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Subaru SXM Radio

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ByteMe
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Subaru SXM Radio

Post by ByteMe » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:01 am

My wife drives a 2017 Subaru Outback. Nice car, but the SXM radio is annoying. Anytime the radio is left on an eXplicit Language (XL) station, the next time the car is started the radio automatically retunes to SXM's promo channel, as if the radio is not activated. It's some kind of nanny mode. She listens to Turbo and Howard 100 frequently, so it's not uncommon to start up the car and hear the Hits 1 promo loop. Does anybody know of a way to disable this? We can't find a way to disable this function. She complained to Subaru and to the dealership. The only response has been, "some people like the feature." I realize that returning to a regular channel is one tap of the touchscreen away, but you can't change stations while the car is in reverse, and that's usually when she notices that the annoying SXM promo channel is playing.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by Turkeytop » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:14 pm

I don't listen to any of those garbage channels. But once in a while my GM radio defaults to the promo channel too.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by MWmetalhead » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:59 pm

She complained to Subaru and to the dealership. The only response has been, "some people like the feature." I realize that returning to a regular channel is one tap of the touchscreen away, but you can't change stations while the car is in reverse, and that's usually when she notices that the annoying SXM promo channel is playing.
The people at the dealership are almost always clueless when it comes to OEM technology issues.

My suggestion would be to contact Sirius XM customer support - ideally during daytime or early evening hours on a weekday so you wind up with a customer support specialist who is based in the U.S. as opposed to someone overseas.

It's interesting that XM radios still provide the "xL" tag, even many years after completion of the merger. Sirius units - at least those that come as OEM equipment on Ford vehicles - have never provided such an advisory.

My fear, ByteMe, is that your Subaru unit is functioning as intended.


Radio's downfall has been under-investing in its core competency and becoming distracted by delusions of grandeur by thinking development of a half-assed national digital strategy will somehow put it on par with the Facebooks and Googles of the world.

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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by 48125er » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:58 am

ByteMe wrote:
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:01 am
My wife drives a 2017 Subaru Outback. Nice car, but the SXM radio is annoying. Anytime the radio is left on an eXplicit Language (XL) station, the next time the car is started the radio automatically retunes to SXM's promo channel, as if the radio is not activated. It's some kind of nanny mode. She listens to Turbo and Howard 100 frequently, so it's not uncommon to start up the car and hear the Hits 1 promo loop. Does anybody know of a way to disable this? We can't find a way to disable this function. She complained to Subaru and to the dealership. The only response has been, "some people like the feature." I realize that returning to a regular channel is one tap of the touchscreen away, but you can't change stations while the car is in reverse, and that's usually when she notices that the annoying SXM promo channel is playing.
Newer fords with the backup camera close out the radio also.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:12 pm

48125er wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:58 am


Newer fords with the backup camera close out the radio also.
I drive a Chevy Equinox. When in reverse, the radio continues to play, but the controls are inaccessible. I suppose they want the drivers full attention to be on the driving.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by Deleted User 10525 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:46 am

My Mom has a Nissan Rouge and when you are in reverse, you cant do anything with the radio. Ditto for someone I know, who has a VW Passat. I've never had a Subaru but there pretty awesome cars from what I hear. Anyway, that's weird it goes back to the default channel.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by WOHO » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:17 am

Don't turn on the (XM) radio until you are out in the open, not in the garage, as if it has to go on a satellite hunt for too long it parks on the junk channel. The plug-n-plays have a 'reset to factory default' menu button, but I doubt that menu if open in their OEM car radios?

Not being able to play with the controls while you're backing up makes sense to me. Also, not being able to change radio stations when your car is going over 100mph sounds like a safety feature if all you can do is turn it off as well.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by jry » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:43 pm

I got the use of a Cadillac CT 6 for a weekend. Those cars are equipped with XM Radio. I cannot believe how good that radio sounds. Wide bandwidth, crisp highs. Amazing. In fact, everything with that Bose sound system is amazing. It's just that the XM stood out as it was such a stark contrast when compared with our Fords or BMW.



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Re: Subaru SXM Radio

Post by WOHO » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:04 pm

I second that jry: the GM version of the XM Radio actually sounds fairly decent. Kia/Hyundai has okay bass, but oversaturated midrange and overdone on the fake high-end. Dodge I was in still had a Sirius rig, and not impressed-except that it had bonus artist features that most other radios don't have.



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