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Hi, I have an 02' 330Ci that was, unfortunately, manufactured prior to satellite being installed in the car. So, I still want to hook my phone up to play music. I've heard of the Bavarian sound, but I don't want to shell out upwards of $300 for the Bluetooth one and what not. Someone told me it might be possible to get a regular Bluetooth set-up (since the car has set-up for BMW Phone) and it could play music. Is this true or is my only way to shell out the money?
 

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Depending on the build date you can possibly add an Aux cord to the head unit.

If the head unit is too old, you can update your head unit with a newer model used unit from ebay or Craigslist.

Check my comments in this post - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1087903&highlight=

Also consider this - http://www.amazon.com/PAC-SNI-1-3-5-3-5-mm-Isolator/dp/B001EAQTRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1444146821&sr=1-1&keywords=PAC+SNI-1/3.5

Often needed so there is not buzzing or hum when the phone is connected to a power source if you use an Aux cable directly to the phone.

Also consider this slightly more advanced Kinvo unit - http://www.amazon.com/Kinivo-BTC455-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Input/dp/B00JK0G8KC/ref=pd_sim_263_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Q0X8JC3EJY4VBQV7HM3&dpID=41hjCcbhD2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR127,160_
 

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Depending on the build date you can possibly add an Aux cord to the head unit.

If the head unit is too old, you can update your head unit with a newer model used unit from ebay or Craigslist.

Check my comments in this post - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1087903&highlight=

Also consider this - http://www.amazon.com/PAC-SNI-1-3-5-3-5-mm-Isolator/dp/B001EAQTRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1444146821&sr=1-1&keywords=PAC+SNI-1/3.5

Often needed so there is not buzzing or hum when the phone is connected to a power source if you use an Aux cable directly to the phone.

Also consider this slightly more advanced Kinvo unit - http://www.amazon.com/Kinivo-BTC455-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Input/dp/B00JK0G8KC/ref=pd_sim_263_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Q0X8JC3EJY4VBQV7HM3&dpID=41hjCcbhD2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR127,160_
Have you used the Kinivo system of know of anyone who has? If it works well with the E46 it looks fairly cheap, simple, and effective.
 

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I too have an '02 330Ci and use the DICE Media Bridge. I'm happy and the phone connection is great. Maybe I'm out of touch but it seems great to me. Send me a PM and we can talk about it. I'd buy it again.
 

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Have you used the Kinivo system of know of anyone who has? If it works well with the E46 it looks fairly cheap, simple, and effective.
I run 2 of these in 2 different cars with Aux inputs. One a VW and one a Chevy.

One car I put the 1/8" female jack in the dash and had the 90 degree 1/8" plug from the Kinvo unit come out from a trim panel so anyone riding in the car that was not connected to BT could just pull the 90 degree plug out and use a cable directly to the Aux input. I also put the PAC Ground Loop Isolator in this configuration in case a direct cable connection is used while the phone is connected to power.

The Kinvo unit also has a microphone for hands free speaker phone with the caller audio being sent through the car speakers.

I also recall that Waze audio is routed to the BT connection, but I may need to confirm this 100%.

There may be other similar items like the Kinvo, but I like they way they operate and they typically auto connect which some other devices do not do.
 

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Someone suggested this not long ago: http://quidzel.com/aux/

For $50 you get a kit that fools your CD player into thinking there is a CD Changer, which just plays from your audio input. I haven't sprung up for it yet, but this is the solution I'm leaning toward.
 

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I just installed the Quidzel solution last night. Sounds great, shows up as AUX 1 on the headunit. Easy install. You need the PAC 3.5mm noise filter to go along with it however. It's another $8 or so. Doesn't detract from the signal quality in any perceptible way, yet mitigates the hum one would experience if charging the source whilst also playing back from said source.
 

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hitby,

So your profile shows you have a 2002 model. The Quidzel site is a bit unclear.

They indicate Pre-2002 product and a 2003+ cable.

Since your car as a 2002, did you use the Pre-2002 product that cost 49.99?

I think the Quidzel site description may be incorrect and should have stated a product for Pre-2003 and 2003+ models??

I have a friend that has a 2002 model that he wants to install an Aux input in.
 

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The headunit in my car is SW 41 HW 43, manuf date of May 2002. The car itself has a manuf date of 7/2002. The start date for HUs that can be jerrywired with scrap PC motherboard jumpers is Sept of 2002.

So if your car is a 2002 model, you need to be sure of the manuf date. Has to be at least Sept of '02. But then really, you need to pull the HU out and check the manuf date of the HU itself to make sure it is at least 9/02 or later. SW & HW #s are meaningless. If you have a HU with a manufacture date of 9/02, then you can use scrap wire and rig yourself an aux input without having to trick the HU into thinking you have a CD changer connected like I did. All model years subsequent to 02 are fine for jerrywiring.

I ordered the pre '02 kit.
 

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hitby,



So your profile shows you have a 2002 model. The Quidzel site is a bit unclear.



They indicate Pre-2002 product and a 2003+ cable.



Since your car as a 2002, did you use the Pre-2002 product that cost 49.99?



I think the Quidzel site description may be incorrect and should have stated a product for Pre-2003 and 2003+ models??



I have a friend that has a 2002 model that he wants to install an Aux input in.

I have a 2003 330i and am using quidzel's bluetooth kit. It works great!
 

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I've looked at a bunch of the options posted (Thanks btw!) and I'm trying to stay away from quidzel because I'm a bit ocd about wires not sticking out of my cd changer. So, the mediabridge looks like a good solution. However I want to make sure I'm looking at the right one. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003INF6BE/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1444843719&sr=8-2&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=audiovox+mediabridge+bmw&dpPl=1&dpID=41PgWUOOTsL&ref=plSrch

Also for those of you who have the mediabridge, how hard was it to install?
 

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Get one of the Dice units. No need to make sure your headunit is updated, no wires sticking out of the front, etc. Route the wire from the CD changer in the trunk to the cigarette ash tray in the front and attach a bluetooth receiver onto it. Voila, anyone can play music now while the setup is clean and no one will ever know.
 

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I've looked at a bunch of the options posted (Thanks btw!) and I'm trying to stay away from quidzel because I'm a bit ocd about wires not sticking out of my cd changer. So, the mediabridge looks like a good solution. However I want to make sure I'm looking at the right one. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003INF6BE/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1444843719&sr=8-2&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=audiovox+mediabridge+bmw&dpPl=1&dpID=41PgWUOOTsL&ref=plSrch

Also for those of you who have the mediabridge, how hard was it to install?

Just email quidzel to see if your model is compatible with the bluetooth adapter.
 

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I just installed the Quidzel solution last night. Sounds great, shows up as AUX 1 on the headunit. Easy install. You need the PAC 3.5mm noise filter to go along with it however. It's another $8 or so. Doesn't detract from the signal quality in any perceptible way, yet mitigates the hum one would experience if charging the source whilst also playing back from said source.

I noticed that one day when I was charging and playing at the same time. I just don't do both together. Sound quality is crystal clear.
 
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