Toyota XM Satellite Radio Option

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Old 31 Mar 2005, 09:19 am   #1 (permalink)
Robert D. Vanderslice II
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I am considering the purchase of a 2005 Camry XLE.

I would like to get the XM Satellite Radio option, but when I asked the
salesman about it (I saw that the car's stereo controls had a button
labeled "Sat"), he didn't think that the dealership could add such an
option.

Has anyone had this option installed? Has anyone found that XM,'s decoder
for stereos with a satellite option works with the Toyota stereo (it's
considerably cheaper)?

Thank you.

Robert
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Old 31 Mar 2005, 10:48 am   #2 (permalink)
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The salesman has his head up his ass.

There is an XM module that acts as the receiver, and the radio head unit
performs the control functions. If you bought a SkyFi or Roady, then the XM
unit would perform both the control functions and the receiver functions,
your Toyota is able to handle the control functions, all it needs is the
receiver. The dealer can install the system. Actually, it is possible that
the car can have the system fully installed at the factory ...

PS
I have the aftermarket XM (I have the Roady), and I love it. I seldom listen
to "regular" radio anymore. The only major problem is that satellite radio
goes away when passing under an overpass. I live in a reasonably rural area,
and when going under an overpass the radio often fades out for a few seconds
but when I go to Los Angeles Airport, I find that the satellite radio works
fine inside the parking structures and among the tall buildings. It was
explained to me that urban areas have ground-based relay stations that allow
uninterrupted reception. I have no clue that this is an accurate
explanation, but I know that my radio worked below three or four decks of
parking garage where all of the decks are above ground.




"Robert D. Vanderslice II" <rdvii@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I am considering the purchase of a 2005 Camry XLE.
>
> I would like to get the XM Satellite Radio option, but when I asked the
> salesman about it (I saw that the car's stereo controls had a button
> labeled "Sat"), he didn't think that the dealership could add such an
> option.
>
> Has anyone had this option installed? Has anyone found that XM,'s decoder
> for stereos with a satellite option works with the Toyota stereo (it's
> considerably cheaper)?
>
> Thank you.
>
> Robert



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Old 31 Mar 2005, 10:53 am   #3 (permalink)
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>>>> I would like to get the XM Satellite Radio option, but when I
asked the
salesman about it (I saw that the car's stereo controls had a button
labeled "Sat"), he didn't think that the dealership could add such an
option.

This car should be prewired. Check out the following thread for
details. I would definitely go with the Toyota unit as opposed to a
Plug & Play; the Toyota part will integrate much more nicely into your
car.

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=39461

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Old 31 Mar 2005, 10:56 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Robert D. Vanderslice II" wrote:
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> I am considering the purchase of a 2005 Camry XLE.
>
> I would like to get the XM Satellite Radio option, but when I asked the
> salesman about it (I saw that the car's stereo controls had a button
> labeled "Sat"), he didn't think that the dealership could add such an
> option.
>
> Has anyone had this option installed? Has anyone found that XM,'s decoder
> for stereos with a satellite option works with the Toyota stereo (it's
> considerably cheaper)?


I don't see a listing for Toyota yet, but it you have the
SAT button, I imagine it is coming. Look at
http://www.xmradio.com/xm_direct/index.jsp .

Ed
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Old 31 Mar 2005, 11:17 am   #5 (permalink)
Robert D. Vanderslice II
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Thank you all for the information!

I currently have the SkyFi, and have had XM since its inception.

I think that I wil get the Toyota tuner, and have someone install it for
me.

Robert
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Old 31 Mar 2005, 11:22 am   #6 (permalink)
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>>>> I have no clue that this is an accurate explanation, but I know
that my radio worked below three or four decks of parking garage where
all of the decks are above ground.

It is. XM has some 800 "repeaters", mostly in urban areas, which serve
to insure a good signal. To minimize the loss of signal under
overpasses, etc., there are two satellites transmitting signals a few
seconds apart, and the receivers have buffers for a few seconds'
programming. Still, there are occasions where you get stuck under an
overpass for a few seconds and will lose signals. I lose mine when I
drive through the car wash, too....

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Old 31 Mar 2005, 12:01 pm   #7 (permalink)
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<frontmed@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1112289747.998901.84060@o13g2000cwo.googlegro ups.com...
>>>>> I have no clue that this is an accurate explanation, but I know

> that my radio worked below three or four decks of parking garage where
> all of the decks are above ground.
>
> It is. XM has some 800 "repeaters", mostly in urban areas, which serve
> to insure a good signal. To minimize the loss of signal under
> overpasses, etc., there are two satellites transmitting signals a few
> seconds apart, and the receivers have buffers for a few seconds'
> programming. Still, there are occasions where you get stuck under an
> overpass for a few seconds and will lose signals. I lose mine when I
> drive through the car wash, too....
>


Will XM reach Mexico ? I plan driving to Cancun.


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Old 31 Mar 2005, 01:05 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not sure it will reach all the way. Here are the satellite
footprints:

http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/album_pic.php?pic_id=18

http://www.xm411.com/phpbb/album_pic.php?pic_id=19

I think you will get decent reception MOST of the way.

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Old 31 Mar 2005, 02:29 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 11:05:19 -0800, frontme wrote:

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Ok, but which one is which? One the first one, I am just outside of the
best reception area; on the second one, they actuall recognize Boston as a
good market area and we get the best reception area.
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Old 31 Mar 2005, 02:42 pm   #10 (permalink)
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It really doesn't matter. You'll get decent reception even in the
blue/purple areas.

Essentially, you get both signals (plus any local repeater signal) and
your receiver decides what to do. As long as you're in part of the
footprint you're probably going have near-perfect reception.

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