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2012 XM radio signal goes out.

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by highflyinmechanic, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Apr 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    highflyinmechanic

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    Has anyone experienced the satellite signal going out when listening to XM ? Normally happens near trees or bridges. I never had this issue before with previous vehicles outfitted with XM. Dunno if its the new shark fin antenna that comes on the 2012 or not?!
     
  2. Apr 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    Toyota XM radio is just plain terrible, many complaints for weak signal. I'll never get another Toyota XM add on.
     
  3. Apr 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    Yes, anywhere antenna can't see sky, you will lose the signal. This is a normal thing I had with all my other xm receivers. One thing I don't like about it in my 12 is lower volume vs regular radio.
     
  4. Apr 23, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    The reception on XM is the worst. I installed the Sirius Stilletto I had in my other truck and it works perfectly, night and day difference. MY stock one would cut out under tree branches with no leaves on them, pathetic. The stereo itself is kind of lame too. Too much rear bias and when you adjust the fader, you lose volume. You can barely hear the fronts, especially the tweeters. Its a shame, they're placed well. MY 2005 Dakota with the non upgrade am/fm/cd blew this thing away to the point of embarassment for Toyota. Only good thing is the steering wheel controls.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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    XM reception in my 2012 is horrible. I've noticed a pattern though. If I'm driving east or west, the signal is constantly going in and out - hear static or nothing just as often as I hear music. Driving north and south, I rarely have signal issues.... But I never had signal loss with my basic, bottom-of-the-line Sirius Stratus 5 with the magnetic antenna when driving the same roads in my old truck. Makes me want to cancel the XM service and just stream the channels through my phone.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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    I ran the sirius magnetic antenna to the plug and play Stilletto and it's perfect now. The Toyota one is just junk.
     
  7. Sep 11, 2012 at 4:25 AM
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    My 2010 worked great; my 2012 is awful. I dont get it.

    I also cant get the NFL stations or Howard Stern - I paid for it, but I can't get the channel numbers on the unit. Im frustrated with this crap
     
  8. Sep 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    My 2011 Taco has the built-in XM/Sirius radio and I get the "No Signal" message on pretty much any long trip (over 10 minutes). Most of my long distance travel is East-West and reception seems worst when heading East. However on a long trip recently, we were headed North and then South almost totally and had awful intermittent reception.

    I took it in to the dealer, an hour away, this morning and of course it worked fine all the way there and while they had it. It conked out about 10 minutes out of town, leaving me with 50 minutes of "No Signal."

    My wife's cheap XM radio with external antenna and about 10 extra feet of cable tucked away under the floor mat, never seems to lose the signal.

    Has anybody replaced the antenna with any success? If so, what's involved?

    Thanks,
     
  9. Oct 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM
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    I dumped XM/Sirius, I can't justify the cost anymore. Now what to do with the receiver.
     
  10. Oct 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    Ya I didn't renew XM after the free 3 month thing ran out because of the same exact reasons. It would cut out constantly and it was so freaking annoying. Always managed to do it during like my favorite part of a song too and I would just want to drive my truck into a bridge embankment.
     
  11. Oct 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM
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    same problem in our new Prius. If you get into the hills at all, kiss your signal goodbye. Makes no sense either because I'm pretty sure the satellites are Geosync CONUS.
     
  12. Nov 2, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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    Mine worked great on my 2012 but then I never renewed it and got it renewed and it cuts out a lot more. Something very random is when I'm in la te signal never a drops when I'm under bridges. It does happen where I live in San diego
     
  13. Nov 3, 2012 at 4:04 AM
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    XM has ground repeaters in urban areas, like you my reception worked pretty good in St. Louis under the bridges but once I got close to home in the hills and trees I started getting shadowing. I did a search and supposedly the urban areas are; Akron, Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Greensboro, Greenville SC, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Los Angeles, Louisville, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee,
    Minneapolis, Monterrey, Nashville, Norfolk, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia/Wilmington, Phoenix/Tucson, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Springfield, MA, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tampa, Toledo, and Washington DC/Baltimore. These repeaters would be extremely low power and just guessing St. Louis would probably have around 10 repeaters but the L.A. area around 50 due to terrain and the size.

    Update: Came across this www.xm411.com/phpbb/download.php?id=10738 which you can open up in Google Earth and it'll give you the ground repeater locations but I'm guessing the info is from 2006.
     
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