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I bought a 2008 Rav4 that already has XM. The antenna looks like the one the OP purchased. Mine is attached to the dashboard pretty much in the same are as where the OP temporarily put his. And I have the same problem - traveling north or so I lose the signal.

Are all of these antennas magnetic? Mine is attached to black mat or something the mat is glued to the dash. It's night, so if you need a pic, I'll do it tomorrow.

If it's magnetic I'm going to relocate it to the roof rack like the OP did. That seems fantastic.
It is magnetic, but I think it also has adhesive on it. On mine, I never peeled off the backing so the adhesive is still on it. That mat on the dash should be a metal plate for a ground plane. If you can pry it off the plate you should be able to relocate it. These antennas come with a 10 foot cable, so you should be able to relocate it to the roof even if it comes from under the seat.

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Excellent! I'll check it out this weekend.
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I started tracing the cable. It goes along the windshield/dash seam to the right. I can pick it up again behind the glove box. The problem I have is finding a way to get it out from the side of the dash where it seems to go.

It would seem the only way to remove the cable is rip out the dash. That's beyond my comfort/skill level, especially with the airbag (I don't like mucking with those things at all as I have no desire to have it repacked).

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Hey JuneBug, did you have to disconnect the car battery when you did the swap between the radios or it was not necessary? Thanks

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Hey JuneBug, did you have to disconnect the car battery when you did the swap between the radios or it was not necessary? Thanks
No, I did not disconnect the battery, just made sure the key was off. If I had been cutting and splicing wires though, I would have.

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Junebug - I also have a 2008 with a 2011 head unit, how could I fix to make the AUX jack work?
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking a simple jumper wire between pins 16 and 18 should do it:

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OK, the head unit arrived today, and it is absolutely pristine! The seller said it came out of a 2011 RAV4 and had only been used for 1 week. He even included the mounting brackets and a magnetic antenna which you can see stuck to the back of the unit. I'll be swapping my old head unit for this one in the next couple of days and I'll report back here. Interesting note: This new unit is made by Panasonic--my old one is made by Fujitsu Ten.


HOPE IT LAST LONGER THAN THE LAST THREE PUT IN MY 2010! I AM SO PISSED RIGHT NOW GOING IN FOR THE FOURTH BUT GOING TO TRY TO GET A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RADIO. I THINK MINE IS A FIJI****ZU
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HOPE IT LAST LONGER THAN THE LAST THREE PUT IN MY 2010! I AM SO PISSED RIGHT NOW GOING IN FOR THE FOURTH BUT GOING TO TRY TO GET A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RADIO. I THINK MINE IS A FIJI****ZU
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