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Old 09-04-2004, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I took my car in to get my all-seasons put on on thursday and they called and told me my I-pod adapter was in. I had to go buy an I-pod of course but installation wasn't bad. I think I paid about $300 total for the part and the install. It works freakin awesome, although I haven't had a chance to set up my playlists for the car yet. Only wierd thing is that like 2 times while I was driving the car just all the sudden stopped playing the ipod and didn't recognize it was plugged in anymore. If it happens again i'll call them, it works if you unplug it and plug it in again. Otherwise it's nuts to have 2500 songs in your glovebox
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try providing some padding for the ipod so it doesnt get moved around as much that could be messing up your connection.

but sounds badass..

I may get the alpine adapert when it comes out. then get an ipod of my own. or just start using my gfs.
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I put the I-pod in "hold" mode and it hasn't done that since.
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are the adapters for the ipod available for all models>?? in particular the 1994 e36 325is...or just newer models??
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Old 09-11-2004, 02:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I took my car in to get my all-seasons put on on thursday and they called and told me my I-pod adapter was in. I had to go buy an I-pod of course but installation wasn't bad. I think I paid about $300 total for the part and the install. It works freakin awesome, although I haven't had a chance to set up my playlists for the car yet. Only wierd thing is that like 2 times while I was driving the car just all the sudden stopped playing the ipod and didn't recognize it was plugged in anymore. If it happens again i'll call them, it works if you unplug it and plug it in again. Otherwise it's nuts to have 2500 songs in your glovebox
I got an Itrip for my Ipod. $30- no installation fee ands it work okay (not great) when the radio gets clear reception.

But where did they install it?

Are the controls it in your steering wheel like in the 2004 E46 cars? or is it just wired into your stereo?
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I'm not sure where the adapter itself is installed, but the I-pod plugs into the glovebox, and you control the i-pod through the head unit and the steering wheel.
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so will the ipod adapter work with older models? (94 325is)
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no 2002 and newer. but alpine will have an adpator out soon for alpine head units aith AI net that will allow control of the ipod through the head unit,
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there is an adapter that will work with 96+ models. There are not, and as far as I know, will not, be any for >96. It is not made for IPODs, but to connect any device via aux inputs on the cd changer line.
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Old 09-17-2004, 01:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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... Only wierd thing is that like 2 times while I was driving the car just all the sudden stopped playing the ipod and didn't recognize it was plugged in anymore. If it happens again i'll call them, it works if you unplug it and plug it in again...
Apparently you are not the only one with this problem. I've started looking on different forum boards, and seems like it might be a common problem. I haven't experienced it myself up until this week. And already had it happened twice (this week)!
Some details surrounding my occurances:
Was only in the car driving for about 10 minutes. I am using 4th generation 20 gig Ipod. It appears that head unit just looses the ipod adapter, i.e. pushing Mode button switches between radio and in-dash CD. Turning off the stereo does not help.
Any help appreciated.
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I have a ipod case-type thing. I think it was called "skin" or somthing. It a whiteish-clear rubber thing I got from best buy. It was $20. I can put it on any flat surface in my car, and it won't move around.
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for those with older cars just buy a tape adapter, costs like 5 bucks at walmart and the sound is just as good, it's what i use to connect mine to my mom's chevy cavalier

you plug it into your ipod or anything with a headphone jack and then you put the tape in the tape deck and then you control the ipod like normal

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Uhhh.... if you don't have an '03 or newer, or just don't want to pay mucho, you can get an AUX cable. If you have an Aux input option on your Hu, then just buy one of these cables. Just take out the HU, plug it in, then run the wire down past the clock area, then thru a little hole that is in the top of the cubby area, then plug it into your ipod. Some HUs have RCA inputs for the AUX, which can just be bought at radio shack, but some companies such as Alpine have a different type of cable that can just be bought at most car audio stores for 10 bucks.

I wouldn't bother with that tape thing, nor FM thing. I had a Belkin FM thing, and it sucked. I guess if you do not have an AUX input, your out of luck.

With the tape connection, you are only going to get tape quality. But if your options are down to FM or tape, I would go to tape, unless they have made better FM trans.
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there is an adapter that will work with 96+ models. There are not, and as far as I know, will not, be any for >96. It is not made for IPODs, but to connect any device via aux inputs on the cd changer line.
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Had exactly the same problem for a while now. Music suddenly stops, display shows 9-99, for which the manual indicates that the BMW has lost the connection with the iPod and the unit switches to radio. Stabilized the iPod to make sure that it wasn't the iPod movind around and loosing the connection. So far clueless as to what might cause this. Haven't heard of any solutions yet.
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Just get an aftermarket deck with an aux input and just run wire into ashtray of center console . thats what i did and it works fine for us 1992 ers
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