RETROFITTING FACTORY BLUETOOTH......

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Post by gIzzE » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:21 am

This gets asked all the time, and I get messaged constantly about it, so thought it best to put a post up.

To retrofit bluetooth, your car will fall into one of the following categories, the only common thing is you need nav or professional radio.



Cars built pre 09/2009 and post.

It then comes down to cars with USB fitted and those without.

Cars with USB fitted already have the module you need for bluetooth, so it is just a case of buying a mic, a bluetooth antenna and coding the stereo to turn it on.

Cars without Bluetooth need that module, it is actually cheaper to fit USB and then add the mic and bluetooth antenna and get it coded along with your USB. Plus you get USB as well.


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THESE ARE THE PARTS NEEDED IF YOUR CAR DOES NOT HAVE USB....

USB retrofit kit 65410445465

HANDS FREE TELEPHONE MICROPHONE 84316938762
When the parts guy pulls this up get him to look at associated parts, one of them is a 6" wire with pins on the end, buy 4 of them.

Bluetooth antenna 84506928461
BMW do a 6" smb to smb cable but can't find the part number, by this to hook the antenna to the MULF module.

You will also need to source and MULF2 from ebay or similar, they are £600+ from the dealer and around £150 from ebay.*

Last part needed is some wire to hook the mic to the bluetooth unit, I bought some really cheap and thin twin core coax from Maplin, was about 80p meter and I bought 6m.

The USB unit sits in the boot, the harness that comes with the USB retrofit runs down the car to under the passenger seat and two wires to behind the stereo. USB module sits under passenger carpet and the USB/Aux socket runs to under armrest.
Total install time was about an hour.
While the sills were off I ran the mic wire from the mulf module in boot to headlining, took of a pillar trim, takes 10 mins tops.
Mic snaps into the space near lights.

You then need BMW to code your car for bluetooth and USB.

Bingo!


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THESE ARE THE PARTS NEEDED IF YOUR CAR HAS USB....



HANDS FREE TELEPHONE MICROPHONE 84316938762
When the parts guy pulls this up get him to look at associated parts, one of them is a 6" wire with pins on the end, buy 4 of them.

Bluetooth antenna 84506928461
BMW do a 6" smb to smb cable but can't find the part number, by this to hook the antenna to the MULF module.



Last part needed is some wire to hook the mic to the bluetooth unit, I bought some really cheap and thin twin core coax from Maplin, was about 80p meter and I bought 6m.

The USB unit sits in the boot, run the mic wire from the mulf module in boot to headlining, took of a pillar trim, takes 10 mins tops.
Mic snaps into the space near lights.

You then need BMW to code your car for bluetooth.

Bingo!

Total cost is around £45 parts and 30 mins coding.


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THIS IS FOR CARS POST SEPT 2009 BUILD......

Be careful hear, there are some crossovers, ie cars built slightly after with the old stereo.

Cars with no bluetooth, cd changer, dab, usb, etc. may not have the optical ports needed on the professional stereo.
You will have to slide your stereo out and look.

Number 4 in the image...
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If it hasn't you then need to check if it says bluetooth on the radio anywhere, and there will be a second fakra connector next to the aerial one. This is for the USB, these latest radios have USB and Bluetooth built in, but you only get it if you order one of the other.


So if you don't have the most connector and don't have the above you will need to either follow the steps above, or buy a new radio with it built in and then code it.

If you do have a radio with it built in you will be able to add it pretty easily, however, not 100% sure yet what you need to buy etc.
Will update this section as more info comes about.

Looking into it at the moment with someone who has that radio and my parts guy.


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Some of the info may sound vague, that is because it is, or because you don't understand it.

All the info is in this thread that I know so far. So please don't PM me asking for more info, as all I do is repeat this over and over again on a daily basis. Trust the info I have posted, I think many worry that it may not work and just want reassurance more than anything else.






*The only thing you have to be careful of is buying an MULF2 that has not been coded for bluetooth, I have only heard of this happening once or twice, it is very rare. Bluetooth needs to be activated and can only be done using the most connector, and bcaomes a pain, you would need to send it to someone on http://www.bmwcoding.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; to help you out. Not really an issue as 99.99999% are fine, but worth mentioning.

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Post by zmaster007 » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:50 pm

This should go in the how-to section, a great resource!
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Post by Lippo » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:12 pm

Great info, Gizze helped me when I retrofitted Bluetooth. Between this, the 'Retrofit Bluetooth' thread on here, and several threads on bmwcoding.com, you should be able to do this successfully. All the info is there. :)
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Post by redwizard » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:55 am

Excellent write up, and should be in the "how to" section.

Would any MULF2 work?

I guess it's better to source one built after your car.

I guess that this all changes for the professional units with the extra fakron connector - can you add a suppplement for those units.
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Post by Allerley » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:41 pm

My car was built 07/2010 so I guess I'm going to pull the radio just to be certain. That's this weekends must do ;)

Really Keen to ditch the parrot Mki and get my PDC back

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Post by Allerley » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:55 pm

So assuming I do have the new radio All I need to do is get it coded and wait for the new iPhone kit

Edit: just read the full post. I'll wait for more news on what is required but still worth checking my pro HU

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Post by notguiltystyle » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:58 pm

gIzzE wrote:THESE ARE THE PARTS NEEDED IF YOUR CAR HAS USB....



HANDS FREE TELEPHONE MICROPHONE 84316938762
When the parts guy pulls this up get him to look at associated parts, one of them is a 6" wire with pins on the end, buy 4 of them.

Bluetooth antenna 84506928461
BMW do a 6" smb to smb cable but can't find the part number, by this to hook the antenna to the MULF module.



Last part needed is some wire to hook the mic to the bluetooth unit, I bought some really cheap and thin twin core coax from Maplin, was about 80p meter and I bought 6m.

The USB unit sits in the boot, run the mic wire from the mulf module in boot to headlining, took of a pillar trim, takes 10 mins tops.
Mic snaps into the space near lights.

You then need BMW to code your car for bluetooth.

Bingo!

Total cost is around £45 parts and 30 mins coding.
Does anybody know of an installer in London or surrounding areas that could do this install at a reasonable price? Or is it just BMW that can do the coding? I have taken my car to 2 separate BMW garages and both quoted me over £2000 to have factory bluetooth fitted into my 2009 116D, and I have USB. Surely the markup cannot be that much on a job that cost £45 in parts and 30min of coding?.
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Post by Lippo » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:27 pm

BMW are taking the p*ss. Clearly they are trying to punish you for not taking out the option when the car was originally ordered! (I know you probably didn't buy the car from new).

If you have USB then as per the instructions above, it will cost around £45 with a bit of coding, I know as I did it myself a few months back. You'll spend an hour or so fitting everything, the biggest job is fitting the mic in the headlining, even then, it's pretty easy. You could have a go yourself if you can't find anyone to do it.
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Post by timd » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:07 am

Lippo wrote:the biggest job is fitting the mic in the headlining, even then, it's pretty easy. You could have a go yourself if you can't find anyone to do it.
This is where I got stuck. Have the kit waiting to go in but couldn't get the light console apart to fit mic..
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Post by gIzzE » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:32 am

There are two latches on the front, if you push the light forward while pulling down at the rear of it, it will come away pretty easily.

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Post by timd » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:52 am

:-) Thanks, I'll give that a try. Need to get it out to fix it as I broke the cover trying to get it out before!
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Post by Lippo » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:08 pm

There's 2 methods. The first is to use something similar to a blunt knife or better yet, a trim removal tool in between the plastic housing and the headlining. I couldn't get that to work.

The second way is to carefully pull down the headlining by the windscreen and use your fingers to locate the metal tabs which secure
It in place. Give them a push and they come free, releasing the light unit. That worked for me.

There is a link to a how to somewhere on this site but I'm not in a position to find it.
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Post by gIzzE » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:34 pm

Yeah pulling the headlining and feeling for the tabs is a good way.
In fact probably the easiest way, and then after it is done once and you get where the tabs are located you can do it easily.

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Post by Flywalker » Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:41 pm

This is the link to remove the dome light ......

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Post by chad5k1 » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:05 am

Quick question. You says "Cars without Bluetooth need that module, it is actually cheaper to fit USB and then add the mic and Bluetooth antenna and get it coded along with your USB. Plus you get USB as well."

Is it not cheaper to just buy the basic Bluetooth retrofit kit? I know you don't get USB then, so there is an argument that for the extra £100 or so you may as well have both, but you also have to get all the extra wires you refer too needing for BT if you only get the USB retrofit kit.

Have I got it wrong? I am really tempted to get one kit or the other and have go at installing it, but it all seems a bit of minefield and could all go so horribly wrong. :|

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