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Old 05-22-2016, 10:58 PM   #1
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Adding OEM Bluetooth to E46 that already had controls?

I have an 04 M3 Coupe that has all the steering wheel controls and a 16:9 Satnav for phone options and the mic grill. My friend has a 2002 E46 with Bluetooth, can I take the bluetooth module out of his trunk and is it just plug and play with mine? Is my car already pre-wired for this?

I was going to go with the Parrot option but this seems like it is better and less hassle and I might get a deal.

Do I just need the module or is there a mounting bracket or what that I need to get as well? Thanks.

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Old 05-23-2016, 04:25 AM   #2
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I am not sure how good the Parrot system is. But, the factory system in our 04 330ci is not that great. The sound quality for the person on the other end is not that good. The controls are very clunky. But then I am comparing it to my '15 Ford Edge with Sync. I understand the 11 year gap in technology. That is why I wonder if the Parrot system is better? It has to be newer technology right?
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:30 AM   #3
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The Bluetooth system for that year won't stream music. It's intended for phone calls only. The Parrot unit is a very good BT device. I'd go with the Parrot.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:59 AM   #4
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The Bluetooth system for that year won't stream music. It's intended for phone calls only. The Parrot unit is a very good BT device. I'd go with the Parrot.
Is this the Parriot CK3000? I heard it wasn't that great either and couldn't stream music as well.

Here's what I am going off of: http://www.bokchoys.com/differential/diy_parrot_bluetooth.htm

I have the option to pick out the Bluetooth module from my friends BMW for $50. 1/3rd the price of Parrot CK3000 w/Connect2 and a cable to update the firmware.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:32 PM   #5
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I just installed a from unit and so far its been good. Hardest part was running the mic wire.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:33 PM   #6
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I just installed a from unit and so far its been good. Hardest part was running the mic wire.
I think I already have a mic because I have BMW Assist I think...
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:37 PM   #7
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The issue there is the location of the facory wiring harness. The grom installs in the trunk using the harness for the cd changer.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:38 PM   #8
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The issue there is the location of the facory wiring harness. The grom installs in the trunk using the harness for the cd changer.
Please elaborate.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:41 PM   #9
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Most of the factory wiring for the phone is in the center console. Most if not all aftermarket units connect using a 3 pin and 6 pin wire in the trunk laft side. As a side note, i also now have the ability to play music via aux, usb and bluetooth which is kinda handy.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:42 PM   #10
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:05 PM   #11
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I have an 04 M3 Coupe that has all the steering wheel controls and a 16:9 Satnav for phone options and the mic grill. My friend has a 2002 E46 with Bluetooth, can I take the bluetooth module out of his trunk and is it just plug and play with mine? Is my car already pre-wired for this?

I was going to go with the Parrot option but this seems like it is better and less hassle and I might get a deal.

Do I just need the module or is there a mounting bracket or what that I need to get as well? Thanks.

Thanks.
For an '04 with BMW Assist, you need the following components:

Bluetooth module (TCU preferable)
Bluetooth antenna

First things first: is the Bluetooth in your friend's '02 OEM/dealer installed? If so, check and make sure that his unit looks like the Assist module currently installed in your trunk, above the sat nav computer. The car's harness is already designed for the bluetooth module (TCU). Simply remove and replace your module with his, but only if his is a TCU. The Bluetooth antenna is located underneath the center console, under the rear ashtray. Yours might already have the antenna.

A fun fact about the '04 with BMW Assist: BMW intended to have Bluetooth packaged with BMW Assist in the '04s; manufacturing problems at the last minute meant that the feature was delayed until MY '05.
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Old 08-08-2016, 09:52 AM   #12
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Slightly off topic but related - I am installing the grom unit in the trunk but want to use the OEM mic (that is there and the car has the SOS or whatever). I need to know what wires on the TCU harness are for the mic so I could tap into those. Anyone know that or can point me in the right direction? Many thanks
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