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I am soon to take delivery of a 2007 SEL in blue.  It is a fleet car so I do not have real easy access to a Ford salesperson.  I just pick it up at a dealer.  They make a few $ but they do not want to really spend time answering my questions since they make no commission (which as a salesperson I can understand).  I can check on it's progress online though and it was built/finished on 9/27 and now on a railcar 9/28.

Anybody know how long it will take to get to MD?

I am hoping mine will include "JOB 2" standard features.  Specifically the plug for the MP3 under the armrest.

I presently have the XM SKYFI2 in my Ford Taurus.  I have a plug running from the trunk where the guts of radio is, plugged into inputs where a CD-changer is supposed to go and then run from the trunk into my XM in the front seat.  All I do is switch the radio to Cd/ AUX and I hear XM w/o cassette or the FM radio method.

I understand from reading this forum that this method of using aux output cables from the CD changer is no longer doable?  I have been thinking about my options.

It dawned on me that perhaps I could just run the SkiFi from the MP3 aug output (assuming I get one) and I am home free!  All I would have to do is run the wires.

I hope to let you know if I am able to rig my XM this way, and if not I would like to hear what other folks have done.
 

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I hooked up the XM Sportscaster in mine. All you need is a power supply and the antenna. I have mine running off the FM channels.

 

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All my worries about wiring the XM through the CD changer jacks in the radio for good sound were for naught as my car came with the AUX plug in the armrest (job#2).  I cannot stand the FM modulator option.  It sucks for sound! Here are some photos of my install of the XM SKIFI2 and the satellite radio antenna:



I just placed the antenna behind the Ford stalk antenna and ran the antenna wire through the rear window molding, into the trunk behind the back seat and through the lower door molding into the dash:



I picked up a dashboard clip such as the Brodit Pro-Fit clip that you can get specifically for the Fusion, or one like mine which was one size fit's all.  You can get the clip from Crutchfield or Circuit City.  You follow the instructions on the Brodit web site and it tells you where to attach the clip to the radio screws behind the dash.  You have to remove the radio dash but it was simple.  Screw the clip onto the existing radio screws and then pop the dash back in and you are done!




I ran a 3.5? male plug from the SKIFI2 output to the AUX PLUG in the armrest.

Here is the dashboard mount from Crutchfield:
 

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I like the looks of that. Its out of the way but yet accessible. Great job! :klavergreg:
 

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[quote author=TimY1979 link=topic=58602.msg1121406#msg1121406 date=1167190345]
eeeewwww XM, SIRIUS is alot better :klavergreg:
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[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=58602.msg1121674#msg1121674 date=1167216374]
[quote author=TimY1979 link=topic=58602.msg1121406#msg1121406 date=1167190345]
eeeewwww XM, SIRIUS is alot better :klavergreg:
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LOL, I just like Sirius better. lol :lol:
 

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[quote author=TimY1979 link=topic=58602.msg1122753#msg1122753 date=1167275549]
[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=58602.msg1121674#msg1121674 date=1167216374]
[quote author=TimY1979 link=topic=58602.msg1121406#msg1121406 date=1167190345]
eeeewwww XM, SIRIUS is alot better :klavergreg:
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LOL, I just like Sirius better. lol :lol:
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XM Stock = $14.61
Junkirius = $3.62 :doh:

I heard rumors of a possible merger.... we will see! :klavergreg:
 

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Before the XM vs Sirius goes too far I think it's fair to say they both have their merits. I think Sirius is a better overall service though. I had XM from the beginning and I was rather annoyed with the amount of "searching" I had to do to find a song I actually liked. They do play a deeper playlist but it seems like mostly songs that I didn't like when they were new. I think Sirius has MUCH better rock playlists and stations. There are just too many variables in user taste to say one is better than the other for everyone. I wouldn't put too much weight into the stock price. They both seem to rise and fall at the same rates. It will be a couple of years before it's clear if one will ever out do the other. Also, remember that XM had a year head start. I currently subscribe to both services.
 

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nice install... i had both before and well i have none now. with both after 5 months i never listened to either because everything was always repeated.
 

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Ok, Here it is... I was trying to keep this down without starting a war and getting way off topic but I HATE HOWARD STERN :bitching: Thats the main reason I stay with XM. I have been with XM since they started a few years ago. I purchased the first unit sold by Circuit city in my area and have been happy ever since.

PS I really don't care.... Just like music and Talk. Plus it gives us somthing to talk about!!
 

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Although I wouldn't say I hate Howard, I don't listen to him at all. I keep XM mostly for the 80s music and I keep Sirius mostly for Octane 20(current rock).
 

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Got XM for x-mas and finally installed it in the Fusion last weekend. I have the Delphi Roady XT unit. Install went pretty smoothly. I mounted the antenna on the truck. I wanted to run the wire down along the passenger side under the kick plates but I was short about 5 inches. Right now I have it running from the rear seats then along the center hump and inside the console housing up to the dash. I used the vent mount for the head unit. It works ok. I think it rattles some or maybe the pass door is getting worse. I'm also using the built in FM modulator. The sound is decent but I really wish I had that aux input jack right about now. I'll play around with the levels, maybe that will help some.
 

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I had Sirius in my 4Runner but I let them cut it off because they kept repeating songs and I got tired of the "No Signal" interupting my songs
 

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Is xm better? I actually like the antenna on my car. One thing I dislike is that the system does cut out at times particularly when entering my garage. I love octane btw. My parents keep putting on 80s music though when they come along or drive it :( I like the news programming to so I can keep up with the latest while travelling/driving etc.

I heard they may merge
 

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I'm pretty pleased with XM. I live where it is flat and no tall buildings around so I never lose signal, except in the garage but I don't expect it to work there anyway.
I noticed when I was in MPLS I picked up terrestrial and satellite signals.
 

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XM signal problems?

I started having signal problems today. Anyone else experience this today?
I've got the antenna mounted on the deck lid. I've never had any problems in the past but for some reason today I'd get full signal then a minute later it would drop out totally, then come back for a few seconds then out again.
Some of the ideas I have which might be causing this:
1. Tree foliage is finally fully out?
2. Freshly waxed car and the antenna isn't getting good contact with trunk metal?

No issues in the house.
 
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