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Question Satellite Radio ?

I have searched, and I have read posts on this forum and others including some XM/Sirius install threads/forums, and now I'm more confused than ever.

Please, if you can.

I have an 04 with the "Business CD", there is no changer in the trunk. I do have the BMW assist "shark fin" (not active).

What exactly can and can I not do as far as installing XM or Sirius in this car so that it works thru the current in-dash head unit and steering wheel controls? I want a clean install. No dash units, no extra antennas (if I can prevent it), no exposed wires, etc. etc. Other than the programming which would you recommend and why?

I have looked at pics of various radios, and they don't seem to look like the one I have. How can I be sure the radio is sat. radio ready? If it is Sirius ready, is that something I have to have the dealer activate? What exactly is "ready"?

From what I have been able to find out from searching, the sirius would be the cleanest install, and will use the "shark fin", right? Does it have to be done at the dealer, or can any audio shop do this install? Is there any OBC programming that needs to be done?

From what I can tell over at, the XM Direct can also use the sharkfin, with a few modifications to the end of the antenna cable. Has anyone here done the XM Direct install to incorporate the "shark fin"? If so, how did it come out?

Gentlemen, I appreciate your patience, today makes a week I've owned it, and it's the wife's car. I have a factory XM radio in my GM Yukon, a Roady in my company car and a SkyFi in the boat/wife's old car. If you would have told me I could get this confused about something this simple, I would have thought you were smokin crack, but my head is just spinning.

If more info is needed, I'll gladly provide.


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