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XM Antenna Bad Reception

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by leveltwo, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Jul 6, 2011 at 3:06 AM
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    leveltwo

    leveltwo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Is this a common problem? My XM cuts out constantly when any little interference is between the satellite and antenna. my old car never had this problem...
     
  2. Jul 6, 2011 at 9:21 PM
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    Where is the antenna?

    Above the third brake light has always worked for me.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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    I get the same problem.
     
  4. Jul 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM
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    Where is the antenna?
     
  5. Jul 7, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    above 3rd brake light....
     
  6. Jul 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    shane100700

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    I have mine on the roof on the pas side, right at the front. It's usually pretty good except when I drive under low hanging trees or its real cloudy out. Hope that helps.

    Edit- BTW my HU is after market
     
  7. Jul 7, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    The stock XM antenna/radio combo was absolute garbage for me. Mine too would cut out constantly with clear reception. Often times going completely out and not coming back until the truck was restarted. Ditched stock HU for an aftermarket HU and used the included XM antenna and I never have the issue anymore. Put the antenna right in the front passenger side corner right above the windshield. Don't even really notice it's there.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    My stock antenna sucks! The least little tree line and it cuts out. Rarely it will work in the garage while my wife's Accord (factory antenna) will work in the garage and rarely cuts out in any trees. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Jul 8, 2011 at 1:48 AM
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    I was hoping these were aftermarket antenna's that could be switched out with new antenna's easily.

    Most xm/sirius antenna's are the same with the same amout of db gain.

    You could try replacing the antenna with a aftermarket antenna, the one that came with my alpine xm system has never had a problem, it even worked well in colorado canyons with only minimal cut out.

    There is no easy fix here, you'll have to start with switching it out and go from there.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2011 at 2:16 AM
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    :/ sucks, thanks for the info
     
  11. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:00 AM
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    is there any new info on this? my 2012 is horrible compared to my last truck and its driving me crazy.
     
  12. Jan 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    I rarely use it (wife's radio, I switch to truck on occasion). Works ok with antena on dash (cuts out under big overpasses or very cloudy), works even better on roof.
     
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