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The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 06-05-2014, 05:30 AM
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Bluetooth Question

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So I've never gotten Blue tooth to work in my car. Always thought it didn't come equipped.

Does the attached screenshot possibly mean it's there and not coded enabled?
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:11 AM
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Hey,
So I've never gotten Blue tooth to work in my car. Always thought it didn't come equipped.

Does the attached screenshot possibly mean it's there and not coded enabled?
Looks like its in there and coded or you would not get that message.
You might have a bad TCU module too. What phone do you have?
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:17 AM
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Based on that screen it looks like you have bluetooth installed. What phone are you trying to pair with the car? Like roseng said, you may have a bad TCU or I've also read there are newer versions of the TCU that are available and can be installed to improve bluetooth compatibility (for example I cannot pair my iPhone with my '04 M3 but it works fine with my '06 650i). Maybe do a bit of research on updated TCUs.

I don't get that screen you are showing, maybe my software is a little newer? My steps to pair do not match my owner's manual either.

To pair a phone in my 2006:
1) Put in your car key and go into the "iMenu" in iDrive and select Communications Settings > Bluetooth > Settings > make sure "Bluetooth Communication Active" is checked (enabled)
2) Back up one menu so you are at: Communications Settings > Bluetooth > Phone (shows a list of phones paired with the car)
3) Go to the phone's bluetooth menu and select "search for new devices". Select the BMW##### device (your car) and on the phone type 0000 as the passkey when prompted.
4) The car will then show in iDrive "External device requesting access", select "Add device".
5) Then a passkey screen appears > enter 0000 as the code then pull down on the iDrive controller once and push down to "Confirm passkey". (do this reasonably quickly before the phone gives-up trying to connect)
6) The phone should now be paired. It will auto connect to the car every time you get in from now on.
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:33 AM
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That's the thing. There is no Blue tooth in settings. Also see this screen and it doesn't let you check it off. See attached.

I'm thinking either my car has Blue tooth but it's coded as not or vice versa, it's coded as BT but doesn't have the module. I don't see it in the trunk but maybe I don't know what I'm looking for.
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...I don't see it in the trunk but maybe I don't know what I'm looking for.
According to roseng, the TCU is behind the rear seats - the backrest part not the bench. It would be useful to check it out and take a pic of the part number if it's there to see what version you have.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:19 AM
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Really weird that it doesn't let me check off enabled. I'll look for it behind the seat and get the part number. Tried pairing with a BlackBerry Z10 and an iPhone 5S.

No option to search for devices. And the phones don't pick up the BMW bluetooth either.
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How to get to the TCU.

It's on the back wall behind the seat back, on the driver side.

You remove the bottom of the rear seat (pops up and out), the headrests (straight up, may need some leverage), and there are 2 nuts on the bottom that hold on the back. Pull it forward and there it is.
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If you need access to the TCU you can check my DIY on the ski bag. The TCU is right next to the ski bag passthrough. Most hard part is to remove the seatbelts outlet trim (it is possible that the pressure clips brreak in the process).

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Old 06-05-2014, 06:26 PM
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If you need access to the TCU you can check my DIY on the ski bag. The TCU is right next to the ski bag passthrough. Most hard part is to remove the seatbelts outlet trim
No need to remove those pieces. Just remove the bottom and headrests, then the 2 nuts holding the back on, lift the back vertically to free the back from the mount and pull it forward. You'll have lots of room to get to the TCU.
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If you have a break in the MOST fibre optic circuit then you could get an error like that. I (temporarily) had that issue in an e92 M3 last weekend when I was installing a Dension Gateway & AVR & TV modules. The break in the circuit could be a disconnected plug somewhere, eg to the fibre diagnostic port in the roof of the glove box or at TCU behind rear seat.
Also note that in 2004 most of the Bluetooth installed in e63s was a specific pairing to a BMW handset. i.e. the Bluetooth could only connect to that BNW OEM handset. Does you're have this type of handset? With a slot under the armrest for a SIM card?
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:55 AM
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Also note that in 2004 most of the Bluetooth installed in e63s was a specific pairing to a BMW handset. i.e. the Bluetooth could only connect to that BNW OEM handset. Does you're have this type of handset? With a slot under the armrest for a SIM card?
I don't think that was the case with N. American spec cars.
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Wow, thanks for all the response everyone! I will take a look tomorrow afternoon to see what i uncover.

Once again, really appreciate all the input.
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