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Old 04-07-2014, 12:15 AM   #1
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E46 M3 - How To Get Bluetooth and XM Radio?

This is really a follow-up to my other recent thread. However, I realized this week that my priorities have changed. While driving a friends car for a few days while in his city for work, I became aware that all I really want in a replacement head unit for my outdated Harmon Kardon system, is FM, AM, good Bluetooth for my phone connectivity, XM radio and reasonably good quality sound overall. I honestly don't even care about NAV (don't even use the one I have in either vehicle).

I've tried searching this forum, and others without much luck. Virtually all the related threads are 3-4 years old and mostly concern a long discontinued BMW XM unit, that apparently had its own issues.

Is there any way at all to achieve what I want? It's hard to believe in this day and age that it's simply not possible!

I was close to pulling the trigger on either a Dynavin 99+, or AVIN unit from Jeff at J&T distributing, but no XM radio, and no one in my state that could install it. And I can't use the streaming XM/Sirius app, because my calculations tell me that my 2gb per month data plan would be maxed in 10-15 days of use, and that's not allowing for ANY other data use. And I'm already paying way to much for that cellular plan.

Any suggestions, advice, or assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 04-10-2014, 12:23 AM   #2
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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I grabbed a single din kenwood that has bluetooth xm ipod ipone andriod control and it was like 200 bucks.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:04 PM   #4
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I'm adding this to my stock system: http://www.bavsound.com/Device-Integration/

I just ordered mine a few days ago. Has pretty much everything you're looking for.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:26 PM   #6
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I'm thinking of getting a pioneer DEHX8600BS and connecting siriusxm200v1.


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You have two basic choices.

1 - Aftermarket iPod Kit that does Bluetooth and satellite radio. Everyone I know of is Sirirus though which is very close to the same thing.

2 - Aftermarket Radio of some type.
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Thanks for the replies so far. The issue is that I cannot find anything that fits into the dash opening without completely ruining the look of the interior. That's excepting the Dynavin/Avin etc., that do fit, but don't offer XM/Sirius radio.
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you could do the avin with the sirius XM app and stream the audio.....but that would depend on if you have cell service everywhere you go, sufficient data, etc.... And ultimately isnt functionally much different than just running the app on your phone and streaming the audio to your headunit.

But ultimately none of the "oem look" head units work with traditional sat radio.
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I'm adding this to my stock system: http://www.bavsound.com/Device-Integration/

I just ordered mine a few days ago. Has pretty much everything you're looking for.
Thanks for the suggestion. BSW makes excellent speakers, and offers very good customer service, but their DICE electronics, which I believe they farmed out production of, had many, many issues which you can glean from this and other forums. I also haven't heard of that changing with recent equipment. I hope your experience is a positive one.
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you could do the avin with the sirius XM app and stream the audio.....but that would depend on if you have cell service everywhere you go, sufficient data, etc.... And ultimately isnt functionally much different than just running the app on your phone and streaming the audio to your headunit.

But ultimately none of the "oem look" head units work with traditional sat radio.
Jeff, that's exactly where I'm stuck. While a new plan being offered to me from Verizon would solve the hotspot requirement, my phones data plan would only support about ten days a month of streaming the XM app. Not to mention my cell phone plan is already prohibitively expensive as it is. If not for that (and lacking any local installer) I would already have been talking to you about ordering an Avin unit.
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Thanks for the suggestion. BSW makes excellent speakers, and offers very good customer service, but their DICE electronics, which I believe they farmed out production of, had many, many issues which you can glean from this and other forums. I also haven't heard of that changing with recent equipment. I hope your experience is a positive one.
Thanks! I'll keep the forum updated.
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One of the 'basic' kits works very well if you are trying to listen to music. Keep it simple and enjoy.
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I have the Pumpkin KD-C1107. It fits PERFECTLY into the dash, has Android 4.4 & looks OEM.
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My only reserve is that i am looking to hook up my Sirius/XM external to it without using the cigg lighter to power it up. Anyone out there find a way to hook up external components and power them up while keeping the clean(no wires showing) look?

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