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      08-12-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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Try again - USB input on NAV-less F10 (USA)

I read a recent thread about this, but it got off-topic a bit and never directly answered this question: If you don't get NAV on a F10 (I'm eyeing a 528i), do you still get the USB plug-in option whereby you can simply use a USB flashdrive to play audio?

I've seen three different F10s now (528i, and two 535i), but they all had NAV and had a USB port inside the center armrest and another in the glovebox.

I want those USB ports, but I'm concerned if I don't order NAV I wont' get the USB ports in the car! Not sure all my CAs are up-to-date regarding this detail. Help!
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      08-12-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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I read a recent thread about this, but it got off-topic a bit and never directly answered this question: If you don't get NAV on a F10 (I'm eyeing a 528i), do you still get the USB plug-in option whereby you can simply use a USB flashdrive to play audio?

I've seen three different F10s now (528i, and two 535i), but they all had NAV and had a USB port inside the center armrest and another in the glovebox.

I want those USB ports, but I'm concerned if I don't order NAV I wont' get the USB ports in the car! Not sure all my CAs are up-to-date regarding this detail. Help!
The catalog says that the iPod and USB adapter ( option 6FL ) doesnīt require any other option. So i presume that you donīt need nav to have USB at center armrest.
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Thanks. But I left out a detail - No $400 iPod/USB cable purchased with car. Does it still have the USB ports? ( I was told by one CA that the USB ports came on all model/standard. But I'm afraid to order and find he was wrong)
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Yeah you don't need navigation. You still get idrive and the smaller screen on the car so you can still interact with flash + ipod with the 6FL option.

Not sure if you get the usb port without that option in the center armrest. You do get one in the glovebox but I think you can only use that to upload/export car settings.

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Yeah you don't need navigation. You still get idrive and the smaller screen on the car so you can still interact with flash + ipod with the 6FL option.

Not sure if you get the usb port without that option in the center armrest. You do get one in the glovebox but I think you can only use that to upload/export car settings.
You are right. The globebox usb port is only to import/export car settings and songs to the hdd.
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To get the USB in the center console, you have to order the iPod option. Don't order it and no USB port. Navigation has nothing to do with it. For a 528 or a 535, you either order the Premium Package 2 which has Navigation and the iPod option (among others) for $4,900 or you order the stand alone iPod option for $400. The navigation is standard on the 550 and you get the iPod with the Premium Package 2 for $2,800 or as a stand alone option.
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Thanks. But I left out a detail - No $400 iPod/USB cable purchased with car. Does it still have the USB ports? ( I was told by one CA that the USB ports came on all model/standard. But I'm afraid to order and find he was wrong)
There are 2 usb options.

1) in the dash. this is will not work with ipod. this is for loading maps and other system maintenence.

2) in the center console armrest. In canada/asia this is also standard. in NA this is a $400 option. you need this for ipod options to work.

nav is not required for any of the above.
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