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The question came up on the XM install topic and I thought it deserved its own post. First, let me say I wouldn't pay what Scion wants for XM. My XM reciever cost me about $100 on ebay and, as you can see, can be moved when I buy another car. It connects to the antenna on the back of the dash unit and then you tune the dash unit to a preset station number and it plays through your system. Sounds very clear. Last year I took a 2 week vacation from Missouri to Chicago - Niagra Falls - Gettysburg - Boston - Montreal - Michigan and back. Never had to hunt for the kind of music I wanted to hear...music was always clear and strong...very few repeats on music selection. When we got bored with music, we listened to stand up comics. In everyday life, my wife listens to a California DJ on her way to work. She lived in Cal. and likes to connect with whats going on back there. So, for $10 a month, I think its a bargain. I guess it depends on how much you would use it
 

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I also think its a bargain. But like you, I will not pay Scion for it. Whenever I get the money to replace the deck; I will make sure it is XM compatible.
 

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Thanks for the informed opinion. I hadn't thought about it's use for roadtrips (other than for Braves games, which I doubt XM or Sirius will carry), but that's a great point. CDs get old on a trip of more than three or four hours, so having a bunch of non-traditional stations to choose from would be nice.
 

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The plus for XM/Sirus radio is that they both have Electronica genre's!Can't find no radio stations like that in So.Cal.
 

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Digital cable has an Electronica music channel, at least out here...
 

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I think it is a really cool idea. I wish I knew sombody who has it so I can check it out. I know some stores have it set up as a selling tool however, I would rather not have some sales person breathing down my neck trying to convince me to buy. I am pretty sure I can do that for myself.
 

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I might look into getting xm for the tc down the road. cant afford the reciever and the 10/mo bill. Even though it's only $10, which I think is a great price, my cell bill is $90, and everything adds up. So I think it's an awesome feature that Scion made the tc xm compatible. I do think that it's a rip off what they charge for it though.
 

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I have no intention of replacing the head unit that I'm getting--considering my whole driving life I was just fine with the stock system in an '89 Ford escort, but if I do want to add it, would I have to get the system offered? I really don't know anything about XM radio, but considering this is my first new car, I kind of want to get whatever reasonable bells and whistles are available (especially since I won't exactly be shelling out for the performance upgrades). $695 just seems like a lot, if I could get something cheaper elsewhere without having to get a whole new system (also factoring in whatever installation charges there would be, as I know my limits). Pardon my ignorance, but I'm just learning about this whole thing--I pretty much gave up on all radio years ago and always listened to my own stuff in my car before I put it out of its misery a few months ago. I'm intrigued by the idea of non-sucking radio.
 

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I bought my XM on ebay about a year ago for about $100.

Advantage: Costs much less and can be moved when you buy another car.
Disadvantage: Have to use the supplied remote instead of tuning on the head unit.

Concllusion: If money means nothing to you, get the Scion XM. It took me about a half day to install it...hardest part was hooking up to power, and I went to a auido shop for that. They charged me $5. Running the cables and stuff was easier than any other car I've done. Most of the panels just pull straight out. Remember...if you get stuck, you've got lots of people on this site who will help you out.
 

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There's now an accessory for the Delphi XM receiver that allows you to hook it up to a cigarette lighter...and since our wonderful tCs have an outlet inside the center armrest, you can hook it up from in there without wires running all over the place...
 

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XM is a great idea and I'd love to have it but I'm always listening to my CDs, so I wouldn't be able to use it enough to get its money's worth.
 

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Does anyone know if the Pioneer GEX-P900XM or GEXP910 XM Tuner setup can be used in the TC? It says that it's compatible with a Pioneer XM-ready headunit, and you can get that and the antenna for much less than you can get the Scion unit, which, of course, makes me think that for some reason they must not be compatible with the stock system.
 

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the pioneer tuner is different. Just because the deck says pioneer on the front, don't think it's really a pioneer.

braves games can be found on both xm and sirius.
 

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Originally posted by SilverX@Aug 19 2004, 08:11 AM
The plus for XM/Sirus radio is that they both have Electronica genre's!Can't find no radio stations like that in So.Cal.
i live in nor cal and i know what you mean. we had one dance station up here but one day, a few years ago, i went to turn it on and it was playing christian music and has been ever since.


by the way, has anyone else heard a commercial on the radio where people are complaining about XM radio and saying how they wish that they never had it and wished that they could get their money back for the equipment? i've heard it like 3 times.
 

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Ok, this is weird--I was just playing with the "build your scion" feature on the website, and the satellite tuner price is different than it was before. It now reads $449, rather than the $695 it was previously. I'm wondering if someone has just screwed up, or if they've changed it because so few people were going for the option because of the exorbitant price.

Wait--maybe now they just have a listing for the tuner alone. I'm so confused.
 

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Yup, they dropped the price.

If I paid $700 for XM when I bought the car, I'd be asking for $300 back now...
 
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