Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: St Petersburg Fla
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Hack into Sat radio antenna?
We just bought a 2011 RAV4 last month. Noticed this site during some Google searching and finally joined tonight.
We bought the base model. We just like the basic features for transportation.
The dealer qouted $600 to install XM to the radio. From what I understand it is just a module that is installed in the engine compartment fire wall.
Google research shows DIY units at about $200. However, I want to listen to Sat radio in the car or anywhere I am with one subscription.
A portable Sat radio is ideal. But to use in the car, the reception of the portable unit may be an issue. But if I could connect it to the existing antenna, I would be golden.
Before I posted this question I searched the forums for an answer, but didn't find any.
BTW, the RAV4 is my wife's car and she could care less about having Sat radio. The RAV4 will be our main transport until we are put out to pasture (we are empty nesters, baby boomer generation). We most likely use the Sat radio on trips when I'm the main driver.
Bottom line is: Santa will most likely bring me a portable Sat radio. If I can hook into the current antenna hook up, that would be great.
Thanks in advance for any advice or direction.