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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 06-15-2012, 06:01 PM
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Satellite Radio Coded by BimmerTech

I've wanted to get satellite radio activated on my 2010 X5 since I bought it about a year ago. When I did research on this forum and the Internet, I found it interesting that the BMW dealerships where all over the place on the pricing and their ability to code this feature. When I went to my local dealer, I found the same thing, their estimate wasn't even close and when I questioned them on how they came up with the estimate, it sounded like they really didn't know what they were talking about.

I had read about BimmerTech on this forum and decided to look into them doing the coding. They have the satellite radio option priced up on their website. I emailed Patryk and asked him about the logistics and I was satisfied with his answer. If it weren't for the positive things I read on this forum, I don't think I would have gone through with this (they are not located inside the US). But I rationalized that if they were not reputable or if they had done anybody wrong, it would be all over this forum.

They did the coding over the Internet in about 20 minutes, I called and activated it with Sirius Xm and it was working about a half hour later. Patryk and Men were awesome, they really know what they're doing and their service was really good. On top of it all, Sirius Xm gives a free year of service when you activate the radio.

Just thought I'd share if anybody was considering this.

Mike
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:16 AM
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How do they code over the Internet?
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:57 AM
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My Laptop computer in the car connected wirelessly to my Wifi network, they provide the cable for the connection from the computer to the car and a couple files that need to be loaded on the laptop. They establish a session to the laptop and do the coding.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:01 AM
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Did you get one year free with this???

Cost to code?

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:07 AM
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Yes, I did get a free year satellite radio from Sirius Xm, that appears to come with the first activation of the radio. The coding was $284, that information is on Bimmertech's website.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:10 AM
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Dealer price?

By the way, the dealer quote was just under $700 for the coding.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:35 AM
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Thank you Mike for your positive feedback!
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:37 PM
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MikeM X5 - same experience here. Men coded my radio in about 20 minutes over the internet. Just had to have OBD cable they sent me and my laptop. He guided me through process on Skype chat. Plus, he updated my navigation maps from Europe to US for no charge. Awesome! Highly recommend www.Bimmer-Tech.net.

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Old 10-24-2012, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for this thread, I'll have them do my Sirius activation on my new X5
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:31 AM
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rats! i really wish i did this
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:02 AM
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The coding was $284, that information is on Bimmertech's website...
Hm, ~$324 now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:11 AM
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MikeM X5 - same experience here. Men coded my radio in about 20 minutes over the internet. Just had to have OBD cable they sent me and my laptop. He guided me through process on Skype chat. Plus, he updated my navigation maps from Europe to US for no charge. Awesome! Highly recommend www.Bimmer-Tech.net.
Thank you for choosing BimmerTech!
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:16 AM
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Hm, ~$324 now.
The price in USD is based on Euro/USD exchange rate, so it's fluctuating.

Anyway, our price is still MUCH cheaper than any BMW dealership price. It's all OEM and includes free one year subscription
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:24 AM
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Does he do any other coding, ie windows up from remote, trunk close with button, etc?
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:21 PM
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Bimmer-tech.net did my satellite radio retrofit with no problems. The process is as described in previous posts. Highly recommended.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:05 AM
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If I decipher it correctly, they get FSC codes cheaply via sources in Eastern Europe (one may guess how, but the cost is probably around $100) - and the rest is changing vehicle configuration with coding, something you can find instructions on Internet and DIY. Obviously, you need cable and be brave and thorough, so the latter is ~$200 that you pay to these guys.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:02 PM
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Thanks for this thread, I'll have them do my Sirius activation on my new X5
Follow-up on my post, had the coding done on my 2012 at a local shop here in Atlanta. Everything works as it should. Good value for $330, dealer asked $550 to do the same job.

Thank you to the OP for directing me to BimmerTech.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:12 AM
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If I decipher it correctly, they get FSC codes cheaply via sources in Eastern Europe (one may guess how, but the cost is probably around $100) - and the rest is changing vehicle configuration with coding, something you can find instructions on Internet and DIY. Obviously, you need cable and be brave and thorough, so the latter is ~$200 that you pay to these guys.
It's not really fair to post such comments if you don't know what you are talking about.
The Sirius activation codes we use are original and legal and come from BMW!!!
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:13 AM
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Follow-up on my post, had the coding done on my 2012 at a local shop here in Atlanta. Everything works as it should. Good value for $330, dealer asked $550 to do the same job.

Thank you to the OP for directing me to BimmerTech.
I am glad we helped you save over $200 on this retrofit!

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:36 AM
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MikeM X5 - same experience here. Men coded my radio in about 20 minutes over the internet. Just had to have OBD cable they sent me and my laptop. He guided me through process on Skype chat. Plus, he updated my navigation maps from Europe to US for no charge. Awesome! Highly recommend www.Bimmer-Tech.net.
They coded my wifes 2012 X3 for Sirius.. Was very easy to do - Thanks Bimmertech.!!
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They coded my wifes 2012 X3 for Sirius.. Was very easy to do - Thanks Bimmertech.!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:11 AM
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I completed service with Bimmer-tech yesterday on the sat radio and enhanced bluetooth/usb and I could not be more pleased. I received the necessary cord for download withing 5 days of initial order, immediately Skyped with the tech and within 10 min we were ready to start programming. We hit one snag when my ethernet driver was not up to date, but the tech who had remote control of the laptop quickly navigated to the Samsung site to show me where to update it. Once we knocked that out it took another 20 min and all was done. Called Sirus immediately and now have $200+ worth of free service for the next year making the price much more appealing. All said and done this was the way to go- substantially cheaper than going through the dealer and actually a pretty neat experience. I was certainly impressed with Bimmer-tech and would highly recommend them.
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