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Old 04-09-2020, 02:16 PM   #1
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Bluetooth/ses problems

I have a 2004 330ci vert and just retrofitted bluetooth using a ulf & pairing button. When I first tried to pair it seemed to pair on my iphone X then immediately disconnected, the dash display continued to say it was attemptng to pair and the three lights on the display remained lit. Each time I hit connect it briefly connected then immediately disconnected but the display never changed. When I turned the car off and restarted it the phone connected and paired. It can initiate or receive calls but the mike remains muted. it did something that had it start working (including the mike) then I changed the phone book settings and the mike doesn't work again. I have tried everything I can think of but to no avail (I can make and receive calls and get the incoming audio, but no outgoing), Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I would also like hook up voice recognition, but I cannot find the blue plug (that the vr plug hooks into)that was supposed to be wrapped up with the ulf connectors, it doesn't seem to be there (car was prewired for phone) and steering wheel has VR button. Any suggestions as to where else to look or a diy on how to add it in without that plug would be helpful

Lastly has anyone had luck getting VIDBMW1V4 to work, installed it, every time I tried to display backup camera just got wavy lines, playing with adjustments did nothing. returned it wondering whether to buy another or try to find harness and TV module (tv modules are easy to find on ebay, harness is impossible). I want a backup camera
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Old 04-10-2020, 07:15 AM   #2
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The factory Bluetooth in the E46 was always a bit kluge-y. I know you likely spent a bit of money but my suggestion is to go with an aftermarket solution such as GROM.
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