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Ok, I'm sure this has been answered before, but I am just not getting it. Any help or direction would be appreciated.
On my 04 545i (December 16, 2003 build date), what do I need to do to get bluetooth working so I can use my iPhone on this thing?
Will just a newer TCU and recoding do it??
This shows up on the build sheet, if that helps at all:
KOMPLETTVORB. HANDY USA/CDN *
Preparation f mobile phone cpl. USA/CDN
I assume it's too early in the generation for JUST a recode to take care of it. Does the recode that has to be done HAVE to be done at the dealer, or can one do it with INPA / K+DCAN cable? I need to order the cable anyways, and have had little luck with dealers that don't act like their customers are complete idiots, so I'd just assume do it myself if it's a reasonable option.
In hopes of helping someone else, here is the best explanation I have found:
This Bluetooth kit IS NOT the same as the ULF module based kit that is detailed on our website using the ULF module part number 84 10 9 154 358, but based on the BMW TCU module. Each kit is specific to the build date of your car and phone system prewiring, so please select the proper information below for us to get you the correct kit for your specific car.
PLEASE NOTE: This lower cost kit is based on the BMW TCU, and NOT the full featured BMW ULF module part number 84 10 9 154 358! The BMW TCU is a lower cost Bluetooth solution with the following major differences:
1) The BMW TCU kit Does NOT come with the eject box or pairing button. Pairing is done when the ignition is turned on which is activated within the first 120 seconds. If you have a BMW phone system now we offer a blank tray trim piece to replace the phone eject box in the center console.
2) FULL VOICE CONTROL IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH THE TCU. However, there are two options to address this limitation.
a) If you are handy and you have access to the Navcoder software tool and necessary hardware, as detailed on the navcoder website, you may be able to activate PHONE voice control once the TCU is installed in your car Navcoder Link. Please note: EVEN IF your module is coded in your car with the Navcoder you will NOT get Navigation Voice control, as the TCU only can be recoded for Phone Voice control when coded with the BMW coding tool.
b) Or if your car was built from 01/00 and is equipped with the separate SES voice control module currently, you will still be able to use your separate voice control module in addition to the bluetooth. BMWs equipped with the CPT8000 (silver flip phone) typically are equipped with the SES voice control module (You can verify by pressing and holding the face button and saying the command "Help". It should return, "help is available for phone, navigation, notepad..." etc as the vehicle is equipped.
3) The kit is for ONLY North American (USA, CAN) BMWs within a specific build date range ONLY. We do not have any other kits than the ones listed below based on this TCU
So, sounds like EITHER direction will work, depending on the exact level of functionality that yo uwant, and the cheaper TCU option is what I'm likely going with.
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