No offense, but you'd be selling the wrong product, neither would work with an iDrive equiped vehicle, those are iBus devices.http://www.celsusice.co.uk/product_details.aspx?Product_code=IPV2249
Is what we would sell you at work.
I have installed the dice unit - cost me about £90 off ebay - I can only recommend it.Hey Jack, I'm in the same boat as you and unfortunately it is not that clear cut. A couple of points / q's:
1. Do you have an aux port in your car? May be in the glove box or the rear of the centre arm rest.
2. Have you tried an FM transmitter?
3. I've heard rumours that there is a software upgrade to allow the cd unit to play MP3 tracks but I am not sure if this is just conjecture or not!
The other things you could purchase, but it would mean losing your 6 cd changer (because these products utilise the changer interface)
a. A Gateway 500, i think it's Denison who do it, supposed to keep all your MF steering wheel controls but does not always guarantee displaying the song and album info.... around 275 for the unit itself
b. There is a Dice product going around but I really don't know much about it. Supposed to be similar to the gateway in functionality.....
If anyone has anyore info to add please feel free!
Hope that helps a little! Red
Nope, I don't work in the car sector at all.Interesting Rich P - forgive me, but you are bmw tech in a main dealer aren't you?
Any dealer is unlikely to tell you about 3rd party options, esepcially if there is a BMW part that will do the job, even if it is vastly inferior.How come when I requested I wanted to play mp3s either via cd or my ipod they would never mention a product such as gateway!? I'm guessing knowledge and or infor varies from dealer to dealer.
I've never fited a Gateway 500, but from what I understand it is a plug and play replacement for the CD Changer if fitted. If you don't have a CD Changer then the car needs to be coded for one so that the MOST bus recognises the Gateway device. Cost is about £280, I'd recomend you get one from a reliable dealer who will take returns, for example THIS as Dension devices are not known for their reliability! There are also many different software versions for the iDrive system, there is always a posibility that it won't work on your car.So to get that Gateway unit fitted, for example, are you able to give rough estimate on price? Could you do it yourself or is it recommended to go through BMW tech specialist for reprogramming etc.
No but it works with all my steering wheel controls, as far as the BMW is conerned its controlling the cd changer, the dice kit converts the cd changer controls to ipod controlsforgive me fzbucks, do you have idrive?
I want to know for sure it will work seemlessly on my 2005 e60. Red
It won't work with iDrive, the communications method is totally different - like comparing English and Japanese.No but it works with all my steering wheel controls, as far as the BMW is conerned its controlling the cd changer, the dice kit converts the cd changer controls to ipod controls
can't see why it wouldn't work with i drive.