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Is it possible to add XM Satellite radio for $50?

Well, I'm going to find out. I scored a 6-disc head unit from a 2011 RAV4 with built-in XM tuner on Ebay. I couldn't believe that nobody else bid on it:

Toyota Rav4 06 07 08 09 10 11 OEM 6 Disc CD Radio w/ XM Satellite radio | eBay

For $49 + $16 shipping I just couldn't pass it up. I'm going to try to swap out my 2008 head unit for this one and see what happens.

All I need is the XM antenna and a place to mount it. The seller says he's including that square blue antenna plug. Does anyone have any suggestions on an antenna and where to mount it?

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Nice! The antenna is usually a square, magnetic piece that can be mounted on the top rear of the roofline. If you don't want to route the long wire, you can place it on the dash, just make sure you don't have any obstruction.
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On the roof is best. On my Ford Ranger I tried on the dash and it worked, except whenever I was headed SW I would loose the signal. Guess the satellite was blanked out by the top or something. Finallly mounted it on the roof just aft of the windshield trim and it worked fine ever since.
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If anyone is interested in a similar deal, here's the same unit being sold by a Toyota dealer for $60 (Buy it now) plus $8.20 shipping:

2009 2010 2011 TOYOTA RAV4 FACTORY RADIO STEREO HEAD UNIT 51874 86120-42300 | eBay

This same dealer has 3 more at the same price but they are non-XM single disc units.

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JuneBug, that's a great deal! I took a look at the radio on ebay, what caught my attention was the picture of the rav with those sweet rims. If anyone recognizes the rims, please let us know.
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that's a nice deal, let us know if its all plug and play I'd be interested in getting one too.
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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.


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man that's a great deal if it just plug and play, find me one.
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Does it fit a 2008 Rav4?
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Does it fit a 2008 Rav4?
I'm going to find out in a day or two!


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