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Bluetooth and the 3-Series

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  • Thanks for reply, carnaught. I have z4 (no nav) and when i start the car and enable discovery on my cell phone the car finds the phone. After that I need to enter the pass code (should be in my owner manual but I don't see it anywhere!) and here I have hard stop! Any suggestions?
    Thanks
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,883
    The pass code was set by you, correct? If so, just enter the one you designated originally....or designate a new one.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,566
    I have z4 (no nav) and when i start the car and enable discovery on my cell phone the car finds the phone. After that I need to enter the pass code (should be in my owner manual but I don't see it anywhere!) and here I have hard stop! Any suggestions?
    Thanks


    You have a Z4 and not a 3-Series? Hmmm, then I don't know. Did you try going to the BMW website?
  • I currently have Cingular service and my Motorola v551 seems to be great as far as bluetooth compatibility, but I am upgrading my phone and Cingular only has the Razr from Motorola. I checked the list from BMW and they seem to recommend mostly Motorola products, Razr included. The problem is that Cingular does not recommend Motorola, but rather rates Nokia highest. I want to get a Nokia 6102i, but BMW advises against it. Does anyone have any experience with Nokia products and the 325? I also don't like the way the Razr looks. Thanks guys.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,566
    currently have Cingular service and my Motorola v551 seems to be great as far as Bluetooth compatibility, but I am upgrading my phone and Cingular only has the Razr from Motorola. I checked the list from BMW and they seem to recommend mostly Motorola products, Razr included. The problem is that Cingular does not recommend Motorola, but rather rates Nokia highest. I want to get a Nokia 6102i, but BMW advises against it. Does anyone have any experience with Nokia products and the 325? I also don't like the way the Razr looks. Thanks guys.

    I similarly have the same combination, namely the 3-series, Cingular and the v551. My problem is not with the phone itself, but with my local Cingular service. With my complaints to Cingular, they have recommended the Razr. Does their Nokia have Bluetooth? The Motorola works so well with my BMW, I hate to change brands, but I may change cell phone providers.
  • The Nokia does have bluetooth, but there aren't any Nokias on the BMW recommended bluetooth list. My Cingular service is great, so I won't change providers. I just need to find a bluetooth phone not on the BMW list that other members have had success with. BMW won't back up any complaints with bluetooth service on the 325 unless you buy a phone off of their list of phones which have proven to work in sinc with the BMW bluetooth service. The rep I spoke with suggested the message boards as a way of communicating with other BMW owners who may have had success sincing a phone not on their list.
  • Oh yes, I have had the same exact problem. I actually turned off the engine, got out of my car, and could see that the connection was still showing on my radio display. After I walked away, it went off.

    It's happened maybe twice since I had my car. I have Cingular and I wasn't sure if it was my phone or the car, so I didn't bother to ask.

    I've also had a problem with it connecting at all on occasion. Turned my phone on and off but still no connection.

    My guess is it's just a quirk, could be the cell provider, phone, or car. I love the feature anyway! :)
  • The Bluetooth feature comes with the Premium package, along with the premium leather seats and HomeLink system. You don't have to have iDrive or BMW Assist.
  • anybody know if you need a regular headphone jack or a RCA to connect to the AUX port in the 3 series? I am trying to connect my shuffle. thanks!!
  • anybody know if you need a regular headphone jack or a RCA to connect to the AUX port in the 3 series? I am trying to connect my shuffle. thanks!!
  • citskcitsk Posts: 1
    I got a 2006 BMW 3 series in December. I've a Motorola razor phone and had initial problems with sync-ing. It would only sync 50% of the time. I took the car back to BMW. They had it two days and claimed it was working perfectly.

    I've been through every fault finding trick that t mobile and motorola suggest. I've since spent three months using different cell phones in my car - all seem to syn perfectly when I use them with the exception of motorola phones. I've now had 3 new razors - replaced by T mobile and also Motorola. I'm still having the same problems.

    Has anyone seen or heard of this problem. BMW implied that there are issues with Motorola phones
  • I have a 2007 3 series and a Razr from Sprint. The phone pairs-up fine and receives calls without problem but when making calls I can only hear them through the radio about 50% of the time. Usually it then works if I hang up and repeat the call. It is an annoyance that I live with. The dealer said that BMW has only confirmed compatability with Razrs from Verizon and that each cell carrier's Razr is different. Hope that helps.
  • 07bimmer07bimmer Posts: 2
    I jsut recently bought a 328xi with bluetooth. The phone works great with the Razor and the Cingular service. The only problem that I am encountering is trying to voice dial by name. The car will not let me record a name and my voice library did not transfer from my phone to my car. Is anyone else have this problem?

    Thanks!
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    Is your phonebook on a sim card, or on the phone... Only entried recorded directly on the phone will work.. Info from the sim card doesn't transfer..

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,566
    I'm asking about a different phone service as I have to leave Cingular.

    Will a Sprint Razr phone be compatible with the 3-series Bluetooth? Can the Razr's phone book be downloaded by the 3-series' Bluetooth?
  • uuyrwdsuuyrwds Posts: 6
    I didn't like the Razr as a phone in general. It kept fading in and out and was annoying. I got a different Motorola that wasn't on the compatible list and it worked. I would ask your new carrier if you could try the phone for 30 days just to be sure. I returned my Razr after 24 hours.
  • donnabgood1donnabgood1 Posts: 39
    here's a cool article I thought I'd post here, about bluetooth and technogly. enjoy. :)

    Cell phone chats totally out of this world
    Mark Morford

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    So there I was, happily cruising along Interstate 80 coming down from the Sierra and doing about 85 mph just like almost everyone else except a few rusty old Tercels and some creaky motor homes and, of course, the slew of cold-hearted, machinelike CHP officers waiting calmly for me at the speed trap just up ahead. But never mind that now.

    My car calmly reported an outside May temperature of a scant 35 degrees, and the surrounding mountains were still licked by a soft glaze of snow, and I believe I was blasting a terribly cool song from the incredible new Kings of Leon CD, just one of a 200-song super road-trip megamix I had compiled a few days prior from the roughly 6,017 songs stored on my MacBook Pro, which I had then effortlessly transferred to a tiny, shiny Cupertino-designed slab of black plastic and silicon roughly the size of a pack of Camel Reds, a device that can easily hold every song I would ever want to listen to, and it was plugged into a tiny socket somewhere in my glove box, and all was good with the world, when just then the steering wheel rang.

    Or, to be more specific, my cell phone rang, but the sound came straight through the car's stereo system, which centered the sound right in front of my face, which made it feel like it was coming from the steering wheel because, well, this is apparently how it works, my tiny Motorola SLVR magically communicating with the car via invisible brain-melting Bluetooth waves. Hence, whenever I'm driving and I get a phone call, the entire interior of the car rings sweetly and I press a little button on the steering wheel and speak directly toward the steering wheel, where the little microphone is, and it's both amazing and cool and still more than a little weird.

    So then. The steering wheel rang. The Kings fell silent. The iPod waited calmly. I pressed the answer button and heard a long-distance voice say, "Hello," and suddenly the world collapsed and time and space and distance lost almost all meaning as roughly 500 different technological marvels fell into place in the span of roughly 1.2 seconds.

    It was my friend J, calling from Costa Rica. She was, at that very moment, lounging on a hammock somewhere in the tropical sunshine, deep in the jungle, curious monkeys nearby and large iguanas crawling over the railing and something resembling warm, tropical bliss in her voice, and we had a simply lovely and yet wonderfully surreal conversation, me up there racing through the frosted pinecone mountains and her swaying blissfully in her balmy lounge nearly 3,000 miles away.

    Is this not astounding? Is this not as dazzling as gods on fire? Is this not something over which to pause and into which to peer and say, "Oh my God, would you look, just look at what we have wrought?" As the saying goes, sometimes you just gotta stop and smell the tech evolution.

    Perhaps you are not all that impressed. Perhaps I am not making myself clear: My friend was in the jungle, in Costa Rica, speaking into a tiny hunk of cellular plastic the size of a pack of gum. I was in a car speeding through the cold California mountains, nothing around me but pine trees and pavement, speaking into the steering wheel. There were no wires. There were no horses with saddlebags full of scrawled letters. There was no carrier pigeon nor transcontinental transport ship nor weary royal messenger exhausted from the three-week trudge through the desert. There was only this irrefutable sense of effortless, everyday magic.

    And therein lies the kicker: It was all so normal, so automatic and obvious and casual, you'd think it was always like this, that what we were experiencing wasn't the result of roughly 50,000 years of intellectual evolution and $8 gazillion dollars' worth of tech innovation combined with stratospheric leaps of human ingenuity and greed and capitalism and our never-ending need to keep ourselves connected no matter what.

    Kicker No. 2: As we spoke, as our voices traversed the planet and bounced around the galaxy, somehow our bodies did not immediately dissolve and evaporate into the divine ether, somehow, multifaceted bilateral planes of reality did not collapse inward and blast us back into stardust despite how we're so effortlessly manipulating time and space these days. Amazing, if you think about it.

    Here's my question, to which we all already know the answer: Are we sufficiently awed by our own technology? Are we adequately amazed on a day-to-day basis by what we have accomplished and with what sort of easy surreal craziness the world has been compressed and codified and reshuffled? Verily, we are not.

    And, of course, you can utter this same sentiment about just about anything: nature, God, deep space, the ocean, Cate Blanchett's astonishing porcelain skin. I know. By and large, humans are not nearly sufficiently awed by the world around them, and if we were, well, we'd never actually have time to live our lives because of all the standing around with our mouths agape in a perpetual state of wow.

    Of course, the cool thing is not to be the slightest bit fazed by any of it. This is the mark of the hip and the jaded and the technologically cynical, the young geeks and hot MySpacers and rabid BlackBerry addicts who see this insane wonderful world of communicative magic as so obvious and preemptively lame that they get to mock it even as they use it because, hey, it's just technology. It's, like, supposed to be our servant. This is one option.

    Or, perhaps, you take the opposite extreme and see rapid tech advancement as something so dazzling and powerful that you believe -- as many supergeek intellectuals, philosophers and scientists do -- that our species is on the brink of an "event horizon" known as the singularity, that moment when the cognitive power of our technology outpaces our meek little brains and artificial intelligence overtakes human reckoning and we all either take a giant leap forward into glorious bitchin' sci-fi utopia, or the whole world collapses into smoking chaotic gizmo hell. Or, you know, both.

    You may, as usual, choose your poison. Me, I prefer to try and reside in those moments like the one described above, where the tech world presents itself as friendly and clear and even a mite beautiful, where all the waste and greed inherent in all those support systems fall away, and you're able, just for a moment, to taste something resembling true wonder.

    It's that moment when your known reality snaps its boundaries like an evolutionary bra strap as time and space backflip and somersault and tongue kiss in the clouds, and you get that fleeting tickle to the spiritual id that all might not be lost after all. It can be, well, sort of nice. Powerful, even. Right until, of course, you hang up.
  • uuyrwdsuuyrwds Posts: 6
    I can't remember the passkey I chose with my old phone. Does anyone know how to reset the passkey? Is it something I can do and how? Is it something the dealer can do? Thanks.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,566
    I believe that depending on your cell phone, the car will give you a passcode (1234?) during the pairing process.
  • uuyrwdsuuyrwds Posts: 6
    No, I must have changed my passkey . I wish I knew how to reset it. I have been up for two days trying every combination of numbers I know that I might have used.
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