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Old 08-31-2012, 12:54 PM
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Z4 MP3 port

I've got a 2003 Z4 and I love it, except no MP3 port. Found one online and was going to have a stereo installer plug it into the back of the non-Nav radio. They couldn't remove the radio because they apparently have to remove the air vents to remove the radio. Evidently there are supposed to be two clips that you release to get the air vents to come out and mine are missing. The installer was willing to attempt to force the removal of the air vents but warned me that it would probably destroy the vents. Discretion being the better part of valor, I went home without a MP3 port. Anyone have any bright ideas? Is is possible to buy these clips and install them through the air vent? Really disappointed.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:58 PM
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It's called an aux input.

You take a couple small screw drivers and bend the clips down and the vent wiggles out.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:03 PM
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That's right, but they showed me that those clips are missing and without them the air vent won't come out. At least that's their story.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:19 PM
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Check out the DICE unit at bavarian sound works. You don't have to remove the head unit and you can do music through bluetooth if you buy the more expensive module. Love mine. Installed in 30 minutes, don't buy the ashtray dock it's junk.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:34 PM
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That's right, but they showed me that those clips are missing and without them the air vent won't come out. At least that's their story.
If the clips are missing then there is nothing holding the vent in place.

More than likely it that they are not grabbing the clip edge to pull them down, but pushing them UP..

If you look in there with a flashlight you can see when you have them pulled down. Just don't bent them...
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:51 PM
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Sounds good. I'll give it a try. Thanks
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:52 PM
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I'll take a look tonight. Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:22 AM
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Just don't pay to get this done. It's soooooeasy anyone can do this minor install.

Look at the pictures this guy put up on how to remove the vents and radio.
Knowing what to look/feel for, will help you a ton.
http://www.z4-forum.com/forum/viewto...p?f=31&t=15087
Mine were hard to get to from inside the vent, so i removed from the top of the vent frame by sliding along an old credit card. Once the gap is open you can wiggle the vent out.


Which Aux input did you get?
If anyone here is interested, I have an Ashtray Aux input for sale.
P/N 82 11 0 142 174 directions included.
$80 Shipped.
Bavarian has it for $84.95+shipping.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:06 AM
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Post #16 of this thread. Plastic card method.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:36 PM
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That sounds good. I've got a long weekend ahead and I'll take a look my self. I got my MP3 input from Bimmernav and it looked very straight forward assuming that you could get the radio out. Thanks
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:00 PM
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If you are good with your hands, you can reach up via the panel under the radio and A/C controls and unclip the module that is in the back of the radio. You then pull it down, and attach the aux port into the module. You have to reach back up and put the module in and snap the lever back. Removal of the module and replacement has to be done by feel, no way to see it.

that is the way I did it on my 2004 Z4. I never took out the vents.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for all the help. All the advise worked like a charm. I now have a useable MP3 port. I think the Media Bridge idea will work on my daughters Volvo. Thanks to one and all.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:06 PM
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Excellent news- easier than you expected - eh?
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:01 PM
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I was waiting "for the other shoe to drop". Murphy's law states "anything that can go wrong will". I believe in O'Tooles law that states that Murphy was an optimist, it's much worse than that. It wasn't bad. Thanks again.
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