Did not know this. Lucky me to have an '03 and be on the site today!What year is the e39? If it's a 2003, you can plug in a cable to the back of the radio/CD player in the dash which will give you an AUX input. If it's not a 2003, you can change the radio/CD player to a later model one.
Where did you buy your cable and how much did you pay? Was it one similar to this?You do have to remove the radio to attach the cable, but this radio is amazingly easy to remove. It takes only a couple of minutes. Here's a link to a DIY to hooking up the cable. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1202510 I drilled a small hole in the cup holder and used that as the location for the AUX jack. Here's another link showing the final location of the jack. http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1236285 It also shows you how to make the cable itself, however, they aren't very expensive, so I just bought one. It works great.
Severe,Where did you buy your cable and how much did you pay? Was it one similar to this?
http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=82 11 0 149 390
Yup. That's the cable.
That's the cable. I put mine over the left cupholder (drilled), just be careful it doesn't interfere with the cig lighter.
This will play music from ipod/iphone/mp3 device. It does not allow you to make handsfree calls, maybe some kind of adapter would work with it?
I use the official BMW bluetooth kit for handsfree calls, fully integrated with MID and steering wheel, but that costs ~$500, and installs in trunk near changer.