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Old 04-02-2004, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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?

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An e46 radio would not fit.

You would need to by either an aftermarket HU or buy the XM/sirius incar adapter. The XM version is called the skyfi. Im not sure what the the sirius version is, or if they even have one.

If you want to keep the factory HU, XM skyfi is the best option.
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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.
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A friend of a friend recommended blitzsafe.com for a device that makes the XM radio display over my current radio display. You ever heard of blitzsafe?

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http://www.blitzsafe.com/blitz_catalog/bli.../blitz_bmw.html
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yeah, idon't know about that particular application, but they're big on making aftermarket changers work with oem head units...and i've never heard complaints; let us know what you decide to do
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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.
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blitzsafe would be a good place to check and ask those kinds of questions too as they build the damn things and know generaly which cars have what.
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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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Actually this depends. The 328 went through a facelift that year. I guess it depends on exactly when Big D's car was made.
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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.....
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Good catch. I may still be right, becuase it was a facelift year, but I saw the 8 in the 328 and also thought 1998.

If it is an e46, the radio he has now might work, but he would still need a satellite tuner.
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Thanks for all the info!

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.

Thanks again for all the good advice

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