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Old 01-16-2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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Hi there!

I have serched through entire DIY section but i didn`t find an answer to my problem.

I have a E46 320d from 1999, and I have CD-CHANGER on the trunk. My radio is a business with K7, and what i want to know is if there is a "low-cost" DIY to change the audio in-put of a CD-changer, to an AUX-input.

What i want to do is to is to connect my tomtom GPS to an aux-in so i can hear music playing from it through my car-audio system.

Other cheap and "easy-to-do" alternatives are also welcome.

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Old 01-16-2009, 12:06 PM   #2
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something like this:

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Old 01-18-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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Can't say I've seen a 320d in the states, cool.

If your head unit has never been replaced (Pre 2002 HU), you'll need to find an aux kit which essentially acts like the CD changer to add a aux input. You'll find a ton of these kinds of DIYs here...
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:14 PM   #4
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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Note, that's only for the newer head units. Easily identified by having the 'mode' button.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:50 PM   #6
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Be careful, even though a head unit has a mode button doesn't necessarily mean it has the 'AUX' option.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:19 AM   #7
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Hello. This has been posted plenty so you can find details using search tool.
But we have a 99 323 and we did this; ie installed a later radio(>9/02). Those radios have a place in the back for an aux input, WE PAID ABOUT $2OO LAST YEAR ON EBAY FROM A dealer, I believe. Then buy the aux input cable from the dealer $30-40 AND an antenna adaptor from Bavarian soundwerks. You can probably also buy the aux cable and get more tech support than from the dealer.
Armed with those three things you are set. An hour or so of work and you are done. You only need to remove a couple of things. You end up with a aux standard stereo minipin, like any headphone jack, into which you can pipe any source such as ipod, sat radio, or nav unit if yours has wired output.
We had cassette, so this changed it to a cd in dash, and it still runs the changer in the trunk, or you can buy a Dice and replace your changer to an ipod!
here it is installed, We elected to not install the little metal plate, and I think we need to paint it black. good luck
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:26 AM   #8
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If I remember correctly and the TomTom devices just send out audio signals through a normal headphone jack connector, the DIY in my sig will work.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:50 AM   #9
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If you don't mind shelling out $89.

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:27 PM   #10
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Thanks all for the Answers.

Here in Portugal most cars are diesel instead of gasoline, basically because it is much cheaper.

Actually we pay about 1,5 dollars for each litre of gasoline and 1,3 dollars for each litre of diesel. It`s a hell of prices....

About my car, it is a 320d from 1999 with 192.000 km. It has a CD-changer on the trunk, so I think I will have to spend a little more and aquire a DICE silverline Kit.

I think it the cheapest solution, and I can still have my original BMW k7 radio.

BTW, I will put some pics of my BMW on the correct section.

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Thanks all for the Answers.

Here in Portugal most cars are diesel instead of gasoline, basically because it is much cheaper.

Actually we pay about 1,5 dollars for each litre of gasoline and 1,3 dollars for each litre of diesel. It`s a hell of prices....

About my car, it is a 320d from 1999 with 192.000 km. It has a CD-changer on the trunk, so I think I will have to spend a little more and aquire a DICE silverline Kit.
Unless you don't mind giving up your CD-change functionality, that is one of two options.

The other option would be to get a newer head unit.

Good luck!
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Unless you don't mind giving up your CD-change functionality, that is one of two options.

The other option would be to get a newer head unit.

Good luck!
I'm thinking of doing the same mod. CD's are becoming obsolete now anyways so I don't mind losing the CD changer functionality.
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Everyone make sure not to buy the GROM auxiliary kit directly from BSW (Bavarian Soundwerks) as they're charging $89.95 for something that you can buy directly from GROM for $64.99!!!
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Everyone make sure not to buy the GROM auxiliary kit directly from BSW (Bavarian Soundwerks) as they're charging $89.95 for something that you can buy directly from GROM for $64.99!!!
shame on them. I hate when car parts and car audio companies obviously overcharge for stuff you can easily get from the OEM website or even eBay.

They think because we drive BMWs we should have to pay more for stuff
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Everyone make sure not to buy the GROM auxiliary kit directly from BSW (Bavarian Soundwerks) as they're charging $89.95 for something that you can buy directly from GROM for $64.99!!!
Odd. They must have lowered their pricing on that. We were selling at the same price as they were. If we need to adjust pricing we will certainly do that. With that said Grom does offer a kit that does not come with all the cabling needed to run from the back to the front. Our kit includes that RCA cable by default as the kit is not very useful without the cables in the front in our opinion.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:54 PM   #17
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Actually, GROM seems to have just increased their price. It used to be 54.99 for at least the last year or so. Now it's 64.99 (including a 6ft audio cable). Even a 15ft 3.5mm cable shouldn't be any more than 10 bucks.

I should also mention, though, that BSW is known to provide very good support, while GROM is (decent) email support only.

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