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Discussion in 'F10/F11 (2010-present)' started by uriwvu, Sep 23, 2010.

    uriwvu guest

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    Set to take delivery on 2011 528i. Got the ipod adapter but did not get Sirius installed as I like the MLB package that XM (only) offers.

    I currently have a Delphi MyFi wired with XM Direct on my 2005 330 CiC. I can use the Delphi MyFi in the 528i, but want to get a better looking/newer unit. I have an iPod touch and was thinking of the XM Skydock which broadcasts XM via the iPod touch.

    My question: If I use the iPod adapter, combined with the XM Skydock (and accompanying app), will I be able to use the I Drive display/controls to listen to XM?

    If this is not possible, any other suggestions/best practices for installing XM is appreciated. Thanks
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    Deutsch Marques

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    I'm not sure if what you are asking will work. But I think you could have gotten the Sirius module for the car and simply added the XM channels you want to the subscription. I think it would cost a couple extra bucks, but you'd have something completely integrated without wires and doodads in the cabin.

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    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately "The Best of XM" channels on Sirius does not include the individual MLB game broadcasts. If they did, I would have ordered the the car with Sirius installed.
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    I think I read somewhere on here or elsewhere regarding pre-wiring...

    ... that BMW was revising their pre-wiring policies to save money. Instead of pre-wiring every car for options not ordered, I think the new policy basically says, "if you didn't order it, your car isn't pre-wired for it." This goes for factory alarm systems, Bluetooth, satellite radio, etc.

    Apparently, BMW was doing all this labor prewiring cars for options the car was never fitted for. So apparently to save time and money, if you didn't order it, your car doesn't get prewired for it. Apparently it saves labor costs as well as costs of materials, since they don't have to fit the cars with harnesses for options not going into the car.

    As for the MLB, that's more of a subscriber content issue than anything to do with the satellite radio hardware. You can probably have it added onto your subscription if it's premium, extra-cost content -- you just have to pay for it. BMW is probably not going to agree to be on the hook for optional, premium content on a subscription.

    If your car WAS prewired for satellite radio, you MIGHT be able to have it retrofitted as a dealer option. Or the dealer might offer satellite radio as a dealer installed accessory.

    If your car was NOT prewired for satellite radio, you might be limited to the aftermarket options, since the car may have to be coded to see the factory satellite radio option. The dealer might or might not be able to recode the car for a retrofit install.

    All of the above is probably a conversation best left for the dealer service department, or an independent BMW service center if they have the resources to recode a car.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I'll take delivery on my 528i next week, so I'll be able to confirm then whether or not it is wired for Sirius.

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