I have a 1999 BMW 328i. I know that the new 3 series come with a Sirus Satellite radio option. My question is: How do I add Satellite radio to my factory 99? Do I need to buy a 'newer' factory radio- and would it fit?
Yeah, Sirius teamed up with Audiovox (ha ha) and Kenwood to challenge the Skifi by Delphi. So, if you wish to add a satelite radio system to an existing oem radio (although i really recomend replacing your head unit) you can do so with either satelite provider.
Which one is better, that 's up to you. The content each provider offers differs slightly requiring you to go to each website, compare the channel line up. Sirius is $13/month (but are currently offering 3 months free with a one year agreement) and XM runs about $10/month. I have Sirius and am very happy with it, here is my outboard Clarion Sirius Receiver with my Nakamichi head unit.
Blitzsafe is good stuff, feel comfortable purchasing their products. I am curious how this particular product works. I'm guessing the adaptor interfaces with the pre-wired cd changer plug in the trunk and converts it to a sat reciever din plug? Who makes the factory deck in a 99 328? I guess you would have to know this, so you could buy the correct brand sat receiver. Furthermore you would have to make sure the Blitzsafe adaptor corresponds to the same brand oem radio and sat receiver?
Lots of questions to answer, not sure how it would work.
Originally posted by El Presidente@Apr 2 2004, 01:17 PM An e46 radio would not fit.
Why would it not fit? He does have an E46...I know they make minor changes over the years, but the shape of the dash from the '99 E46 to the '04 E46 didn't change. I'm sure you're right, because I don't know much about the 3-series, but I'm just wondering because I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't fit.
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I installed a Blitsafe recently with my XM Skyfi. It installs between your OEM head unit and an AFTERMARKET CD changer. You hit the forward/reverse buttons in quick succession and it kicks over to the XM. Works pretty slick, although I had to install an aftermarket Alpine changer to make it work. So I have this OEM changer sitting in my garage.....
My 1999 (E46) 328is doesn't have a CD Changer, so getting an aftermarket one with the Blitz toys shouldn't be an issue. It appears I don't get much benefit from a 'newer' radio regardless if it fits or not (right?).
Mmendell appears to have the Blitzsafe working, so I think I'll try that route.
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