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      01-02-2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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Shark Fin Antenna

If you delete the sat radio will this antenna be deleted as well or is it needed for the iDrive and nav package? Thanks.
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The shark fin is standard and probably a multipurpose antenna for AM/FM/Sat and GPS.
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      01-02-2007, 12:14 PM   #3
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As I understand it, the shark fin is only for satellite and is deleted with the sat deletion available (only) on the E93. I can't see any reason for the sat deletion except to remove the shark fin from the trunk lid.
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I have a shark fin and no Navi or Sat. Just the AM/FM radio.
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If you're in USA, you will get a shark fin anyway. It doesn't matter what options that you have, or none at all. Shark fin is standard here.
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^^ Also ALL (US) 07 3 series come standard with Sat. Prep. (which was a $75 option last year) therefore ALL US people will get the fin because that is where the antenna is. So you are SOL to try and order one with out it. I guess you could remove it yourself then bondo and paint the hole.

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If you're in USA, you will get a shark fin anyway. It doesn't matter what options that you have, or none at all. Shark fin is standard here.
I'm assuming that he is talking about the E93 which HAS a no cost delete option for the Sat Prep.
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and also remember that the shark fin's sat antennae WITH sat prep can be used for a 3rd party XM/Sirius receiver...nice
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From what I understand the shark fin is only needed for mobile phone use.

I have sat nav on my M3, radio antenna is is embedded in the reer windowscreen, I have no shark antenna, so correct me if I`am wrong.........................everything works just perfectly...............
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I appreciate all the replies but clearly there are numerous opinions about the shark fin antenna. jmonier is right, there is a sat radio prep delete available for the E93. I had heard that this will delete the shark fin, this what I was trying to confirm. However, seems like an antenna would still be needed for the Nav system.
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I had heard that this will delete the shark fin, this what I was trying to confirm. However, seems like an antenna would still be needed for the Nav system.
I can't think of any reason to delete the Sat Prep EXCEPT to remove the shark fin. Others HAVE stated that the shark fin is only for Sat. Certainly other cars have Nav without having a shark fin.
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Quote:
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The shark fin is standard and probably a multipurpose antenna for AM/FM/Sat and GPS.
This is the most logical as well as correct answer from what I've read and asked at my dealer. Explain why BMW would go through the trouble of designing the fin just to have it for the sat radio and have the am/fm and gps inbeded in the rear window? All of the above functions are or should be ran though the fin. Just for sat radio would be dumb.
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The US Guide to the E-93 clearly states that the shark fin is standard, but can be deleted at no cost. The Am/FM antenna is embedded in the vehicle, and does not need the shark fin to operate. On the E-93 the shark fin is only used for satellite communication.
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From what I understand the shark fin is only needed for mobile phone use.

I have sat nav on my M3, radio antenna is is embedded in the reer windowscreen, I have no shark antenna, so correct me if I`am wrong.........................everything works just perfectly...............
This is correct, in Europe at least, the shark fin only comes with the Bluetooth prep package.
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I have a shark fin and no Navi or Sat. Just the AM/FM radio.
me too!
and i like it!
it looks nice!

...and the audi and mercedes shark fin look ugly, like its half baked

anyway, rmorin...how you doing with your wheel choices! ! ?
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and as everyone is aware, I'm sure, the BMW shark fin had been demonstrated to provide increased stability when driving at high speeds....

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Yup, and the shark fin stabilizes the back end during hairpin turns.
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Smile Adaptive Sharkfin

I propose that BMW include an "adaptive sharkfin" on the M. The adaptive fin would turn with the steering wheel. Surely this could help keep the roof in line with the rest of the body during high speed cornernig.


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