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Toyota Camry Hybrid Audio & Entertainment Questions

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  • In reply to your first question: the AUX input connects to the analog sound output (headphone jack)on your MP3 player. There is no way the info you want is going to be transferred to the car. This is why I much prefer putting the MP3's on CD's which will display that info.
  • Does anybody know how to speak a "DASH" into the system as part of an address? Whenever I try to enter an address via voice commands (ex: "ONE" "ZERO" "TWO" "DASH" "THREE" "SIX" for 102-36) the system reads it as 102736 or 102NW36 or something similar.

    I've tried to replace the "DASH" with "HYPHEN", "SLASH", "SPACE", and have even tried to speak the address without any punctuation (ex: "ONE" "ZERO" "TWO" "THREE" "SIX") but then the system tells me that no such house number exists.

    Any imput is welcome!

    Thanks
    James
  • What do most Camry Hybrid owners do? I see that the Camry Hybrid is XM or Sirius Capable but is it better to go with Toyota or Best Buy/equivalent?
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    As a Sirius subscriber for over two years, this was a major issue for me. Basically, it will cost you over $800 to have Toyota replace your XM and most units are on back order. I transferred my Stiletto to my TCH for a grand total of $65. The work was done by an auto specialty store which I trust.

    Also, the new radios are not as powerful as the older models so some shops may want to install a booster for the signal. Great, but you have to turn off Sirius when you want to listen to regular radio. My guys circumvented this by adding a connection to my rear window defroster... blew me away. Just wish Toyota would not list XM/Sirius on the sticker as it is very misleading.
  • ourdad1ourdad1 Posts: 7
    Where in the the car did you have your unit installed?
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    It is installed via a suction cup right above the dash on the lower left side of my window. As I drive over 100 miles a day I also have my Garmin GPS and my radar detector on my windshield. A bit of a pain when I have to take them all off, but they work perfectly.

    I have the Stiletto 100... there are some really small units that these auto shops can hide really easily. I happen to like the features of the Stiletto.

    I do not know if there is a way to upload pictures... if there is I would show you the set up.
  • I bought my new TCH last week, and my Toyota dealer was supposed to install the integrated Sirius. I got a call today from the dealer saying the 2007 TCH without the Nav, does not support the integrated Sirius, only XM, even though Toyota boasts XM/Sirius Compatibility with the 2007 TCH. Has anyone actually got Sirius to work yet with the TCH, not using the Aux jack or an FM transmitter, but controlling from the in-dash stereo? I am a faithful Sirius subscriber and I am not interested in XM. And I also do not want to install a separate Sirius receiver and mar the look of my interior. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
  • ourdad1ourdad1 Posts: 7
    It does suck being mislead. But that is what happened to me when I purchased my TCH. Not much can be done at this time unless something has changed.
  • My dealer said that I could have either one! I chose the XM because I have Sirius in my other vehicle. They install a receiver in the vehicle and add an antenna. Perhaps there is another dealership or a shop in the area that can integrate the Sirius for you.

    Let us know what you find out. Good Luck :shades:
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    It is false advertising... but it sounds as if your dealer just found out the 'simple' switch will cost them hundreds of dollars so they are telling you they can't switch them out. I went to two dealers, neither were familiar with the costs until they researched it. Your car CAN take Sirius... other people have spent the $700- 800 to upgrade. There is a shortage of Sirius radios, I was told the wait is a month or two. I had my Stiletto moved to my TCH for $60 and am very happy with the results, but am upset with Toyota for this false advertising.
  • bishopgabishopga Posts: 3
    My automatic transition never seems to cut off. I like to keep the display on audio, but my NAV always wants to seem to take over --anyone else have this problem?
  • lungdoc63lungdoc63 Posts: 55
    In the settings somewhere (its been a while) you can choice to have the audio screen left on indefinitately, until you hit audio, or some other button.
  • navguy1navguy1 Posts: 181
    Press 'INFO', then touch 'SCREEN SETTING', then touch 'OFF' to prevent the sytem from defaulting to the map display. You will also find that you can change the color from GREEN to ORANGE on this menu too!
  • mrbill4mrbill4 Posts: 3
    Same here. Stiletto seems to work great. Just tried it today.
    I hate the XM programming with no DJs and no Howard Stern :)
  • gampagampa Posts: 78
    Well it's my first major problem with the Hybrid in the last several months. It appears the cd player is not playing cd's and is having trouble loading and ejecting them.
    The Cds are "originals" having the required logo on the front label so I assume it must be the unit.
    It seems that all else works with the radio and navigation system.
    I will be taking it to the dealer over the next few days and I'll post the results for those who have the same problem.

    Gampa
  • Hi, In my TCH - the mp3 player (Creative Nomad JukeBox 30 GB) when connected to the auxillay jack and the auxillary power (both the one in the dash and the one in between the seats) causes a whine sound thru the audio system. This sound stops when you pause the Mp3 player, Also resumes with a louder sound when you restart the Mp3 player. It totally disappears when disconnected from the power source from the car and let run on the internal Mp3 player battery. This has always been like this. The player never worked without causing the said problem.

    It is like the player interferes with the car's audio system - any ideas, or similar experiences?
    Thanks for your time.
  • I tried out an "07" with nav before buying my "08" hybrid with nav. The "07" had always a line above the map showing the radio station. I want this on my "08"! I tried INFO, SCREEN SETTINGS, OFF, and this doesn't do it. Any help out there?
  • acco20acco20 Posts: 208
    I have a 2007 with nav. How do I get it to show the radio station on the screen all the time. Mine does not do that at this time.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Just started using my Ipod in the car and am also hearing a background whine. Don't know what to do about it... hear it more on audio books then with music.
  • I have a new TCH and used a brand new Monster male/male adapter to plug my son's iPod into the Auxiliary sound input. The sound was adequate (perhaps a bit of hiss), but the sound was way too quiet. At a sound level that was normal via car radio (ie a level of about 30), and, in his ears, adequate on the iPod (somwhere in the middle) - when we connected the two, the sound was inaudible. Only by turning the sound all the way up to max on both devices were we able to play the music. It was loud enough like that for my tastes, but something is wrong here.

    Should I have bought the power supply/output combo, instead of simply the output plug? Is the iPod unable to send a strong enough signal without a power source? I tried different levels of "ASL" (including "off") to no avail. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Tim
  • Can someone please explain how to change or turnoff lights without waiting 30 seconds? I think you can change this to 7.5 seconds but can't seem to learn how to do it. Happy New Year!
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    You need to see the dealer to change the programed turnoff time. Otherwise, press the lock button on the fob. That turns off the lights instantly.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    I have had the exact same problem with background hiss on the spoken word. Yesterday it got so bad that I pulled out the power connector and the hiss went away! Hope this helps.
  • Recently purchased '07 TCH and from the start the AM reception has been at best fair and mostly poor even with strong stations. An annoying static sounds in the background intermittently, though in some areas the signal is strong and clear. This also occurs on FM stations though not as often. Is there some interference common to hybrids that I should have known about or do I need to run back to the dealer for warranty inspection? Any history others have would be appreciated.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    I would take it into the dealer, you should not have any problems with your radio. I even play my Sirius through the radio and get great reception.
  • macmookmacmook Posts: 1
    Just over a week ago, during the purchase of my 2009 Camry Hybrid a Toyota Sirius radio was ordered and subsequently installed in my vehicle. It was my understanding that this would be indiscernible from a factory installation. I should note that this is not my first satellite radio. It is my seventh.

    First let me address how the satellite integration into the navigation head unit leaves a lot to be desired. Even though the head unit has a seven inch display, the Toyota truncates the text at ten characters, and only displays the title and artist.

    Second, the installation options of the Toyota factory satellite antenna kit are at a level well below what I have observed at even Circuit City or Best Buy. In my previous experience all factory installed satellite antennas were integrated into the roof line and had wiring which was routed internally to the vehicle head unit. This was also the case in the factory unit which I retrofitted into my new (at the time) Jeep Liberty. Even the Circuit City unit installed in my truck hides the wiring unobtrusively and has a very small physical antenna.

    When I picked up my Camry following the installation of the satellite receiver I didnt even think to look at the antenna installation. It was only after I noted that the quality of signal was worse than any of my previous experiences that I actually looked for the antenna. I had assumed it was part of the headliner and/or embedded in the front window. Imagine my surprise when I found a large clumsy looking unit sitting on top of my trunk lid.

    Cosmetically it looks like an after thought. No real effort other than color matching was given to the aesthetics of the design. However, what is even worse is the draping of the antenna wire into the trunk. When the trunk lid is opened about eight inches of wire rise with the lid. Its only the artful bending of the wire that ensures it will drape back down into the vehicle when the lid is then closed. Incredible. That level of engineering (or lack thereof) is far surpassed even with a Circuit City antenna.

    Lastly, the reception on the Camry factory satellite receiver is the POOREST I have experienced, bar none. In my other vehicles there are two locations through which I regularly travel where Sirius and XM both briefly lose the signal in the shadow of a large set of hills. In the Camry the signal regularly drops out in flat and level countryside with a degree of frequency which make it not worth the effort of listening.

    Satellite radio is an important part of the experience I expect from any vehicle I own. Based on my expectations of quality from the Toyota brand, this was a complete surprise. I had anticipated a seamless integration into the onboard electronics and an engineered installation that would appear to have been carefully considered rather than a slapdash attempt to place an antenna.

    I had hoped to find that the rudimentary satellite display integrated into the head unit, and the amateurish design of the antenna are just lower levels of options perhaps intended for an entry level vehicle and that a higher degree of integration of both form and function are selectable. But apparently this is the best that Toyota has to offer. I had the satellite receiver removed from my vehicle.

    Toyota responded to my issue by directing me via a canned response to Sirius. No acknowledgement was made of the poor offering sanctioned by Toyota. How did those other car manufacturers coerce Sirius into providing a higher degree of integration? Why would Toyota allow a third party to damage their reputation?

    Sirius gave me another Toyota phone number. That number gave me another Toyota number who claimed he would call me back in an hour. That was 7 hours ago.

    Has anyone experienced a similar problem and/or has anyone swapped out the antenna?

    Thanks
  • jeffgljeffgl Posts: 1
    Similar problem. I picked up my 2009 TCH beginning of April. First thing I noticed was a triangular shaped box internally stuck to the top of the passenger side windshield. My salesman told me it was the antenna for the Sirius radio. OK, kind of ugly, but I can live with it, or so I thought. 3 weeks later, and after the trees in our area started to bloom, I am getting frequent drop outs during my local drives. My commute is mostly freeways and is still good reception wise, but once I turn off to the local roads the reception goes down hill fast. After searching though dozens of other web sites, I found out that this internal antenna is made by Sirius (they call it 'SIGMA') and is supposed to be a better solution (according to their press) than a deck or roof mount external antenna. Some websites claim this is the 'offical' Toyota installation method - up on the inside windshield, though it sounds like that is not always true for all dealerships.
    It is clear that this is causing the reception problem, perhaps it works fine in other parts of the country, not so in North / Central New Jersey. Like many, I installed satellite radios in my other cars with roof mounted antennas and never experienced this level of reception problems.
    So now I have three options, since I mostly use the car for freeway driving anyway just learn to live with it, go back to Toyota and expect a prolonged and frustrating runaround based on macmook's and others experiences, or just put in a roof/trunk mount external antenna and go on with my life.
    A final option is to have my wife deal with Toyota's service department as she enjoys these kinds of battles more than I do.
  • plknjplknj Posts: 121
    Had an after-market shop install my Stiletto... they had trouble getting great reception. There is a second wire that comes with Stiletto (which they have never used)... they ran it through the car to the rear window defogger area and got great reception. Hope this helps... Peter
  • I recently installed the sirius kit in my 08' TCH to my nav system. I agree with the reception issue, my main complaint however is there is a crackle sound that only comes through the speakers when in Sirius(SAT) 1,2 or 3. It almost sounds like my speakers are blown, but they are not as when listening to the radio or the cd changer sound is crisp and clear. Any one else having the same issue? I did the same install on my 07 Tundra and no issues? Please let me know :)
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