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Posted by BRH on August 14, 2005, 1:26 pm
After reading many customer reviews at Edmunds.com, I'm confused.

Is satellite radio (preferbly Sirius) an option on the 2005 Prius, or
isn't it?  (Some reviews say no, while others say that they got their
car with Sirius installed.)

If not, can it be installed after-market, and is there a model radio
that will interface smoothly with the Prius's stereo system?  (ie - can
be displayed on the Prius's Info screen).


Posted by B. Peg on August 14, 2005, 3:48 pm

Didn't see it on any I looked at.  Their top of the line package #6 didn't
have it.  If it isn't part of the JBL audio package and som add on, there
might be some problems with the interface with regards to the auto-mute with
the GPS or Bluetooth phone.

If I do go to a Sirus, I'd probably go the portable unit with the radio
transmitter that allows you to use it with the car's FM radio or perhaps the
cassette deck interface that is in package #6.

However, those that hang around in the audio forums haven't been that
impressed with the audio quality of Sirus and moreseo as more stations go
online.  Bandwidth is showing and the audio bit rate seems to have fallen
(maybe like a 128 ripped Mp3).  It isn't audiophile quality as many think.


Posted by Jonathan Kaplan on August 14, 2005, 4:29 pm
 I have both the XM unit directly wired into the display screen and a Sirius
starbase unit mounted under the radio across the front of the former cubby
hole. It is a direct fm modulater connection (no static)

I find the XM to have a far stronger signal with less drop offs. The Sirius
will sometimes lose the signal around town. The sound quality of the direct
connection is much better than the fm modulated one. The FM modulated
connection has a more tinny flat sound than the direct connection.

I purchased Sirius after the XM to give me some more options when I sit in
traffic. After listening to Howard Stern this week when I had a loaner car,
I like Opie and Anthony better. The music selections are a little better on
Sirius (early and later classic rock). XM lumps them together.

If you want a directly wired Sirius or XM unit, try looking at
www/PriusXM.com (he has the Sirius units now, Coastaletech is still working
on the Sirius units, but has XM) I have the Coastaletech XM

Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 14, 2005, 9:35 pm

It is not a Toyota option, but there are third-party add-ons.

Yes, and yes.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by Bill on August 15, 2005, 1:00 am
 Michelle Steiner wrote:

Technically, it is a Toyota option, but only for the Solara. It will
work with the Prius and some dealers will do the install if you don't
want to do it yourself.

'04 Prius, BC package with XM

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