Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)

X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Talk about the E83 BMW X3 in this forum!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-13-2005, 02:35 PM
Rob V Rob V is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Beemerville
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 482
Mein Auto: 2008 X3 3.0si
BlitzSafe XM Radio

Has anyone heard of/tried/installed a BlitzSafe XM radio in their X3? Apparently this is a very inexpensive way to get XM Radio in your BMW and control it with the sterring wheels controls. Here is some more information:

http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=1804

&

http://www.myradiostore.us/

I read through the forum and on the product site but I still have some questions. Do I need the Satelie pre-wiring in order to make this happen? Also, I've read that you HAVE to use the supplied antenna and can't use the shark fin antena on the X3. If that's the case then what antenna is used on the factory installed satelie radios? My X3 is still on order so I can add the pre-wiring if I need to but I think I'd only do this if I could use the existing shark fin and not have to add another antenna.

Any ideas?
Reply With Quote
Ads by Google
  #2  
Old 04-14-2005, 07:18 PM
Rob V Rob V is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Beemerville
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 482
Mein Auto: 2008 X3 3.0si
No takers! No one has any advice on this product?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-14-2005, 08:05 PM
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
Terry Kennedy Terry Kennedy is offline
There and back again
Location: New York
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 2,602
Mein Auto: 2003 325xiT, 2006 Atom
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob V
No takers! No one has any advice on this product?
It is possible that nobody has the combination of an X3 and XM Direct here. I can tell you what I know and make some educated guesses for the rest:

XM Direct is currently incompatible with navigation. BlitzSafe says they're working on it, but they've been saying that for quite some time.

The XM Direct kit comes with the adapter, receiver, and antenna. So at least some of the stuff you'd get with Sat Radio Prep isn't useful / necessary.

In cars where the CD changer doesn't mount in the trunk / hatch area, Prep gets you the wires you need back there.

You'll almost definitely have to install the antenna you got with the XM Direct kit (or another XM antenna) in order to pull in a signal. I haven't run into any Sirius antennas that work for XM (or vice versa).

Depending on what you want to listen to, you might want to consider using Sirius instead of XM. My first experience with Sirius was when I got "stuck" with it in the wagon, since XM Direct doesn't work with NAV. I discovered that I like the programming on Sirius much better. Sirius provides a 3-day "test drive" pass to listen to their music channels over the Internet if you want to see what they offer. I don't know if XM does the same.

BTW, I have a new-in-the-box XM Direct kit for BMWs (with the CD changer passthru) if you (or anyone else) is interested.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-14-2005, 08:10 PM
fllbmw fllbmw is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3
Mein Auto: x3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob V
No takers! No one has any advice on this product?
Yes, I did the xmdirect/blitzsafe install. It was quick and easy. Instructions on the
xm411.com site are accurate. It took 35 minutes to put in car and have preview channel. about 15-20 minutes to hide the antenna wire. still have to tie the xmdirect box to
the passenger seat so it isn't on the floor. activated online, and xm satellite!!!!

I am blown away by the ease of using this through the factory head. when you "mode" around it comes up SIRRIUS...then says XM...then channel info. Everything works as advertised. stores 18 presets (sat1, sat2, sat3--each with 6) scans work. holds its own
EQ for satellite. I find the quality excellent on the factory installed speakers, better than FM or CD's. only complaint is the "audio level" of xm is all over the place. channel to channel and xm cut-ins. Just drove over to Tampa and it was a joy.

fllbmw
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-14-2005, 08:15 PM
fllbmw fllbmw is offline
Registered User
Location: florida
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3
Mein Auto: x3
The antenna is very small, fits between sharkfin and hatch. Not very noticeable. all wiring is in center console, at cd changer location. order version for cd changer if you plan to add one....or not, same price. I lease, so the cost of prewire and the sirrius receiver was too much. xmdirect/blitzsafe was reasonable for 3 years and removeable.
fllbmw


Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob V
Has anyone heard of/tried/installed a BlitzSafe XM radio in their X3? Apparently this is a very inexpensive way to get XM Radio in your BMW and control it with the sterring wheels controls. Here is some more information:

http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=1804

&

http://www.myradiostore.us/

I read through the forum and on the product site but I still have some questions. Do I need the Satelie pre-wiring in order to make this happen? Also, I've read that you HAVE to use the supplied antenna and can't use the shark fin antena on the X3. If that's the case then what antenna is used on the factory installed satelie radios? My X3 is still on order so I can add the pre-wiring if I need to but I think I'd only do this if I could use the existing shark fin and not have to add another antenna.

Any ideas?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-16-2005, 09:56 AM
Sonoman707 Sonoman707 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Healdsburg, CA
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 682
Mein Auto: 2008 X3 3.0si
Shark Fin Antenna will work with XM Direct

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Kennedy
You'll almost definitely have to install the antenna you got with the XM Direct kit (or another XM antenna) in order to pull in a signal. I haven't run into any Sirius antennas that work for XM (or vice versa).
I'm using the Shark Fin antenna with XM Direct and it works fine. You do have to shave a plastic notch off for the antenna connector to slide on - but it definitely works.

You want to connect the black antenna wire with the blue connector to the XM box.

<>

-T

2004 X3 with Sat Ready Radio

Last edited by Sonoman707; 06-16-2005 at 10:09 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-16-2005, 06:51 PM
jdeday's Avatar
jdeday jdeday is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Selinsgrove, PA
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 484
Send a message via AIM to jdeday
Mein Auto: 2005 BMW X3 3.0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonoman707
<>
How did you mount the XM Direct unit? Does it include a mounting bracket that utilizes the predrilled holes similar the the BMW Sirius unit?

Jeff
__________________
2005 X3 3.0, Mystic Blue Metallic, Sand Beige Leather Interior, Birch Grain Light Wood Trim, Steptronic Transmission, Premium Package, Heated Seats, Privacy Glass, Satellite Radio Prep, Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Heated Steering Wheel, Premium Sound, Power Folding Mirrors and NAVIGATION RETROFIT
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-16-2005, 08:03 PM
Sonoman707 Sonoman707 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Healdsburg, CA
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 682
Mein Auto: 2008 X3 3.0si
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdeday
How did you mount the XM Direct unit? Does it include a mounting bracket that utilizes the predrilled holes similar the the BMW Sirius unit?

Jeff
No. The XM Unit is an approx. 4" x 4" square box and about 1" thick. Weighs maybe 3 or 4 ounces. On the corners it has four metal tabs with screw holes. I drilled one of those out to make it a bit larger so it would fit over the upper screw/nut for the amp unit. Not really necessary - but I added a 2 x 2 piece of velco tape on the back and all has been fine for 12,000 miles. Also, the XM unit does not have the heat issues that the Sirius equivalent does.

Not exactly "pretty" I suppose... but it is all hidden behind the removable panel and is secure with no rattles.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > X Series > X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: XM Radio setup for (almost) ALL BMW models (incl XM tuner, CD changer & adapter) TD Classifieds 1 07-11-2004 08:32 AM
Blitzsafe Interface and XM Delphi Roady??? wooldogg Car Navigation, Audio & Electronics sponsored by BimmerTech 3 06-03-2004 06:16 AM
Blitzsafe Adapter for XM radio to BMW 96-03 tthomasjr Classifieds 0 04-28-2004 06:47 AM
96-present Blitzsafe adapter w/Pioneer XM radio recevier and antenna E46CollegePunk Classifieds 0 03-11-2004 08:17 AM
XM Radio installed skyehill 3 Series / 4 Series 43 03-19-2003 05:17 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms