How to Add SiriusXM Satellite Radio to Any Car
I can’t live without my Carolina Shag Radio. But, I can only get that vintage R&B channel with SiriusXM satellite radio, and my truck didn’t come with the Sirius satellite radio system. So, what to do? Luckily I have a few options so I won’t have to live without my sweet R&B tunes, or the Elvis Radio station or even Howard Stern (if you like that sort of thing). These options even work on leased or older cars.
For those of us that like listening options, especailly with AM radios going away, Sirius could be a good alternative.
Could you already have Sirius and not know it?
Are you sure you don’t already have SiriusXM installed? It’s easy to check on most in-car radios to see if you have a Sirius-equipped car. Scroll through the options on your radio until you find “source” button that switches between AM and FM radio. In the list of sources, you may see “Aux” for “auxiliary” and SiriusXM. If you do, you can flip it to the Sirius channel and then call the 1-800 number to sign up for the satellite radio service.
Do you want it wired in like a factory system?
If your car doesn’t have it, and you want to install it, there are a few options, but unfortunately they’re not cheap. When your car was built, if Sirius was an option it would come with a special antenna. Those satellite antennas usually look like shark fins on the roof.
There are several options to add Sirius, and the SiriusXM300V1 and SiriusXM SXWB1V1 are options. These two devices look like navigation screens and attach to your car’s dash. According to aftermarket stereo dealer Crutchfield, the SXV300V1 connects to a factory radio that has the SiriusXM-Ready logo.
Other units have a built-in FM transmitter, so you just need to tune your radio to a specific frequency to hear it. Or, you can plug one into the auxiliary input on the radio. These are great options for cars that have integrated radios that are nearly impossible to replace with a non-factory unit. These units may need a professional to install them, but generally, most folks can install them on their own.
The head units are about $80, while the antenna is an additional $70. As a bonus, the company also makes a marine unit for bumping tunes anywhere on the water or even tabletop stereos that can access your account.
But there’s a trick for getting it easier than that
Sirius has an app. Lok for the SiriusXM app for Android or Apple. It’s similar to Spotify, and we all know how easy that is to hookup to a car stereo. With the Sirius app, you have two choices: you can get it for streaming only, or you can buy both streaming and satellite services. The plans vary in price.
Having the app on your phone lets you find 80s on 8 or 90s on 9 and stream it from your phone. Most modern cars have a Bluetooth option for connecting a phone, and the app will play music through that. Or, if you have an older car with a cassette deck, your local auto parts store will still sell you a cassette deck adapter. Barring that, a simple Bluetooth transmitter is less than $20.
How do I remove Sirius radio?
If you’re in the other camp, and you don’t really need to hear Billboard’s Top 500 Summer Hits on repeat, it’s easy to cancel. You can flip to the Sirius source and your radio should display the 1-800 number (1-866-635-5027). Simply ring the company up and cancel your subscription.
If you want full internet service, and not just satellite radio, look for a StarLink setup.