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Is there an XM Radio reciever that doesn't have this?

Asked by Fred931 (9404 points ) August 8th, 2010

When we had our ‘04 Sienna van, we had a store-bought XM receiver that had a powerfully-magnetic antenna that you would place somewhere on the exterior of the car. That little spot has been permanently marred with scratches and God-knows-what-else. We don’t want that to happen to our new van, so we’re looking for any XM receiver that doesn’t have an antenna that must be placed outside of the car. Is there such a thing?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Yes, but only the factory installed systems which have a built-in on the roof. The aftermarket units need an outside antenna to pick-up the satellite signal.

Vortico's avatar

If possible, move the magnetic antenna to a different place every week or two. From my experience, the scratches are caused by rainwater seeping under the antenna and corroding it. It seems that when the rough rusted suface rubs against the car body, it scratches it.

NormanL's avatar

All General Motors cars can be ordered with factory installed XM radio. In fact most cars on dealer lots in my area have the XM radio. I have two Chevrolet Equinox with XM.

HUMMEL's avatar

I have a 2008 Tundra and my antenna is on the left front of my dash INSIDE the car. The signal loss is about the same (not very often) as when I had the antenna outside.

Oracle's avatar

In one of my cars I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the XM external unit or replace it with an integral under dash unit. While I was deciding I neatly placed the wires and antennae on the center dash inside the car and that worked fine. I have since decided to keep it and have velcro’d the receiver to the dash and left the antennae on the inside of the dash. If you want to you can install he wires around the side of the dash to the center or convient place on the dash and hide more of the wires. [Much more work but will work just as well is installing it ion the rear view window also.]

Fred931's avatar

What if I just find a skinny piece of foam and stick that between the antenna and the metal? Would that work?

Vortico's avatar

@Fred931 Simplest answer wins. :)

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