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Hey everybody, I have a problem with the in car phone in my E39. So I got the old style phone(shown below)from an e38 in a junkyard and wanted to make the phone light up, so I bought a module(shown below) which was also in an e38. I looked at another facelift E39 in the junkyard and found that it had the same adapter that fits the e38 module. But when I tried to fit the module onto my car(2003 530i), it had a different head(shown below) not allowing me to connect it to the e38 module. Is there any sort of adapter to make the e38 module fit? Would really appreciate any help on this.

phone module from e38
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my connection for the in car phone module
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My old style in car phone
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Hi,

You'll need to look at your E39 and determine exactly which OEM audio setup it has by checking part numbers and revision numbers. Then look in the ETK and realom catalogues and find the same numbers for the telephone systems for your year/month build date of the car and then purchase the compatible modules/looms/fixings etc, then plug it all in and hope they're still functional etc.

Or, you can have an electronics specialist open up the existing telephone you have, determine where the PCB/IC's are that allow illumination and modify so that there's power to the unit so it only lights up.

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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Hi,

You'll need to look at your E39 and determine exactly which OEM audio setup it has by checking part numbers and revision numbers. Then look in the ETK and realom catalogues and find the same numbers for the telephone systems for your year/month build date of the car and then purchase the compatible modules/looms/fixings etc, then plug it all in and hope they're still functional etc.

Or, you can have an electronics specialist open up the existing telephone you have, determine where the PCB/IC's are that allow illumination and modify so that there's power to the unit so it only lights up.

Cheers, Dennis!
Thank you Dennis, I’ll see if I can find an electronics specialist in my area
 

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I'm just trying to get power to the phone so it can light up. I don't think you can even make calls on these phones anymore because they're so old that nobody supports the system they use if I'm not mistaken. I once saw a video of a guy in Australia who was able to make calls with it but he said soon after that video, they took down the last system that supports calls on those phones.
 
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