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Kaz
01-10-2003, 03:30 PM
January 9, 2003

SIRIUS NOW AVAILABLE IN BMW 3 SERIES, 5 SERIES, AND X5 VEHICLES

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ and NEW YORK, NY – January 9, 2003 – BMW of North America, LLC and SIRIUS (NASDAQ: SIRI), the only satellite radio service delivering uncompromised coast-to-coast music and entertainment for your car and home, today announced that SIRIUS systems are now available as an accessory on select BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, and X5 vehicles at BMW centers across the country.

All 2003 model year BMW 3 Series sedan and coupe, 5 Series sedan, and X5 vehicles equipped with an in-dash CD radio are compatible with SIRIUS receivers. BMW customers who commit to a one-year SIRIUS service subscription and activate their receivers at a BMW center will receive two months free SIRIUS service plus free activation. Drivers coast-to-coast now have access to SIRIUS’ 60 streams of originally programmed, commercial-free music and 40 sports, news, and entertainment streams.

“BMW is excited to offer SIRIUS’ unique, uncompromised service to our car buyers,” said Hans Duenzl, Vice President, BMW Aftersales and Engineering. “SIRIUS’ world-class programming and state-of-the-art technology fit perfectly into the lifestyle of BMW drivers.”

"SIRIUS is thrilled to bring our service to BMW buyers. BMW sets the standard for high performance, and SIRIUS complements this by offering the best in digital quality music and entertainment,” said Doug Wilsterman, SIRIUS Senior Vice President, OEM.

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Since its only available on those models (and presumably not on NAV) I assume this simply goes in the place of the aux jack that plugs into the back of the new CD heads, since that accessory is only available on the same models.

rbright
01-10-2003, 03:54 PM
Those with Nav have the same aux port as those without nav and should be as compatible as those without.

The memo states all with the in dash CD, which would include the NAVs.

Artslinger
01-10-2003, 04:35 PM
Anyone have a estimate on cost for the BMW SIRIUS accessory. And how much will the one-year SIRIUS service subscription cost.

Kaz
01-10-2003, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by Artslinger
Anyone have a estimate on cost for the BMW SIRIUS accessory. And how much will the one-year SIRIUS service subscription cost.

No idea on the equipment cost. Hopefully it'll get added to the configurator soon.

Sirius is like $12.95/mo

OBS3SSION
01-11-2003, 02:11 PM
According to a sheet I have from BMW, 2003 cars with NAV are not yet compatible with Sirius. Not until something like 9/03 build dates will the NAV equipped cars be compatible. Based on this, I'm guessing the "MP3 adapter" aka Aux-in is separate from the connection point for the satellite radio.

3seriesbimmer
01-11-2003, 10:52 PM
what about cars pre 03 like mid 02??? I had my headunit swapped out in october for a new one because of a bad FM modulator. Would these head units be compatable?:dunno:

bten
01-12-2003, 09:11 AM
E53's (X5) with Nav., still don't have the indash CD. They should have the aux. inputs.

Fingaz
01-14-2003, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by OBS3SSION
According to a sheet I have from BMW, 2003 cars with NAV are not yet compatible with Sirius. Not until something like 9/03 build dates will the NAV equipped cars be compatible.

Wow, that really pisses me off that I can't get Sirius on my car because I have the NAV. I would really like to get this, how can I confirm that it will/will not work on my '03? I just don't understand why they would not make it work with the NAV, especially since the NAV system can be upgraded via firmware, and should accomodate upgrades better than the Business CD unit.

What's next, Bluetooth won't be compatible with cars before 6/21/03 production that have heated seats and grey interior?

3seriesbimmer
01-14-2003, 09:56 PM
well the gray interior I could understand!!! LOL just kidding:thumbup:

rbright
01-15-2003, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by Fingaz
Wow, that really pisses me off that I can't get Sirius on my car because I have the NAV. I would really like to get this, how can I confirm that it will/will not work on my '03? I just don't understand why they would not make it work with the NAV, especially since the NAV system can be upgraded via firmware, and should accomodate upgrades better than the Business CD unit.

What's next, Bluetooth won't be compatible with cars before 6/21/03 production that have heated seats and grey interior?

Sirius WILL be available for those 03 cars with NAV, but the adapter will not be available until September. Sirius will be available for all 03 eventually, but for some reason it takes longer with the NAV.

mwette
01-15-2003, 07:02 AM
Does this require an additional antenna to be placed on the car? If so, where?

Artslinger
01-15-2003, 07:47 AM
It will be interesting to see how much dealers gouge buyers on the Sirius accessory. I just read an Sirius ad for a national electronics store. The deal, two free months, free activation the receiver unit was 79 dollars.

jw
01-15-2003, 07:59 AM
Curious as to why they picked Sirius. My understanding was that it's inferior quality compared to XM. Can anyone confirm?

Personally, I wouldn't opt for this type of product anyhow. It would be worth the subscription if you could do cool things with it like TiVo. Eg: Instant replay, fast forward, rewind, Wish Lists, etc.

ap305
01-15-2003, 03:50 PM
My local dealer quoted $650 for the Sirius, about three times what appears to be average equipment costs for satellite receivers.

Artslinger
01-15-2003, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by ap305
My local dealer quoted $650 for the Sirius, about three times what appears to be average equipment costs for satellite receivers.


Wooaaahhh... what a ripoff.:yikes:

Considering they probably get the equipment for around 75-100 bucks and guessing maybe an hour labor.

ap305
01-16-2003, 08:18 AM
Break down:

Radio: $299 (Part #84110141981)
Antenna: $125 (#84110141797)
Install Kit: $75 (#84110141976)

That's $500 in parts, the additional cost is estimated labor.

Anyone know where I can get a detailed description fo those part numbers?

Fingaz
01-16-2003, 08:29 AM
Originally posted by ap305
Break down:

Radio: $299 (Part #84110141981)
Antenna: $125 (#84110141797)
Install Kit: $75 (#84110141976)

That's $500 in parts, the additional cost is estimated labor.

Anyone know where I can get a detailed description fo those part numbers?

I wonder if you could buy a sirius receiver and antenna for less elsewhere, and then just purchase the Install Kit from BMW. I also wonder if the install kit is also the same as the Aux Input we were supposed to get on the 2003s.

Artslinger
01-16-2003, 08:40 AM
Circuit City and Best Buy pricing.

Sirius satellite Receiver $149
Sirius satellite radio antenna $79