For some time I was researching how I could install a phone car kit in my X5 to be used with the Nokia 6310i. As I am very happy with the Nokia 6310i and need its international roaming capabilities I didn't want to buy yet another phone or even use any of the Motorola phones offered by BMW as dealer retrofit option.
Update 07/05/2004 for available snap-in adapters
- The following snap-in adapters are currently available for the Bluetooth kit
- Motorola v600/v525 #84 21 0 307 726 (new in July 2004) & cover part #84 21 0 306 467
- Siemens S65 #84 21 0 392 326 (new in August 2004) & cover part #84 21 0 306 467
- Ericsson t610 part #84 21 0 304 298 & cover part #84 21 0 306 467
- SonyEricsson K700 #not yet available (Q4/2004) & cover part #84 21 0 306 467
- Siemens S55 part #84 21 0 154 606
- Nokia 6310i part #84 21 6 930 108
- Ericsson t39 part #84 21 6 925 216
- There are no plans for a snap-in adapter for the Nokia 6230 (the phone does not have an external antenna connector)
- The cover part is only needed for adapters which have been designed for the E60,E61,E63,E64 series but are installed in E53,E46,E39,E83,E85 series cars
Since I retrofitted my X5 with the Nokia 6310i phone another fellow X5 driver decided to use the Siemens S55 phone in conjunction with the BT kit. I have added two photos from his center console below. The S55 is a very nice phone and offers a color display and lots of other features. I highly recommend the S55 to folks who would like to have a "cool" phone but still would like to be able to use "business" features.
I already knew that BMW is offering a Bluetooth capable car kit for customers in Europe but for some reason is not yet shipping this option in the US. Many people told me that it would be impossible to retrofit the Bluetooth kit in my X5 here in the US. However a few calls to BMW in Germany and one visit later I know have a fully functional Bluetooth kit installed in my X5 ...
As of early May 2003 the Bluetooth kit is still not available in the US but rumors say it should be available really soon. As I didn't want to wait for BMW NA to finally ship the kit I decided to buy the kit back in Germany and have it installed here in the US.
The kit itself comes complete with all installation instructions and if your X5 has the telephone preparation installed (Option S640A) the kit can be installed in less than 2hrs (with plenty of spare parts afterwards :) ). In order to figure out which kit you need you might find the following information useful
As BMW has now made the Bluetooth kit available in the US for orders you can find the part numbers for the US BT kits below (the numbers mentioned further down are for the European version of the kit (which works in the US but I'd recommend to buy the US version for warranty reasons).
Update 07/22/2003 for US Bluetooth Kits
- Bluetooth Part Numbers for E53/X5 from 04/2002 and onwards
- ULF Bluetooth Module
- part #84 21 6 934 552 $435.00
- ULF X5 (E53) SAV Installation Kit
- part #84 11 0 302 641 $164.00
- You also need the following part for all X5 (E53) built from 04/2002 - 10/2002
- ULF Control Module Bracket
- part #84 13 6 910 112 + $13.75
- Some X5 (E53) built between 04/2002 - 09/2002 may need an additional jumper plug
- SES Jumper Plug
- part #84 11 0 018 038 + $10.00
- Other Bluetooth Kit part numbers and ordering information can be found at the Crevier Parts Counter on http://www.roadfly.org/ or contact Joe Hernandez @Crevier BMW
Cars built after 04/2002
- They should have option S640A installed from factory. Your dealer can verify this by providing him with the last 7 numbers of your VIN
- The kit you need to buy is
- # 84 64 0 152 505 at approximately 510 Euros (including the snap-in holder, plus tax)
- There's now a new part number as of 05/2003 the BT kit now also includes voice recognition. The new part number is # 84 64 0 302 177.
- Installation time is usually less than 2 hrs
Cars built before 04/2002 and after 04/2001
- Most of these case may not have option S640A installed from factory (although there are cars out which have option S640A with a build date prior to 04/2002). Double check with your dealer whether your car indeed does or doesn't have option S640A
- The kit you need to buy if your car does NOT have option S640A installed is
- # 84 64 0 153 227 at approximately 750 Euros (without snap-in holder,plus tax)
- Installation time is somewhere around 10 hrs
- Other useful information
Once you have figured out the kit you need you'll also have to decide on which snap-in adapter you are going to use (you don't have to use the snap-in holder if you don't care about the phone being charged and using the external antenna). I only have information for the Nokia 6310(i) snap-in holder but there are also snap-in adapters available for the Siemens S55 and Ericsson T39. However every Bluetooth capable phone should work with the kit.
The snap-in adapters can be purchased directly from dealers in Europe as January 2004 the BMW dealers in the US can't order the snap-in adapters directly. If you want a snap-in adapter your best option is to fined someone in Europe (or traveling to Europe) to buy a snap-in adapter and send it to you. I've been "importing" snap-in adapters for the past 12 months but only as a last resort for folks who have been unable to obtain an adapter via another route.
- Nokia 6310(i) snap-in adapter is part #84 21 6 930 108
- Ericsson T39 snap-in adapter is part #84 21 6 925 216
- Siemens S55 snap-in adapter is part #84 21 0 154 606
- Ericsson t610 part #84 21 0 304 298 & cover part #84 21 0 306 467
There are also alternatives to the factory Bluetooth kit which might be of interest. The two kits I found during my research are the Nokia Car Kit CARK112 and the Parrot CK3000 Bluetooth Kit. Both are available from Expansys.
The installation itself is very easy (if you have option S640A) and after the kit has been installed you need to take your car to a BMW dealer to get the Bluetooth kit coded into the system. The programming is performed via DISplus and most dealers should have instructions by now on how to this. The whole programming process will not take longer than 30 minutes. The last step you need to perform is to "pair" the phone with your car kit by searching for Audio/BT accessories and entering the Bluetooth Passcode of your Bluetooth kit (the passcode can be found on a little white sticker on top of the Bluetooth main unit in the trunk (it will be installed underneath the CD changer location , see photo below).
I had the kit installed by Sound in Motion here in Boston who once again have done an outstanding job.
Below you will find some photos from the kit after it has been installed.
Nokia snap-in adapter without phone
Nokia snap-in adapter with phone
Siemens S55 snap-in adapter in middle armrest
Telephone selection in the navigation screen
Phone menu in the Navigation display
Phone Address Book in Navigation Screen
Address book control via steering wheel controls
Bluetooth central unit in left rear trunk area (underneath CD changer)
Bluetooth antenna mounted on top of Navigation DVD and CD Changer (little black unit)
Below are pictures of the actual snap-in adapters which simply just replace the storage tray in the middle armrest.
Nokia 6310i snap-in adapter
Siemens S55/56 snap-in adapter
If you have any questions, comments or remarks please feel free to contact me.
For installation quotes and information please contact the folks at Sound in Motion at 617-787-7744 (Derek or Jim)
|Last updated on Friday, March 10, 2006 by Jan Mark Holzer & Sound in Motion ©.|