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    Nokia Car Kit Removal

    Hi Guys!

    This is my first post so you might have to bear with me a little.

    I have just bought a 2001 BMW 320d, which sadly, had a horrible Nokia Car Kit installed. I have managed to remove the cradle which was, fortunately, not screwed into the dash. However the cables with connect the crade and speaker are proving somewhat more difficult.

    Without removing the whole centre console and tracing the route of the wires I cant remove them. So I was wondering if I could just cut the wires and tape the ends up.

    There are 2 wires connected to the cradle. The thinner of the two seems to be connected to the speaker which was mounted in the passanger footwell. The thicker one I have no idea where it goes.

    I obviously dont just want to go around clipping cables without some idea of what may happen.

    Sorry if this seems a stupid question but electrical stuff really isn't my thing at the moment.

    Cheers!!

    Munnzie

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    The larger one will probably go to the control unit most likely hidden behind the glove box, it has about 7-10 smaller cables in it.


    It should be too difficult to remove it all properly.

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    Will cutting the cable and taping it up as a temp measure be ok to do tho? Really can't be doing with ripping the glove box out until I get it into my garage, which wont be till next week. Stupid cradle just annoys me to death.

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    Cutting any electrical/electronic cable whilst still connected always has the potential for something going wrong.


    As this is low voltage you should be safe, the main danger would be shorting out the 12v and GND which shouldn't be a big issue as the unit should be fused and that will blow, however if the unit has not been installed correctly it is possible that shorting the wires could take out something else.

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    Decided that I wasn't brave enough to just cut the cables lol. But as you said the control box was behind the dash in a white plastic rack. Thanks for the info

    Removed all the cables, even though I had to take apart the centre console as well to get the cables out The only 2 cables I left were the microphone cable, as that has been run up the pillar and there is an airbag in the way, and the cables that have been connected to the back of the cigar lighter to provide power to the unit. The 12v cable terminates in a white plastic connector tho so its all good.

    And looks so much better without the huge cradle in the cabin

    Again thanks

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    Ha ha. The thing is older than me I think. So has had a nice, short trip to the bottom of a skip. And good riddance. Nokia deserve a good old slap for even designing that thing.

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    Munnzie, before there was universal Bluetooth, there were these Nokia handsfree kits and they were great. I went through several phones and cradles but kit itself just worked. Now I have bluetooth and a carputer.

    Six years from a now a new "newbie" will post describing a used 2001 BMW 320d that he got from some old guy with a horrible computer in the trunk of the car and that the installer should be slapped.

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    Well I am still running the Nokia car kit in my E36, it's for a 6230i using a CARK-91 which was originally for a 6310. I had to change the holder and luckily there was a holder available that just plugged into the kit for the 6320i.


    Currently working on adapting the BMW 6230i holder to work with the kit so I can have it in the armrest as opposed to on the centre console.

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    That may well be true. Although any computer I install in my car will have to be amazing as I am a total computer geek.

    In 6 years however I wont be old. And I wont care what the person who buys my old one thinks because I will have my newer BMW to work on.

    I understand that tech moves on rather rapidly and yes I remember when bluetooth was just a glimmer in some techies eye.

    However my statement was based on the tech available today. And the designers should still be slapped. The size of the cradle compared to the size of the phone it was designed for was crazy.

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