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Old 03-30-2004, 03:02 AM
banc8004 banc8004 is offline
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XM hardwire install in older E46

On my 99 328i, I have installed the Delphi XM unit, now all hardwired, thanks to great info in this forum. I started out, as I lack the aux input, resorting to the tape-input (yuck!). I bought the Delphi FM modulator that is meant to install between the antenna and the back of the radio - except the modulator comes with standard car coax connections and the car does not.

If anyone is contemplating this install, I found converters through www.logjamelectronics.com

The two converters required are 40-VW12 and 40-VW20.

Apart from a tidier install, the modulator powers the XM. If the modulator is connected to a switched power supply, so is the XM. Turn your key to off powers both units down.

I didn't know if I'd enjoy XM radio, but I find that I won't go anywhere without it. BTW, I just drove this past weekend from Philly to Richmond VA and back. The trafffic info channels (Philly, Baltimore, DC) were REALLY helpful.


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Old 04-12-2004, 11:29 AM
mh328i mh328i is offline
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Why not use the Blitzsafe adaptor and wire it directly to the radio via the CD changer wire?
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