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      08-02-2009, 10:59 AM   #155
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has anyone confirmed this on 2009s?

I have a 2009 that has no BMW Assist Or blue tooth and I'd like to Have Bluetooth...

Looking at my options.

If you have the steering control buttons for bluetooth and you press them and it talks to you listing available commands, then you have the phone prep.
If you have no voice command buttons or you press them and nothing happens, then you don't have phone prep.
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      08-10-2009, 04:41 PM   #156
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hey guys, i just purchased all the components for this retrofit from a donor 335i salvage title. taking it to the dealer tomorrow morning for installation / coding based on the latest SIB. will keep you posted on the outcome

based on past postings.. it should take more than 2 hours to install and code, right? (famous last words)

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      08-11-2009, 06:43 PM   #157
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I've got word from my dealer today that they can do the BT retrofit on my 09 E90 for $1600 without the TCU (I have picked one up from Ebay off a 09 328 so I should be ok there). The wiring has to be custom made for the vehicle options at BMW in Germany, it would take two weeks to get it here in the states and the labor to install it would be 8-10 hours.

Lesson to be learned:

The 09 E90s do not come pre-wired with bluetooth preparation like all previous years models did. Unless you absolutely do not care about Bluetooth, do order the E90 with either the premium or the BT/Assist option. It will be much less expensive if one day you decide to retrofit an 09 E90 for BT.
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      09-14-2009, 09:18 PM   #158
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first and for most you need to have a tech package with navi. if you have that in you trunk you will have four wires , optical 54 blue pin one and antena with power. Thats for you MLUF OR so called bluetooth module with voice activated futures and some phone options. You will need that first. Then you need the bluetooth ariel that you connect under your steering wheel to connecting it to the phone button on it. It also serves a bluetooth antena. And the last not least you will need the TCU. The wire for it is near the module wires in your trunk. Then is all programing. Have to program the direction of light that will go through opitc to your TCU and the rest of the system. The bluetooth module is about $700 to $800 at the dealer. (i have one if you need for $300 plus shipping) then the ariel is about $50 at the dealer, the TCU is about $600, and then the programing. At the dealer they also ask to buy the SOS option about $600 that mounts beside your roof, but i don't think you need it.

i'm almost done with mine on 2007 328i conv. I'm just missing TCU.


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Hi Folks:

I've been reading the thread but it's still a bit difficult to absorb all this given the deep technical details.

I'm looking to have bluetooth functionality in my BMW:
2008 328i Coupe (02/08 production).
I don't have BMW Assist neither bluetooth nor premium package.
I have iPod connectivity and iDrive though.

I just need bluetooth and I don't want or need telematic/Assist/SOS stuff at all.

My questions:
First, what do I need to buy at a minimum to make bluetooth work (with English voice commands)? TCU or ULF? I've been reading some people also refer to MLUF. What's the latest part number/code I need?

Second, is coding absolutely necessary or I might not need it in case dealer doesn't want to code?

Thanks so much!
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      09-14-2009, 09:38 PM   #159
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If you retrofit w/ the TCU you MUST get the roof FZD (bmw assist button) You can't do it w/o that.
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      10-07-2009, 06:38 PM   #160
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I just bought an 07 E92 with nav and was curious on how much it would cost to get the bluetooth hooked up? Also, if anyone knows of a good place around LA to do this that would be AWESOME too. Thanks in advance.
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I wave a 07/07 e93 with professional nav and USB connector on the armset.

So I already have the bluetooth (TCU?) in the trunk. How can I activate the bluetooth??? plug the BT antenna near the pedals, plug the mic and speaker and then???

How will the coding know that the BT is there?
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      12-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #162
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Id like to re-emphasize the necessary step of shining a light through the fiber optic cable at the TCU so you know which cable to move around when adjusting the MOST Junction box.

I took the PDF for literal and ended up having to go back and re-do everything the correct way when I noticed the SIRIUS DIY also had the cable in the 4-spot being removed. My TCU cable was in the #1 slot.

Update: Had the car re-flashed at BMW of Fairfax last week and everything works as designed!

Salvaged TCU: $125
Overhead OEM FZU off eBay: $107
Misc Parts from BMW of Fairfax: $100 (Save money and do NOT get the back-up antenna - part not needed)
BMW of Fairfax charges a flat 2-hours of Labor for updating: $270
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Total Bluetooth/Assist retrofit ~$570

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      01-04-2010, 07:25 PM   #163
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I think you can get the Parrot kit installed with the steering wheel controls for less than the FZD part alone.
The only disadvantage I can see with the Parrot kit is that the caller ID doesn't appear on the radio display. It is spoken verbally through the stereo.








I'm tempted to just get the brand new BlueAnt SuperTooth 3 instead of any of the built-in kits.

http://www.n1wireless.com/BlueAnt_Bl...akerphone.html

I have one of these and am now going for the TCU option. The visor mount is a pain in the ass. You have to charge a battery, you have to turn it on and off and you have to hide it when not using it, to prevent it from getting stolen.

Built in is the way to go. When my car was in the garage, calls to my cell phone would ring through to the car because the Blue Ant was still connected to my car.

With the built in, everything is seamless.
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TCU

Just bought a TCU. It is well worth the price!! You get bluetooth, a gps unit and a GSM cell phone all in the TCU. I am getting the first year of BMW Assist for free with the purchase. I am enjoying it!!!!
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only 1 year? You should get 4 from the purchase of your car...
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      01-08-2010, 05:03 AM   #166
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only 1 year? You should get 4 from the purchase of your car...
Only the first year is free in Canada.
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I wave a 07/07 e93 with professional nav and USB connector on the armset.

So I already have the bluetooth (TCU?) in the trunk. How can I activate the bluetooth??? plug the BT antenna near the pedals, plug the mic and speaker and then???

How will the coding know that the BT is there?
I have the TCU in the trunk as well. What parts do I need?
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I have a GSM TCU and the FZD from an MY2009 E90 LCI available. Pictures here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/dkotanto...at=directlink#

PM me if interested.
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does anyone know if they eliminated phone prep in the 09/LCI models. I know they did for the 09 1 series
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does anyone know if they eliminated phone prep in the 09/LCI models. I know they did for the 09 1 series
Yes, starting with 03/2009 production.
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ULF/TCU KIT & USB iPOD/iPOD KIT

I have a 2008 328i (N52N/VA33); production 04/08. I want to install the Bluetooth kit and iPod adapter, but I am a little confused as to what I need with regard to the TCU or ULF and the USB/iPod or just iPod connection kit. What are the differences in just getting the TCU vice ULF? or getting the iPod connection kit vice getting the USB/iPod connection kit. Is there a combination of the two I need, or will either one do? Currently I only have the aux input and don't care if I have USB for thumb drive access, if that's all the USB/iPod kit is about.
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Okay, so just to make sure i am understanding everything corretly ... Cause i am a 100% newbie ....

If i get the TCU with all the parts listed in the BMW Bulletin and install, take to the dealership for coding & activation i will get the Bluetooh, & BMW Assist?
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Okay, so just to make sure i am understanding everything corretly ... Cause i am a 100% newbie ....

If i get the TCU with all the parts listed in the BMW Bulletin and install, take to the dealership for coding & activation i will get the Bluetooh, & BMW Assist?

Yes.

And to address the post before yours, there is no usb retrofit for US cars as of right now. And ULF doesnt work w/ american cars. So, you must do the TCU retrofit.

here is my post on my retrofiting bluetooth and ipod:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=175658
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Yes, starting with 03/2009 production.
I inquired about a car that was oct 08 prod and it didnt have 640 or assist, so maybe the 3/09 cutoff is for the non LCI models and the LCIs were earlier than that?
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NICE... Figured i would call my dealership and ask them about how long and how much they would charge to recode ... Without hesitation he said it will take roughly 1 hour, and $130. Said at most 1.5 hours if something comes up, but hasn't in the past.

I will be ordering the parts later today...
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I have a GSM TCU and the FZD from an MY2009 E90 LCI available. Pictures here:

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