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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.
 

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Sirius is available for the Prius right now. XM was available earlier than Sirius but the implementation is the same. A XM/Sirius tuner is installed in the dash and connected to the existing radio. Once installed, XM/Sirius tuning, info display and memories are all available through the MFD. I believe the AM band button is used to access the XM mode and memories. You just press the AM button to go from AM to sat1,2,3. That means there 18 satellite memory positions available.

This is a really beautiful solution.

Check out this site. http://www.factoryinteractive.com/

They carry the tuning unit for the Prius and I have heard they have wonderful instructions.
 

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thanks again, jero -- quick follow-up -- if i get the radio installed somewhere like best buy or circuit city, will they be able to install it so that it integrates with the prius system?
 

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If it is the system that is made to integrate with the Prius, then it doesn't matter who installs it. It plugs into the back of the Prius radio. If it is a system that is meant for more general applications, then it won't integrate with the Prius as nicely. Bottom line, it is the system that enables integration, not the installer.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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????
 

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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????
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.
 

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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.
 

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Prius satellite Sirius

I am probably going to do the integrated Sirius solution too, am waiting for my husband to buy it for me for Christmas and install it LOL!!

Anyway I DONT Recommend the fm modulated Sirius...we had it in my husband's car (Ford) and it got crummy reception, cuts in and out...the same as the $50 version from Radio Shack.

For whatever it's worth....with that great display panel seems a shame not to use it.
 

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Re: Prius satellite Sirius

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it got crummy reception, cuts in and out...the same as the $50 version from Radio Shack.
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.
 

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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????
You can get it from Metro Eddie for less:
http://www.metrotpn.com/

Bob
 

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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?

Thanks, Xmas is coming!
 

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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?
Thanks, Xmas is coming!
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.
I'm not sure what is in a "fit kit". I suggest you call Metro Eddie, I spoke to him once and he was very nice.
Buying from Factory Interactive is for the value added after sale support. I doubt anyone has the same level of support.
If you buy it from Metro and are doing the install yourself, I suggest buying the Factory Interactive DVD.

Bob
 

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There are integrated XM or Sirius satellite radio solutions for the Prius. The 3rd party sources tend to be the Toyota unit, plus some extras (like Prius-specific installation instructions).

XM:

http://www.coastaletech.com/xm_radio_in_prius.htm
price on Nov. 17 2005: $299 with instructions, $349 with installation price includes free activation and 6 months service

http://www.factoryinteractive.com/PriusXM/
(formerly http://www.priusxm.com/ )
price on Nov. 17 2005: $295 with instructions, $395 with installation, $39 for instruction DVD only (no tuner)

one known Prius-friendly Toyota dealer has posted the installation instructions for the Toyota XM kit, and is offering it for sale here:
http://www.metrotpn.com/ProductDetails. ... ortIndex=5
price on Nov. 17 2005: $250
price includes free activation and 90 days of free XM service

your favorite Toyota parts department: ask for the Solara XM radio kit, part number PT546-06040


Sirius:

According to the thread at:
http://www.priusonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=4964

The Toyota Sirius kit for the Solara also works with the Prius. Part numbers: PTS31-00051 (cable), and PTS31-00050 (Receiver)

http://www.metrotpn.com/ProductDetails. ... ductID=153
price on Nov. 17 2005: $165 for receiver + $80 for fit kit ($245 total)

http://www.factoryinteractive.com/SiriusPrius/
(formerly http://www.siriusprius.com/ or http://www.priussirius.com/ )
price on Nov. 17 2005: $395 with instructions, $495 with installation, $39 for instruction DVD only
 

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I would recommend getting the DVD from http://www.factoryinteracive.com, even if you get one of the other kits. It is really helpful to actually see someone pull the pieces off of the car. It gives you a good idea on how much force to use, where to pull, etc. I'm not sure if the install kits are identical for each of them but they are probably pretty close. I used the video to install mine (that I got from FactoryInteractive.com) and it took a little more than 2 hours.
 

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re: installation

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?
 

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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?
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.

The cable is super long so you can effectively mount the antenna wherever you want. Although the "non-drilling" method of installation pretty much requires you to mount it near the rear hatch opening. The wire connects the antenna to the receiver. Any extra wire is just rolled up and tied to keep it out of the way. Except for a few inches between the antenna and where it disappears behind the inside panel, it is completely hidden. Only one antenna comes with the kit.

Let me know if you have any more questions. I can take a picture of my antenna and send it to you if you like.
 

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I ordered the Solara kit, crossing my fingers it works as well as advertised.

Some have mentioned using an alternate antenna. Was this for looks or reception?

I also remember a thread where it was mounted INSIDE the spoiler so it was invisible. Anyone have a link or suggestions? I am wary of snapping off plastic bits, though. I have heard spoilers/rear panels being loose after R&R.

My goal is to have it be invisible so it isn't a theft magnet.
 
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