Users Manual for the BMW Voice Control System (features included in Bluetooth retrofit kit)
Although the Bluetooth Kits come with detailed step by step instructions the below quick pictorial guide will give you an idea how simple the install is in the BMW X5. Below installation shows the BMW Bluetooth installation using the snap in adapter option 03/01 and newer ( or 03/99-03/01 with additional part number P/N 84 32 0 153 613)
NOTE: Our Bluetooth Kits come with the latest Generation BMW ULF modules Available as shown in the BMW Compatibility matrix (and NOT the problematic first generation 84 21 954 552 others are selling, Be careful on getting older ULF modules as some people have had difficulties and incompatibilities with the old first generation ULF modules. Why use Our Bluetooth Solution?
All North American BMWs even without BMW phone currently are already prewired for phone. You can verify by finding the Prewired for BMW Cellular phone in the trunk area. Prewiring consists of wiring for all telephone equipment, plus coding for phone and voice recognition. If your BMW is prewired for phone, and you install a new generation Bluetooth module, like we sell, it is highly unlikely that you will need to have your car coded.
Open the access door in the rear compartment to reveal the BMW electronics storage area
Find a suitable location for the Bluetooth antenna. In the 03/02 production and higher the X5s will have mounting screws. You can use these screws or double sided tape in this location. Once attached connect the Bluetooth RF cable to the Bluetooth antenna
Step 2) Once the Bluetooth antenna is mounted and connected lift up the spare tire access panel and remove the access cover on the left side just below the electronics access door shown below by removing the three plastic nuts, and lifting from the rear first
Once the access cover is removed, you will find the BMW phone system harness with either the 54 pin connector if built after 03/02 (shown on left) or DB25 if prior 03/20 production date (shown on right). Connect the BMW ULF module to the X5's 54 pin phone harness connector. If your X5 was built prior to 03/02, you will connect the BMW ULF module to the 54 pin to DB25 Adapter harness and then connect to the X5's DB25 phone harness connector. Below picture is of DB25 connector (temporarily borrowed from Ucrewx5 :-) )
Below image shows the 54 pin connector attached to one end of the ULF module (using the provided adapter if X5 was built before 03/02), and the cream/purple colored Bluetooth antenna wire to the the other end of the ULF module. PLEASE NOTE: I have heard from some customers that they had TWO Cream colored antenna wires. Make sure that you choose the Cream/Purple as shown in the below image.
Find a suitable location for mounting the ULF module using either double sided tape (left image) OR the BMW ULF module mounting bracket P/N 84 13 6 932 937 (right image temporarily borrowed from Ucrewx5 :-) )
Before finalizing everything in the electronics storage area, you need to verify that you have an SES jumper plug in place. Most US BMWs have this plug in place, but you should check to be sure. If your car had Voice recognition with your phone system, you will need to remove it and replace with the SES jumper plug. If you can not find this plug, it is possible your car was not prewired for voice recognition (Some Euro) The best place to start looking for this plug is behind the CD changer if your car is configured similar to the above images.
Step 3) The next step is the same with X5s with or without a BMW phone system. All US BMW X5s are prewired for phone, but if your production date is prior to 03/01 and a BMW phone was never installed in your vehicle, you will need to get BMW P/N 84 32 0 153 613 and do a little more work. (If you do not know, you can easily lift the cover to check if you have the wiring already in place using the steps below)
Lift the armrest and remove the 3 torx #10 screws for the center console phone electronics cover. Lifting from the bottom first, carefully remove the plastic cover.
With the cover removed note the connection for the BMW phone system. Vehicles prior to 03/02 the antenna connection will be a silver mini UHF and not the FAKRA (black/purple) antenna connector as shown below.
After removing the cover, close the arm rest cover and insert two plastic cards in the rear of old eject box to unhook the eject box latch. Airline mile or hotel room cards work best as they have no ridges like credit cards. The next few pictures will detail the location (click for larger view)
Once you feel that you have released the catch on either side of the eject box, gently lift up on the rear
The tabs you are releasing are shown in this picture
Once the old equipment is removed insert the BMW Eject box w/ blank tray into the same location ensuring the wires run thru the access hole in the center console. Put the front end first and then press down gently on the rear to snap it into place. If your X5 was previously equipped with the CPT8000 phone, AND was built after 04/02 you MUST remove the CPT8000 adapter harness, located under this cover OR if not present next to the drivers seat (see note) BEFORE connecting the BMW eject box.
Connect the Bluetooth eject box wiring to the 18 pin connector and RF connector, and then replace torx screws.
If you do not currently have a microphone installed, you will need to install the mic
Once you are done with the install you can pair the phone and test the system.
Follow the Paring procedure in the users guide to load your phone into the system Users Manual for the BMW Bluetooth System
If your Bluetooth system does not operate it is possible, although unlikely that your car needs coding for phone since all US BMWs should be pre-configured for phone.
NOTE: If your X5 was built AFTER 04/02 AND your X5 was equipped with the CPT8000 phone system, you MUST remove the adapter harness OR the pairing button will not function.
If your X5 was built after 04/02 your car was equipped with the Universal II phone harness connection and in order to "roll back" the wiring to the older phone systems BMW had two wiring adapters one in the back and one in the center console. Most of the time you see the short adapter harness UNDER the eject box, although I have recently run into a few instances where these were in another location, under the center console. The P/N to be removed is the P/N 61 12 0 145 778 18 pin eject box adapter. To remove this adapter is simple and straight forward
1) Move the drivers seat all the way back
2) Lift up on the emergency brake boot. I lifted from the top where the leather met the center console and it came up easily.
3) Look down the area that is revealed with the e- brake boot out of the way – no need to fully disconnect it –
and locate the 4 connectors that hold the side panel in place. See below for picture for location of 4 connectors. Press from the inside away from the center console towards the outside and the connectors will release the panel
4) Look at the bottom front of the area revealed by the removed panel for the black 18 pin connector located next to the antenna wire. Connected inline with this 18 pin plug you will find a short 18 pin to 18 pin adapter that is used to "roll back" the phone wiring to the wiring of the CPT8000 phone system. Remove this adapter and reconnect the original 18 pin connectors back together as shown below.
Removed adapter (yours may look slight different)
Once this adapter is removed your Wiring in the center console will be back to it's original form. Replacement is opposite of removal