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Old 02-19-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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Help with AUX IN setup

Hi,

Could someone help me with identifying whether my Business CD unit supports AUX IN? Based on threads I've run into here it should be OK, but I couldn't get one cable I ordered online work. The unit has a MODE button, and at the back there are two free slots for 10-pin cables.

Here are the details in text format (see also pic attached):

6512 6916047-02
108788 10
Germany
11-02

RADIO BUSINESS CD RDS
PH806021041767

2DC806/23
9022 218 06239
WA00 0247

Software Version: SV 47-02 510

I have a 3-series 318i, and the first registration date is 12/2002. Seems like the business cd unit has been manufactured in 11/2002.

Any help much appreciated!!


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Old 02-19-2017, 05:52 PM   #2
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My point of reference is the '05 X5. I pulled my display (the MK4 Nav system) and there was a wire harness behind it wrapped with the fabric-tape that they use to hold the wire harnesses together. Inside of the wrap was an empty 2-wire connector, this is where the Aux is plugged in. I bought the Aux connector, but got the wrong one (different shape of the connector), so it was returned and exchanged. The correct Aux cable plugged in and immediately began to produce the input selection on the display. My display has a button marked MODE that when pressed walks through the available inputs to the radio. Aux became available as son as the Aux cable was connected.

Your car might be outside of the production range for this option, I do not know one way or the other. If you remove the radio display, there should be a wire harness behind it that may or may not have a connector covered up by the fabric wrapping that holds the wires together. You should not have to remove more than about an inch of the wrapping to expose the hidden connector, but if there is a connector, you should be able to feel it. The connector comes in two configurations, large and small. Both are 2-wire. If you have the connector, then you can connect the Aux cable and use your phone to bring music services to your car. I plug in my phone and use Pandora almost every time I get into my wife's X5.
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hope this helps.

Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 916 241 (July 2001) iPod Data Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 915 711 (Sep 2001) Ipod Data Capable

Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 919 072 (Dec 2001-Jun 2002)iPod Data, Sirius Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 921 963 (July 2002-Jan 2003)iPod Data, Sirius Capable

Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 927 902 (Feb 2003-Aug 2003)iPod Data, Aux and Sirius Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 10-6 927 903 (RMFD thru Dec 2006) iPod Data, Aux and Sirius Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 941 505 (Jan 2004 - Sept 2004) iPod Data, Aux and Sirius Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 941 506 (RMFD thru Dec 2007) iPod Data, Aux and Sirius Capable

Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 943 429 (Oct 2004 -Sept 2005) iPod Data, Aux, Sirius and MP3 Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 943 430 (RMFD thru 2008) iPod Data, Aux, Sirius and MP3 Capable
Alpine, Model CD53, Part Number 65. 12-6 961 215 (Dec 2005-May 2006) iPod Data, Aux, Sirius and MP3 Capable
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:43 AM   #4
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That part number list in not totally accurate. CD53's are AUX capable starting in MY 2003 cars. Model year 2003 E46 started in Sept 2002. So a CD53 radio with a date on it of Sept 2002 (maybe even Aug 2002, but Sept to be safe) and up should be AUX capable.

The only thing I'm not sure of is if this holds true outside North America.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:05 PM   #5
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If it isn't capable of aux input out of the box I can recommend a company called Quidzel. Its a one man shop that makes aux input work arounds for older BMWs. The sound quality is superb and the customer service was impeccable.

http://quidzel.com/
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