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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 29th, 2009, 1:55 pm Thread Starter
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XM antenna for NAV III

Hi all,

I currently have a BMW NAV III and like it very much. Garmin has told me that it is nearly the same as the Street Pilot 2820. I asked about connecting it to the Garmin GXM 30 antenna to pick up XM and they said it would work.

I'm not so sure. Has anyone tried this combo? Should I look for a Garmin 2820 for this project?
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post #2 of 7 Old Oct 29th, 2009, 2:25 pm
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Re: XM antenna for NAV III

The BMW Nav III cannot be used with the Garmin XM radio/antenna. The Garmin 2820 can. Conversely, the 2820 will fit in and function in the BMW cradle but the cradle buttons are inoperable with the 2820.

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The BMW Nav III and the 2820 are the same unit. Unfortunately they are completely different (are you following me). The BMW units (all of them) are about a year behind the regular units of software upgrades, features and dealer locations.

You can not use the XM with any BMW unit. After learning the hard way I would suggest not buying the BMW branded units. They are also over priced. You can download the dealer locations from the internet and they are always up to date.

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Re: XM antenna for NAV III

I don't know about the Nav III, but the BMW Zumo will support a XM antenna once you do the software update from Garmin. I first heard about it hereIron Horse Motorcycles . Scroll down the page.
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BMW Zumo 550 with the software update will now let you use the XM function provided you buy the antenna

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BMW Zumo 550 with the software update will now let you use the XM function provided you buy the antenna
Is this something u have and that works because I was just at the dealership today having my bike serviced etc and steve said it worked but pat called garmin and bmw they said it didnt. I am trying to figure out what to put on my 07 and ur so close we can talk easy and should prob take a ride im in chesterfield.
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Deshooter,

I would NEVER buy another BMW branded Garmin. Garmin branded units have all of the features including XM w/antenna for sure. BMW branded Garmin just cost more.

I have a NAV III and its counter part StreetPilot 8720. The 8720 has the XM capability w/antenna. Other wise it is exactly the same, but costs less.

The only thing you get with the BMW unit is the mount with buttons. I do not miss them.
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