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Old 05-28-2009, 11:52 AM
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BMW X3 2005. Question about the telephone adapter

Hi all,

I have an iPhone 3G and I use it quite nicely with my X3 over bluetooth connection. I lived at the time of the car purchase in Barcelona, Spain and didn't speak Spanish so I have had some problems with car salesman who didn't know a word of English. Back in November 2004, when I was purchasing the car I was asking him constantly about the iPod connectivity and he had no idea what is that I am talking about.Then I settled with BT phone connection optional and that was it. I did not know that BT connection will include some strange gadget under arm-rest. But it did have, as I have learned later, some kind of plastic adapter for the Nokia 6310 (!?!) phone which was even at that time, ancient. So, years passed and since then I relocated to Rome, Italy and I do speak Italian, but here either nobody knows anything on the subject, or I go to the wrong people.

Now the question is if I could place instead of this (Nokia 6310) adapter, some other, that I have seen on some sites, for iPhone 3g and what could I get in that case? Does this include music or just data transfer and charging of the phone?

I will attach the photos of mentioned parts and I really hope that someone will be able to tell me something more...

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Old 05-29-2009, 04:40 AM
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You can buy 'snap in' adaptors for different phones. You take the coin holder out (as you have done in the photos) and replace it with an adaptor for your phone.
You click the phone into the adaptor and the phone is charged by the car and uses the cars external aerial for better reception/ coverage.

They look very good and I'd get one myself but there isn't one for the Nokia N95 yet.

Here is the BMW info on them:

Original BMW Accessories : Accessory finder

Choose (from drop down menus) ...

BMW X3 Series > Communications & Information > Telecommunications. Click 'GO' and then click on 'Snap In Adaptor'.

You can buy them from BMW direct and there are often new ones listed on ebay.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:50 PM
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Thanks, your reply was very helpful.

The only thing is that I never asked for this and I find it silly and uncomfortable.
I prefer BT connection with phone.
I was hoping that something could be done about the music from iPhone.

Thank you, really, very much...
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:32 PM
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I don't know of any way to use the BMW OE bluetooth to transfer music. Sorry. I do use an Ipod in the X3, but I connect through the AUX input ...

If you have an AUX input (normally in the rear ashtray at back of centre console) and a 'Mode' button on your radio head unit then you can plug the Ipod in that with an 3.5mm aux lead.
Press the mode button until 'AUX' shows on the radio display and if your Ipod is playing you will hear it through the sound system. You will have to chose tracks or playlists you want directly on the Ipod. You have no automatic (car) control over the Ipod and it doesnt integrate with your display or steering wheel controls. Sound is very good though (I've used this way myself on our 2007 X3).

If you haven't got an AUX input and want to fit it - or, if you want an integrated unit (Eg Ice Link Plus, Denison Gateway etc which can also charge the Ipod and depending on the unit they can integrate with steering wheel controls and radio display) take look at the 'Stereo Tips and Tricks' (point 5 and 6) here: Xoutpost.com - x3tips.htm. This will give you an idea of whats involved.
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Hi Zormic,

I am waiting for my iPhone snap-in adapter to arrive by mail, so I will let you know how it works out soon. Mind that you will most probably need the eject box as well if your iphone is 3G. I got mine from menziesstirling through ebay. I have bought my X3 about a month ago and had exactly the same trim and snap-in like yours (nokia 6310). I also needed the eject box because the iphone's width is larger than the snap in and wouldn't fit properly. Total cost for both parts arround 160 Euros.

Part numbers are 84.21.2.151.038 for the iphone 3G snap-in and 84.21.2.153.98 for the iphone 3G eject box. I don't think you will get music transfered through the bluetooth, just charging and better reception I guess. If I want music I connect it at the aux input. There is also a "Dice Kit" for Iphone to connect through the CD changer harness, but I have no idea how this works out...
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There is also a "Dice Kit" for Iphone to connect through the CD changer harness, but I have no idea how this works out...
They are about 150 in Uk depending on model. You connect them to the back of your radio head unit in the CD changer input (need to take unit out to do this) as long as it has the 'MODE' button - and the normal fitment is to have the dice unit in the glovebox.
These kind of units are ideal for Ipods. They charge the Ipod, show the track on the radio head unit display and allow use of steering wheel controls.

That ^^ is why I prefer the much simpler/cheaper aux socket connection for my Ipod. Its a downside that the aux socket doesnt charge the Ipod or integrate with the display/steering wheel controls but I can live with that personally.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:58 AM
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Thanks for the replies! Sorry for not thanking you before but I was away for two weeks.
Now I have a clearer picture of what I have to look for. Will let you know...
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The best way to get music into your car stereo with the Iphone or any Ipod is with an Intravee and an Alpine KCA-420i adapter. Not cheap, but superlative functionality, and incredible support. It does not allow you to have it sit in the car dock, although there may be a way soon. With the 3G starting to offer stereo Bluetooth, I am looking at a Stereo Bluetooth reciever, and a Intravee / ALpine switch with analog input as a way to get my Iphone into my car stereo. YTou lose song display and the like, but its not a bad setup. I alreday have an Intravee, and they are the best, with full NAV display of artist / song and album, but it would be nice if the dock coudl be integrated. You could probably wire it up if you were good. I know I could, but I don't care for hacking things up on a $45K vehicle.

Let me know if you havemore questions. Intravee is the absolute best. Accept no substitute (if you can afford it)
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:06 AM
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I tested a stereo BT adapter for my E83 as I had been using BT stereo headphone for a few years now with my HTC. The sound was OK but not really optimal. Instead I choose to put a CarPC in my E83. This was in addition to what I already had in sound choices with Sirius radio and being able to put MP3's on CD's. I would lean towards using the AUX connector or propietary wired IPHONE/IPOD for sound(video) versus a wireless solution like BT in the E83.
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