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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-12-2013, 05:25 PM
JimInDallas JimInDallas is offline
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Installing Sirius Radio

Looking for recommendations on installing satellite radio into a 2008 528i. I've seen some aftermarket kits for sale. Is this truly a DIY or better left to a professional?

Any recommendations for the Dallas area?

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Old 11-12-2013, 08:08 PM
wcr3d wcr3d is offline
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Do some more research, I was under the impression on the lci's it was standard issue, just inactive.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:43 PM
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Only very late model 2010's WITH nav had them there but inactive. I tried this and I'm an 09 build and was out of luck.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:11 PM
bmwblack55 bmwblack55 is offline
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Installing Sirius Radio

How do you find out if it is just inactive

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Old 11-13-2013, 06:14 PM
schpenxel schpenxel is offline
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If you don't have a CIC system (and you don't) then it's not there/inactive

You need to figure out if your car has sirius prep or not. If it does, adding it is very simple (basically just plug in a BMW sirius receiver + coding). If not, you have to add a loop to the MOST (fiber optic) system as well as some power wires, then connect sirius tuner + coding

You can buy a Sirius tuner on eBay. If you don't have prep you'll also have to add an antenna. The regular Sirius ones will work with newer Sirius tuners and you can hide them either under the dash or somewhere similar. the signal can go through plastic no problem

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Old 11-13-2013, 08:42 PM
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I added the module to my car and had the dealer program it because 3-years ago I didn't know anything about coding. It is not a difficult project.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:57 PM
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Took me about an hour from start to finish, that included mounting it, reconfiguring most bust and coding it. Probably the easiest thing you can do if you car has the sat prep kit, if not, it will be 2 hours
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