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Old 09-21-2012, 11:50 AM
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Bluetooth Setup

I have a 2006, X3 that I bought two years ago as a certified used car. When I bought the car I was told that is was bluetooth ready. However, at the time I did not have a bluetooth compatable phone.

I have recently purchased a phone with bluetooth and when I went to the dealers to have programmed they now tell me the my car is bluetooth wired but it doesn't have a TCU. The dealer is now telling me that it will cost me $1000.00 to purchase and install the components I need.

My question is, if the car is already wired for bluetooth, what are the components I need other than a TCU to get my phone working? Also, what model TCU do I need?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:51 AM
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Does your car have the premium package?

What about BMW assist?
In the very back in the left side, pull the cover panel and look to see what boxes are installed. There will be a black box back there if you have bt module installed and there will be a code label on it. If its there. Unplug the cable, wait ten minutes and plug it back in. It may be that if its there it needs a reset. It was an issue with the 06s.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:56 AM
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Does your car have the premium package?

What about BMW assist?
In the very back in the left side, pull the cover panel and look to see what boxes are installed. There will be a black box back there if you have bt module installed and there will be a code label on it. If its there. Unplug the cable, wait ten minutes and plug it back in. It may be that if its there it needs a reset. It was an issue with the 06s.
+1 a BIG issue. After doing the fix I still can't get the phone book to come up. $1000 for the TCU is right on I had 4 replace on my 530i. thats what the dealer said it cost BMWNA,
Good luck
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:47 PM
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+1 a BIG issue. After doing the fix I still can't get the phone book to come up. $1000 for the TCU is right on I had 4 replace on my 530i. thats what the dealer said it cost BMWNA,
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2006 owner also,
I couldn't get my phonebook to work until I changed phones, now all is good. I think some phones won't load the phonebook.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:04 AM
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2006 owner also,
I couldn't get my phonebook to work until I changed phones, now all is good. I think some phones won't load the phonebook.
Same phone worked for the longest time then no phone book.
Wife got a new phone I'll have to try it.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:31 AM
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I would check Ebay for a TCU or ULF. Mine came with a TCU that didn't have Bluetooth just BMW Assist. I replaced it with an ULF and added a pairing button. It works great. Here's a link for the Bluetooth installation:

http://www.bimmernav.com/BMW_X3_Blue...tructions.html
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:19 AM
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Does your car have the premium package?

What about BMW assist?
In the very back in the left side, pull the cover panel and look to see what boxes are installed. There will be a black box back there if you have bt module installed and there will be a code label on it. If its there. Unplug the cable, wait ten minutes and plug it back in. It may be that if its there it needs a reset. It was an issue with the 06s.
This is what's in there for my X3. Didn't see any bluetooth sign. But then mine is the japanese version anyway. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:46 PM
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The silver box looks like a TCU. You may want to try the Bluetooth forum:

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/bluetooth/
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:28 PM
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First glance, only one posting about X3 on the bluetooth forum . Will read more on the X3 forum a bit later. Thanks anyway!
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:40 PM
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You could always disconnect the battery and wait ten minutes and then connect it And try again.

I do know the X3s were very picky about the phones that it would sync with.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:51 AM
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First glance, only one posting about X3 on the bluetooth forum . Will read more on the X3 forum a bit later. Thanks anyway!
The TCUs and ULFs are the same on all BMWs. The guy that moderates that forum really knows his stuff. You should post on there.
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