Originally Posted by Dudesky
Nice 5'er. You'll enjoy a great many miles with it. Don't expect much from the dealers in terms of add-ons. They may or may not know a lot when it comes to integrating aftermarket stuff, and it would be a liability for them to suggest options; they can't guarantee it'll work flawlessly with the car if it isn't manufacturer approved, so it's in their best interest not to say anything.
Dudesky, that's precisely the problem: I'm asking them about integrating the FACTORY systems, nothing aftermarket.
The thing I've noticed about the Germans is that they seem to be extremely hesitant to make any changes to their cars once they roll off the assembly line. I've never understood that from them, considering they have some of the most knowledgeable people working for them. They'd rather say it's impossible to do than say "the car didn't come with that, so to get it in you'll need to buy X and Y, and replace Z".
That's the only thing I think that other manufacturers have over BMW and Mercedes-Benz. If you don't get the DVD player or navigation on your Nissan as a pre-installed option, no problem -- take it back to the dealer and they'll put it in.
There's no such thing as impossible when it comes to this sort of thing. I've worked in car electronics, so I know this. Anything is really possible, it's just a question of how feasible or economic it is.
I might just start calling other BMW centers in an attempt to find someone who can give me the information I need.