Car Newbie - Need Help - BIMMR 525xi - Bluetooth Music

Asked by Dec 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM about the 2006 BMW 5 Series 525xi

Question type: Car Customization

I am the new owner of a 2006 bmw 525xi, and I'll be honest, i don't know a lot about
cars.  Wish I did.  I'm hoping here i can gain some knowledge and help.

What I'm wondering, is, because there is this HUD/navigation/display screen,
controlled by a little wheel beneath the shifter, to choose the option of
cd/am/fm/heating etc, am I able to replace that with a CD changer?  I suppose if I did,
assuming it were possible, that would render the control wheel beneath the shifter
useless, wouldn't it? Anybody, confirm/deny?
    I do know I have the option of being able to install a 5 or 6 disk CD changer in the
back - could I put a CD changer with bluetooth(BT)/USB there?  If not, is there such a
thing as a disk changer that has bluetooth as well?  I guess I'm going to try and
answer that question, assuming not, because that's directly connected to the CD
player? Anybody confirm/correct?
    The only reason I am asking, is because, I have bluetooth in the car for phone
calls, but I really want bluetooth for music as well.  From the research I've been able to
do and understand, as the car sits, I cannot listen to BT via the phone-call BT, and the
car would need some type of audio/music BT installation.  But, if possible, I'd like to
avoid the cost of the dealer installing bluetooth audio - could I do this by getting a CD
changer with a USB and bluetooth and have that installed somehow? But, as I said
before, with the dial and the display, I'm not sure that's a possibility in this model car.

tl;dr - Is having bluetooth installed via the dealer /local shop and installing software so
it pops up on the HUD screen the only way I can have the option of listening to music
via bluetooth?  Or, can I just go to best buy and have geek squad install a disk
changer, or, is that not an option with this model of car?  

Please beemer community, provide me with some helpful answers/advice?

2 Answers

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I can't answer you directly, you might be able to do what you want and they do sell aftermarket equipment to do what you want to do. You are right, the bluetooth now is just for phone calls, not music....You might want to post in here, more traffic...http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=27

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You need a FM modulator, or an entirely new radio setup. Cost difference : $10 or $2000

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