I installed the system from http://www.factoryinteractive.com. It works great and I love it. The kit cost $400 and was all additional components. Nothing in the Prius was replaced.KTPhil said:I would like to add Sirius also. I do not like the FM-modulated solutions because of crappy sound quality. It appears you need a $300 A/V mod to allow direct connection. Search the site and you'll find many discussions. I haven't made up my own mind yet.
Absolutely. It is controllable through the MFD and looks just like any other built in audio source. You get 18 presets that look just like the normal presets on AM or FM. You can cycle through your presets with the steering wheel controls. It is also completely hidden. It would really suck to have to tune your radio to some frequency and then switch stations on some other external device. I guess if all you want is the ability to listen to it and want to spend very little money, the cheaper way is reasonable, though. For me, I would have bought it as a factory option and this is pretty darn close to that.KTPhil said:Wow, $400 is outrageous. RS is advertising a (no doubt cheap) Sirius receiver with car kit for $50. No doubt it's a crappy FM modulator, but is the custom setup really worth 8 times as much????
Don't forget you can hardwire the PnP directly to the Prius radio. You will also have 30 presets, song seek and one subscription that you can take with you wherever you go. Search for various AUX-IN solutions. YOu can also hardwire the FM modulator.KTPhil said:Wow, $400 is outrageous. RS is advertising a (no doubt cheap) Sirius receiver with car kit for $50. No doubt it's a crappy FM modulator, but is the custom setup really worth 8 times as much????
I think any satellite radio will cut out from time to time when going under large underpasses and things like that. Is that what you are referring to. If so, I don't think the integrated one will be any better.andreafuentes said:it got crummy reception, cuts in and out...the same as the $50 version from Radio Shack.
It is my understanding that Factory Interactive and Metro are selling the same thing, a Toyota Sirius kit. Since Metro is a dealer, they can understandably get a better deal on these parts.KTPhil said:What is needed with this kit? The link shows $165 but states a receiver and install kit is required. Then what am I buying????
Has anyone tried this unit? What is the total cost, and ar ethere any negatives?
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The antenna sticks to the roof of the car via a magnet. It did slip around a little in the car wash so I used some double sided tape intended for applying body side moldings to mount it. It works great. I got it at the auto parts store.marlowe7 said:On the factoryinteractive site, it says this about the included antannae:
"The new antenna is magnetic mount, has an ultra-low profile, and has a 21 foot wire enabling you to customize your own installation."
What does that mean, "magnetic mount"? It doesn't sound permanent. Is this antannae in addition to the standard one?
Also, what's with the 21 foot wire? Where does this wire go?