BMW X5 Bluetooth Installation
Installation instructions below are for the BMW X5 Bluetooth
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Although the Bluetooth Kits come with detailed step by step
instructions the below quick pictorial guide will give you an
idea how simple the install is in the BMW X5. Below
installation shows the BMW Bluetooth installation using the
snap in adapter option 03/01 and newer ( or 03/99-03/01
with additional part number P/N 84 32 0 153 613)
NOTE: Our Bluetooth Kits come with the latest Generation
BMW ULF modules Available
as shown in
the BMW Compatibility matrix (and NOT the problematic
first generation 84 21 954 552 others are selling, Be
careful on getting older ULF modules as some people have had
difficulties and incompatibilities with the old first
generation ULF modules.
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All North American BMWs
even without BMW phone currently are already prewired for phone. You can verify by finding the
Prewired for BMW Cellular phone in the trunk area.
Prewiring consists of wiring for all telephone equipment, plus
coding for phone and voice recognition. If your BMW is
prewired for phone, and you install a new generation Bluetooth
module, like we sell, it is highly unlikely that you will need
to have your car coded.
Open the access door in the rear compartment to reveal the
BMW electronics storage area
Find a suitable location for the Bluetooth
antenna. In the 03/02 production and higher the X5s will
have mounting screws. You can use these screws or double
sided tape in this location. Once attached connect the
Bluetooth RF cable to the Bluetooth antenna
Step 2) Once the Bluetooth antenna is
mounted and connected lift up the spare tire access
panel and remove the access cover on the left side just below
the electronics access door shown below by
removing the three plastic nuts, and lifting from the rear
Once the access cover is removed, you will
find the BMW phone system harness with either the 54 pin
connector if built after 03/02 (shown on left) or DB25 if prior 03/20
production date (shown on right). Connect the BMW ULF module to the X5's
54 pin phone harness connector. If your X5 was built
prior to 03/02, you will connect the BMW ULF module to the 54
pin to DB25 Adapter harness and then connect to the X5's DB25
phone harness connector. Below picture is of DB25
connector (temporarily borrowed from Ucrewx5 :-) )
Below image shows the
54 pin connector attached to one end
of the ULF module (using the provided adapter if X5 was built
before 03/02), and the cream/purple colored Bluetooth antenna wire
to the the other end of the ULF module. PLEASE NOTE:
I have heard from some customers that they had TWO Cream
colored antenna wires. Make sure that you choose the
Cream/Purple as shown in the below image.
Find a suitable location for mounting the
ULF module using either double sided tape (left image) OR the BMW ULF
module mounting bracket P/N 84 13 6 932 937 (right image temporarily
borrowed from Ucrewx5 :-) )
Before finalizing everything in the
electronics storage area, you need to verify that you have an
SES jumper plug in place. Most US BMWs have this plug in
place, but you should check to be sure. If your car had
Voice recognition with your phone system, you will need to
remove it and replace with the SES jumper plug. If you
can not find this plug, it is possible your car was not
prewired for voice recognition (Some Euro) The best
place to start looking for this plug is behind the CD changer
if your car is configured similar to the above images.
Step 3) The next step is
the same with X5s with or without a BMW phone system.
All US BMW X5s are prewired for phone, but if your production
date is prior to 03/01 and a BMW phone was never installed in
your vehicle, you will need to get BMW P/N 84 32 0 153 613 and
do a little more work. (If you do not know, you can
easily lift the cover to check if you have the wiring already
in place using the steps below)
Lift the armrest and remove the 3 torx #10 screws for the
center console phone electronics cover. Lifting from the
bottom first, carefully remove the plastic cover.
With the cover removed note the connection for the BMW phone system.
Vehicles prior to 03/02 the antenna connection will be a silver mini UHF and not
the FAKRA (black/purple) antenna connector as shown below.
After removing the cover, close the arm
rest cover and insert two plastic cards in the rear of old
eject box to unhook the eject box latch. Airline mile or
hotel room cards work best as they have no ridges like credit
cards. The next few pictures will detail the location
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Once you feel that you have released the catch on either
side of the eject box, gently lift up on the rear
The tabs you are releasing are shown in this picture
Once the old equipment is removed insert the BMW Eject box
w/ blank tray into the same location ensuring the wires run
thru the access hole in the center console. Put the
front end first and then press down gently on the rear to snap
it into place. If your X5 was previously equipped with
the CPT8000 phone, AND was built after 04/02 you MUST remove
the CPT8000 adapter harness, located under this cover OR if
not present next to the drivers seat (see note) BEFORE
connecting the BMW eject box.
Connect the Bluetooth eject box wiring to the 18 pin
connector and RF connector, and then replace torx screws.
If you do not currently have a microphone installed,
will need to install the mic
Once you are done with the install you can
pair the phone and test the system.
Follow the Paring procedure in the users guide to load your
phone into the system
Users Manual for the BMW Bluetooth System
Pairing procedure and operational videos
If your Bluetooth system does not operate it is
possible, although unlikely that your car needs coding for
phone since all US BMWs should be pre-configured for phone.
NOTE: If your X5 was built
AFTER 04/02 AND your X5 was equipped with the CPT8000 phone
system, you MUST remove the adapter harness OR the pairing
button will not function.
If your X5 was built after 04/02 your
car was equipped with the Universal II phone harness
connection and in order to "roll back" the wiring to the older
phone systems BMW had two wiring adapters one in the back and
one in the center console. Most of the time you see the short
adapter harness UNDER the eject box, although I have recently
run into a few instances where these were in another location,
under the center console. The P/N to be removed is the P/N 61
12 0 145 778 18 pin eject box adapter. To remove
this adapter is simple and straight forward
1) Move the drivers seat all the way back
2) Lift up on the emergency brake boot. I lifted from the top
where the leather met the center console and it came up
3) Look down the area that is revealed with the e- brake boot
out of the way – no need to fully disconnect it –
and locate the 4 connectors that hold the side panel in place.
See below for picture for location of 4 connectors.
Press from the inside away from the center console towards the
outside and the connectors will release the panel
4) Look at the bottom front of the area revealed by the
removed panel for the black 18 pin connector located next to
the antenna wire. Connected inline with this 18 pin plug
you will find a short 18 pin to 18 pin adapter that is used to
"roll back" the phone wiring to the wiring of the CPT8000
phone system. Remove this adapter and reconnect
the original 18 pin connectors back together as shown below.
Removed adapter (yours may look slight
Once this adapter is removed your Wiring in the center console
will be back to it's original form. Replacement is opposite of