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#1 (permalink) Old 08-21-2004, 04:51 PM
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Hi, i was wondering has anyone gotten the IPOD adapter installed, and if it works good?
and also if anyone knows around how much it would cost can you post the price?
i called some dealerships in my area but they said they are uncertain, and i would need to bring my car to the dealership so they can give me a estimate( strange...) so i'm confused....anyways thanks for your time
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Average price seems to be about $500

$140 for the adapter plus $360 install..

they quote it about a 3-4 hr install time.. dealerships charge about $125/hr in labor..
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How hard is this thing to install?

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I called the dealer yesterday to order the adapter and they said about 2700 of them are on backorder=/

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I paid around $250 total and they did it while prepping my new car 3 weeks ago. I was one of the first at the dealer to get the IPOD adapter installed.

The unit works great. Of course, you must have the BMW playlists in iTunes set up, and you can only go forward or back either through the songs or random. This is fine for me, I like random and then when I hit an album that I am in the mood for, I just unslect the random function and press the "back" key until I am at the begining of the allbum.

For me, the lack of control is worth the lack of clutter in the car. The IPOD is out of sight in the glovebox.

The sound is fine. I am an audiophile at home, but in the car, I do not care. The sound is easily better than the radio or cassette in the past. I think that most CD's sound like crap anyhow, and the MP3 format or IPOD tames the bad high frequency junk from poorly recorded songs, so all in all I am happy.

I would not pay $500 for this. Shop around. I will double check my receipt when I get home to see exactly what I paid, whether it wa $245 or $275. At the time it seemed like nothing becuase I was writing the big check for m car.
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I'm sixth on the waiting list at BMW of Nashville. I was told the price would be $150 plus labor, and that it took one of the techs 3 hours to do his first install (not many of these have been done here yet). I'm gonna ask them to agree to a flat rate of $300 for parts and labor. While I agree there is value in having an actual BMW tech do the install, I don't really want to pay for someone 'learning' to do it.

I'm fully aware of the downsides to this early solution to iPod integration, but I'm more than willing to live with them to get my iPod in the car. My work commute is almost an hour each way, so it'll be nice to have all my tunes with me. I'll absolutely post about my experience with it after the install.

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Has anyone tried to install it yet or seen the install directions?

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The dealer quoted my about an hour or hour and a half labor when I asked the other day. I think the price is well worth the ipod also, i've got 500 cds worth of music between my and my fiance.

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This might be a dumb question, but if you get the IPOD adapter, is it possible to use the same cable for other auxiliary devices. I'm assuming that it's just a mini connection with controller cable for the IPOD. Thanks.
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I do know for a fact that iPods will NOT work concurrently with changers, so I'm assuming that other inputs do not exist for other auxiliary devices. It's frustrating because I have a nav system, which for some dumb ass reason, does NOT support iPod integration. I've heard a rumor that by year end there will be a version that does integrate with nav systems.

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Ipod thing works awesome have it in MY 04 performance package had to wait a bit though due to backordering but it works great though intergrated with ur radio and u can crontrol it from ur steering wheel
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