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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 2014, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Y Cable problem.

Hello fellow mini'ers :

I had a r56 mcs, and couple of months ago i bought a countryman.

People here at my dealership werent really good at selling or knowing their products apparently for the following reasons.

Firstly, the error was mine, not to read more of the forums, secondly, i asked the dealer if i would have been able to play music through bluetooth into the car, and he assured me i would, only to find later that i had to add the extensive bluetooth connectivity, which had about 1300 Euro.

Anyhow, since i ordered the mini connected pack, and had the visual boost package i thought i was ok.

Car came, spent 3 days trying to pair various phones and stream music with no luck. Called the dealership and they told me i should take it to them because it must be a setting somewhere. So i spent 2 days there, with them trying to "configure" the car to do something it wasnt meant to be done anyhow.

I am not really a fan of cables, so they told me i should buy the Y cable, and be able to do what i actually wanted.

When i searched more into it, i read at the brochure that users who order the visual boost package, are entitled to a Y cable themselves.

Called them , asked for a cable, to find out it costs 120 Euro.

So i started looking for cables, and since the genuine arent that easy to find, i bought an aftermarket for 2Euro, and it did work without the video function but everything else without a hiccup.

So i bought a genuine cable from ebay, and it did about a whole month to come since the seller opted for the 0.79Euro postage fee.

Now the problems :

While with the aftermarket cable as soon as i plug the ipod it reads it instantly, with the genuine cable it carries music through the aux, it charges the ipod, but it wont read it as a device.

I naturally assumed it was a problematic cable and i sent it back asking for a refund, as it happened.

Finally i bought another one.

It came today, and the outcome is the same, sound through aux, charging but it wont read it.

What might the problem be ? I doubt its the cables fault again.

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As far as I understand the Y Cable are specific to the model of your phone, maybe the cable you have been given is not for the correct model phone?

You can also buy a bluetooth dongle that plugs into the Y Cable and you can then stream music wirelessly and it is compatible with different phone models so you don't need to change Y Cable when you change phones.

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I dont plan on changing my iphone ever. Even if i do it will be a newer one. When i called bmw for a cable they asked my chassis code to be able to get me a cable. How is it possible that they have different cables ?

I got an ipod permanently connected to the car, so i will not be using my phone to stream music, nor i have the desire to stream music via bluetooth anymore, the ipod is enough, all i want is the video function to work.
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