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Old 11-24-2006, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default AUX problem with 2003 BMW 330

Last year I installed the AUX line for my IPOD and it has worked fine. I just installed the Sirius SR3 and when I use the Line out to my AUX in, it kills the line after a few minutes. Does anyone know the part I need to resolve the problem?

I tested the line again with the IPOD and it works fine.

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Old 11-25-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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Need a little more information...What interface device are you using to get Aux In to your stereo? Are you connecting to the back of the head unit (via the BMW aux in kit) or some other product via the CD changer input in the trunk?
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I am using ther AUX in kit from BMW. The car is a 2003, non-nav with a cd on the dash, no disc changer. Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:46 PM   #4
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What about a replacement line? Sounds like the connector they gave you may not be functioning properly.
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Assuming the aux input has a simple line-in connector, and it doesn't have an iPod docking connector to charge an iPod, I'd agree with realwx and suspect the connector/cable. Also, have you checked the Starmate's line output with another device (e.g. headphones or another stereo)?
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I am not using the BMW Ipod integration kit, the line works fine with my Ipod or any other MP3. After I had the problem with the Starmate, I tested the line with the Ipod and it worked fine. I actually returned the first Starmate and had the same problems with the replacement Starmate. I used the Starmate in my Honda Pilot with an aftermarket Aux line (connected similarly to the CD Changer connection on the back of the radio) and I have not had any problems for the past few days.

Someone mentioned to me a 'crossover' box that I can buy at Radioshack but the local radioshack did not know what I was talking about.

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the fm frequency sucks on this radio, any last minute ideas would be helpful. I would rather not spend 600 more with BMW for the OEM integration.

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the fm frequency sucks on this radio, any last minute ideas would be helpful. I would rather not spend 600 more with BMW for the OEM integration.
That would be a drastic solution in my opinion, and one I wouldn't do either. For my 2002 330i, I use aux-in via an interface plugged into the CD changer input (in the trunk). I also have a Sirius Starbase radio in the trunk, whose line out is plugged into the CD changer interface. The head display for the Starbase is up front (it's small enough to fit in place of the ashtray). This unit has all the features of a plug & play but without the clutter. I can completely hide it when I park the car by closing the ashtray door over the display. And unlike the factory solution, I get a multi-line display. Finally, I can transport the Starbase to a different car whenever I want. (This head display is about the size of the new Sirius Stratus PNP, another alternative.)

BMW aux-input devices for the factory CD changer input are available from PIE (www.pie.net), Soundgate (www.soundgate.com), and BlitzSafe (www.blitzsafe.com). (For example, Soundgate's "AUXBMW" product is $115.) PIE & SoundGate also sell a direct Kenwood Sirius tuner interface, in which the Sirius channel number (and title text for 2003+ BMWs) gets displayed on the factory head unit. Steering wheel up/down controls work for sequential channel changes, but not presets.

EDIT: Just noticed that TSS Radio carries the PIE Aux-In for BMW (BMW/PC-SON, $84.99):
http://www.tss-radio.com/connect-aud...56_257_48.html

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thanks, I think I am going to go with the Kenwood tuner. That is a little weak from BMW that the BMW AUX part is crap. I appreciate the help. Thanks
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For the Kenwood Sirius tuner interface, the SoundGate product is KBMWSIR, and the P.I.E. product is BMW/PC-KNNSR. The SoundGate apparently only displays the channel number on the head unit--I'm not sure if the P.I.E. will display the Title text on a 2003 head unit in addition--better call them to make sure (the application note says that it should). Let us know how it goes.
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Old 11-30-2006, 08:52 PM   #11
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Can you explain "kills the line"? What actually happens when you connect the Sirius receiver? I have the BMW OEM Sirius receiver and the aux-in audio jack installed in my 2003 530i and have no problems with either. How much is the Kenwood system? The BMW kit is less than $500 and a 60 minute DIY project. Check the prices at http://www.circlebmw.com/parts/sirius/sirius.htm.

Regards...JL

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The Directed Kenwood SIR-KEN1 Sirius tuner is about $100 (and of course can be also be used in non-BMW installations), and the SoundGate KBMWSIRV2 interface for this tuner is another $100 (see www.logjamelectronics.com/sounkbmwsirv2.html).

While this solution doesn't allow use of presets on the factory head unit, and probably only displays the channel number, it happens to work on many more BMWs than the OEM Sirius kit (e.g. it works on '96-'04 3-series and many '97-'04 5-series according to the above web page). And retrofitting a newer factory head unit for pre-2003 BMWs can be rather expensive.
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:15 PM   #13
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I'm pretty sure you need a ground loop isolator from Radio Shack.. I had the same problem where the AUX input would stop working and I couldnt even select AUX again in my Mini until I unplugged the sirius radio. The ground loop isolator fixed it.
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magento, do you have pics? i assume my car has the same setup as yours and i was doing some measurements with my ashtray, but i wasn't getting good results vs. the units i was looking at.

thanks!!

op - did you get this problem resolved?
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:33 AM   #15
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Done!

I installed the SIR-KEN1 and BMW adapter in less than an hour for $200. Now great sound and no wires. I lose the presets and song info but I would rather have the sound and less clutter. I also can keep the aux line for the ipod.

If you shop the parts you can find it for less than $200 but this is a very easy install. I used the pics from the below link to guide through the steps -- replacing the SIR-KEN for the changer will make sense once you see the pics.

Thanks to all for your help and let me know if you have any questions.
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