well, I FINALLY got it! I turned the unit on, tuned to an fm station, and turned it off. turned it back on and immediately hit SEL and held....nothing. But i used the Menu to turn the monitor off, and when i turned it back on, it was showing the Software Version screen. I clicked the arrow and made it over to the area section. Now my sirius works!!!!
Thank you so much for your guide and your thorough assistance with my post install troubles.
And I hate to carry this thread on, but I never was able to get the rear deck removed in my 2005 325i sedan. The rear seat in mine seemed different than the one in your instructions, and that kind of stopped me there. Basically, your instructions seemed to indicate a small piece of the seat that provided padding along the left side. My rear seat was all one piece. While i was able to unclip the left and right sides of the seat, it seemed to be screwed in in the center along the top. I couldn't figure out how to get that out.
So, as a result, I've got my nav antenna just sitting up on my rear deck right now. How can i figure out how to get it in it's proper place? Or, I saw in another thread someone say that if you've got assist, you've already got a GPS antenna. I've got assist, is it possible for me to tap into this other antenna?
I'm going to call and get an appointment with the dealership tomorrow to code the nav to sync with the car, and check the codes I guess since I had that service engine light on for a little while.
But all seems well now. It feels so good for it to be working now!