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Old 08-05-2011, 06:17 PM   #41
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i have an idea. what if you just tap into those lines instead of removing them completely from the cd changer? that way, you disconnect your ipod if you want to listen to the cd changer, and connect the ipod (while making sure the cd player is on pause) to listen to the ipod.

only thing is... i don't think the cd changer HAS a pause or stop... does it? or do you just change inputs/turn off the stereo lol? i have an 01 330ci witht he 6cd changer in the back and 4:3 navi
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:41 PM   #42
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Exactly the same system I have and works perfectly!!

Go for it
w00t! i'll be tackling this mod, this week.

my car is a '99 323i w/ HK system, & 6 cd changer mounted on the center upper deck in the trunk.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:10 AM   #43
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Here's a picture by picture DIY to install an AUX input that reads from the "CD" option on my '99 323i w/ HK system. Cassette player/AM/FM/CD (changer in the trunk) incase you dont want to cut into the harness/cut into the wires/cut the wires.

Before you continue, im not held responsible if you shock yourself, harm yourself, fry the CD changer system, fry your computer, fry your car, or fry an egg..

Keys out of the ignition, and go play..

Tools Needed:
(+) phillips screwdriver
small (-) flathead screwdriver.
small single straight pick
wire stripper / cutter
quality electrical tape (3M) &/or correct sized heat shrink tubing
heat gun or lighter if using heat shrink tubing

Hardware Needed:
$7 at Fry's electronics - two RCA Stereo Audio Leads to 3.5mm stereo plug - (I used a 10ft, i should've gotten a 15ft or 20ft)

the wire



the trunk


the back of the CD changer w/ wires removed

a better look


the two sets of wire harnesses. the lower harness has a small tab to press, and makes it easier to disconnect. The top harness was actually harder to remove, and had no tab i saw to press in. NEVER PULL FROM THE WIRES! get a hold of the black plastic of the plug, and attempt to disconnect from that.


by removing 2 or 3 of the black metal tapping screws on the CD changer wiring harness, it gives you alot of slack to work with.



take pictures, write down, paint a painting.. do what you have to do, to remember which wires go into which slots. the black harness is marked 1 through 6. two of the larger black wires on the harness stay untouched. This step is to be able to back track incase you need to reverse the installation.

Locate the 6 pin connector (i believe it only has 5 pins, used of the 6 pin connector. wires in no particular order RED/WHITE/GREY/BLACK/BLACK) using the pick, small flathead screwdriver, or equivalent tool, locate the plastic tab that locks the cover, onto the 6 pin connector, and separate the cover from the connector.

upclose with locking area pressed away from locking tab


using the pick or equivalent tool, press down lightly onto the metal tabs of the red, the white, and the grey wires, and remove them from the plug.


wires removed from plug


as stated before, from the RCA to 3.5mm stereo plug, the bare metal are attached together to make 1 signal and attaches to the grey wire onto the CD changer harness. the red wire from the RCA end goes to the red wire onto the CD changer harness, the white wire from the RCA end goes to the white wire onto the CD changer harness. at this point, you want to strip at least 1.5" or 2" off of each wire end, of the RCA to 3.5mm stereo plug, and you can use that exposed wire to wrap onto each connection it needs to be connected to. bow tie it, wrap it, whatever way you would like. If this will be a permanent, or at least a not so temporary setup, you can solder each wire onto the plug, and heatshrink each connection for the best possible connection & protection.

(i didnt have heatshrink big enough to cover the whole connected area, so i used some quality 3M electrical tape, taped each connection very tight & securely, and each connection i taped, i taped together with the previously taped connection.

connect the top plug, the plug with the brown wire/red wire/white&yellow wire. clip the cover/cap back onto the 6 pin plug. leave the 6 pin connection unplugged from the CD changer.

I then routed the new wire that goes to the AUX with the old wire from the CD changer, to the existing wire, opened the black plastic loop slightly larger, and reinstalled the 2 or 3 black faced phillips head screws that secure the harness onto the car. give the wires a little slack.

once everything is back together, taped safely, & secure, it's time to test it out.



key in the ignition to key position I. turn the volume down on the head unit, select "CD" plug the AUX wire into your iphone/ipod/mp3 player/etc and select play on your favorite song. turn the volume up on your head unit, and enjoy.


routing the wire from the trunk to wherever you want is up to you, be sure to route the wire safely, use grommets where applicable, avoid the wire from kinking, stay away from sharp objects, and this is where i mentioned above i wished i purchased a 15' or 20' cord, instead of a 10'

it's barely enough to go through the armrest opening of the rear seat, to the ebrake handle area, and give me a little bit of slack onto my phone. I will just use an extension, 5' or more, route it nicely and hidden under the carpet/seats/etc, and find a female 3.5mm audio jack to set it somewhere with a plug, so the wire isnt just hanging around.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:29 PM   #44
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Hey I have the mode button and I got a cassete player but someone stole my changer from the back before i bought the car =( so i just got all the wires hanging there but no changer itself.. Could i still do it somehow or changer is necessary???
The changer is necessary, but you can usually find them for super cheap when they come around
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:34 AM   #45
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Thank you for these photos and information. I have been searching the net to get a way to attach an aux cable for my custom install. My plans are to install a Mac mini computer to my NAV screen. Tried it out on my X5 E53 and it works a treat. I have heard that the E49 uses the same cables etc, so once the install is completed I will have a post on xoutpost detailing the completed install.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:41 AM   #46
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so is this compatible with a 2001 business cd player without a cd changer?
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:49 AM   #47
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No Peter, you need the CD changer wires in order to wire this up.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:30 AM   #48
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No Peter, you need the CD changer wires in order to wire this up.
What if it is presided for cd changer but no cd changer?
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:31 AM   #49
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:51 PM   #50
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No, you need a CD changer.
The smaller connector needs to be plugged in to the CD changer, and you need a disc in the CD changer in order for this mod to work.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #51
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No, you need a CD changer.
The smaller connector needs to be plugged in to the CD changer, and you need a disc in the CD changer in order for this mod to work.
Exactly, the other option its to find a way to "cheat" the unit to believe theres a functional cd changer, have no idea how to do it sorry.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #52
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Dude just put a blank cd in the changer and let it play
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:03 AM   #53
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So has anyone figured out what 'signal' needs to be sent from the CD changer to the head unit in order for the head unit to think that there is a CD changer with a CD in it?

There's only a couple wires there so unless its some sort of serial data being sent back and forth (doubtful) it's probably as simple as a single pin showing +12V when the CD changer is playing so the head unit knows it's there and it can switch to it.

I'm asking because I don't have a CD changer and don't want to go buy one if I don't have to just to get this working. Anyone with a CD changer want to do a a little testing to figure out what we need to rig up to trick the head unit?
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:41 AM   #54
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Again, has any one been able to get this working without cd changer; only pre wired harness? And a HU that has CD button instead of mode.
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Again, has any one been able to get this working without cd changer; only pre wired harness? And a HU that has CD button instead of mode.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #56
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Anyone figure out how to trick the hu into thinking that is has a cd changer?
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:48 PM   #57
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Anyone figure out how to trick the hu into thinking that is has a cd changer?
I second that!!, any one knows?
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Old 07-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #58
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So has anyone figured out what 'signal' needs to be sent from the CD changer to the head unit in order for the head unit to think that there is a CD changer with a CD in it?

There's only a couple wires there so unless its some sort of serial data being sent back and forth (doubtful) it's probably as simple as a single pin showing +12V when the CD changer is playing so the head unit knows it's there and it can switch to it.

I'm asking because I don't have a CD changer and don't want to go buy one if I don't have to just to get this working. Anyone with a CD changer want to do a a little testing to figure out what we need to rig up to trick the head unit?
Sorry to say but the CD changer actually is chattering over the IBus letting the headunit know that it is there. If you do not have a CD changer one option is to buy a virtual cd change aux in unit like this.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:52 PM   #59
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5 minutes later and I'm streaming Spotify!

Thank you OP!
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:40 AM   #60
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Great write up OP! Would it be possible for you to make a write up of the USB hook-up under the arm rest? I'm really interested in doing something like that, do you think that it would work at transferring audio via an iphone with the usb connector?
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