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I am wondering if anyone has installed their XM without the factory antennae being drilled through the trunk, but rather in some other portable yet secure fashion? undefined
 

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Numerous other threads have addressed this issue in the past.

Performance is severly compromised if the antenna is inside. Other smaller antennas have been mentioend, but no one has said they installed it and it works.

Even with the current location, some owners in the Northeast have reception issues around buildings and trees.

Its not really that bad, and you look at it as part of the car after a while.
 

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I had my xm antenna installed about two weeks after I first picked up my new 2005. After installation I kept thinking "what did I do to my beautiful car?" Now, a month later I don't even notice it is there. Have it installed and forget about it. By the way, I live in the Northeast and have no problem with reception.
 

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Yes. The dealer near me advised that they will re-route the wires & install a small internal antennae on the dash, in the corner, as an option. They SAY that it works fine.
 

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Yes. The dealer near me advised that they will re-route the wires & install a small internal antennae on the dash, in the corner, as an option. They SAY that it works fine.
I would want proof of that before spending the money to have the wires re-routed. I have to believe that if there was, in late 2003, a way to mount the antenna inside *and* not compromise XM signal strength then the XLR engineers would have jumped at the option. In the one year since I haven't seen anything new for OEM XM antennas. The receivers have improved, but not the antennas.

From my perspective, the antenna becomes invisible after about 2 weeks. I really would think it looked strange not to have one on the XLR.
 

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I'd sure like to hear about this too, been looking for alternatives.
I was sooo close to having my ant. installed after a year until somebody here called it a "wart". Perfect description!
I can't help but think about the guy at the school of middle digit with pencil in hand
and how he would feel about this thing on his car. And why they didn't let him draw the ant too. If that is where it must sit, why can't it be multi-facited like the car instead of a wart? That's fine for VW or SL, but they need to design something cool that fits the style of the XLR.
IMO :thumbs
 

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Xm External Antennae

For whatever it's worth: I saw a black XLR with the trunk-mounted XM antennae. I noted that it was the same color as the vehicle, ie., black, not a matte finish. Actually, it didn't look THAT bad. In fact, I could lose sight of it after a few days. I was wondering if installation on the other colors is color-coordinated. If so, not so bad.
 

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I've mentioned this before, but what the heck...........

I have an XM Delphi Radio with cradles attached to my home entertainment system, a boombox cradle in my office, one in the shop and a car kit installed in my 03 Cobra (before I sold it). The boomboxes have an antenna that folds flat against the back of the radio when not in use and folds out for reception. It works fine in the house, in my shop and anywhere else I carry it. It will sometimes lose signal for a moment if you walk near it or move it quickly, however once it aquires a signal it hangs on pretty well. The car kit's antenna was installed by a professional installer who attached it to the dash at the point it meets the windshield. I never had a reception problem with it mounted in the car. Heck, the antenna for my home system is sitting on top of shelf in my living room and it works just fine.

I installed the antenna on my XLR because I like XM radio and there were no other options. After a week the antenna became part of the car and blends in a whole lot better than the ones on other cars out there.
 

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mswaim said:
I've mentioned this before, but what the heck...........

I have an XM Delphi Radio with cradles attached to my home entertainment system, a boombox cradle in my office, one in the shop and a car kit installed in my 03 Cobra (before I sold it). The boomboxes have an antenna that folds flat against the back of the radio when not in use and folds out for reception. It works fine in the house, in my shop and anywhere else I carry it. It will sometimes lose signal for a moment if you walk near it or move it quickly, however once it aquires a signal it hangs on pretty well. The car kit's antenna was installed by a professional installer who attached it to the dash at the point it meets the windshield. I never had a reception problem with it mounted in the car. Heck, the antenna for my home system is sitting on top of shelf in my living room and it works just fine.

I installed the antenna on my XLR because I like XM radio and there were no other options. After a week the antenna became part of the car and blends in a whole lot better than the ones on other cars out there.
Pictures please. Lets see how it looks on your dash!
 

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I enjoy my XM so much I ordered a Roady II for the Escalade and the house. Instead of a wart, I view the antenna as a beauty mark.
 

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I've got factory XM in my XLR and love it enough to buy a Roady for the other cars. I place the antenna on the dash, and it works well 95% of the time. The other 5% is drop-out. It's better than sticking it on the roof as they recommend.

As others have said, the 'wart' disappears if you go with a mounted antenna after a short while. As a matter of fact, when I see an XM antenna on another make of car, I don't see a 'wart'; I see class.
 

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I just bought my XLR about a month ago. I hesitated to have the XM antenna installed, but now I am glad I did. I blends in well with its matching paint and I barely notice it. I would do it again.
 

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Wish the '06 mirrors could be retrofitted :)

... but it's probably impossible. As noted on a separate thread about the 2006 models, the XM is now standard and uses 2 (?) hidden antennas in each side mirror housing.

Oh well, already drilled mine. It does blend in after a while...

RK
 

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RoofRider said:
I am wondering if anyone has installed their XM without the factory antennae being drilled through the trunk, but rather in some other portable yet secure fashion? undefined
When I bought mine the dealer offered to install the trunk mounted external antenna, but strongly advised that I not "drill into such a beautiful car". So I took his suggestion and they mounted a small antenna on the passenger-side dashboard right next to the window. It is unnoticeable but the reception at times is less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, I have not been able to conduct a head-to-head comparison on reception so I don't really know if the trunk mounted antenna is really that much better.
 
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trunk mounted wart works great all the time except when indoors, tunnels, or around high buildings, etc
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When I bought mine the dealer offered to install the trunk mounted external antenna, but strongly advised that I not "drill into such a beautiful car". So I took his suggestion and they mounted a small antenna on the passenger-side dashboard right next to the window. It is unnoticeable but the reception at times is less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, I have not been able to conduct a head-to-head comparison on reception so I don't really know if the trunk mounted antenna is really that much better.
 

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XM doesn't work

Mine never worked in Westchester Co., NY state--any time I made turns, the B pillars seemed to cut out reception completely.
:confused

I'd listen to the whole joke on the comedy station, and then miss the punch line, because I made a turn (or an 18 wheeler drove by).
:banghead

Not only did I get ripped off for $325.00, but I got a wart that I don't use!
:nopity

Needless to say, I cancelled my XM subscription!
:bs

Would've been nice to get a warning "XM doesn't work on the XLR: when turning, near trees, near hills, near 18 wheelers, during cosmic eclipses...."
:skep

--Bob
 

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Mine never worked in Westchester Co., NY state--any time I made turns, the B pillars seemed to cut out reception completely.
:confused

I'd listen to the whole joke on the comedy station, and then miss the punch line, because I made a turn (or an 18 wheeler drove by).
:banghead

Not only did I get ripped off for $325.00, but I got a wart that I don't use!
:nopity

Needless to say, I cancelled my XM subscription!
:bs

Would've been nice to get a warning "XM doesn't work on the XLR: when turning, near trees, near hills, near 18 wheelers, during cosmic eclipses...."
:skep

--Bob
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Admittedly we have very little in the way of experience thus far (still under 500 miles on the XLR), but we have done interstate highway travel, been around tall buildings, made plenty of turns and cruised along valleys on rural roads here in North Carolina and the XM reception has been absolutely superb. We especially enjoy channel 60 Classic Soul (really, for the most part, old rhythm and blues) and channel 101 Reggae.

We decided to install the XM antenna ourselves since we were concerned the dealership would not be as careful about the matter as we would like. Here are a couple of “tips” for those similarly inclined. We bought new drill bits so the holes would be cut as cleanly as possible and we also bought the special masking tape used just for painting cars (don’t even consider the normal variety of masking tape). The tape is used to prevent tearing of the paint and fiberglass when the final holes are drilled from the topside, after the pilot holes have been drilled from the underside of the trunk lid. We also suggest wrapping a good bit of narrow tape around the base of the drill bit so the drill chuck can’t accidentally come in contact with the trunk lid when the bit bores through it.

The instructions, as usual, leave a little bit to be desired. For example, there’s no warning that when removing the push-in retainers from the “rear compartment trim panel on the rear compartment lid” there’s a need to support the panel more or less in place and when the last retainer has been removed to lower it only enough to reach inside. Why is that important? Because on the top side of the panel are wires on either side which have been hot glued in spots and it’s necessary to reach and disconnect two wiring connectors before the panel can be fully removed without tearing the glue and the wires loose. That was lots of fun (we suggest two sets of hands).

There’s an “arrow” template included in the kit that has to be positioned in a matching recessed area beneath the trunk lid. This template, among other things, is used to mark where the pilot holes are to be drilled. The matching recessed area is noticeably larger than the template. Apart from the obvious need to carefully center the template across the width of the recess there’s the not so obvious need to move it as far forward as possible (arrow tip end) in the recess. Failure to do so can cause the antenna ultimately to be mounted too far to the rear which puts it on the raised center line of the trunk and the base of the antenna will not sit flush against the top of the trunk lid. That half-inch of play in the recess can make a lot of difference. You would think the instructions would address this matter, but they don’t.

So, there are a few tips for the do it yourselfers out there.

Happy listening.

Best regards,
Ed and Sandra
 
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