E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > DIY: Do It Yourself

DIY: Do It Yourself
Post here to share or improve your wrench turning skills! All BMW E46 DIY tips, tales, and projects discussed inside. Learn to work on your car and know the right BMW parts you will need!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-20-2005, 04:06 PM   #1
maniac005
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 57
My Ride: 2001 M3
XM install in 2000 323I

Is it possible to install XM in my car if i just get the sattelite ready bmw business cd? I saw this kit on ebay, and was wondering if it will work?

http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-E46-Business...QQcmdZViewItem

So i was thinking to buy the radio myself

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RK%3AMEWA%3AIT


and then get the interface


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/XM-Di...spagenameZWDVW


Is this dooable? Has anyone ever done this before on a non-sattelite ready 3?
maniac005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 10-20-2005, 09:49 PM   #2
Canuck328i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Happyland, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,173
My Ride: 09 Altima Cpe
OK, I may be able to help 'cause I've been knee deep in OEM radios and their model numbers for a few days now (trying to upgrade my Business cassette deck to OEM MP3 CD)...

If your car is a 2000, it will almost positively have 2 antenna connectors on the back. If it is cassette, it will be an Alpine. If CD without the MODE button, 90% sure it will be Blaupunkt. It would be worthwhile to pop the radio out for a minute and confirm this, as well as write down details from your current HU. Radio removal is an absolute piece of cake if you have the correct tool to remove the trim.

Now to answer your question - the head unit you will need has to have the MODE button and be a certain age or newer (I believe build date 09/2002 or newer). Then the XM interface you are looking at will work correctly, BUT the newer HUs have a single AM/FM antenna connector and a different antenna amplifier in the back of the car (at the c-pillar). You will need the antenna adapter for sure to convert the connector at the back of the new radio (you end up only using one of the antenna cables with the new radio), plus your reception will reduce somewhat unless you replace the amp in the back as well (which is expensive and not totally necessary unless you need strong FM reception where you are). The adapter cable P/N is 61 12 6 913 955 - here in canada they quoted me around $55CDN, I've heard it is more like $20US or so from Pacific or Crevier.

BTW, the newer head units have a number of nice minor feature upgrades, plus it doesn't hurt the SQ that they are made by Alpine.

Sorry for the long post but that is what you are up against. It isn't as bad as it sounds though.

Mark

Last edited by Canuck328i; 10-20-2005 at 09:59 PM.
Canuck328i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2005, 04:47 PM   #3
maniac005
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NY
Posts: 57
My Ride: 2001 M3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canuck328i
OK, I may be able to help 'cause I've been knee deep in OEM radios and their model numbers for a few days now (trying to upgrade my Business cassette deck to OEM MP3 CD)...

If your car is a 2000, it will almost positively have 2 antenna connectors on the back. If it is cassette, it will be an Alpine. If CD without the MODE button, 90% sure it will be Blaupunkt. It would be worthwhile to pop the radio out for a minute and confirm this, as well as write down details from your current HU. Radio removal is an absolute piece of cake if you have the correct tool to remove the trim.

Now to answer your question - the head unit you will need has to have the MODE button and be a certain age or newer (I believe build date 09/2002 or newer). Then the XM interface you are looking at will work correctly, BUT the newer HUs have a single AM/FM antenna connector and a different antenna amplifier in the back of the car (at the c-pillar). You will need the antenna adapter for sure to convert the connector at the back of the new radio (you end up only using one of the antenna cables with the new radio), plus your reception will reduce somewhat unless you replace the amp in the back as well (which is expensive and not totally necessary unless you need strong FM reception where you are). The adapter cable P/N is 61 12 6 913 955 - here in canada they quoted me around $55CDN, I've heard it is more like $20US or so from Pacific or Crevier.

BTW, the newer head units have a number of nice minor feature upgrades, plus it doesn't hurt the SQ that they are made by Alpine.

Sorry for the long post but that is what you are up against. It isn't as bad as it sounds though.

Mark
Thanks for the info. Yes I have the Business CD HU with no mode button. So basically I need the adapter cable, a 09/2002 or newer business cd hu and the xm kit. Nice.
maniac005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2005, 05:47 PM   #4
Canuck328i
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Happyland, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,173
My Ride: 09 Altima Cpe
Yeah, it'll be the whole deal. On a positive note you could sell your existing HU to recoup some of the cost...there's still lots of older E46s with cassette drives in the dash.

Mark
Canuck328i is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use