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Thanks for the post TLudwig, I have made it sticky.
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Unmodified BMW BT requires that the car be SOP 03/02 or later due to wiring compatibility.
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Unmodified BMW BT requires that the car be SOP 03/02 or later due to wiring compatibility.
Thanks, I added that in.
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Satelite Radio

First, for either XM or Sirius satelite radio, your head unit must be satelite radio ready. All MY 2003 or later head units are satelite ready. Some MY 2002 may work if they have software version 50 (look here to see how to find out if your '02 has the appropriate software). BMW states that all non-nav 3 series built 9/02 or later are satelite radio ready.

Sirius is available for nav-equipped cars built 9/03 or later, but XM Direct does not work with navigation at this time (they're still working on it).
A couple of things - you might want to clarify the second sentence to "All MY 2003 or later non-NAV head units are satelite ready." Also, you should be able to install Sirius on an older car if you change the head unit (non-NAV) or BM53 radio and NAV computer (NAV). The latter is not cost-effective, but you should be able to get a new BM53 if you have the "FM fade lawsuit" problem. If you have a very old car, you'll probably need to get the appropriate adapter harness (square/round pins) for the head unit (non-NAV) or BM53 (NAV). You may also need an antenna adapter if you use the adapter harness on a non-NAV head unit. Last, as far as I know there's no Sirius kit for 3-series Tourings due to a lack of an approved mounting location, but if you cable it up, it should work.
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A couple of things - you might want to clarify the second sentence to "All MY 2003 or later non-NAV head units are satelite ready." Also, you should be able to install Sirius on an older car if you change the head unit (non-NAV) or BM53 radio and NAV computer (NAV). The latter is not cost-effective, but you should be able to get a new BM53 if you have the "FM fade lawsuit" problem. If you have a very old car, you'll probably need to get the appropriate adapter harness (square/round pins) for the head unit (non-NAV) or BM53 (NAV). You may also need an antenna adapter if you use the adapter harness on a non-NAV head unit. Last, as far as I know there's no Sirius kit for 3-series Tourings due to a lack of an approved mounting location, but if you cable it up, it should work.
Thanks, I updated the OP to include this info.
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Thanks, I updated the OP to include this info.
Minor nit - the BM53 radio on the NAV-equipped cars is in the trunk. The head unit (display) is just the control panel, and doesn't need to be changed to support Sirius. On non-NAV cars, the dash radio has all the tuner / switching parts in it, and would need to be changed to support Sirius (if it was too old). I don't know what the dash radio is called on non-NAV cars.
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Minor nit - the BM53 radio on the NAV-equipped cars is in the trunk. The head unit (display) is just the control panel, and doesn't need to be changed to support Sirius. On non-NAV cars, the dash radio has all the tuner / switching parts in it, and would need to be changed to support Sirius (if it was too old). I don't know what the dash radio is called on non-NAV cars.
Updated it to clarify that.
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Great work.

Here is something you may want to add to the Bluetooth Phone section. All BT phones are not created equal. To be able to enjoy all what the BT Kit has to offer one needs to buy a BT phone that supports a Handsfree profile. BT phones can be had with support for a Handsfree or Headset profile. Some even support both. If you buy a phone that only supports the Headset profile it will not provide Caller ID through the MID nor will you be able to transfer your phonebook so you dial out directlly through it.

The quickest way to confirm if the BT phone supports the Handsfree profile is to check the phone maker's website. Look under "accessories" for the BT phone and if a BT car kit is listed, it will be compatible with the BMW ULF. If only headsets are listed, it will not. Some will also clearly list which profile they support

There was a PDF floating around with a listing of BMW BT compatible phones but I have done a search and seem unable to locate it. Anyway, I think it is nealry a year old so it is probably out of date.
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Aux-in adapter?

Just curious if anyone knows the specs for the Aux-in adapter. I have a 2002 330i.
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Just curious if anyone knows the specs for the Aux-in adapter. I have a 2002 330i.
The part number for non-nav e46's is 65-12-0153-501. The part number for e46's with nav is 82-11-0-149-391. It should run you around $40. It is very easy to do yourself and will take you about an hour and a half to two hours (you can find the DIY here courtesy of jumpingmatt on this forum). If you choose to have the dealer install it, they will charge you an hour of labor.
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Bluetooth not compatible with convertibles. Someone tried on bmwboard; no go.
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Bluetooth not compatible with convertibles. Someone tried on bmwboard; no go.
Can you point me to the thread? If convertibles have SA640 (phone pre-wire), the only problem I could see is that the dealer computer might not allow marking the Bluetooth option as present, but that isn't needed to use the Bluetooth system.
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After some searching, I found this thread from BMWboard.com: It raises as many questions as it answers, but it appears, based on Adam Hick's website, that it can be done. This makes sense because Assist requires a phone connection, so the car would have to be pre-wired... Just don't expect a dealer to do the installation for you.

Note the interesting comments about being able to take incoming calls through the Assist system if you can find out your car's phone number. Like I said, if this is actually possible, then the convertibles must be similarly pre-wired for BT phone use.
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Maybe I missed it in your post and maybe I'm wrong but it's currently my understanding from my local dealer as well as Circle BMW that my car, 2004 330Ci convertible with navigation and assist is not Sirius capable. Your post suggests otherwise but I don't see a reference to convertibles specifically. Do you think my car is Sirius capable? Circle does not have an installation kit available for my car. Thanks.

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Maybe I missed it in your post and maybe I'm wrong but it's currently my understanding from my local dealer as well as Circle BMW that my car, 2004 330Ci convertible with navigation and assist is not Sirius capable. Your post suggests otherwise but I don't see a reference to convertibles specifically. Do you think my car is Sirius capable? Circle does not have an installation kit available for my car. Thanks.

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Sorry for not responding sooner, just saw the new post. You are correct, sirius is not yet available for the convertible with Nav AND Assist. The problem is Assist. They are working on the installation kit. It should be released VERY shortly. Sorry for not including that in my original post. I'll update it to include this info.
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TLudwig,

Please incorporate this into the Dension Icelink part of the thread. My additions are in bold.


Dension Icelink

The Icelink is compatible with the Business or Professional RDS/MD/CD headunits. It is compatible with nav, but not the CD changer. As I understand it, the Icelink is also not currently compatible with Sirius, but this is supposed to be resolved shortly.

The Icelink 1.1 plugs into the cd changer plug in the trunk. Your car then thinks it has a cd changer installed - you press the MODE button on your NAV to select CDC (cd changer) *or* you press the CD button on your non-Nav radio to select CDC (cd changer mode) once the Icelink is plugged in.

You can then use your up & down buttons on your steering wheel to select previous/next track on the iPod.

The Icelink will charge your iPod, even when the car is off (once the iPod is charged, it will go to a 'sleep' mode, and should not discharge your battery unless your car is left for weeks at a time).

When you put your car in CDC mode, the iPod is powered up automatically and begins playing from the point at which you last shut it off. When you turn the car off or put the radio in FM/AM/CD/Aux mode, the iPod automatically shuts down.

Installation is fairly straightforward, involving running the cable from the trunk-mounted icelink control box that plugs into your cd changer wires to wherever you want the iPod. Dension sells Proclip dash-board mounts directly on their site. See a picture of KrisL's ipod in the icelink with the proclip dash-board mount here.


Tom@Dension reports that they are currently working on a new version of the icelink that will display the track information directly on the NAV screen.

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TLudwig,

Please incorporate this into the Dension Icelink part of the thread. My additions are in bold.


Dension Icelink

The Icelink is compatible with the Business or Professional RDS/MD/CD headunits. It is compatible with nav, but not the CD changer. As I understand it, the Icelink is also not currently compatible with Sirius, but this is supposed to be resolved shortly.

The Icelink 1.1 plugs into the cd changer plug in the trunk. Your car then thinks it has a cd changer installed - you press the MODE button on your NAV to select CDC (cd changer) *or* you press the CD button on your non-Nav radio to select CDC (cd changer mode) once the Icelink is plugged in.

You can then use your up & down buttons on your steering wheel to select previous/next track on the iPod.

The Icelink will charge your iPod, even when the car is off (once the iPod is charged, it will go to a 'sleep' mode, and should not discharge your battery unless your car is left for weeks at a time).

When you put your car in CDC mode, the iPod is powered up automatically and begins playing from the point at which you last shut it off. When you turn the car off or put the radio in FM/AM/CD/Aux mode, the iPod automatically shuts down.

Installation is fairly straightforward, involving running the cable from the trunk-mounted icelink control box that plugs into your cd changer wires to wherever you want the iPod. Dension sells Proclip dash-board mounts directly on their site. See a picture of KrisL's ipod in the icelink with the proclip dash-board mount here.


Tom@Dension reports that they are currently working on a new version of the icelink that will display the track information directly on the NAV screen.

Hello, quick question, will this work with a 1999 328i? someone told me that the Ipod adapter works only with cars MY2002. This will greatly assist in my decision on whether or not to shell out money to buy an Ipod

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Hello, quick question, will this work with a 1999 328i? someone told me that the Ipod adapter works only with cars MY2002. This will greatly assist in my decision on whether or not to shell out money to buy an Ipod

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The icelink works in ALL E46s. The BMW branded 'iPodYourBMW' only works in 2002+.
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The icelink works in ALL E46s. The BMW branded 'iPodYourBMW' only works in 2002+.
9/02 to be exact.

On another note, we now have the ice>Link specific for OEM BMW Sirius vehicles!
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Sorry for not responding sooner, just saw the new post. You are correct, sirius is not yet available for the convertible with Nav AND Assist. The problem is Assist. They are working on the installation kit. It should be released VERY shortly. Sorry for not including that in my original post. I'll update it to include this info.
Once my car had arrived at the dealership they called me in to arrange the details for final prep (i.e. alarm warnings, automatic door locks when moving, etc.). At that time I noticed a brocure on the manager's desk about SIRIUS satelite radio and I was like "How much for that?" She quoted a price to the tune of $700+ dollars which I threw on top of the lease. I figured so far so good. A few days later my beauty was ready to be picked up. She had less than 4 miles on the odometer and still smelt of S.W. Germany. The sales rep was very thorough in showing me the features of the car which by that time I had already memorized. (During the 2 months between order and delivery I spent countless hours studying the owner's manual and combed through this message board to learn as much as I could about my first bimmer.) So, when he turned on satelite radio we discovered that I hadn't subscribed to a service yet but that the radio had been activated for XM satelite.
No worries. Since it was saturday and he had some problems with his computer and I wanted to start driving asap we agreed that I would call to subscribe myself that week. He gave me the my radio's ID# (?) and an XM brochure and said that he would check up on me to see if all went smoothly the following week.
That Monday first thing in the morning I was online signing up for a year with XM satelite radio. I was pleased that 15 minutes later I went out to my car and was receivng signal from them. Dealer also called me as promised thanked him and moved on. Now I have 2 concerns:
First, why did dealer charge me $700 if I had to pay for my subscription with XM sat for the year anyway?
Second, Howard Stern is going on SIRIUS next year. My car doesn't have NAV but does have BMW Assist. Once my subscription with XM expires would I be able to sign up with SIRIUS as easily as forwarding my radio ID# and submitting my credit card info?
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Once my car had arrived at the dealership they called me in to arrange the details for final prep (i.e. alarm warnings, automatic door locks when moving, etc.). At that time I noticed a brocure on the manager's desk about SIRIUS satelite radio and I was like "How much for that?" She quoted a price to the tune of $700+ dollars which I threw on top of the lease. I figured so far so good. A few days later my beauty was ready to be picked up. She had less than 4 miles on the odometer and still smelt of S.W. Germany. The sales rep was very thorough in showing me the features of the car which by that time I had already memorized. (During the 2 months between order and delivery I spent countless hours studying the owner's manual and combed through this message board to learn as much as I could about my first bimmer.) So, when he turned on satelite radio we discovered that I hadn't subscribed to a service yet but that the radio had been activated for XM satelite.
No worries. Since it was saturday and he had some problems with his computer and I wanted to start driving asap we agreed that I would call to subscribe myself that week. He gave me the my radio's ID# (?) and an XM brochure and said that he would check up on me to see if all went smoothly the following week.
That Monday first thing in the morning I was online signing up for a year with XM satelite radio. I was pleased that 15 minutes later I went out to my car and was receivng signal from them. Dealer also called me as promised thanked him and moved on. Now I have 2 concerns:
First, why did dealer charge me $700 if I had to pay for my subscription with XM sat for the year anyway?
Second, Howard Stern is going on SIRIUS next year. My car doesn't have NAV but does have BMW Assist. Once my subscription with XM expires would I be able to sign up with SIRIUS as easily as forwarding my radio ID# and submitting my credit card info?
If you had XM radio installed when you paid to have Sirius installed then you were not only mislead but ripped off. The official satellite radio supplier to BMW is Sirius and therefore OEM and if installed before delivery it is covered the 4 year BMW warranty.

XM satellite radio is considered to be an aftermarket product and it requires a Blitzsafe adapter to connect to the BMW wiring harness and is not covered by the BMW warranty even if installed before delivery.

Paying $700 for satellite radio is way too much. The Sirius satellite radio (special BMW model) parts cost $399, MSRP. The XM radio costs $49 plus $250 for the Blitzsafe adaptor. Both installations are plug and play and should not take more than hour for a self install since you are connecting in the trunk to the CD changer harness.
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