09-11-2011, 07:57 PM
Stage 3 05r50's Gallery
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Hilliard, Ohio
You can still use the buttons on the steering wheel without having the factory module which is way way to expensive.
I added a parrot bluetooth interface to my 05 cooper and a custom wire harness that is plug-n-play to the radio headunit.
First figure out what features you want. I use an iphone and I wanted to be able to answer and hang up plus use voice dial commands. I did not care to have the caller id function on the bluetooth unit or the radio headunit. I decided on this unit from amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Parrot-Evolution-Bluetooth-Car-Kit/dp/B000A0BQJO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315781545&sr=8-4
Then I contacted Mikey at Newministuff.com
Mikey creates custom wire connections that hook from the radio unit to the bluetooth unit. Took about 20 minutes or so to install. Real easy. You pay more for the harness than the parrot unit given the exchange rate. If you have any questions on which specific cable to order from them, send an email. They will get back to you in a few days or so.