3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
my response doesnt really help you but i am also wondering about how much activating the bluetooth cost because I just got a cell phone with bluetooth technology. It should be like the alarm system where the dealer charges to activate the system because like you said the wiring is already there. I imagine the price being somewhere around $200.
The reason the price for the after factory BMW ULF system is so expensive is that you are adding another module to your vehilce, yes the vehicle is wired for Bluetooth, but that doesn't mean the parts are not expensive...the price break down is as follows...
Bluetooth Control Module $435.00
Installation Kit 3 Series built from 3/2002 – On $164.00
The dealer would be the worst place to get the parts. Most will try to sell you the really old part # or the Assist/Bluetooth TCU (for lots $$). If you don't want assist, then there are a lot of places that sell the complete kit for less than $550 USD. Depending on what you want, this site has the best prices and I've read a lot of great comments about the guy selling them: http://www.bmwz4bluetooth.com/bmw_e4..._retrofit.html
I have no affiliation with the aforementioned site.
Anyway, depending on what packages you have installed in the car already, this is about a 30-60 minute install.
To put the price into perspective, and after-market handsfree kit will cost between $250-700, not installed, depending on how integrated it is with your audio system. The more integrated systems take a lot of effort to install. All these almost always involve some new little doo-dad you have to mount somewhere to use the system. The OEM kits looks a lot better, works very well, and is not prohibitively expensive.
And whatever you do make sure and NOT get the first Generation ULF module. It seems that dealers are still trying to push this stuff. Below are the part numbers for the ULF modules. Try to get the 387 ULF module or newer as the DSP sound quality in the first gen 84 21 6 934 552 is very poor
Available part numbers of the Bluetooth ULF (Bluetooth Brain) from BMW
84 21 6 934 552 end of life 06/03 1st generation
84 21 6 938 610 end of life 10/03 2nd generation
84 21 6 934 961 end of life 03/04 3rd generation
84 21 6 950 089 end of life 06/04 4th generation
84 21 6 945 387 5th generation still available
84 21 6 955 522 6th generation still available
After market option can get you Bluetooth for much less (~$300) that OEM with better capability to new BT phones. The best cost effective solution is to install Parrot 3000 evolution kit with Steering wheel bottoms and Audio integration.
Take a look at Parrot at tigerdirect.com – they on special
at Connects2Auto,Car Audio integration specialists - Steering adapters for the adapter.
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