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      01-04-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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Lighter socket in center console?

I have a 330xi that just went into production.

Is there a lighter socket in the center console that I can use to power my cell phone that I'll keep there?

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Two, in fact. One in the ashtray/sunglass holder below the radio.

And another in the console between the seats.

Because you have Bluetooth (comes wth the premium package), if you have a Bluetooth compatible phone, you may want to do what I do and charge it in the ashtray. That way, the car's bluetooth can synch up with it. Reception inside the console isn't as good.
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Two, in fact. One in the ashtray/sunglass holder below the radio.

And another in the console between the seats.

Because you have Bluetooth (comes wth the premium package), if you have a Bluetooth compatible phone, you may want to do what I do and charge it in the ashtray. That way, the car's bluetooth can synch up with it. Reception inside the console isn't as good.

Unless you removed the smokers pack!! No socket under radio then!
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Be aware that the 12v outlet in the ashtray area and the center console are not powered when the car is off. You need to get the adapter for the flashlight if you want to charge you phone in the car while you are away.
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Unless you removed the smokers pack!! No socket under radio then!
In the U.S. you cannot remove the smokers pack. We all smoke. It's the law.
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Europe smokes a heck of a lot more than us!
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in Phx they lock you up if you smoke.... without a Green Card
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You guys are comical. Did anyone ever figure out why the US didnt come with rear passenger 12V sockets?
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You guys are comical. Did anyone ever figure out why the US didnt come with rear passenger 12V sockets?
Yes, it was BMW NA. It's seems they felt it was a bit too much as Americans don't smoke nearly as much as they do in Germany... Which is true, they have Cigarette machines on just about every street corner.
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Guess they didnt consider that Americans waste extravagent amounts of money on various toys for their children which are usually 12V powered....
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Guess they didnt consider that Americans waste extravagent amounts of money on various toys for their children which are usually 12V powered....
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The DVD player is my daughter's best friend... and mine!
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Guess they didnt consider that Americans waste extravagent amounts of money on various toys for their children which are usually 12V powered....
. That's a good one. What makes it funny is that it's sooo true.
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If you figure you got two kids, the wife, and you going on a road trip, the one kid will have his DVD player and the other a PSP and then you are stuck without a power socket for your radar!

Its worse in my case since I installed my spetacle tray!
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My Dealer told me its prewired and the 12v adapter plate sells for about $15.

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yes but that is in germany, I dont know that it is pre wired in the US...
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My Dealer told me its prewired and the 12v adapter plate sells for about $15.

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Has anyone with a US spec car done this? Have a part number handy?
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