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.