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Old 04-16-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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AUX INPUT RADIO helppppp

Hey guys I got a 1999 3 series and I wanted to put in aux, so I bought a new radio but aux is not showing up when I press the mode button. The radio says it was made in November 01 I believe, is it still too old and should I buy a newer one or is something else going on.. Thanks
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hey guys I got a 1999 3 series and I wanted to put in aux, so I bought a new radio but aux is not showing up when I press the mode button. The radio says it was made in November 01 I believe, is it still too old and should I buy a newer one or is something else going on.. Thanks
Do U have an "Aux" cable attached to the back of the unit ???
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:08 PM   #3
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Search Quidzel and install that. You'll get aux in no time.
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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Just installed an AUX on my 2004 e46. Turns out the radio in it was from 2001, and wouldn't work. Production date needs to be at least late 2003 or higher for AUX to be doable. Here's a good link that I used as a reference to get the correct head-unit off Ebay

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...y-MP3-Data-CDs!
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:45 PM   #5
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the radio you have can be used look on e-bay 1999-2002 aux cable (post#3 is the maker you want) did this to my sons 2001 330xi in about 1 hour most time spent getting cable routed.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:02 AM   #6
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What brand and model of "new" radio did you install?
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:14 PM   #7
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http://quidzel.com/ as an above poster suggested.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:13 PM   #8
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I bought a cable from BMW of SF for my X5 and it took about 15 minutes to put it in. They have two different cables, both have a 3.5mm female jack on one end, but the opposite end is either an 8- or 10-pin (not a variable, an unknown -- only one of these is correct) or it has a 3-pin connector. There is a connector in the wire loom behind the radio head unit that you plug the Aux Cable into, and instant MP-3 with the push of a button.

I found my cable on eBay, the seller is BMW of San Francisco. There is some guy in China that sells one for far less money, but the BMW one comes in BMW packaging and is a very good looking accessory item. I think the item is listed in PenskeParts.com, but is not listed in Real OEM.com. PenskeParts does not have a picture, but they do list the part number. The part number is the same for both, except that the very last digit changes, 82110149390 is the one with either 8 or 10 pins, and 391 is the one with 3 pins.
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Old 04-17-2015, 04:00 PM   #9
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Hey guys I got a 1999 3 series and I wanted to put in aux, so I bought a new radio but aux is not showing up when I press the mode button. The radio says it was made in November 01 I believe, is it still too old and should I buy a newer one or is something else going on.. Thanks
A November 01 head unit is not compatible with the Aux input. You need a late 2003 head unit for Aux. I'll shamelessly sell you mine for $120
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:56 AM   #10
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again check e-bay for aux cable made for 1999-2002 bmw they do work my sons 2001 with sock radio has this up grade
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:42 AM   #11
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the radio you have can be used look on e-bay 1999-2002 aux cable (post#3 is the maker you want) did this to my sons 2001 330xi in about 1 hour most time spent getting cable routed.
I just looked on ebay and did not see this cable. Perhaps I missed it, but would you mind looking on there at your convenience and posting a link if you find it? The only aux work-arounds I know of with a 99-01 radio are DICE units or going through the cd changer.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:21 AM   #12
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As the other two said. I have the dice silverline duo with an aux cable but I wish I knew about quidzel. The quidzel is much easier to install and is probably less buggy than any product made by dice/audiovox.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:39 PM   #13
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Okay, this aux system is just a simple "tap into the CD changer" item that has been around for a while. My question to everyone (and pardon my ignorance if the answer is obvious) is if you don't have a CD changer but simply the in-dash CD player, do you have the wiring in the trunk needed to use this method of attaining aux input? Will it work with the pre-2002 Business stereo with no mode button and an in-dash CD player?
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Okay, this aux system is just a simple "tap into the CD changer" item that has been around for a while. My question to everyone (and pardon my ignorance if the answer is obvious) is if you don't have a CD changer but simply the in-dash CD player, do you have the wiring in the trunk needed to use this method of attaining aux input? Will it work with the pre-2002 Business stereo with no mode button and an in-dash CD player?

Depends on whether your car has CD changer prep... You can run your vin online (search for BMW vin decoder) and see if you have prep. That being said, if you're attaching a module to the head unit itself, it shouldn't matter.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:26 AM   #15
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Again for quizdel. Installed mine 6 months ago. Took about an hour, and has worked flawlessly ever since.
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Holy cr*p, I am glad I found this thread! I am going to buy a pre-2001 head unit with a cd player (I have the cassette) for cheap then add the quizdel! AWESOME!

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