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Old 07-20-2009, 03:57 PM
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IPOD AUX/USB PLUG IN E70 GLOVEBOX

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I just picked up my 2009 E70 X5 (used with 4K) and with the rear DVD entertainment system and Premium Sound with the DVD/CD changer in the dash glove box. The glovebox - between the front seats - has the AUX plug but no combined AUX/USB plug.

My question is - does anyone know if you can get this part retrofit? Does the truck come standard with the OEM wiring installed so that the AUX/USB port can be added and simply plugged in? Or is it a new run from the back of the head unit/radio?

The dealer(s) here in Canada are saying that they cannot even order the combined AUX/USB plug for the glovebox - between the seats. I am also hearing that I would need to unplug the DVD/CD player in the dash glovebox to have the AUX/USB plug (between the seats) activated?

All this to have the IPOD titles on the NAV screen...

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Look carefully...I am sure it is there! If you have one, you should have the other. It is two separate connectors, which is why you need the Y adapter cable. It is just a small plug which is covered with a plastic piece. I will see if I can take a pic for you later...
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Thanks for the reply. I have the Y cable but do not have the USB port in the center glovebox (armrest). All I have is the AUX port (like a headphone single port).

So if I plug in my IPOD, it plays songs on the AUX option from the head unit and I can control the volume using the steering wheels - but that is it. No playlists or anything on the NAV screen...
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So yours doesn't look like this?? If this is not what you have, then you can get the genuine OEM ipod retrofit kit for about US$350 or so. There's a couple of online places you can check like Bavarian Auto or even ebay...
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Thanks for the picture. I only have the AUX plug and not the USB beside it. The previous owner opted for the 6 CD changer instead of the combined AUX/USB (like in your picture).

Do you need a retrofit kit and can you not just plug in the USB port in the armrest glovebox and change the adaptor from AUX to AUX/USB port? I assume the plug connects right to the back of the head unit?

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You can not just change the plug on the end from AUX to AUX/USB. At the very least, you will need the AUX/USB interface and associated cables as shown in this pic below. I assume this is what is included in the retrofit kit.

Option II would be to install an iPod only interface (not AUX/USB) which has a separate module and replaces the CD changer. I believe sits in the glovebox and also comes with specific wiring harness. This is not as versatile and costs just about the same.

I haven't done either of these retrofits, just going by what I was able to find. Maybe someone here has done it?? If I was in your shoes, I would buy the retrofit kit from roveractive on ebay. He's pretty good...
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6 months ago I was told no retrofit for the USB option was available. If this changed now, please give me (us) a partnumber, since I am very interested
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Look carefully...I am sure it is there! If you have one, you should have the other. It is two separate connectors, which is why you need the Y adapter cable. It is just a small plug which is covered with a plastic piece. I will see if I can take a pic for you later...
Not true. You will only see the USB socket is option 6FL was ordered.

There is a retrofit available for the 6FL option now, although apparently its expensive and dependent on your vehicle configuration. I know its available for the 3-series, not sure about the X5. I'll digg around and see if I can find something.
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Here's the kit you need:

BMW Genuine X5 E70 X6 E71 2007+ iPod Retrofit Kit NEW
Item number: 170323567616 on ebay, $399.95
(I am not affiliated with the ebay seller.)
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Here's the kit you need:

BMW Genuine X5 E70 X6 E71 2007+ iPod Retrofit Kit NEW
Item number: 170323567616 on ebay, $399.95
(I am not affiliated with the ebay seller.)
can you keep the CD Changer with this kit or not ?
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