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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Tue, Oct-09-2012, 12:12:55 PM   #1
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Default NEW DISCOVERY: Bluetooth Audio on E46 M3

Awhile ago I posted a query with no answers. How can I get music from my new iPhone 5 to come through my car OEM sound system? I have bluetooth telephone (TCU swap), but no bluetooth audio sound.

I am now able to get bluetooth audio through my car speakers. And it is cheap and easy.

First, I had to add the DICE ipod kit. http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/pr...tegration-Kit/This kit hooks up to the existing CD changer harness in your trunk and ends in a 30 pin apple connector. The kit can be set up two ways. First, you could set it up so that the ipod is controlled through the head unit - through a complex system of disc and track buttons. It is complex and requires you to remember what the different discs and tracks are. Second, you can set it up so that the iPod is the controller and the sound connector just gives a link for the audio signal and power.

I set mine up the second way, so that the ipod had all of the control. BUT my iPhone 5 doesnt have a 30 pin connector. So, I started to look at bluetooth audio solutions. All were very expensive. Until I found this:






EDIT: The link at the top doesn't seem to work, but if you click on the link under the picture, it works.

For $25 I found a little doggle that plugs into your 30 pin DICE connector and gives you a powered bluetooth receiver. Now, I use the head unit to select the CD changer and it automatically powers up the doggle (which I have hidden away). Once powered, it takes a couple of seconds to automatically link to the bluetooth on my iPhone. Once linked, I can stream music, pandora, or anything else through my car speakers with excellent sound quality. Best of all, the bluetooth phone still works through the steering wheel controls.
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Default Re: NEW DISCOVERY: Bluetooth Audio on E46 M3

Nice! How the h*ll did you figure that out?!?!? Great job and thanks for sharing!
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Default Re: NEW DISCOVERY: Bluetooth Audio on E46 M3

Awesome! The amazon link did not work. I was looking for this solution. I have an 01 with the older unit so this is what I am interested in.

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Wow, nice find! Might have to pick this up.
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Here is another merchant that has the same thing for fifteen bucks.

http://shop.brando.com/I-WAVE-Blueto...c0299d057.html

And here too:

http://www.chinaecarts.com/iwave-blu...ad-p-2998.html

My Amazon order came in an envelope from china with the same packaging shown in the second link. Amazon, though, has the world's best return policy - in case it doesn't work for you as well as it did for me. Of course, for fifteen bucks, it might be worth the risk (since I see the Amazon sellers are now north of thirty bucks!)
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Noob question, and don't mean to hijack the thread, how can i tell if my car has BT or not?
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Noob question, and don't mean to hijack the thread, how can i tell if my car has BT or not?
When you first start up your car, have your phone search for devices. If you are 2003 or earlier, you dont have it (unless added by a prior owner). If you are 2005 or later, you probably do. If you are 2004, it is a crapshoot.
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When you first start up your car, have your phone search for devices. If you are 2003 or earlier, you dont have it (unless added by a prior owner). If you are 2005 or later, you probably do. If you are 2004, it is a crapshoot.
Unless you have Nav, then you have it regardless of the year... i think :P
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Op you are a god!!! I've been looking for an inexpensive Bluetooth solution forever. Thanks!!!
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Unless you have Nav, then you have it regardless of the year... i think :P
Not true. I have Nav on my 04 and it did not have bt. There are many threads on this, lets not hijack this one. OK?
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