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Ok this isn’t for the Impala but it is still audio related so maybe you can help me out. A friend of mine is thinking about putting XM in his car, so he went to the local audio place and they wanted to charge $400 for the receiver antenna and install. I have read in some of the other post that it was only about 150 or so. He has a Sony MP-70 head unit that is XM ready. I just thought that maybe $60 for the antenna and $340 for the receiver and install was a bit much, but I could be wrong.

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72lotus,

$400 sounds a little steep, but you are talking retail with installation and I assume warranty.

You can save $$ if you install it yourself. I just bought an antenna for $50 and I know there are cheaper ones out there if you don’t care what they look like. The Sony XT-XM1 is $149 after a rebate at Crutchfield.

Total $200 + Shipping... I'd say an extra $150-200 for install is allot, but only because I can install my own stereo stuff.

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$400 installed? Sounds normal to me...

Depends if he has a HU that is XM compatible (has he checked into Sirius too? XM is not the only satellite radio out there
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If he doesn't...i can see $400 installed. Never did one at the shop while i worked there but i did my sirius. Doesn't take too long, just a crap load of wires to run. Don't kink the wires coming off the antenna either or you may damage them.

Hardest part is hiding the wires from the antenna if you choose to put it on the roof of the vehicle. The rubber molding around my backwindow was too old to be pushed back in place so i mounted it to the trunk lid near the window. Ran the wires underneath the trunk lid to the demodulator...no biggie. Reception isn't quite as good as roof mounted, but i can't complain.

but yeah...$400 for parts and install sounds nice, especially considering the warranty you get.
 
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Go with xm, the HU is already set up for it. You should be able to score a tuner that is compatable on EBAY for $cheap$. Go to xmfan.com for any info/parts you may need. Or Ebay. XM rocks, and sounds better than sirus, to most listeners. There are vey few (but on some channels) comercials. Some are comercial free. The comedy channel is excellent. I am biased though. My XM stock has doubled recently! :D

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I have XM in my SS. I had a XM ready HU and bought the antenna on ebay ($39 - terk antenna) and the decoder on ebay for $79 bucks. I even got the cables to run the receiver to the head unit. I have no experience to do audio work, but it was a piece of cake.

All I did was get the 'key' to pull the HU, tapped into the power wire, and connected the cable to the Hu and reciever after running it under the carpet (just had to move a few moldings). Getting it in the trunk was a tad tricky but I managed. Then connect the receiver to the antenna and you are off! Good luck.

Took me 90 minutes tops.
 
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