BMW ConnectedDrive Combox Retrofit Solution

by Tim Jones on June 15, 2017, 4:39 pm
BMW connected drive combox retrofit

Did you lose access to ConnectDrive features when the 2G cellular system was disabled? Did BMW not offer a retrofit of your system because you didn't qualify? BMW has realized that many BMW owners want to have the ConnectedDrive systems enabled and are offer a paid retrofit option. This retrofit is only for BMW owners without an active BMW Assist subscription.

What is BMW ConnecteDrive and BMW Assist? Many advanced features on your BMW rely on the Combox for internet connectivity. The Combox that came with your car was based on the 2G network, which AT&T took off line at the end of 2016. The new Combox is 3G based and will provide years of service.

BMW Functionality that requires cell phone connectivity:
  • SOS/E-Calling including automatic crash notification
  • Concierge service
  • Remote service
  • Teleservices

You can reactivate the features above by purchasing a new next generation Combox and related hardware and reactivating your BMW Assist subscription for $199 per year. More information is available at http://www.bmwusa.com/mybmwconnecteddrive.

Installation time is approximately 1.5 hours and the required parts and part numbers are as follows:

BMW combox retrofit part numbers



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5 responses to BMW ConnectedDrive Combox Retrofit Solution

Gary J commented:
June 15, 2017, 5:09 pm

I think I would rather use my smartphone. It's cheaper and does a whole lot more.
Doug Huffman commented:
June 16, 2017, 7:24 am

Use of a handheld device by the driver is dangerous and often illegal. It does a machine no good to be smarter than its operator.
Gary J commented:
June 16, 2017, 7:40 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug Huffman View Post
Use of a handheld device by the driver is dangerous and often illegal. It does a machine no good to be smarter than its operator.
While driving. Replacing the Emergency services, arguably the most useful part of Combox, is a different story. To most reasonable people anyway.

"Many advanced features on your BMW rely on the Combox for internet connectivity."

BMW Functionality that requires cell phone connectivity:
SOS/E-Calling including automatic crash notification
Concierge service
Remote service
Teleservices
rmjames007 commented:
June 19, 2017, 8:17 am

Who do we talk to, to see if our vehicle is compatible?
Eagle11 commented:
June 19, 2017, 12:39 pm

I wish one feature would be auto start, would be nice this time of year here in PHX... Not too sure why BMW doesn't offer it on the 3/4 series.