1. Satellite radio is possible, but it's not a very financially-sound idea. To install satellite radio would cost around $10,000 -- a master harness in the car ($8,100) would need to be replaced and the labor would be around 30 hours. Plus the cost of the satellite radio module. Possible, but completely not worth it. There goes that idea.
2. My car already has Bluetooth in it. The feature just needed to be activated. The one dealership I took it to insisted that Bluetooth was not in my car and that the TCU had to be replaced. They wanted to charge me $1,000 for it. I took it to the other (and more reputable) BMW dealership in the area. The service advisor took a look at the car's information and was positive that it was already installed. Sure enough, just needed to activate it.
3. The same dealership also told me they could do the factory iPod integration by replacing the CD changer. That's fine, I'd honestly use the iPod a hell of a lot more than the CD changer.
4. The high drain warning I was getting is because the previous owner had an anti-theft system installed with GPS locator. The GPS locator was causing a slight drain. The dealership pulled it while fiddling with the iPod module.
So I'm all squared away and it only cost me $650. Not bad at all. I'm totally satisfied with the level of service I got, and I'm happy because I can use my iPod and my BlackBerry in the car now. Woohoo!
My only issue is that the iPod interface is kind of odd. It'll only show up to 500 songs, so I had to split up my music across 3 playlists (I have about 1130 songs on the iPod). That's not really a big deal, plus I can always access them from the artist selection.
The really bizarre thing is using the random feature. When I select a song and bring up the menu it gives me "Random Directory" and "Random All". Regardless of which I select, it doesn't seem to be truly random. It'll randomly pick a first song, and then once that song finishes it just goes in alphabetical order. Also, if I go into artists and pick one with multiple songs, I've noticed sometimes that I'll select one song but it will play a different one (this is when the random feature isn't on). For example I'll highlight "Bat Country" and select play. The highlight will stay on that item but it will change to "Beast and the Harlot" ... even though the item above it also says "Beast and the Harlot". So if I then select the song above it, it'll play Bat Country instead. Really weird. Has anyone else noticed this?