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Hi Guys,

I have read various threads on the Net that suggest the X3 (from 2005 on) may have been pre-wired for Bluetooth, even if the car wasn't factory fitted with it. Admittedly these threads are US based, so it may not be the case for UK-spec cars. I have looked in the cubby hole on the left hand side of the boot and can't find any wiring (apparently that's where it's meant to be). However I have found the wiring for the microphone above the front interior cabin light. Can anyone verify whether UK cars are indeed pre-wired?

On a slightly seperate issue I have bought a Parrot MKi 9200 Bluetooth unit, which I will get fitted if the car isn't pre-wired. Has anyone using a Parrot got it to work succesfully with the steering wheel buttons?

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Hi NealP,

Thanks for the reply.

I thought I would need some extra hardware for the Parrot to work with the steering wheel controls. I won't be trying to fit the Parrot myself though, I'll be getting a specialist to fit it for me.

Any thoughts on the pre-wired question?

GAH
 

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Hi Guys,

I have read various threads on the Net that suggest the X3 (from 2005 on) may have been pre-wired for Bluetooth, even if the car wasn't factory fitted with it. Admittedly these threads are US based, so it may not be the case for UK-spec cars. I have looked in the cubby hole on the left hand side of the boot and can't find any wiring (apparently that's where it's meant to be). However I have found the wiring for the microphone above the front interior cabin light. Can anyone verify whether UK cars are indeed pre-wired?

On a slightly seperate issue I have bought a Parrot MKi 9200 Bluetooth unit, which I will get fitted if the car isn't pre-wired. Has anyone using a Parrot got it to work succesfully with the steering wheel buttons?

GAH
I think the US cars do come with bluetooth prep as standard but Euro cars do not.

I tried a 9200 kit in mine and couldn't get it to work properly at all. I ended up changing the complete headunit for an Alpine with Bluetooth (Parrot based it seems) and iPod support. It all works as advertised although you need a small mountain of adaptors (loom, antenna, steering controls, parking radar). It sounds a lot better too.
 

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Hi Huys,

Thanks for the replies.

@NealP, it does have a shark's fin antenna on the roof.

@thepurpleblob, you could be correct regards UK cars not being pre-wired, as I can't find the 54pin connector to attach to the ULF. The only cable and connector I can actually find is the one for the microphone. As for the Parrot, I already have the kit, and someone to fit it, so fingers crossed they can do it!

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Please let me know how you get on with the Parrot 9200 system, thinking of doing the same myself!
Recommended to me by Ray Smith as best option...
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Hi Guys,

The installer turned up to fit my 9200 this morning, and he says the display unit is faulty! The guy is a professional Parrot installer, so I'm assuming he's correct, and I've arranged for a replacement which hopefully he'll fit next week. However, he did tell me that he won't be able to make it work with the BMW steering wheel controls, so I will need to use the Parrot controller, which I didn't really want to do.

Will let you know how I get on next week!

GAH
 
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