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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 06-13-2015, 10:58 AM
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2001 E-39. Replace radio?

Apparently there is no way to replace the original radio with a Bluetooth devise. That's what the mechanics in my area have told me. Is that true? Isn't there some after market Bluetooth radio which will interface with the rest of the cars systems?
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:33 AM
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If you want to put in an aftermarket deck with blue tooth, depends on what factory radio you have.

If you have a DSP radio - Good luck. Just found that out the hard way.

If you have the non DSP radio, its basically a regular aftermarket radio swap. Easy - I should say easy for somebody that understand radio installs.
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:50 PM
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Hi,

There's multiple thousands of threads on this and all other BMW forums about what the choices are with E39 audio upgrades. Depending on what what wish to do, there's various routes forward, so;

1. Which oem audio setup is in your car?
2. How adamant are you that you *must keep the oem* head unit?
3. How adamant are you that you *must keep the OBC* functionality?
4. Would you consider an aftermarket head unit?
5. If you would consider a aftermarket head unit, would you be happy with a low budget/quality chinese replacement type unit which has 'sort of oem'ish' looks about it?
6. If you would consider a aftermarket head unit, would you be happy with a high quality, reliable double DIN head unit (or single DIN) at the expense of 'sort of oem'ish' looks about it?
7. How adamant are you that you *must retain the DSP speakers* if you have that setup in your car?
8. What's your anticipated budget?

Any aftermarket solution does not 'fully support' the OBC functionality.

Once you know which setup you have, and evaluate the above and what you'd like, post back and update the thread.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:54 PM
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+1 on that... There is a site wiki above.. and tons of treads on the topic.. search for your answer.. there is a cool add on bluetooth device.. two of them actually that seem cool..
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Body type OTHER Catalog model USA Production date 1999 / 06
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Production FROM : 1998/09/01 TO : 1999/08/31
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Old 06-13-2015, 02:34 PM
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:42 AM
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I love this site. Just spent the last few days Googling things like MID, OBC, DIY... lots to think about and lots to learn. I do have a DSP sound system, so I guess it computer controls 12 speakers. I can't see buying an after market radio head which will do that efficiently. But then the search has just started. Per Dennis Coopers questions...
1. Which oem audio setup is in your car? Standard, if that is a correct term, DSP radio and no multi CD player.
2. How adamant are you that you *must keep the oem* head unit? Not at all.
3. How adamant are you that you *must keep the OBC* functionality? In that that is a function of the onboard computer, I would think I should keep it.
4. Would you consider an aftermarket head unit? Totally.
5. If you would consider a aftermarket head unit, would you be happy with a low budget/quality chinese replacement type unit which has 'sort of oem'ish' looks about it? NO.
6. If you would consider a aftermarket head unit, would you be happy with a high quality, reliable double DIN head unit (or single DIN) at the expense of 'sort of oem'ish' looks about it? Looks don't matter much to me, as long as it fits properly.
7. How adamant are you that you *must retain the DSP speakers* if you have that setup in your car? Yes. I would consider replacing individual speakers if I got a different set up, but I like them.
8. What's your anticipated budget? About $450.

Any aftermarket solution does not 'fully support' the OBC functionality. No.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:59 AM
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grom audio - look it up.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:13 AM
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For DSP I just installed a Dynavin N6. Works pretty well.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:22 PM
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dI would hope it works damned well

Given the price. Great link, I salivated just looking at their equipment.
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Old 06-20-2015, 03:17 PM
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Hi

Putitupmike - for your $450 budget, you'll perhaps get the Bluetooth function via one of the GROM interface units as mentioned. You'll not get any other functionality nor decent SQ upgrade with the money left over. The nearest SQ upgrade you could perhaps go for would be an additional $575 USD in the shape of the G.A.S crossover and small 5 channel amp solution ; http://www.jandtdistributing.com/col...ni-amp-package

If you want more functionality and SQ upgrade, then look to perhaps the Parrot Asteroid Smart and use that along with a 5 channel amplifier, 2 way upgraded components at the front, 2 way upgraded co-axials on the rear shelf and a 8 or 10 inch subwoofer in a small enclosure. This will be significantly more than $575, but not overly so.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:42 PM
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LOL. I believe that I shall just become happier with what I have. Thanks for all the info. This was a great assistance
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:58 PM
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If you are cheap like me, you can get a Bluetooth set up for about $50 using an fm modulator that plugs into your antenna. This is not one of the wireless ones.

This will get you music but you won't have the talk option unless you use speaker phone.

I'll make a thread of mine when all the parts get in.

This is what I'm talking about doing.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...-car-16282689/

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