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For my iphone, I have a usaspec module that replaces the cd changer. It lets you use the steering wheel controls and charges the phone. I dont miss the charger at all. I also have a parrot Bluetooth connector for the phone. Very handy and highly recommended.
 

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I've seen the charger that replaces the dip in your armrest for iPhones but can't find them to buy anywhere the dealership says there is no such thing but I've seen them anyone know what I'm talking about n if so where can I get one
 

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I have a unit that takes the place of your cd changer and you can plug in your ipod. I forget the brad right off hand but I believe a ice unit? anyways Id let it go for the right amount
 

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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.
 

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The build date for compatibility with later (satellite radio compatible) E39 sound systems was supposed to be Sept. 2002. However, if your proposed setup needs the newer system and your build date is even close to Sept. '02, then get your VIN to a dealer and they will be able to tell you which system your car really has. Mine was built Sept. '02 but does not have the newer radio.
Also, my DICE Mediabridge (Bluetooth, satellite, USB) has never worked consistently despite numerous software updates and one complete replacement. It locks up and needs hard re-booting occassionally, so I had an under-dash kill switch installed to reboot the DICE unit while driving. When working, DICE is nice, but you do lose your rear CD magazine player.
 

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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.
Did not know this. Lucky me to have an '03 and be on the site today!
Questions: Does the stereo have to be removed to plug-in the cable? Please advise on all steps required for installation and what type of connector for the cable.
Thanks!
 

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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.
 

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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.
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
 

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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
Severe,

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.

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Yup. That's the cable.
Severe,

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.

dave
03 540i6
Thanks, Guys!
 

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I have an iPod adapter for a E39 that can be functioned with the steering wheel controls and head unit.

I bought it some years ago - but since have replaced it with a high end audio / video system.

I think i paid $100 (maybe more?) - ill sell it for $50 shipped.
 

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My experience for connecting my iPhone 5 into my '03 E39 follows: This was a simple $40 installation (dealer purchase), allowing me to plug-in the iPhone headphone jack using the car's AUX input. The sacrifice is not having integrated charging or iPod/iPhone control through the factory unit. I was ok with not having either of those options.
I made a slight mistake locating the AUX input jack. BMW instructions show a glove box location, but I wanted mine next to the cup holder. Since the cup holders are shot anyway, I'm not too worried...
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