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Satellite Radio in used/cpo, additional $$ on installed option - BMW Scam?

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Default Satellite Radio in used/cpo, additional $$ on installed option - BMW Scam?

I'm shopping for loaded 2015 and 2016 F10's. I need to have my XM subscription in the car. I've come across this curiousity:
I shopped a CPO car and was told, despite original invoice/VIN of Harmon Kardon radio with satellite that BMW needs to "initiate" the satellite for $$ despite the satellite working w/o extra $$ (with trial XM subscription) when sold/leased new.

In my searches, some dealers of used cars provide car satellite ready, some even with trial XM subscription. Some --- like the dealer with the CPO car ---require some BMW fee/code setup/reinstall of original module (?). The costs for turning satellite capability back on ranges between $600 and $775.

Seems like a scam, at least shady. Anyone with knowledge, experience or ideas for me to get the equipment I'm paying for in my used F10 with its original capability w/o paying $775!?!?

Will the paddle shifters work, orvdo I need to pay a $775 fee for that option to work, too?? Haha

2015 535i M Listing. Radio will not accept XM subscription w/o $775 to BMW for some "code"!

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