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Old 12-23-2006, 07:06 PM   #1
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So I love sirius...my parents too. I bought a sirius one and a free one with the 6 month supcription and so on to give them, since they love mine(I've had for 2 years).

I have given them the sirius one and the static is horrible. It worked fine in my driveway so my mom bought a lifetime membership. She is now pissed and pissed at me. We drive around and it sucks. Only after I did some research, I see the FCC went hard on them. Yes I know I can install a modulator, but they want to use it in three different cars(daily car, trip car, and RV on big trips, an idea they got from me after I moved mine around) The other is to go on my dad's bike all the time. The modulater is not an option and not cheap once I buy it, buy the extra cables since its a GM and a Jeep and get it installed. I went by Radio shack and got the "extra antenna" to plug in the FM out and it still sucks. I went through every channel I could and it still sucks somewhere around town when driving. Sirius is fighting me to give my mom and myself ALL the money back.

What can I do? This is turing out to be a horrible Christmas.
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:17 PM   #2
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I'm still trying to figure this one out. You installed a radio in a car. The car never left the driveway. Then you purchased a lifetime subscription. What ever happend to driving around first to test it out. This just does not add up. A little pre mature seems to me for lifetime binging.
 
 
 
Old 12-23-2006, 07:25 PM   #3
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I have two in my other cars that work fine, why should these have been different? They didn't tell me the transmitters where not as good?
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:24 PM   #4
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There is nothing wrong with the new transmitters that should cause any problem. Go to someone who installs them for a living to troubleshoot the install. You purchased a lifetime subscription (good move), so get it checked out by someone who knows what they are doing and enjoy.
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I found even with my older One radio some static would hang around. I found I had to change to different frequencies as I moved around in my car. I got a stereo in my car with a aux plug in. On mine it is on the front of the stereo. Some have it in the front, and some in the back. You may want to pull the stereo deck out, and see if it has aux in to plug into. I think if the stereo has a cd changer connection then adapters are available to use it as aux in instead. The direct connect is by far the best way to connect. There is a connection on the left side of the One radio for this purpose. Basic car stereo decks are pretty cheap, and almost all now days have aux in on the units. Any time you buy new equipment it is worth testing before you make long term commitments. Something to think about.
 
 
 
Old 12-24-2006, 08:07 AM   #6
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Uhhhh, you are not reading.

There is something wrong with the FM transmitter. They lowerd the output level from 12 to 6. I have moved up and down the dial to find a station to use. In my driveway and down the road a mile it works, until static takes over.

AS I STATED in the first post, I can't take the car radio out looking for a AUX slot, if that was the case, I would not be on here. I want to change between 3 cars and a motorcycle. I am not going to install a modulator, the fac radios do not have an AUX slot in the front. What can I do?

As far as testing it. Again, I have been a subscriber for 2 years with sirius one units. Both work WONDERFUL and have NEVER had a problem. Why, they have higher transmitter outputs of 12 than the two I just purchaced. If you are NOT told this, how am I to know. They worked fine in the driveway LIKE THE OTHERS. If you go to a chicken place for two years and eat the same chicken, and one day they serve you chicken that looks and smells like it but it has needles in it. Are you going to take the chicken apart and look before you eat this one time? NO.
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There is nothing wrong with the new transmitters that should cause any problem. Go to someone who installs them for a living to troubleshoot the install. You purchased a lifetime subscription (good move), so get it checked out by someone who knows what they are doing and enjoy.
I am sorry buddy, by why are there pages and pages of "Static" issues?

I know you are just trying to help.
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Could be you have a defective radio, and need to exchange it for another? Also, have the antenna checked out, sometimes they can go bad and cause static.

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Uhhhh, you are not reading.

There is something wrong with the FM transmitter. They lowerd the output level from 12 to 6. I have moved up and down the dial to find a station to use. In my driveway and down the road a mile it works, until static takes over.

AS I STATED in the first post, I can't take the car radio out looking for a AUX slot, if that was the case, I would not be on here. I want to change between 3 cars and a motorcycle. I am not going to install a modulator, the fac radios do not have an AUX slot in the front. What can I do?

As far as testing it. Again, I have been a subscriber for 2 years with sirius one units. Both work WONDERFUL and have NEVER had a problem. Why, they have higher transmitter outputs of 12 than the two I just purchaced. If you are NOT told this, how am I to know. They worked fine in the driveway LIKE THE OTHERS. If you go to a chicken place for two years and eat the same chicken, and one day they serve you chicken that looks and smells like it but it has needles in it. Are you going to take the chicken apart and look before you eat this one time? NO.
uhhh, yes I am. I could offer more suggestions, but I'm done with this thread. Your right. What a lousy Christmas it is turning out for you. You gave them the gift of more stress, and to figure out how to fix it. Maybe you will have better luck next year!
 
 
 
Old 12-24-2006, 08:49 PM   #10
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So I love sirius...my parents too. I bought a sirius one and a free one with the 6 month supcription and so on to give them, since they love mine(I've had for 2 years).

I have given them the sirius one and the static is horrible. It worked fine in my driveway so my mom bought a lifetime membership. She is now pissed and pissed at me. We drive around and it sucks. Only after I did some research, I see the FCC went hard on them. Yes I know I can install a modulator, but they want to use it in three different cars(daily car, trip car, and RV on big trips, an idea they got from me after I moved mine around) The other is to go on my dad's bike all the time. The modulater is not an option and not cheap once I buy it, buy the extra cables since its a GM and a Jeep and get it installed. I went by Radio shack and got the "extra antenna" to plug in the FM out and it still sucks. I went through every channel I could and it still sucks somewhere around town when driving. Sirius is fighting me to give my mom and myself ALL the money back.

What can I do? This is turing out to be a horrible Christmas.
Be a good son and give your mom your old radio with the stronger modulator, and you take her "one". That way, she can still transfer it from car to car, and you can hardwire the "one" into yours.
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That is not a bad idea...I hope its easier to add a modulator in a Nissan Xterra....

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Old 12-25-2006, 07:46 AM   #12
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I've read somewhere on this forum that Sirius will send you a free modulator if you call them and tell them about your static problems.
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Yeah, its the installation that will cost. I am told I need extra cables to go in the cars too. I would like to try myself, if I were to install one. I not good at this so if I mess up, I will be up *&^% creek.

Wow what a mess.
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Old 12-25-2006, 08:06 AM   #14
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Yeah, its the installation that will cost. I am told I need extra cables to go in the cars too. I would like to try myself, if I were to install one. I not good at this so if I mess up, I will be up *&^% creek.

Wow what a mess.
From what I've seen it's not hard at all- just a little adapter that plug into the back of your radio where the antenna comes in. If you can reach back there, should take no time at all. Hopefully Rubin or Vargas can give more details since they usually seem to be most in the know.
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Old 12-25-2006, 12:02 PM   #15
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I've read somewhere on this forum that Sirius will send you a free modulator if you call them and tell them about your static problems.
Why didn't I hear of this before. I had to shell out $30 to fix the issue with my dad's One

As for the modulator, it's really simple. It's just a little box that you plug your car antenna into. Then you plug the wire coming out of the box into your head unit and viola. Didn't need any adatpers or anything for an 02 Caravan. Strictly plug and play
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