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Old 06-16-2016, 07:47 PM   #1
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Wire in center console - what is it for? Can I use it for aux connection?

Long time listner, first time poster... Just got a 2005 e46 vert and want to either install aux port or Bluetooth conversion. Long story short, as I looked beneath the cup holder and tray, there is a wire under the center console that is in a sleeve. It has a connection on the end which I think must have been used to integrate a phone. Does anyone know more about this? Can I use it for an aux port or Bluetooth?
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:28 PM   #2
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If you can, trace it back up to the back of the head unit if that is where it goes. I don't think (not 100% certain) either of those were standard options for this car so unless a previous owner installed it, it probably isn't for your phone.

What is the end connection plug?
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:38 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it's for the Bluetooth/Handsfree module. My car has the same thing.

Go to bimmer.work and plug in the last 7 of your vin -- look for option 640 (Car Telephone Preparation).
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:32 PM   #4
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That is exactly what it is!

Is there a part that will work "plug and play" for iPhones? Even it I needed to use a converter.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:56 PM   #5
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You have to get the whole kit (or a large subset thereof), and they seem to run like $650 -- almost not worth it.

Here's a good link with DIY and for ordering:
http://www.bimmernav.com/BMW_E46_Blu...tructions.html
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:31 PM   #6
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Thank you for the assistance. I have only had the car for a few weeks, but this forum has been very helpful. I appreciate the time and information. Trying to figure out what to focus on first...
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:28 AM   #7
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OP, your head unit has a port at the back for an aux input. With the proper cable you'll be able to control your device (phone, iPod, etc.). Check with the dealer to find out what's available.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:45 AM   #8
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Bluetooth kits are expensive and use valuable phone battery. A 2005 will almost certainly have AUX capability in the plug on the back of the head unit. Using an AUX cable adds clutter but works well for much less money Where you put the aux plug depends upon whether you have HK sound. If you have HK, it is tougher to find a clean-looking spot to put the plug in the console. The AUX cable instructions suggest putting the plug in the glove box, but that suggests to me that they expect you to stash your phone in the glove box, which would not work because you use the mic on the phone for handsfree talking when using the AUX.
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