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Old 06-25-2011, 09:51 PM
EenyBear EenyBear is offline
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Hi - new Z4MC owner

Hi,

I took possession of my new-to-me car last week. Having fun.
CDV valve done. Great combo of premium options without being "Premium".

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It has the "Business CD radio". The option list says "prepped for phone". The buttons are on the wheel etc. Is there or is there not bluetooth in the car (I can't seem to find it)? If not... what does a retrofit cost? Of course I could just get a top-of-the-line-garmin GPS with bluetooth but I'd like to keep things internal if I can. And yes, I've searched the forums extensively without finding anything definitive (yet). :mad0259:

Overall the car is minty fresh. A regularly serviced garage queen with virtually no miles and no wear and tear visible even under a microscope. I'm pleased with it.

Already learning a lot from the experts here.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:47 AM
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Welcome aboard. In the Z4M Bluetooth is part of the premium package for 2008. You can google "2008 bmw z4M brochure" and probably get the pdf file. If you have power seats you should have it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:52 AM
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Welcome aboard. In the Z4M Bluetooth is part of the premium package for 2008. You can google "2008 bmw z4M brochure" and probably get the pdf file. If you have power seats you should have it.
Canadian cars are not the same as US cars in terms of packages. Assuming the OP has a Canadian car, not a US import, bluetooth was a standalone option.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:27 AM
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You will need the access code that should be in your owners manual, but if you don't have a owners manual you will need the dealership to pull that up on the computer. Other choice is to open some panels on the back wall and look for the number on the transmitter.

There are several threads concerning this.

Congratulations on the coupe.

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Old 06-27-2011, 10:08 AM
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Very pretty! Congrats and welcome!
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:27 AM
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If you don't have the factory bluetooth, there are alternatives to spending several hundred on the factory parts. I've installed a Parrot CK3000 Evolution car kit, with a BMW specific harness that ties it in to the steering wheel controls.

Another alternative is something like the DICE Mediabridge. I didn't go that route for two primary reasons - I've already got the BMW ipod interface, so didn't need that functionality, and with the DICE your bluetooth phone is not tied in when using the FM mode of the stereo (or single CD) as it only works when the radio is in 'CD changer' mode.

I don't use the Parrot voice control functions or address book, I just use my phone's voice features as it has a much more robust set of commands. You can have a look at the Parrot manual and see if it suits your needs.

Pros:
- Considerably less expensive than OEM retrofit
- Works with any bluetooth phone, unlike OEM
- Parrot 'Pairing/menu' controller can be hidden away in the glovebox and ignored once the system is set up
- Full steering wheel control functionality (Voice dial/command, answer, volume up/down, hang up) with aftermarket harness kit
- Auto muting of music, and pause of CD, on incoming or outgoing calls
- Access to ANY voice command functions available on your brand of phone - system status, battery level, start other programs, select and play music, navigate menus, state time, etc.

Cons:
- Putting mic in factory steering column location took some time and effort (but makes everything look 100 percent factory)
- Setting up Parrot phone book (if used) can be tedious - have to 'transport' entries one at a time from phone to Parrot.
- No radio display of phonebook entries, or scrolling phonebook like OEM (the Parrot simply displays 'Phone' on the radio display when in use).

If you are using the Parrot phonebook, it will voice announce incoming calls that match the Parrot PB entries, but as I mentioned I'm just using the phone voice functions and phonebook, which are much more feature rich - you can't have both active. Paired with something like an iphone 4, the phone display will give you a much better incoming call display (with pictures and customized personal ring tones played over your factory stereo) than you'll ever get on the radio anyway ...
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:45 PM
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:14 AM
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Thanks, great info.

Was the wiring harness a Parrot product or did you acquire it elsewhere?

Do you have any part numbers by chance?

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Old 06-28-2011, 09:39 AM
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The wiring harness to integrate the steering wheel controls was from 'Connects2', a UK company:

http://www.connects2.co.uk

Delivery was quick to Calgary, via Royal Mail/Canada Post (pre-strike, of course).

It's made specifically for the Parrot CK3000 Evolution BT kit. Their wiring harness part number for my Business CD radio (with 40 pin plug) was CTPPAR008. Everything is plug and play using existing connectors, no wire cutting or splicing. It plugs into the BMW connections and the Parrot 'blue box', replacing the two ISO wiring harnesses shipped with the Parrot kit, which aren't used.

The Parrot EVO kit I bought from Crutchfield Canada - you can get it cheaper out of the US, but by the time you add in shipping and such the price isn't that bad. I decided to get it here and have a convenient return method if necessary.

If you decide to go this route, the 'pre-wired' BMW OEM mic is not compatible, so you'll be replacing it with the Parrot mic. I decided to dismantle the Parrot mic and see if I could make it fit in the factory mic housing on the steering column. Instead of possibly wrecking the only one I had, I found that this Garmin part is the same mic shipped with the Parrot:

http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-external-microphone.html

So I bought one and dismantled it to retrieve just the mic element and wiring so it would fit inside the BMW factory mic housing with windscreen foam. That took some effort and custom mount fabrication. Most people just relocate the supplied Parrot mic to the rear view mirror area or somewhere else convenient (which would be considerably easier!) but I wanted it to look OEM.

After you initially pair your phone, it connects automatically each time you turn on the car - you'll hear a couple of chirps from the stereo as it pairs, and the radio display will briefly show 'Phone'. The small parrot remote lives in the glovebox, out of sight and unneeded for day to day operation. When you press the 'talk' button on the wheel, if you haven't set it up to use the Parrot voice control/phonebook, you'll hear the voice control prompt directly from your phone.

There are other threads out there about using this solution with BMWs - try googling the Connects2 part number. Good luck, whichever way you go!
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