What makes your kits better / the
same as the ones from the dealer or other online vendors?
ULF control modules; Others use first gen ULF modules
harnesses and adapter cables
Better service and
knowledge about the differences in models and years of BMWs worldwide .
response to issues
Less hands in the
cookie jar, making your price quite a bit less
Bluetooth Diagnostic Instructions
Can I update my E38, E39, E46, X3, X5 or Z-Series built
before 2003 to Bluetooth?
Yes. Check out the Bimmernav Online Store
for kits available for your specific BMW
Can I update my 3 series E46 built before March 2003 to Bluetooth?
Yes. The Bluetooth retrofit kits
for all of the E46s including convertibles all model year E46s are here Bimmernav Online Store
Can I update my E46, E39, E53, X3 or Z4 built after March
You can very easily update your most any BMWs built after 03/02 mfg
date, as BMWs built since are prewired for BMW's bluetooth system.
Check out Bimmernav Online Store
I would like to have Bluetooth in my BMW, but I am not
sure the phone I want is compatible.
BMW publishes a list of Bluetooth phones
that have gone thru their "compatibility testing",
that list is not comprehensive and new Bluetooth phones that are not listed on
the page although have the Bluetooth "carkit profile" should work fine.
One good source of information is from the experience of others in an online
forum such as
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/bluetooth/ You can look
for comments such as "using a BMW ULF, I was able to
get the XYZ Bluetooth phone to work perfectly. I have talked with many
users who were able to get most all new phones to work with the BMW system,
although occasionally not all functionality worked such as phonebook required
manual transfer, or SMS not supported. One option is most cellular
carriers offer a week or so trial period to try out a phone, and some will let
you take it out of the store to try in your car.
I would like to upgrade to Bluetooth and have a FACE
button on my steering wheel. Do I still need the pairing button?
Yes. The pairing button is a
dedicated key for pairing, and is required as part of the BMW Bluetooth/Voice
recognition system. Conversely, the steering wheel FACE button is not
required, but a nice feature to have for activating voice recognition. You
can use the pairing button to activate the voice recognition. Some users
who do not want the Bluetooth "Eject Box" can opt for using the E46 pairing
button and hiding it in a convenient location, for use when they are pairing
I would like to upgrade to Bluetooth but not sure if I
have a mic or SES jumper plug.
You will only need the SES plug if your
car was build after approx 08/00. Most BMWs will have this connector in
place, although it is best to check. If your car has Voice recognition
now, which can be determined by pressing and holding the steering wheel face
button for 2 seconds with the ignition on, you will need to remove the SES
module during installation and replace with the SES jumper plug.
The SES jumper plug is a
blue connector that can be found in the electronics access area in the trunk of
your BMW. The easiest way to tell if you need a mic is to
shine a flashlight up in the
overhead console and if you can see straight thru, you do not have a microphone.
Obviously if you have BMW Assist, BMW phone, or BMW Voice recognition currently,
you will have the microphone.
I have BMW navigation, BMW CD, BMW XYZ option... Can I
still install Bluetooth?
All North American BMWs were prewired for phone and therefore can
install ANY of the BMW phone systems, including BMW Bluetooth.
Most Euro BMWs are prewired for phone, and we even have kits for BMWs
that are NOT prewired for phone. The electrical fundamentals are
identical, we just ned to know the phone series your car was wired for
and we can get you the correct upgrades components. With our
Bluetooth kits, we have already done the hard work for you.
Each of our kits are designed specifically for your model and build date BMW,
and will be just a simple plug and play install for your specific BMW.
I have a very early production E38 with the analog
phone. Does your kit function the same as the older build date cars?
Yes. The Bluetooth system will
function the same. You will be able to use the same voice activation, and
Bluetooth functions that the new BMWs have.
I would like to have the Televison Feature as found in the Euro BMWs. Is this an option?
Yes. Check out BMW Television Kits on the Bimmernav Online Store
I installed your Bluetooth kit in my car, and it was
easy and a great upgrade. What other products do you sell?
Check out our webstore for more products available from Bimmernav Online Store
Will the MKIV nav computer work in my E38, E39, E53, or E46?
Yes. As long as you have a Female
voice nav system, it is plug and play. If you have the male voice you need
adapter cables from BMW check out BMW MKIV Navigation for the part numbers.
Will the X5 Widescreen display E38, E39?
Yes. As long as you have a Female
voice nav system, it is plug and play. If you have the old MKI computer
you need to update the navigation computer, and the Video module. If you have TV, and it is an
original TV video module from before 1999, you might need to update the software
in your TV video module. See BMW MKIV Navigation for details.
Will the E39, X5, E38 Widescreen display E46?
NO! The E53/E38/E39 widescreen is
totally different sized and will NOT fit the E46 and vice versa, the E46 will
not fit the x5, E38 or E39.
I have a No NAV E38, E39, or X5. Can I put a
navigation system in it?
Yes. You will need more parts,
that are only available from the dealer, but it is possible. NO BMW that I
am aware of is prewired for navigation, so the challenge of retrofitting
navigation is to install the navigation harness. It is not that difficult
and well documented from BMW. check out BMW Navigation Info
Support for most BMW Navigation related questions can be
found on the following BMW web forums
Support for most BMW Bluetooth related questions can be
found on the following BMW web forum
BMW Series Specific Online Support Forums
BMW 7 series specific information can be found here:
Bimmerboard 7 series Forum
Bimmerforums 7 series Forum
BMW 5 series specific information can be found here:
Bimmerboard 5 series Forum
Unofficial BMW M5 webforum
BMW X5 series specific information can be found here:
Bimmerboard x5 series
RoadFly x5 Series Forum
BMW 3 series specific information can be found here:
Bimmerboard 3 series Forum
The best online support forum for upgrading your BMW is
is a great resource with information on Navigation and Bluetooth upgrades.