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      08-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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USB Retrofit

Noob here, I've been lurking for awhile but this is my first post.

I've got an 06 325i with professional bluetooth HU. I was wondering if it was possible to retrofit USB to this unit and what would be required. Is my HU capable of USB, or would I need to get a new one? If I need a new HU, could I DIY the coding or would I have to take it to the dealer? I'm going to buy a coding cable soon, but I don't really know what I'm doing yet as far as that goes.

EDIT: I realize this question has been asked a million times, but I can't find any threads on pre-LCI professional units. Does it already have the USB out and just need a code + harness, or do I need an LCI unit? And would an LCI unit play nice with the pre-LCI car?

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did you change your HU? as far as i know, cars made before 2010 does not have bluetooth integrated HU.

if you are still using the original HU, you'll need to check if your HU is running off the MOST ring. if yes, then you'll need to get the retrofit kit and install the hardware. you'll also need to code the car and add the 6FL option to get it working.
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I just bought the car and afaik it's the original HU. It's got dead pixels and everything lol. I am pretty sure it's in MOST because it knows things like average MPG, speed, etc. Would that be a correct assumption?
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Noob here, I've been lurking for awhile but this is my first post.

I've got an 06 325i with professional bluetooth HU. I was wondering if it was possible to retrofit USB to this unit and what would be required. Is my HU capable of USB, or would I need to get a new one? If I need a new HU, could I DIY the coding or would I have to take it to the dealer? I'm going to buy a coding cable soon, but I don't really know what I'm doing yet as far as that goes.

EDIT: I realize this question has been asked a million times, but I can't find any threads on pre-LCI professional units. Does it already have the USB out and just need a code + harness, or do I need an LCI unit? And would an LCI unit play nice with the pre-LCI car?
It is the same USB retrofit until MY2011.5 and yes, this have been discussed too many times before:
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did you change your HU? as far as i know, cars made before 2010 does not have bluetooth integrated HU.

if you are still using the original HU, you'll need to check if your HU is running off the MOST ring. if yes, then you'll need to get the retrofit kit and install the hardware. you'll also need to code the car and add the 6FL option to get it working.
Perhaps there is an OEM HU with built-in Bluetooth in Singapore but not in the USA or Europe.
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it appears as though my bluetooth is actually housed in a module in the trunk rather than in the HU given the build date, but if I get a new HU with bluetooth integrated then it will have the USB built in. That way I'll have a unit with a new screen, too.

Will I have to code when installing a newer HU, or will it work out of the box?
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It is the same USB retrofit until MY2011.5 and yes, this have been discussed too many times before:
Awesome, thanks. I had read in another thread that the BT module on the earliest models wasn't compatible, but if that's not the case I'll just do this.
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This is the post I was referring to.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...62&postcount=9

I'm assuming that if it's an early build date, it's ULF?
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Perhaps there is an OEM HU with built-in Bluetooth in Singapore but not in the USA or Europe.
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=687463

take a look at the video at 3:45. it shows the pic of the professional radio with integrated bluetooth.

i had also read somwhere that BMW had started using these new HUs sometime in 2010
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=687463

take a look at the video at 3:45. it shows the pic of the professional radio with integrated bluetooth.

i had also read somwhere that BMW had started using these new HUs sometime in 2010
Stand corrected... interesting.
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This is it... http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-professi...4a3105&vxp=mtr
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Sweet! Thanks, guys.
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Sweet! Thanks, guys.
You should ask the seller if the USB port is also included with this particular OEM HU.
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You should ask the seller if the USB port is also included with this particular OEM HU.
i remember seeing pics that there is an additional plug for the USB cable on the back of the HU
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Does anyone know if this unit by chance has Sirius integrated as well?
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Does anyone know if this unit by chance has Sirius integrated as well?
There is no Sirius in Europe and this is an Euro unit, so most probably it won't.

Another thing to ask the seller.
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The Explanation, you check my friend and I progress installing our Bluetooth units.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=689846
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I am trying to figure out how to do this on my 06 330i with CCC and CD changer. It is not clear if adding USB is possible.
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I am trying to figure out how to do this on my 06 330i with CCC and CD changer. It is not clear if adding USB is possible.
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take a look at the video at 3:45. it shows the pic of the professional radio with integrated bluetooth.
Does it mean that the entire BT functionality is implemented inside the headunit, and only some minor external accessories are required (like microphone)?

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i had also read somwhere that BMW had started using these new HUs sometime in 2010
I assume that applies to Europe alone. Is that correct? How difficult would it be to install such unit into a 2011 US car with a HiFi system?
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I have been looking at the programming

The programming looks kind of neboulous so far .
It looks like you need new daten files and you may have to change the build
date of the car in order for it to accept the new programming .
It doesn't seem that straight foward . If anybody has done this on an
older car it would be nice if they could verify the procedure.
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Does it mean that the entire BT functionality is implemented inside the headunit, and only some minor external accessories are required (like microphone)?
That's what built-in means.

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I assume that applies to Europe alone. Is that correct? How difficult would it be to install such unit into a 2011 US car with a HiFi system?
As easy as replacing your current OEM HU with this one, adding the microphone, the USB port/cable and the Sirius FSC (activation, the Sirius antenna should be already installed in your car): http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-professi...item4d04b480f8

Coding can be done remotely by BimmerTech. They can also provide the additional hardware and FSC is the eBay seller cannot do it.
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