E46 DIY Parrot Bluetooth using Connects2 Steering Wheel wiring harness
These instructions are only a guide for people installing the Parrot Bluetooth. Please read through all the instructions before attempting to install on your own. I take no responsibilities for any inaccuracies or problems/damage /injuries you may encounter from using these instructions. Please consult your shop manual.
This is a cheap solution for installing bluetooth in your E46. This install uses the Parrot Ck3000 Evolution Bluetooth (Figure A) and the Connects2 Parrot steering wheel adapter (Figure B). The Connects2 adapter allows you to use your steering wheel buttons to control the bluetooth functions (call / hang up / volume / answer). Sound will come from the front speakers.
Many people retrofit the OEM BMW bluetooth modules in their cars. I decided not to go this route since it would cost me about $450 in parts. The Parrot CK3000 / Connects2 Bluetooth solution cost me ~$150 in parts. If my car wasn't 10 years old, I would have gone the OEM route. If I also had NAV, I would have considered going with the OEM retrofit due to the additional on screen displays / functions you get with the OEM retrofit.
Key Features of using the Parrot CK3000 Evo Bluetooth w/ Connects2 Steering wheel harness
- Uses BMW Steering wheel Controls for normal Operation. (You do NOT need to use the ugly Parrot keypad. It is only needed to program the Parrot CK3000 Evo. Parrot Keypad must be plugged in at all times. You can hide it in your glove box since it is not used in normal operation)
- Sound goes through the stereo speakers
- Kit is Plug & Play, no cutting / splicing of wires is needed.
- Mutes radio when in use.
- Much cheaper than OEM retrofit. Cost ~$150
- Voice Dialing (If your phone supports it)
What you DON'T get vs going with OEM BMW retrofit.
- Caller ID on the Stereo when someone calls.
- Ability to Scroll through your cellphone's phone book on the car's display to make a phone call
- Other voice commands (if you have NAV)
Parrot CK3000 Evolution (Figure A)
Connects2 Parrot Steering Wheel Adapter (CTPPAR007 for 17pin BMW Radios, CTPPAR008 for 40pin BMW Radios) (Figure B)
You should check your radio's wiring harness to verify if it's a 17pin or 40pin before ordering!! (Figure O)
T-20 Socket (optional)
Philips Screw Driver
Flat Head Screw Driver
1. Disconnect Battery (10mm Socket)
2. Remove (2) Interior trim pieces. Start with the left trim piece. Pry out with dull flat tool (like a screw driver covered with tape) (Figure C)
3. Remove Radio. (2) Philips Screws. Disconnect cables from the back of the radio. (Figure D)
4. Remove Center vent. (2) Philips Screws. (Figure E) I do this to run harness behind the vents. There isn't much room behind the radio for the additional connectors / wires.
5. Remove Glove compartment. (6) Philips Screws. (Figure F)
6. Installing Harness. The Connects2 plugs directly into the Parrot CK3000 module (Figure G) This gives you an idea how how things are connected. No cutting / splicing is required. The only parts of Parrot CK3000 Evo kit that you need are the Microphone, Parrot Bluetooth Module, and Keypad. All the other wires / connectors that come with the Parrot CK3000 Evo are not needed. These are replaced by the connectors that come with Connects2 Wiring Harness.
A. Remove smaller connectors from main radio harness. Pull blue pin out. (Figure H) Pull Main radio harness into the center vent area.
B. Run Connects2 wiring into center vent. The Connects2 module end goes into the glove compartment area. The radio connector ends stay in the center Vent area. (Figure I)
C. Pull Connects2 radio plug end into the radio area. Reconnect smaller connector to Connects2 Main radio plug. (Figure J)
D. Connect Parrot CK3000 and Connects2 module together. (Figure K) Place modules in empty compartments.
7. Run Microphone wiring. Removing Pillar Trim pieces is optional. Some people choose to stuff the wire under the trim without removing it.
A. Remove Pillar Trim. Pry out finishing cover. DO NOT USE a knife. AIRBAG IS LOCATED UNDER TRIM!!! (3) T-20 star bolts (Figure L). When reinstalling, be sure to line up bolt holes. You DO NOT want to damage the AIRBAG.
B. Run microphone wire with BMW wires. (Figure M)
C. Pry out Light / Center panel. Secure microphone under the empty cover (OEM Microphone location. (Figure N) Use one of the adhesive clips that comes with the Parrot Kit.
D. Run the rest of the microphone wire into the glove compartment area and plug into Parrot module.
8. Reconnect Battery and Test Bluetooth module before putting car back together. Follow Parrot Bluetooth instructions for pairing phone to Parrot Bluetooth. Note: Parrot controller must be connected to pair. I left it in my glove box. Refer to the Connects2 instructions for steering wheel functions.
Brief Notes on how it works:
The first time you turn it on, you need to sync it up with your phone. Follow the directions provided by Parrot on syncing your phone to the CK3000 Evo.
Each time you turn on your car, the CK3000 Evo will pair with your phone. You'll hear a beep over the stereo and the radio will flash "Phone" briefly on the radio display to let you know it connected properly.
When you receive a call, the radio will mute and the radio will display "wait" or "phone". Simply press the Speech / Telephone button to answer the phone.
(Earlier cars have a telephone icon, later models have the Speech icon)
To hang up, press the "R/T" button.
Dialing using this kit:
If your phone supports Data Push, you can do voice dialing with the Parrot Kit. (check Parrot's web site to see if your phone supports Voice Dialing). The data push involves programming the CK3000 with "key words" and transferring your contacts.
With the iPhone 3GS: when you press the speech / telephone button, it'll activate the iPhone's Voice Controls. You can use the voice controls as you would normally with the iPhone. Here's an example of voice dialing using an iPhone 3GS.
Steering Wheel Control Functions by the Connects2 interface:
1. ANSWERING A CALL
Press the SPEECH BUTTON (telephone button)
2. ENDING A CALL
Press the R/T button.
3. DISCRETE MODE
Press the SPEECH BUTTON (telephone button) during a call to switch call to handset, Press again to return to car.
4. REDIAL LAST NUMBER
Press and hold the SPEECH BUTTON (telephone button) for 2 seconds
5. ACTIVATE VOICE DIALING
Short press of SPEECH BUTTON (telephone button)
6. ADJUSTING VOLUME OF CALL
When call has connected the VOLUME KEYS will adjust the volume of the call
Total Cost of Parts ~$150
The Parrot CK3000 was $65 off ebay. I've seen some cheaper ones on Ebay going for $30-40. You just need to make sure you get the Parrot CK3000 Evolution modules. Parrot also has the CK3000 Evo re-branded as some Eclipse Bluetooth Units (BT-E500 / BT-E600), and they work fine. NOTE: This kit only works with the Parrot CK3000 Evolution!! (Parrot CK3100 will not work!!!)
The Connects2 adapter can only be found in the UK. It took about 7 days to receive from the UK to California. ~$85 depending on the exchange rates. There are several UK stereo sites that sell the adapter. You can also find it on Ebay.
Please note.. the Connects2 adapter is different then other ISO wiring harnesses you may find on the web. The cheaper ISO wiring harnesses only allows you to wire in the Parrot Bluetooth module without cutting / splicing the radio wires. The Connects2 Parrot Steering Wheel Adapter (CTPPAR007 for 17pin BMW Radios, CTPPAR008 for 40pin BMW Radios) allows you to use the Steering wheel controls and contains the ISO plugs to make the installation plug & play without having to cut / splice any wires.