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Old 01-04-2007, 07:02 PM   #1
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I recently had Sirius installed by the dealer in my 2005 Mercedes E55. The antenna is mounted on the center of the trunk, and is painted to match the car. The signal reception seems to be a lot worse than the XM in my Acura. For example, I lose reception briefly 2-3 times on the road from my home to the freeway in the E55; XM comes thru all the way down the road.

Is there an improved antenna over the stock antenna supplied by Mercedes that could help the reception?
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I don't have any personal experience with the Mercedes Sirius antenna, but a guy who used to work at the same company I do had one on the trunk of his Mercedes and I don't think he had any major problems with it...other than not liking the way it looked.

Do keep in mind with Sirius, however, that the signal can cut out it you go under bridges, trees or overpasses, and I know that I also have signal dropouts in some spots where, as best I can figure, the signal must be getting blocked by the buildings around my car.
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Roof is the best place for an antenna. I would think it doesn't matter what kind of car you have. I have an antenna above the windshield of my car and I never have problems with a signal.

If the wire is bad, you signal will keep going out, too. That happened to me with my XM SkyFi a couple of years ago.
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Nice car, my wife has a C320 and it was an option too. But at a dealer cost of $1,000 it better sound damm good. How's yours sound? Did you keep your stock radio?
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XM comes thru all the way down the road.
XM and Sirius have different satellite & repeater configurations, so one may work in one area where the other won't work.
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Nice car, my wife has a C320 and it was an option too. But at a dealer cost of $1,000 it better sound damm good. How's yours sound? Did you keep your stock radio?
The dealer install was almost $1,200, but if fully integrates with the stock radio and the steering controls, Navigation screen, etc. Sounds great when it comes through, but I'm trying to get used to the dropped signals!
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Unfortunately Sirius mobile reception SUCKS. I'm in North West NJ and I get drop outs from leafless trees now. I've never had this problem before. Both my vehicles have the newest dot micro antennas installed on the roof as stated in the instruction sheet in the package. Sirius needs to do something and fast these drop outs are annoying.
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