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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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iPhone/iPod integration w/ E46 (H/K+nav)

I am tired of the carrying CD's and crappy radio stations. Its time for Dice or one of the better alternatives.

Have - E46 '05 with H/K and Nav
Need - Integration with my iPhone4 (just for the music, not BT)

Since its my iPhone 4, I am not gonna leave it in the trunk. Also, I stream music through Pandora/Spotify rather using stored music from iPod or any mp3 player.


ChrisL is a big advocate of Intravee but how does it play out when using through Pandora/Spotify? I am rarely going to store music on the phone. It will be mostly streaming. Any suggestions here?
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:29 AM
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I take it you can't add the OEM aux jack with Nav? Seems I remember someone saying you can steal the inputs from the disk changer and use that for an Aux jack. That would be quick and easy and cheap (just like my ex-wife).
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Personally I prefer the OEM input (found HERE for nav cars). If you can't use that for whatever reason DICE units (I have several available HERE) are pretty nice.
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Personally I prefer the OEM input (found HERE for nav cars).
That looks like the same kit that comes for the non NAV though I am sure the harness connector is slightly different. Just pitch that stupid "Aux" plate and do it like I did mine, looks great when done.
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^the harness is slightly difference nav vs non-nav. Personally I like to install the aux jacks in the glove box, yeah it's not as convenient but it promotes me to put the cord away when I'm not using it so "wondering eyes" don't look in the car and decided to look for whatever was hooked up to it.
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Personally I like to install the aux jacks in the glove box, yeah it's not as convenient
Ever try to reach over in the glove box while driving? Hard to do and not die.
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Ever try to reach over in the glove box while driving? Hard to do and not die.
True! (Has almost happened a couple times)

But you can always run the aux cable out of the glovebox and still have the iPod/iPhone within reach.
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Smolcky! nice to see you man. Looks you have certainly been active here past few years.

Okay, the aux input seems simple enough. Any DIY guide for pulling this off?
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The downside of the aux connections is that you can't change to the next song with the steering wheel controls. I currently have a DICE (installed when I had an iPod Classic, and now have an iPod Touch) that I'm not that thrilled with. With the old iPod, I could see the song titles on the Nav screen (intermittently), but not at all with the iPod Touch. I like that it keeps the iPod charged, something an aux connector wouldn't.
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Smolcky! nice to see you man. Looks you have certainly been active here past few years.

Okay, the aux input seems simple enough. Any DIY guide for pulling this off?
You to man. Here is your DIY....

http://www.my330i.com/mod26.php
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Get a FM transmitter..


I just got one for $15 and it's crystal clear..
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Get a FM transmitter..


I just got one for $15 and it's crystal clear..
FM transmitters work? Since when?


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The downside of the aux connections is that you can't change to the next song with the steering wheel controls. I currently have a DICE (installed when I had an iPod Classic, and now have an iPod Touch) that I'm not that thrilled with. With the old iPod, I could see the song titles on the Nav screen (intermittently), but not at all with the iPod Touch. I like that it keeps the iPod charged, something an aux connector wouldn't.
I hear ya. But I don't use iPod with stored music. Its all streaming (pandora etc) so it that won't help anyways.

Smolck, I don't have a drill or drillbit. Any workaround to that part? Looking for something with minimal assembly or purchasing of tools.
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I hear ya. But I don't use iPod with stored music. Its all streaming (pandora etc) so it that won't help anyways.

Smolck, I don't have a drill or drillbit. Any workaround to that part? Looking for something with minimal assembly or purchasing of tools.
I got mine off a company called eForCity.com It's both a fm transmitter and a holder for my iPhone

I've been using it for a week, and it works great in the radio-heavy Columbus Ohio area....
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Smolck, I don't have a drill or drillbit. Any workaround to that part? Looking for something with minimal assembly or purchasing of tools.

Do you have a dremel tool? I actually think I used mine with a small metal cutting bit, it was the perfect size.
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Do you have a dremel tool? I actually think I used mine with a small metal cutting bit, it was the perfect size.
No man. My tools include hex wrenches, screwdriver and pedal wrench (for the cycle) but thats about it.
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No man. My tools include hex wrenches, screwdriver and pedal wrench (for the cycle) but thats about it.
Yea, you need something to drill with. I have an older "spare" drill and I'd be glad to send it to you if you like. You cover shipping and it'll go out tomorrow.
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Thanks man. I'll cover the shipping happily.

I read the DIY and it seems simple enough except for removing all the trim. I am just a little concerned on breaking the trims up front. I am a bit clumsy when it comes to mechanical finesse.

Anything to be aware/concerned about on this one?
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Thanks man. I'll cover the shipping happily.

I read the DIY and it seems simple enough except for removing all the trim. I am just a little concerned on breaking the trims up front. I am a bit clumsy when it comes to mechanical finesse.

Anything to be aware/concerned about on this one?
I have broken my share of clips on the dash trim, some of them come out easy, some fight like the dickens. If you use a large flat head screwdriver wrapped in a sock you can avoid damage, just go slow. It isn't a bad idea to go to the dealer and buy 2 or 3 of them though, just in case. Once the trim is off the head unit pops out with two phillips head screws so no biggie there. Really, it is one of those things that SEEMS harder than it really is.
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Really? They are awful.
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I'm thinking of getting a new head unit for this purpose, but may be more trouble than it's worth.
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ChrisL is a big advocate of Intravee but how does it play out when using through Pandora/Spotify?
Latest version of the Intravee firmware coupled with the latest iPhone OS will allow you to listen to Pandora and Spotify with display and control on both the iPhone and head unit. Head unit control is limited to Next/Prev track in the selected Album or Playlist etc. so you need to use the iPhone for that.
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I've done this and it's dead easy. To remove the trim, I used a stout plastic knife from Ikea, but any reasonably stiff yet soft plastic should work. Start at one end and pry it up just a little, say 1/4". Move along the piece of trim, prying it out until it's all about 1/4" out. Repeat, working the whole piece out a little at a time. This is because the posts attached to the back of the trim pieces are like an inch or more long, and they need to come straight out to prevent breaking them.

Regarding placement of your Aux jack, I suggest running the cord into the sunglasses cubby. No drilling needed! I just threaded mine through the space next to the right side hinge. The cubby just pulls out - grab the open door of the cubby and tug, and the cubby should just pop out. Carefully thread the wire through the space, check the action of the door hinge to make sure the wire's not in it's way, then click the cubby back into place. Now you can store your iPod extension cord in your cubby when you're not using it.

I bought one of those dash mounts for my iPhone which clips to the center vent. That way I can control my music selection and phone use without having to move my hand more than a few inches from the steering wheel. Good luck!
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I've done this and it's dead easy. To remove the trim, I used a stout plastic knife from Ikea, but any reasonably stiff yet soft plastic should work. Start at one end and pry it up just a little, say 1/4". Move along the piece of trim, prying it out until it's all about 1/4" out. Repeat, working the whole piece out a little at a time. This is because the posts attached to the back of the trim pieces are like an inch or more long, and they need to come straight out to prevent breaking them.

Regarding placement of your Aux jack, I suggest running the cord into the sunglasses cubby. No drilling needed! I just threaded mine through the space next to the right side hinge. The cubby just pulls out - grab the open door of the cubby and tug, and the cubby should just pop out. Carefully thread the wire through the space, check the action of the door hinge to make sure the wire's not in it's way, then click the cubby back into place. Now you can store your iPod extension cord in your cubby when you're not using it.

I bought one of those dash mounts for my iPhone which clips to the center vent. That way I can control my music selection and phone use without having to move my hand more than a few inches from the steering wheel. Good luck!
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I have pics in this thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=ipod+aux

Scroll down to #18. Hope that helps.
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