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HD radio from 2007 into a 2006?

Discussion in 'E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008-2013)' started by jeffhaley, Jan 20, 2011.

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    jeffhaley

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    Does anyone have experience putting an OEM HD radio from a 2008 or '09 e92 into an '06 e92?

    Or similar?

    I want to get HD radio in our '06 325 xiT. Any recommendations, and ballpark on costs?
    What all parts need to be swapped and what level of reprogramming is required?

    Any chance it is as simple as pulling the dash console and swapping out a stereo deck?
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    bcweir

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    All I can say is that it MIGHT work.

    You're going to need to make sure that all of the electronic modules "necessary" for them to talk to one another are present. You're also almost certainly going to need someone with a GT1-style dealership computer to recode your car to recognize the HD radio install. Unfortunately, BMW's are not "plug and play" but more like "plug and pray" instead.
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    jeffhaley

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    Thanks. At least they included an aux 1/16" input in the '06.

    So I can stream audio on my mobile anywhere there's adequate data coverage.
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    bcweir

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    I think you're getting a couple of functions confused.

    Audio streaming is typically known as Bluetooth audio, and that's an all digital music stream utilizing a phone's bluetooth capability. Bluetooth streaming streams music that's on your phone or digital music player, and outputs it to your car's stereo system.

    Also, the Bluetooth streaming is LOCAL (built-in) to the device, and isn't dependent on your phone's data plan. Bluetooth streaming involves transmitting digital data that's already on your phone, so it doesn't consume any data from your data plan. The Bluetooth antenna is a completely separate component from your phone's communications antennas. Therefore, your bluetooth audio streaming would continue to function even if you had no cell service, because it doesn't require a cellular data signal to work.

    The 1/8 inch is a standard stereo jack, and is usually an Auxiliary In on the radio. This is an ANALOG input into the radio, as is 99.99 percent of the music that comes out of a music player's headphone jack. Typically a 1/8 inch male stereo to 1/8 inch male stereo plug is used to connect one's music device to output the music to the car's stereo system through the car radio unit.

    A 1/16 is an even smaller diameter jack, and this is most commonly seen on a cellphone earplug connection. This connection also is an analog output on the cellphone, just like the headphone jack is on most music players.

    One exception to this is the Iphone/Ipod dock, which didn't become common until later model years. This allows the docking of a later-model Ipod, Ipod Touch, or an Iphone to dock via the 30-pin docking connector on the bottom of the device. This is a digital connection, vs. the analog output for the headphone jack.

    The only exception to this analog rule for the 1/8 inch phono jack is some models of the Ipod nano also use this as a connection for the digital inline remote control on the earbuds supplied with those devices.

    I am a former Apple Iphone tech, trained by Apple, so I know what I'm talking about.
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    jeffhaley

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    My apologies.

    One eighth inch auxiliary input.

    Still; if anyone has personal experience making this swap, please let me know. I remain curious about costs and ease of reprogramming.

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