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Zigs

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1,782 posts

89 months

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I picked my E90 330d last week and it came with an AUX iPod port in the armrest. A couple of questions:

1) On the BMW site it looks like the cable should be exactly the same as the USB cable used to connect the iPod to the computer, except in place of the USB cable is a male AUX connector. Is this correct or is it just a male to male AUX lead that you can get off ebay?

2) If I do need a specific lead from BMW (I have the prof radio set-up so would like the multi-function steering wheel to work with the iPod - note, no iDrive) where the hell do I get it from? Just called BMW and they didn't have a clue! Apple shop don't have a clue, Curries don't have a clue... and now I don't have a clue!

thanks,

Zigs

Methane Bloke

264 posts

85 months

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Unless it has the USB option as well the only way you can play your Ipod is through a double male connector from the headphone output to the aux input. The only steering wheel control will be volume.

Regards

Chris

Zigs

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1,782 posts

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Not what the dealer said... time to call and complain!

notb4eleven

39 posts

78 months

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Methane Bloke said:
Unless it has the USB option as well the only way you can play your Ipod is through a double male connector from the headphone output to the aux input. The only steering wheel control will be volume.

Regards

Chris
Yeah - I've got one of these early E90s. Anyone know a decent after-market conversion?

dumbfunk

1,714 posts

167 months

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Thursday 13th March 2008 quote quote all
[bump]

Does anybody have an idea on this?
There seem to be quite a few 3rd party kits around that give full steering wheel functionality but it's difficult to decide which way to go.

Cheers


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eowen

14,391 posts

148 months

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Friday 14th March 2008 quote quote all
Dension. More options if you DONT have navigation.

MK4 Slowride

9,918 posts

91 months

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Friday 14th March 2008 quote quote all
We do supply a cable from parts hold on I'll enquire, back in 5...

AUX cable £8.95 inc VAT part No. 61120427842

USB cable £39.95 inc VAT part No. 61120440812

Avaialble from all franchised BMW dealers who should have stock. Typically 1/2 meter cables.

HTH

Edited by MK4 Slowride on Friday 14th March 12:56

dumbfunk

1,714 posts

167 months

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Thanks for that but I think the cable is only useful *if* you have the factory USB connectivity already fitted into the car from new. It lets you plug the ipod into the USB connector in the armrest and control it fully via the steering wheel buttons right?

If you *don't* have that socket fitted, do you know if dealers do a kit (perhaps the Dension highlighted above) that gives factory-equivalent functionality over songs and playlists via the multi function wheel?

Thanks again



df

MK4 Slowride

9,918 posts

91 months

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You can get it retro fitted but let me assure you it's too late, unless you've several spare £1000's kicking about as it's a proper strip job! Not to mention the potential for new rattles etc from where it's put back together.

All new BMW's come with the AUX & USB as standard iirc, or at least most the cars I drive do that I've noticed. I don't do i-pod's so don't look out for that kind of thing.

The USB might need to be paired to the i-pod & car etc for the multi-function steering wheel to recognise it, not sure.

dumbfunk

1,714 posts

167 months

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Friday 14th March 2008 quote quote all
Thanks - however, sadly whilst the AUX socket is standard, the USB socket that allows you to control the ipod is part of a £400 hi-fi upgrade package that I at least, did not realise I needed until they had started to build the car.

eowen

14,391 posts

148 months

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Is/does your car have Nav? If so you'll need the Dension 500 fibre optic ipod/usb job which is about 300 quid. It pretends to be a cd changer - so you lose the cd changer. If you dont have a cd changer you will need to get the car coded for a changer - which some people have said dealers wont do unless you buy a cd changer - which I find hard to believe.

Scooby_snax

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137 months

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Bigbox

169 posts

94 months

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Anyone know if the USB £40 cable mentioned above can be bought elsewhere for slightly cheaper - £40 for a usb cable!!!!

Sticks2

3,717 posts

134 months

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Sunday 1st March 2009 quote quote all
Intravee is another option, though I've not tried it myself, others report full functionality (Z4s)

http://www.intravention.co.uk/forum/index.php?topi...

ipwn

2,920 posts

74 months

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Sunday 1st March 2009 quote quote all
Dice -
Intravee

Dice does a perfectly good job at a lower cost, intravee is very oem.

dfg32834

6 posts

45 months

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Yes well i can confirm that this retro upgrade is available and costs £350 from my local bmw dealer. It will depend on the age and option on your car but. I have the sat nav professional and blue tooth kit for the phone and ive been quoted this as the all in cost to supply and fit. I currently only have the one connection for jack connection in the arm rest area and this kit will give me the jack and usb audio connection. I was presently surprised to see this cost as this is pretty reasonable and is not a complete strip of car

MrP80

311 posts

83 months

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Sticks2 said:
Intravee is another option, though I've not tried it myself, others report full functionality (Z4s)

http://www.intravention.co.uk/forum/index.php?topi...
Thats what I have, it uses the changer cabling. Full search capability, displays all track details, playlist support etc etc. Works perfectly, as long as you have nav to view everything, if you don't then I've heard Dice is a better option as it tries to do less...
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