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Sirius radio for Canada

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tacomada, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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    Tacomada

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    Question for the more tech/spec savy members out there.

    Unfortunately in canada, as far as I know, we can only get an xm module for our truck. I researched that some US members have purchased the toyota adapter for the system, along with the sirius universal sirius receiver. Any thoughts on whether this adapter would work with the system in a canadian tacoma. Should be the same right. My truck has the satellite ready system, and i believe it has the antena built in. The little thing on the back of the cab roof?

    Assuming that adapter works I could just purchase the sirius canada universal care receiver and hook it up like just as the xm would be.

    Any thoughts? or alternatively good install ideas for a sirius unit.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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    honestly pay the extra two bucks a month and get best of, same company and programming lol, anything youll want on sirius is already on XM with best of, Ellis is already on XM, howard is, playboy etc..... plus XM has NHL and best of gets you NFL, so i dont know what else you could ask for
     
  3. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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    Ya. I considered that. From what I've heard of xm users up this way. The reception isn't very/as good. Also I should have clarified. I've got the lifetime sirius subscription so I'd rather not have too start paying again.
     
  4. Feb 8, 2011 at 6:58 AM
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    What channel is howard and playboy on?
     
  5. Feb 8, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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    Howard is 100 and 101, PB is 99 but might require an activation call to unlock the channel for parental purposes, it wont cost anything but might not be active on your account yet.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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    cool...thanks!
    I just renewed xm for another year, but last time I called them about Howard Stern they said I couldn't get his show in canada,,,?
    I will try again...
     
  7. Feb 8, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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    I'm in southern BC and travel a lot through BC and Alberta. I got an XM years ago and the reception on it just sucked. In and out of service all the time. Mountain beside you? No service. In the shade? No service. The Sirius now is waaay better, really only cuts out in some tunnels and all the way under a roof or overhang. Maybe XM has improved their coverage though, I don't know.

    As for the Tacoma, can't help there, I've permanently installed the whole regular car kit because I've got an 07 and it wasn't prewired for anything. That said I prefer the universal dock and radio too because I can pull the unit out and bring it in the garage or house and plug it in there when I'm not in the truck.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM
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    Ya thats the same thing i've heard. Where did you locate your kit. Im wondering If there is an adapter that would convert the plug for the pre-wired antenna to the plug on my radio. Fewer wires that have to be run the better.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2011 at 10:38 PM
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    see exact opposite for me, little to know service for sirius when i go through the mountains and fine with xm, but it might vehicle to vehicle
     
  10. Feb 8, 2011 at 11:11 PM
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    you can not get the extra channels (Howard) on xm in Canada. they are still separate companies in Canada and did not merge like in the us. want Howard you need Sirius in Canada.
     
  11. Feb 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM
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    I put my radio down in the cubby in front of the cupholders. I set it off to the passenger side and it leaves enough room for my wallet or something on the driver's side of that cubby. I wired in a power socket under the cupholders for the power adapter then routed the antennae along the headliner and out the 3rd brake light. Also got the FM direct adapter that turns off the truck's radio antennae when the sirius is on so you get perfect reception on the FM side. No visible wires anywhere, works good for me. I didn't like to give up 2/3 of that cubby but there's not a lot of good alternative mounting spots.
     
  12. Feb 10, 2011 at 6:24 AM
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    True. I called them. But didn't someone post above that they were getting Howard and Playboy on XM...? I think the poster was from Southern alberta. The CSR at XM told me the only way would be to have an American address for your radio registration, which I should have done when I originally signed up. Too late now I guess. Hopefully XM and Sirius will eventually merge here too so we can get everything.
     
  13. Feb 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    I have the docking port in the X with the feed to the antena and the boom box in the shop. Get my music all the time that way. I've been with Sirius for 8 years now on the US plan.
     
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