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SiriusXM Satellite Radio Activation

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Activation
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Price: $ 299.00

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150 premium channels. 30 minutes to install. 50% off dealer pricing.
Plus, up to 12 months FREE!

The SiriusXM Satellite Radio Retrofit is your ticket to enjoying premium sat radio in your BMW — even if your 2010 or newer car didn’t originally come with the package. As long as it has the BMW Satellite Radio Preparation option (all 2010 or newer BMWs sold in the U.S. and Canada feature this S693A option), you are just a few minutes away from more than 150 channels of music, entertainment, sports, weather, traffic, and much more. Most retrofits don’t require any parts or installation other than activation with a BMW factory code. And we do that part for you for way less than dealers charge. No wonder it’s one of our most popular kits!

SiriusXM can be activated either through a remote coding session, or using a USB stick. The type of activation depends on the configurations of your vehicle.

USB coding activation with optional Express delivery

The USB coding process is much simpler and doesn’t require any cables or laptops. All you need to do is to upload the coding file (that we send to you in an email) to the USB stick and connect it to your car. After following some easy instructions, the Satellite Radio will be activated.

The USB activation is available ONLY for cars with the newer iDrive systems like NBT or NBT Evo. If you're not sure which system your BMW has, go to our coding page and type in your VIN. It will show which type of coding is available for your vehicle. USB activation is not available for X5 G05 model yet.

Please note that to unlock SiriusXM in your car, we use an activation code generated specifically for your model. Delivery of the activation file takes 2-3 business days. If you want to enjoy SiriusXM in your BMW sooner, our Express delivery option guarantees delivery of the activation file within only 5 business hours (8am - 4pm Eastern Time)


Cable coding activation

Cable coding is a standard and most common way to activate the Satellite Radio in your BMW. It is performed remotely by a BimmerTech technician and takes no more than 30 minutes. The process requires a Windows laptop and a coding cable that we send you after you place an order.

During a remote coding session that you schedule after getting a coding cable, our technician codes your car and adds SiriusXM to your radio options. To get a better grasp of the remote coding process, read our article or watch the video clip:

How to decide what you need:

2010 or newer BMWs…

If your 2010 or newer BMW did not come with SiriusXM factory-installed, it will feature the BMW Satellite Radio Preparation (S693A) and is ready for satellite radio and activation with the BimmerTech SiriusXM Satellite Radio retrofit kit. However, 1-Series, 2-Series, 3-Series, or 4-Series convertibles don’t come with the necessary Sirius Antenna. Fortunately, it is available right here at BimmerTech and takes just minutes to install. No other equipment other than our retrofit kit is necessary!

Pre-September 2010 1-Series or 3-Series BMWs…

Some of the models without Navigation System Professional built between September 2009 and August 2010 feature Radio Professional and require a new radio to properly activate SiriusXM (even if the SiriusXM pre-wiring is already in place). If you are unsure if your model can be upgraded, email us and we’ll let you know.

2009 or earlier BMWs…

As long as your pre-September 2009 model is equipped with the satellite radio preparation, enjoying SiriusXM Satellite Radio is possible in your car. These older models do require some extra equipment, however, like the BMW SiriusXM tuner and sometimes a bracket. One of the best sources for this equipment is eBay. Once you have it, BimmerTech can activate your service with our SiriusXM Satellite Radio activation. While a free SiriusXM trial (see below) is not available for this particular activation, you may still qualify for a BimmerTech activation discount. If you have any questions about this or need some guidance, let us know.

Free SiriusXM All Access Package

If you are the car’s original owner, you qualify for a free 1-year subscription to the SiriusXM All Access Package. If you have a pre-owned BMW, you still get a free 3-month subscription to this premium package. That means more than 150 satellite radio channels like Howard Stern, MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, comedy, and tons more. Plus, you can access all that content and more on your computer, smart phone, or tablet. See everything this package offers here.

What channels will I get?

Channel availability depends on your vehicle’s chipset. All BMWs and MINIs without factory navigation, in addition to F48 X1 and i8 vehicles even with navigation, have the Sirius chipset, and will therefore receive the Sirius channel lineup. 2017 BMWs or MINIs with factory navigation have the SiriusXM chipset, and will therefore receive the full SiriusXM channel lineup.

To check SiriusXM’s latest channel lineup, visit

Need more help deciding?

If you’re still unsure which kit is best for your model or how some of the features work, we’re just an email away. Get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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