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E46 (1999 - 2006)
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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Old 01-20-2005, 03:32 PM
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Is this a reasonable labour estimate?

My dealer today told me that it will take 4-6 hours of "actual labour time" to reprogram my 2004 325xiT so that the Bluetooth module I installed last night will work.
This sounds rather excessive considering that according to the (BMW factory) instruction sheet I received with my install kit it's only a 7-step process.
Does this sound reasonable to anyone who has done it?
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:43 PM
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Take the car to European Motor Werks, 86 E. Live Oak, Arcadia, CA. Ask for John.

He's one of the few shops in the area that can code late model BMWs like most dealerships can, since he invested in a GT1. And he'll charge you far less. If nothing else, bring the car by and see how long it REALLY takes. Heck he'll probably install the BT module for you if you haven't already done so.
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Clevenger
My dealer today told me that it will take 4-6 hours of "actual labour time" to reprogram my 2004 325xiT so that the Bluetooth module I installed last night will work.
This sounds rather excessive considering that according to the (BMW factory) instruction sheet I received with my install kit it's only a 7-step process.
Does this sound reasonable to anyone who has done it?
did they hire a programmer to write custom firmware for it? how much did they actually charge you to do this?
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Old 01-20-2005, 05:00 PM
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This hasn't been done yet. I had to make an appointment for Wednesday toget it done since "it will take so long."
I assume from the answers that this is not reasonable.

BT module is already installed. Hardest part was finding and getting to the Assist module so i could replace it with the BT module.
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I have a very, very hard time believing anything the stealership tells you about "programming" things. I got a quote today for coding my alarm for $134 in labor (I told the gentleman no thank you, I would take my business elsewhere). Since I have the alarm install instructions, I can see that the required programming takes up less that one sheet of paper. I think dealer margins on cars are so low that they have to clean up on the service....
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The ipodyourbmw.com site says that installation should take less than one hour. The adaptor is $149 MSRP.
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