer is, or would be and makes the pre 9/02 cd units, (or even the business tape deck) have an aux mode.

You would need to talk to Sam at Quidzel about the DSP stuff. Send him an email, he's a bmw guy and will get back to you quite quickly. I didn't have it so can't advise you.

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Old 03-26-2015, 01:54 PM
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Common issue here. This thread may be of help to you as it discusses the Quidzel emulator module and other options.
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