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Old June 27th, 2019
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Default 2019 bmw x5

I have a new BMW and my SmartCord will not fit into the cigarette lighter socket. I have researched and determined that the interior circumference is smaller in diameter near the bottom of the socket which prevents the tip to make contact.

Has anyone else experienced this and do you have a solution?

Has anyone heard if Escort has on their road-map to develop a USB version to replace the cigarette adapter?
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Old June 27th, 2019
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Yes, I have seen an issue reported with certain BMWs. One possible link is below:
https://www.escortradarforum.com/for...ad.php?t=18354

No I do not know what the solution was, other than hardwire or mirror tap.

I would be surprised if a USB 5 volt power supply is in the near future given its low voltage (and correspondingly lower available wattage), and the fact that a USB cord has no locking mechanism. But I do not know for sure.

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You can find adapters on Amazon and other retailers relatively cheaply.

Search for: euro cigarette lighter adapter

I believe yours is referred to as: Hella Din
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I have a new BMW and my SmartCord will not fit into the cigarette lighter socket. I have researched and determined that the interior circumference is smaller in diameter near the bottom of the socket which prevents the tip to make contact.

Has anyone else experienced this and do you have a solution?

Has anyone heard if Escort has on their road-map to develop a USB version to replace the cigarette adapter?
Solder a blob on the tip of the lighter. Worked for me and others. Remove the metal tip before soldering so you donít melt the housing. Just two screws. Problem solved.
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Default Solved BMW X5 lighter Smartcord issue at Hardware Store

For BMW X5 lighter Smartcord issue, I removed the super tiny M3 hex head bolt at bottom of lighter using 2mm hex head/Allen wrench (charged long end on magnet mount for 10 seconds to make removal easy). Halfway through removal the cigarette lighter ring will power off. Go to hardware store nuts and bolts area and look for Metric drawers. After a few different trials, I landed on M3 Socket Head Cap Screw 16mm 0.50 pitch and two M3 nuts 0.50 pitch (total cost around $2). This one uses a 2.5 hex head/Allen wrench. Charge wrench as before for easy installlation without dropping. Put both nuts on screw all the way up to head so it will create good tall bump and reinstall. Remaining thread length slightly longer than original screw length but doesn't seem to cause an issue. Smartcord plugs in on top now and remains connected.
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For BMW X5 lighter Smartcord issue, I removed the super tiny M3 hex head bolt at bottom of lighter using 2mm hex head/Allen wrench (charged long end on magnet mount for 10 seconds to make removal easy). Halfway through removal the cigarette lighter ring will power off. Go to hardware store nuts and bolts area and look for Metric drawers. After a few different trials, I landed on M3 Socket Head Cap Screw 16mm 0.50 pitch and two M3 nuts 0.50 pitch (total cost around $2). This one uses a 2.5 hex head/Allen wrench. Charge wrench as before for easy installlation without dropping. Put both nuts on screw all the way up to head so it will create good tall bump and reinstall. Remaining thread length slightly longer than original screw length but doesn't seem to cause an issue. Smartcord plugs in on top now and remains connected.
Great details, HockeyFan. Thanks.
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I love to do things like this myself. Tweaking and adjusting things. Thank you for sharing!
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I should have read this thread a few months ago after I purchased a 2020 BMW X5 and had the same problem. I bought a cig lighter splitter and used it but of course had an extra length of wire.

Also tried shaving down the plastic on the Escort plug but to no avail.

I've had 5 BMW's starting in 2005, a 2007, 2009, 2017 X5 and now the 2020 X5. The Escort plug worked fine with all but the 2020 X5.

Had the car in for service last week and told them the problem. They checked and their response was that the sockets are as designed. (I figured that would be their answer).

Glad to know others have the same problem, and I'll first try the solder trick and if no luck will go to the larger screws/washers approach.

Thanks guys.
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burnie35 I have a 2020 M340ix and I have used a Mirror Tap with this one and previously in my 2017. It makes for a clean installation. I also use a BlendMount as well. Do you have a console with sockets facing the rear seats? Mine does, there may be two, and it is the "old" size that I use for another device. You could use an extension from that socket.

There are two sizes and BMW uses both.

Good Luck!
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