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Old 06-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Red face Do I have a carphone?!

Does anyone know where I can get a carphone operator's manual downloaded (preferably for free!)? I don't seem to have the manual with the car. I have a button that is to do with the carphone that looks like someone speaking on my steering wheel. Also, there seems to be a microphone above my head next to the reading light, and in the armrest between the driver and passengers seats there seems to be a socket but I don't know what it's for! Can anyone tell me how to work it please? Thanks!
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You can get your owner's manual here: BMW North America

Your car is prewired for a carphone. You don't have a phone with the car.
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thankyou, but I forgot to say it is a 2003 model. I had a look on the website but they only go back as far as 2004. Any other ideas? Is it bluetooth or do I connect it with a wire?
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Get the 2004 manual. It is the same car. Just get the one from teh 325Ci. Or try the website for BMW in your region.

It is bluetooth based.
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Thanks. I downloded it but it says, "For further information on using your
cellular phone, refer to the separate Owner's Manual." !!! This is the one i'm missing! Any other thoughts?
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ok, thanks! Mine doesn't look like that exactly, so will take it to a garage.
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Did you click on the links to the manuals? Of course it will not look the same (different attachments for different phones), but it is the same system.

WHat you need to do is read the manual in the section where it talks about pairing your bluetooth phone. If you have the bluetooth system, then it will work. If you are only prewired, then it will not.
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cant find the pairing button under arm rest. sigh. v frustrating! ivegot a socket type thing tho, not sure when that comes into play!
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So that means that you DO NOT have a bluetooth module installed. Your car is just prewired for one, like most E46's. The socket comes into play when you do install a bluetooth module and a phone cradle.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ahh, I see. Thanks for your help DRZ!
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So where does the module go when you get it? I've taken out the glove box and see several empty slots for storing -there??? It says prewired so I also pulled out the back panels and exposed all kinds of connections waiting to be plugged into somewhere. Where do I get info on those and what they go to?
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Maybe a look at the links (scroll up) to the manual will help.
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Thanks - that was verrrra helpful. I was actually hoping that purple connection in the back was an am antenna possibility. My tinted windows are taking out the reception. Think I will fix that first then tackle the bluetooth.
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