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Enersea Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have tried to pair the I-Phone 4 to my 2008 5 series BMW unsuccessfully. When I checked compatible phones on BMW website, 3GS was the latest phone. When I called the dealer, they said that BMW may come out with a software upgrade later this year AND I could have it installed for USD 439. What a rip off!! If I would have known this, I would NOT have bought my I-Phone. Isn’t there an APP for this???

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  • Borss Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    If you can afford that fancy car you should be able to afford the upgrade. Sounds like a BMW issue and not Apple's.
  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (11,815 points)
    Ask them to walk you through the same process you would use to pair a 3GS and I'd be shocked if it didn't pair just fine. There's a code one must enter on the BMW first, then the iPhone to get them to pair. Make sure you have the BMW look for your phone, as opposed to the phone looking for the BMW.
  • jeffkinn_uk Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    I have successfully paired my phone with my 2007 5 series. I only have issue and that is a slight delay with an incoming call. The phone has ring for 2 or 3 seconds before the car picks it up and starts to ring in the car.If I answer it before the car rings the call is on the phone. Outgoing calls work immediately. But is is a slight niggle really. It works fine and the contacts have all copied over.
  • w7ox Level 4 Level 4 (2,385 points)
    Enersea wrote:
    I have tried to pair the I-Phone 4 to my 2008 5 series BMW unsuccessfully. When I checked compatible phones on BMW website, 3GS was the latest phone.

    I'd expect it to work.

    When I called the dealer, they said that BMW may come out with a software upgrade later this year AND I could have it installed for USD 439. What a rip off!! If I would have known this, I would NOT have bought my I-Phone. Isn’t there an APP for this???

    No app. Sounds like someone else succeeded with a 2007 5 series BMW, so ... . If that fails use an external BT device like the BlueAnt S4: Works great, fits on visor and cost about $90!

    Phil
  • Julian Solomons Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    I have a 2007 5 Series (picked up at the factory in Munich) and a 2005 3 Series - both with Bluetooth.

    On the 5 (my wife's car) we have both phones - an IP4 and Motorola RZR paired.

    Both are a piece of cake.

    Start again:

    Delete both your phone from the car using iDrive (if in the "previously paired" list) and from your iPhone.

    Make the phone discoverable, and then let the car discover the phone. When it "finds" the phone, a screen comes up asking you to enter a "pin" on the phone - enter any (suggest four) digits you like.

    The car then asks you to enter the same four digits - this is the only tricky part - once you have selected the four digits, click the iDrive up one notch to the enter option. Click down on the iDrive and you should be paired.

    If you have a very large contact list, I suggest you switch off the option to sync contacts on the iPhone Bluetooth settings.
  • iPhone_Homie Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    2008 3-Series and no issues. Paired the same way as my 3G.
  • Matt in LV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have paired the IP4 with my 2007 550i without any problems.
  • dpx Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    I have a 2007 335i and pair with my 3GS running 4.0.1. The pairing is via bluetooth which as far as I know hasn't changed on the iP4.

    The phone hardware has changed admittedly but can't see how this affects the sync with the car. Give it another go I'm sure it'll work.

    On another note I had a look at the sync cradle yesterday and I presume the 3GS cradle doesn't work for the iP4. £70 for a piece of plastic, only from BMW!
  • wegras Level 6 Level 6 (14,195 points)
    I have 2008 120D and 2007 Z4 both with factory Bluetooth .iP4 pairs with no problems and my old 3G running iOS4.01 also pairs just fine .Neither have had any BMW updates .
    However I do not have idrive in either car which may be the cause of the problem ?
  • Dave Williams Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    No problem pairing on my non-idrive 2009 3-series.
  • whatsinitforme Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    i am having trouble pairing with my BMW which has "idrive" 2009 model

    i have previously paired by 3G but my I4 phone sees the car but will not bring up window to input password

    anyone have similar experience or a work around because this is dumb if you cannot pair to a car
  • MultiMediaWill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was able to pair it with my 2009 BMW 750i.
  • whatsinitforme Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    can you explain how you did it?
  • Docnieder Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a 535XI and have the same issue with the iPhone 4. I had NO problem with the 3G and the 4.0 originally but the paired iphone in the car was accidentally deleted (do NOT allow children to play with the iKnob) and now, with the latest OS upgrade, it simply WILL NOT pair. The car will not "discover" the phone but the phone will discover the car. I put in the four digit number in the phone and then the car asks if I want to accept the "device" but when I put in the same four digit number in the car and hit the return button the phone says "could not pair with device". Obviously both the phone and the car "see" each other but they simply won't pair. I have done this a bazillion times (slight exaggeration). And just because I could afford the car it doesn't mean I want to pay $400+ for the dealer added device. I didn't buy it new!
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