2009 Prius XM radio and iPod questions
We just put down our deposit today for a 2009 Prius (Spectra Blue Mica) that we're supposed to pick up on Monday. We are having a LOT of trouble finding out anything about the best ways to integrate our iPod and our existing XM satellite radio (Roady XT) into the car. Toyota themselves are balking at doing the installation for us, but everything I've read on forums and blogs seems to say that if you don't have the satellite radio capability factory installed, you cannot also run an iPod in the car. I assume that means that the third party installation uses the auxiliary input jack that you'd normally use for the iPod.
Also, I'm having no luck finding out exactly _what_ the options package #3 and above "satellite capability" consists of. Is it a dock (so I can use my portable XM)? Is it a radio installed into the dash (so that I'd have to get another subscription)?
I'm willing to spend the extra money to get an options package #3 car (and wait for it), because when I tried to speak to Circuit City about installing an aftermarket satellite radio, what they told me was not very encouraging: it sounds like they're just attaching the dock to the vents, which I can do myself!
Is there any kind of aftermarket satellite system for the Prius that is properly _installed_, rather than just clipped to the vents or stuck to the dash with double-mount tape? Alternatively, what is the official Toyota factory-installed unit like?
Thanks a bunch!
My daughter has XM on a 2005
My daughter has XM on a 2005 (or maybe 2006) Prius and it is completely hidden behind the dash and is accessed through the "Mode" button on the steering wheel. It was installed by her Toyota dealer in Raleigh NC. You see the channel selection and song selection on the dash screen. (Screen also responds to touch selection.) There are a couple of internet sites www.factoryinteractive.com/PriusXM/ and www.coastaletech.com/xm_radio_in_prius.htm that advertise what seems to be in her car...
I am now looking for a new Prius (my 2004 is going to be "first car" for my granddaughter), and I have had the same problems figuring out exactly what "satellite capability" really is. I am planning to go the the dealer (in Jackson MS) tomorrow and see if we can figure this out! If you found the answer as applies to the 2009 already, please post it!
Thanks to all,
I just bought a 2009 Prius
I just bought a 2009 Prius with package 5/6 and I was totally misled by my salesman, his boss and the finance closer about my XM radio. I was told repeatedly that the car would have everything including XM radio and when I went to register the system per the Prius manual I found out I had to purchase the receiver module separately. My salesman gave me a song and dance about what he meant when he told me the car had XM radio. I have been waiting weeks for his boss to call me and explain what he really meant by the car will have everything including XM radio. We even purchased the extended warranty based on all the additional electronics with the finance guy because it would cover the XM radio.
Additionally, the garage door opener won't work and the Toyota service guy basically gave us a you’re out of luck story. Most of the addresses I have tried to input into the navigation system aren't accepted but I carry my Garmin around to find a close intersection, which has been accepted. Of the dozens of Toyotas we and our families have had over the years, this one is terribly disappointing.
I sent in my new car survey to Toyota with these comments and I have not heard a peep.
My Overhead Door opener has
My Overhead Door opener has the same problem with two different cars.
GPS bites but can be fooled
GPS bites but can be fooled into accepting addresses. It is very picky about the format and sequence you do it in.
My husband and I could
My husband and I could not get the garage door opener on our 2009 Prius (5 package) to work, but we happened to have a garage door repairman out and my husband asked him about getting the Prius opener to work. He figured it out (we have a 15-year-old garage door), so now we can open the garage door using the Prius controls. So you might try that route. I think the Prius is a devil to figure out. The computer in the car is way way too complicated. Like you, I've been frustrated with the navigation system. We have figured it out, but our old Garmin is much better. And I haven't yet figured out how to use the audio system with my iPod. (That's why I'm looking on this site.)
Sorry about being misled about the XM satellite receiver. Good luck!
I have a 2009 Toyota Prius
I have a 2009 Toyota Prius and so far everything works fine. The navigation is interesting as on most routings it gives you two or three choices, but it does find the destination every time. The garage door opener directions provided by Toyota will not work. You need to go to the Homelink website since that's the guts of this garage door opener. Very quick and easy to set up with their directions. I've helped several friends in the neighborhood setup their in car garage door openers. One friend across the street has had a Honda for three and half years and never got it to work, but the Homelink directions made it easy. Love the bluetooth hands-free with my iPhone. On to my next Prius project, installing an XM radio receiver.