• Apr 3, 2010
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If you've got your heart set on picking up a 2011 BMW of any flavor, we've got good news for you. The company has announced that it's making HD Radio standard on all of its products, from the lowly 128i to the big 760Li. BMW says that production of HD Radio-equipped models began this month, and that they'll start showing up on dealer lots by June.

Aside from better sound quality, vehicles equipped with HD Radio can also access a number of additional sub channels on each band. HD2 and HD3 stations offer alternate programming, and are otherwise unavailable on standard FM-equipped vehicles. According to BMW, there are around 2,000 stations across the United States broadcasting digitally.



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BMW Makes HD Radio Standard In 2010

01.04.2010

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 1, 2010... BMW of North America, LLC today announced that the launch of the 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan marks the first time BMW's entire product line is equipped with standard digital HD Radio Technology entertainment systems. Most of the 2011 BMW model lineup featuring the upgraded technology started production this month and will be available at dealerships by June 2010.

HD Radio Technology enables exclusive HD2/HD3 channels – added sub-channels spun off the main radio frequency – which broadcast unique, new content for avid radio listeners in local markets. These channels are found directly adjacent to the main (HD1) station on the dial. Today, there are over 2,000 radio stations in the U.S. broadcasting with HD Radio Technology, more than 1,100 of which are airing the HD2/HD3 channels.

Superior sound quality is another one of the significant benefits of HD Radio technology. BMW customers hearing HD Radio broadcasts will experience CD-quality FM sound and FM-quality AM clarity with fewer static, pops or hisses.

BMW was one of the pioneering automotive OEMs to embrace HD Radio Technology by providing the entertainment upgrade as an option in select models in 2006. Since then, BMW has continued to expand its commitment by adding HD Radio Technology to more vehicles in its product lineup – and in 2007, BMW became the first automaker to offer factory-installed HD Radio receivers as an option across its entire product line, including the 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series, and the X3, X5 and Z4 models. In November 2008, BMW tested and validated the capability for broadcasting real-time traffic information via HD Radio stations.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have HD Radio in my VW GTI. The improvement in sound quality is definitely significant. It sounds pretty close to the quality you get from satellite radio (certainly closer to satellite than to traditional FM). The only problem is, I live in an area where the HD Radio reception is somewhat spotty, at least for the stations I listen to. When the radio loses the HD signal it reverts back to the regular broadcast. Unfortunately, the two broadcasts are not perfectly in sync, so sentences often get repeated or jumped over when the transition occurs. It became so annoying that I eventually turned off the HD radio feature.
        cc48
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have HD radio in my 2011 BMW X-3. I think it is the fault of the radio that BMW used. I believe it is the receiving section of the radio that cannot lock onto the HD signal and reverts back to regular AM. I live in NY and I am 15 miles from the transmitters so it probably is not the radio station's fault. I find this totally inexcusable for BMW to pass this off at this early stage. It is not ready for prime time. I agree. It sucks. And don't get me started about their "Automatic" Climate Control that's NOT automatic at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HD Radio *should* be standard on all cars by now, but it isn't probably because it would reduce the # of Sirius/XM sales. Automakers were very quick to put in iPod and AUX adapters but not the HD radio. I bought a $50 aftermarket receiver for my car and the additional stations are great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um...the press release says "most", not "all" 2011 BMWs will be equipped with this feature. It's right there in the first paragraph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is a bit foolish to swoon over, but I'm not really liking the headlights on the new coupe. They look... indifferent. The others looked meaner. It's one of those stupid things where i'd rather buy the older year b/c of it
        • 4 Years Ago
        you aren't the only one. This is a step back. They overdid the sedan face lift too, in my opinion. All the flame and creases on hood weren't necessary.

        I know a lot of people complained about the sedan's tail light design, so they redesigned it for 2009. But I prefer the older 06-08 look. BMW never had attractive tail lights and event though the 09 one looks better, it has lost BMW-ness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volvo has been doing this since halfway through the 2009 MY.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "most" not "all" 2011 BMWs will have HD radio. My guess is that itll be left out of the 128, 323, 325, and 328 but will be on the rest
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I know it is standard on 2010 and 2011 128i, as I am looking to buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice! I'll be picking up a new E92 3-series coupe soon and this just makes the deal sweeter along with the recently announced no-cost "Value Package" which includes free leather and iPod connection.

      As for the HD Radio though, I never saw that as an option on the 3 so....
        • 4 Years Ago
        328 or 335? If it's the latter, you might want to do some research on the HPFP issue....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing is free when you buy a BMW
      • 4 Years Ago
      HD Radio has been included since 2010 models started shipping. It was included free on my 128i that I received in October 2009.

      I always thought it was ridiculous to pay several hundred dollars extra for HD radio...which is just radio afterall. Hopefully all radios are HD compatible and free in every car (and other devices). I would not have paid extra for it, but it is nice to have.

      I am actually impressed with the sound quality. It is easily higher quality sound than satellite radio. Probably because each station has much more digital bandwidth than Sirius has to cram hundreds of stations into. But of course, you still have commercial that make you want to drive head first into a tree.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now don't charge absurd prices for an iPod adaptor that a $14k Scion comes standard with...
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 My 2011 135i MSRP was $1850 off the price of an identically-configured 135i in 2010. I was pleasantly surprised when the prices came out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You'll both be happy to know that the iPod/USB adapter comes standard as part of the value package (free) on the 128i, 135i and 328i for 2011. Same goes for leather on all 3 models -- no charge for 2011.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats how BMW makes money. They actually lose money selling a base model. You can thank the falling dollar for the increased prices also.
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