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Help! 540i phone info.
I recently replaced my 98 528i with a 98 540i. The new car's original phone was missing and an unknown Nokia cradle was mounted in it's place in the centre console. Being a purist, I removed the ugly cradle and kit and searched for the original part. The local BMW dealer was not an option due to the ridiculous price. (Recently spent almost R4000 on a maf).
I aquired a handset, module and connectors from a scrap dealer who did not know what car it belonged to. Since the size looked right and connectors matched my car, I took it.
After installation the following happened. Switching on from either the handset or the dash switch causes the handset to light up briefly with a blank screen. The dash display says INSERT CARD for a moment and then nothing. I put in a sim with the same result except for PLEASE WAIT displayed briefly on dash display, then nothing. Tried the sim reader in the boot with same result.
I noticed the module dated 1999 and my car is a 98 model. Could this be the problem. Any info would be appreciated.
If all else fails, I'm still happier with a non functional original phone than the ugly cradle.