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I just purchased a 2005 coupe and when I go to XM, I get a "no signal" message no matter where I am. 

I also get horrible FM reception. I've checked the connections at the XM tuner and all seems fine.  Anyone experience a problem like this?

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Someone had an aftermarket stereo, then took it out when they sold the car.  They probably purchased a base model stereo and put it in the car to trade/sell.

 

I think there is factory code which might have to be put into the stereo to marry everything up, might even take a Tech II to do the deed.  I'm sure bigger brains than me will chime in

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From 5/17 thru 5/30 XM Radio is turned on for a free trial.:thumbs

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You have to pay a subscription fee normally to activate it.  Get a trial offer and then when it is coming up for renewal call to "cancel".  They'll offer several options but the cheapest is usually 5 months for around $20 plus "fees" whihc total out to $25

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The OP posted about his radio not working well at all. I think that's way beyond the "pay to work" XM suggestions. 

@TheCMSH probably has the most sound suggestions yet. 

 

Good luck! 

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Probably an antenna voltage issue, it is likely reflected by a body code.  Sometimes just clearing the code makes the car happy again, sometimes it needs a new receiver, or an antenna repair.  Proper diagnosis will determine the root cause.  Good Luck!

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3 hours ago, theChad said:

The OP posted about his radio not working well at all. I think that's way beyond the "pay to work" XM suggestions. 

@TheCMSH probably has the most sound suggestions yet. 

 

Good luck! 

Thanks TheChad. I have had Satellite radio for many years. I have a lifetime subscription in fact.  I called them, gave them the ESN for activation and the unit does not see the satellite.  It always shows "no signal" no matter where I am. It's definitely not a blocked signal issue either.  

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12 hours ago, BlackC6 said:

Thanks TheChad. I have had Satellite radio for many years. I have a lifetime subscription in fact.  I called them, gave them the ESN for activation and the unit does not see the satellite.  It always shows "no signal" no matter where I am. It's definitely not a blocked signal issue either.  

Senor Dos Fangs is probably spot on like usual.  Sadly on a C6 you can't pull your own codes and reset like on a C5.  I'm not sure if that's something you can borrow from Autozone or Oreilly's either (I've just never had the need), it may have to go to a mechanic with a Tech II.  If nothing else, maybe try disconnecting the battery overnight

 

Here's my big fear for you, there are a lot of hacks out there, I hope there isn't anything cut/damaged in the antenna line, maybe inspect the connector VERY closely and make sure there isn't a damaged pin or something

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Since I have a Tech II, I also have never had the need to make use of Autozone or O'Reilly scanners, but I am pretty certain they can only read generic powertrain data and not body, chassis, or other system codes.

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On 5/19/2017 at 10:04 AM, TheCMSH said:

 

 

Here's my big fear for you, there are a lot of hacks out there, I hope there isn't anything cut/damaged in the antenna line, maybe inspect the connector VERY closely and make sure there isn't a damaged pin or something

REALLY????

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34 minutes ago, P51tj said:

REALLY????

Of course I'm referencing Bla.......Bla.....oh, I won't say his name and send you spinning into another dimension Timmeh.  :lol 

 

But yeah, Tim knows about the wiring hacks and his was really really bad

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Holeeeee CRAP!!!!

 

I'm no electrician and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night...but that's just damn wrong!!!!

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1 hour ago, Bigfoot said:

Holeeeee CRAP!!!!

 

I'm no electrician and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night...but that's just damn wrong!!!!

Ya. The yellow lead needs to be switched with the center black one :smilelol

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I made this post looking for some help. I don't see where any of this is helpful to anyone. It apears this is a joke to everyone except me. The entire system is being replaced today.  I'm glad I was able to amuse some of you. 

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I'm sorry, did I post something in this thread that was in any way construed to be a joke?

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11 minutes ago, Two Fangs said:

I'm sorry, did I post something in this thread that was in any way construed to be a joke?

Not at all.  Thanks for the suggestions.

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Dude, just ask for help.  I have a Tech II, I know quite a bit about these things, you could have brought it over, could have pulled codes and come up with a plan of attack. When something kind of dies on the vine thread-wise, folks start messing around. It is nothing against you or anything, just kind of the way this place works.

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2 minutes ago, Two Fangs said:

Dude, just ask for help.  I have a Tech II, I know quite a bit about these things, you could have brought it over, could have pulled codes and come up with a plan of attack. When something kind of dies on the vine thread-wise, folks start messing around. It is nothing against you or anything, just kind of the way this place works.

Thank you sir!!  I really appreciate it!  Like I said, I'm getting the entire system replaced today.  I'm going with a Pioneer unit with Bluetooth and HD radio as well as a new Sirius tuner and back up cam. 

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Very nice!  Post pics when it is all finished up

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1 hour ago, Two Fangs said:

Very nice!  Post pics when it is all finished up

Agreed, Pics please!

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3 hours ago, BlackC6 said:

Thank you sir!!  I really appreciate it!  Like I said, I'm getting the entire system replaced today.  I'm going with a Pioneer unit with Bluetooth and HD radio as well as a new Sirius tuner and back up cam. 

Yes, let us know, I'd be curious to find out what they find out.  I'm betting someone passed off some butchery to you, sucks for sure.  Sounds like you'll be getting a wayyyy better set up than OEM now too.  Look forward to seeing and hearing!  :thumbs 

 

Oh, and the inmates here go off the rails pretty easily, don't take it too personal.  Overall a pretty likeable and affable bunch

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Got the deck installed today. Pioneer 7" screen with DVD ,HD radio, Bluetooth, Siriusxm. Having the back up cam installed when they do the speakers, amps and JL Audio Stealth box. They were able to use the factory mic in the pillar for the Bluetooth. :thumbs  I also had them install my Escort 9500ix radar detector and dashcam. It all came out perfectly.  I'm very happy! 

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Sweet!

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