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Old 02-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #581
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Just tried it myself with a modified IDE cable and it works perfectly. One of my favorite DIYs so far. Thanks.
What year is your headunit made?
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #582
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Aux Input Jack

Here is where I installed my Jack - Now you see it... Now you don't!
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:11 AM   #583
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:12 AM   #584
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:13 AM   #585
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aux input work my sw: 1122387 ?
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:59 PM   #586
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aux input work my sw: 1122387 ?
triple post!

i reckon the last two digits are your software version.. it has to be 43 or above in most instances in order for your HU to support an auxiliary input.

I just installed mine with the oem aux cable even though my 2004 325i's HU is SW version 40.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:08 PM   #587
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Help!
My iPod n iPhone work fine. I tested Sirius portable, cig powered, antenna cable coiled on passenger seat and up through sunroof for test purposes, 12inch headphone male male wire. Worked great.
Ripped apart backseat and trunk liner, ran antenna line concealed from trunk to driver area.
Now my radio will not recognize Sirius as an aux source. iPhone still works fine as aux. I even start with aux and try to switch as fast as I can, but there's no tricking the radio - it does not recognize Sirius as an equal!!!
Thoughts? I hate to rip the car apart to pull the antenna. Nor does that make sense as the reason to me.

Ps. I tried a different cable jic. No luck with that either.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:06 PM   #588
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UPDATE: interestingly tonight I was listening to iPhone with aux cable, when the battery started to get low. I plugged in my cigarette lighter iPhone charger and the radio no longer recognized the aux input and defaulted to CD! I tried to select AUX- no go. Unplugged the iPhone from the charger, hit mode, went back to AUX no problem.

Why/how do the aux input and cigarette lighter have anything to do with each other? Can't just be dumb luck, right?
Is it possible the aux cable is touching the cig lighter wires and that is the effect?
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:45 PM   #589
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UPDATE: interestingly tonight I was listening to iPhone with aux cable, when the battery started to get low. I plugged in my cigarette lighter iPhone charger and the radio no longer recognized the aux input and defaulted to CD! I tried to select AUX- no go. Unplugged the iPhone from the charger, hit mode, went back to AUX no problem.

Why/how do the aux input and cigarette lighter have anything to do with each other? Can't just be dumb luck, right?
Is it possible the aux cable is touching the cig lighter wires and that is the effect?
Take a look at Post #547.

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:08 PM   #590
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Take a look at Post #547.

Cheers,

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Thanks man, resistor it is. Such a long thread I had read 14-16 pages and called quits. Strange that it had worked successfully at one point at all...
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:46 PM   #591
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Don't forget the capacitors!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:40 AM   #592
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does anyone know if it is different for the MK4 head units?? (sat nav)
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:41 AM   #593
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My long awaited shots for my aux in.

My Setup:
-regular aux in with caps and resistors with the port in the glovebox.
-cigarette lighter to USB adapter(or you can use BMW flashlight USB kit) tapped in the fuse box for switched power and placed in the glovebox.
-iPhone dock cable with aux out and USB connections.

Advantages:
-Charge and use the aux in with the iPhone using a single dock cable.
-Sound quality is much better since the output is line level from the dock connector.
-Only One cable, so less clutter.
-Can you different device in aux port and charge a different device in the USB port if need be.
-Can just buy a cable to do the same for any other device just like I did with the iPhone to use a single cable to charge and aux out.
-Cable sits inside the glovebox when not in use.
-Looks very OEM.
-Spares your cigarette lighter port and the ashtray.

Disadvantage:
-Cant control the volume with the iPhone (but I do it from my steering anyway).
-Kind of time consuming because you have to take out the glovebox and make holes for the aux in port and wires for USB adapter.

Bottom line:
I am very happy, because I use my iPhone as GPS with tom tom app and it kills the battery very fast. So its nice to use one cable to charge and work as aux out. OT: also the tom tom app allows you to play your iPod music while the GPS is not talking and fades out the song when giving verbal directions.


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Old 03-04-2012, 03:50 PM   #594
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:12 AM   #595
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hey guys. I've been wanting to add an aux input on my car but I'm having trouble finding the right stuff that would work on my car. I drive an 02/2002 330ci with no cd changer in the back. I hope you guys can help me out. I'm new to this forum. I've only been a member for about a week. Thanks

Update: I talked to a DICE rep asking the same question, and he recommended me this product http://www.amazon.com/GROM-Audio-BMW...1012256&sr=8-2 which isn't theirs. I was wondering if anyone here have used this in their e46.

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Old 03-08-2012, 05:25 AM   #596
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Thank you for thisss!! right! time to gid out the old tech and find me some wires!
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #597
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would this work in an 05 HU or only in an 03?
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:11 PM   #598
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would this work in an 05 HU or only in an 03?
03 and later. but 02 and older will not work.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #599
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I have an addition to this thread that might be useful for anyone whos done the mod. I ussually put my ipod just above my shifter resting on the ashtray thing.. but everytime i pushed a button on my ipod i opened the ashtray. So i opened everything up and put some strategically placed zipties that keep it from opening.. i made a video afterwards but ill take a pic of the actual mod when i get off work

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Old 03-22-2012, 04:24 AM   #600
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Going to have another go at this soon.

The last time I attempted, I made 2 cables and neither would enable the "Aux" on my 2003 E46. The SW etc was good, it just wouldn't enable the Aux mode.

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