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Toyota Prius, Audio, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#18 of 57 Re: MP3 conversion kit [mtufts]
Sep 15, 2006 (1:29 pm)
Check on eBay for Prius cloth seat covers & leather seat skins (full replacements).
#19 of 57 Prius '07 offering IPOD ready?
Sep 19, 2006 (9:40 pm)
My current car has an iPOD ready stereo, where you can control the iPOD from the radio and it also charges while it's plugged in. Does anybody know if that's going to be an option on the '07 Prius? I asked at the dealership. She said the Scion is the only one that currently has it and she wasn't sure if the Prius would. Toyota needs to realize that even us 50+ types have iPODs! Besides, at this age, who can see the screen on the iPOD while you're driving.
#20 of 57 Re: XM Radio [jeffreyboy]
Sep 20, 2006 (6:41 pm)
I'm interested in knowing the overall reception performance of your XM after a month.
I have the same setup as you do, i'm assuming that your antenna is on the lower portion-far right portion of the passenger side windshield, as opposed to the upper far right position.
After nearly a month with this setup i'm having serious problems and am getting "No Signal" repeatedly in flat,level terrain. Overall i'd estimate "No signal" 10% of the time. I'm ready to go back to the Toyota dealer who installed it.
Does anyone know if it is possible to mount the after-factory Prius XM antenna at some point other than the lower far right or is it something Toyota just refuses to do?
#21 of 57 Re: XM Radio [cheryl06prius]
Sep 20, 2006 (6:57 pm)
I have two after-market installs of XM, one of Sirrius. All three have the antenna mounted on the roof, via a half-dollar size magnet attached antenna.
My lady has a MB, factory installed, and it too is roof mounted. I think this is a dealer/manufacturer deal. Perhaps they don't want to breach the seal of the windshield for some reason, although I have never experienced leaks or the like.
#22 of 57 Re: XM Radio [cheryl06prius]
Sep 21, 2006 (7:32 am)
Something ios definitely wrong with your installation. I had (did continue free 3 month subscription) a factory installed XM system in my Honda Accord and never had a loss of signal failure in the 3 month trial period. Always crystal clear.
Most like cause is the antenna. I would go to a professional setroe or XM dealer to resolve the issue.
Liked Local Talk shows, NPR, and FM Jazz station better. An CDs and Autoselect AM/FM stations on road trips. Also, didn't want to pay $13 per month.
#23 of 57 Re: XM Radio [cheryl06prius]
Sep 22, 2006 (6:49 pm)
The XM antenna on my Prius is located in the same location as yours. I have only experienced two minor "No Signal" errors, once when driving in a freeway tunnel and the other momentary no signal when passing under a high-power line.
This is the third vehicle I've owned with XM and have never experienced the problems you are currently having. I would certainly take this up with your Toyota Dealer. When I spoke with my Toyota dealer, they would only install the antenna on the dash where ours is located for warranty purposes. I'll be interested in hearing how they remedy this for you.
#24 of 57 Re: XM Radio [terry92270]
Sep 25, 2006 (11:08 am)
Thanks for your response, also Midnight Cowboy&Jeffreyboy.
Ironically I have an XM roof mount antenna already installed on my '06 Prius. This is because I had a "Roady" installed before the Toyota XM integrated unit became available. The Toyota installer obviously was aware of this, but it appears their policy requires windshield mount antennas.
I've made an appointment for later this week with the XM dealer(non Toyota) who installed the "Roady". Hopefully the roofmount antenna can be connected to the Integrated unit although it might jeopradize the warranty.
If that can't be done i'll have to take the matter up with Toyota.
The radio itself is excellent with the screen being easily visible while driving.
#25 of 57 RCA jack install on a 2005 Prius?
Sep 28, 2006 (10:50 am)
I got my Prius mid last year (tatally love it!). I've been streaming my iPod through the radio using the FM transmitter. This, of course, is pretty bad, and I can't do it while driving in NYC. Does anyone know whether it's possible to hack an auxilary RCA jack into the 05 Prius? Thanks!
#26 of 57 Re: XM Radio [jeffreyboy]
Sep 28, 2006 (6:20 pm)
I took my '06 Prius to a non-Toyota audio dealer, he was unable to determine how the Toyota dealer had connected the Integrated XM unit to the windshield antenna, so he wasn't able to connect my "Roady" roof antenna to the Integrated.
Instead he suggested a simple modification which was done within fifteen minutes. On my windshield antenna the silver metallic strip was attached to the front lower right windshield and positioned between the windshield and the black plastic rectangular antenna unit(also attached to the windshield). The technician's opinion was that this was likely to impede reception of the satellite signal.
The set up was repositioned: the silver metallic strip is now flat on the dashboard instead of attached to the windshield and the black unit is directly on top of it with nothing between it and the windshield. No antenna part is attached directly to the windshield.
So far the preliminary reception results appear promising, but i'll have to do more driving to form a definite opinion.