Sirius XM Radio Complaint – the fm transmitter on the Sirius XM Radio is terrible. There is so much static!

I was very unhappy with all the large amounts of static when using my Sirius XM Radio




I have used the XM Radio in my wife’s car many times and kept raving about how much I loved it. I was lucky enough to get a Sirius XM Radio from her for Christmas, and was very anxious to set it up.

I pulled it out of the box and assembled the pieces together and headed down to my car to set it up. I called the Sirius XM Radio number listed on the radio to activate it, and got it going in about 20 minutes.

Since my car is a 2003, it is in that awkward stage as far as direct input auxillary jacks and the old cassette tapes ports. My car had neither just a cd player. So I was forced to use the FM transmitter feature.

I know that is the worst quality of sound because it can sometimes attract a lot of static, but I wasn’t worried because I had been using an FM transmitter for my car when I used my ipod. However, I would be sadly mistaken.



I tuned the radio up to the station I usually have my ipod at and noticed the sound had an unusual amount of static. I didn’t think too much of it though. I figured I could find another station that the signal would come in a little more clear.

I spent over an hour trying to find a station that the radio would come in clear and I just had no luck. This was very frusterating because I was so excited to have a Sirius XM Radio in my car, and I wouldn’t be able to use it without that annoying static.

I tried just about everything to clear it up including moving my car to a different location, placing the antenna in different locations in the car and nothing seemed to work.

I’m still undecided as to what I am going to do as far as a solution. I don’t want to return the radio, but I can’t listen to it with constant static. It would drive me crazy. I may look into seeing how much getting an auxillary imput installed in my car would cost, but I’m sure it wont’ be cheap. I am just frustration with Sirius XM Radio’s FM transmitter. I wish it just worked.


3 Comments

  • Dennis says:

    PROBLEM: There is static or loss of clarity in the SIRIUS Radio’s audio

    Possible cause #1: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio to your vehicle’s FM radio using the FM transmitter, the FM channel you have selected is most likely being used by an FM radio station. This interferes with the audio of the SIRIUS Radio.

    * Solution: You’ll need to find an available FM channel. An available FM channel is one that’s not being used by an FM radio station in your area. When you tune your FM radio to an available channel, you should only hear static or silence – not talk or music. We recommend one of the following methods to find an available FM channel:
    o Use the SIRIUS|XM FM Channel Finder at sirius.com/fmchannel. Go to the website and enter your zip code. The Channel Finder will suggest a list of available FM channels in your area. For convenience, write down or print out the list.

    OR

    o Manually tune through your local FM channels on your vehicle’s FM radio. Locate and create a list of
    channels that aren’t being used by any FM radio station. Write down the list. Once you have created
    your list of available FM channels, you will need to find the one that provides the best match for your SIRIUS Radio.

    TIP! You’ll need to use the ‘Manual’ tune function on your vehicle’s FM radio to tune through every FM channel one-by-one. Turn on your vehicle’s FM radio. Start at 88.1 and use the ‘Manual’ tune function on your vehicle’s FM radio to tune through each FM channel one-by-one (88.1 followed by 88.3 etc.) to locate channels that aren’t being used by a local FM radio station. Write down each FM channel that has only static or silence on it, until you reach 107.9, which is the highest FM channel on the vehicle FM radio.
    Pick the first FM channel from your list. Turn on your vehicle’s FM radio (if you have not already done so) and tune it to this FM channel.

    Turn on your SIRIUS Radio and then set it to transmit on the same FM channel as your vehicle’s FM radio. Refer to your SIRIUS Radio User Guide for detailed instructions on how to do this. You can find SIRIUS Radio User Guides and Quick Start Guides here.

    Possible cause #2: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio directly to your vehicle’s stereo system using the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack, the Aux In Cable may not be properly connected.

    * Solution: Make sure the Aux In Cable is properly connected; one end to the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack on your vehicle’s stereo system, and the other end to the AUDIO, AUDIO OUT or LINE OUT connector on your SIRIUS Radio or Vehicle Dock.

    Possible cause #3: If you have connected the audio of your SIRIUS Radio directly to your vehicle’s stereo system using the AUX or AUX IN, or LINE IN jack, you may not have selected the proper input source on your vehicle’s stereo system.

    * Solution: Set your vehicle’s stereo system to play input from the auxiliary input source.

  • StatesvilleGuy says:

    Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try it out.

  • W. EVANS says:

    Was using express rc radio , everything was fine ,xm turned my express rc off & when they turned it back on , could not receive channel frequencies , so can not set fm modulator to receive fm radio stations . Now i have no use of my xm radio called xm , nothing was done.

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