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Honda Civic Hybrid Audio & Entertainment Questions

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  • My 06 Civic Hybrid radio is XM Ready, and dealer said that I can have an integrated XM radio kit(no additional XM controller) for about $500 installed. However, some of car stereo retailers have very inexpensive XM radio kits (under $100) that are design for XM Ready factory stereo. Does anyone has experience installing one?
  • davem7davem7 Posts: 35
    I've owned both a 05 HCH and an 06HCH. On the 05 I purchased a "roadie" satellite radio for less than $100.00 at a Walmart and had it installed at an electronics store for about $150.00. Its performance overall was good but the compact size of the "roadie" required that it be placed on the center console and it was difficult to operate and observe the song identification displays while driving.

    On the 06 I shelled out $700.00 for the factory installed XM radio and it works like a charm. It operates off the main display for the sound system(center of the dash) although the channel selector can't be operated from the steering wheel controls, you have to use the control below the main display.

    My hunch is that if a non Honda dealer is offering satellite radio at the price you quoted it is for the "roadie" type of radio and may not operate off the regular factory installed sound system. I would question him on that point otherwise you'll end up with a radio in which it will be difficult to operate and observe the display while driving.

    Hope this answers your question.
  • Thanks for info. I will definately make sure that it is "intergarted" with main display, not as a separate unit. Info that I've found so far seems like intergrated unit. I will keep you updated.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    XM kit for Civic is available for $369.00 on internet from Honda dealer. This is the OEM Honda kit, not aftermarket.
    $700.00 is just greed on the part of the dealer.
  • 2vs2vs Posts: 6
    I am expecting delivery on HCH w/nav mid-January. I would like to have the XM radio but I am concerned about two things: Cost to install and any interior dis-assembly required to install. The install instruction you can view on the H and A site includes a removal of the dash assembly and rear seat. Also, do they add a second antenna or replace the one that is already on the HCH? The local dealer hasn't done an XM yet and doesn't know what is involved. For those that have had this installed, do you know what all was involved?
  • rdc34rdc34 Posts: 5
    Also am planning to install XM tuner on my ten day old 06 HCH.You will need an additional antenna.Honda parts people quoted $299 Tuner/$46 Attachment parts kit/$99 antenna,plus install costs.After looking at the 16 pages of installation instructions this can be a time consuming job, I estimate 3+ Hours.My issues are 1)Can I use a non Honda less expensive tuner with Honda attachment kit and antenna? 2)Would/could Best Buy or Circuit City,et al, install techs be able to successfully follow the Honda install instr. with out causing any major hearburn.I plan to further explore.BTW the HCH is best car I've purchased,44-46MPG to date.
  • rdc34rdc34 Posts: 5
    Also am planning to install XM tuner on my ten day old 06 HCH.You will need an additional antenna.Honda parts people quoted $299 Tuner/$46 Attachment parts kit/$99 antenna,plus install costs.After looking at the 16 pages of installation instructions this can be a time consuming job, I estimate 3+ Hours.My issues are 1)Can I use a non Honda less expensive tuner with Honda attachment kit and antenna? 2)Would/could Best Buy or Circuit City,et al, install techs be able to successfully follow the Honda install instr. with out causing any major hearburn.I plan to further explore.BTW the HCH is best car Ive purchased,44-46MPG to date.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,678
    Would/could Best Buy or Circuit City

    I think I would bite the bullet and have Honda install the XM tuner. You will avoid any kind of warranty hassles. The aftermarket dealers will cover the XM if it quits. However it works through the existing electronics. With the Honda dealer doing the install they have no one to blame but themselves if it is messed up. Good luck. I love XM Radio that came in my GMC.
  • rdc34rdc34 Posts: 5
    Thanx and WILOC(Will comply)
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Shouldn't that be WILCO? I.e. Roger, Wilco and Out.
  • rdc34rdc34 Posts: 5
    Roger,Dodger,Wilco over and out, only joshing.You are correct, Roger-Wilco-Out.Thanx.BTW one Honda dealer has quoted $900+for XM radio parts and installation. Will check and see if there is a competitive spirit among northern VA Honda service depts for a lower quote.
  • thathsthaths Posts: 1
    Hello,

    I placed my order for a '06 HCH (non-Nav) three weeks ago (Paying MSRP and getting a 1/4% off the bank loan for ordering through my credit union. Also get an additional 1/2% off "green car discont" on the financing).

    I did not place an order for any fancy add-ons. I see from the Honda web site that the '06 HCH is "XM ready". I intend to get XM or Sirius on this car on the grey market and either install it myself or will get the place where I intend to buy the sat radio to install it for me.

    The dealer-installed XM seems to cost a pretty penny (circa $500). I do not want to pay so much when I can buy a XM receiver for around $100.

    1. Some cars seem to come with the XM receiver installed and with 3 free months of subscription. Has a '06 HCH purchaser gotten such a deal? It looks to me like the dealer gets a kickback from XM when they sell the XM service.

    2. Is installing a $100 XM receiver on a XM-ready HCH easy / hard? How unsightly is such a add-on? Ideally, I would like to use the XM controls within the built-in audio system without needing yet another dash-mounted control.

    3. If I am going with the grey market, what XM receiver would fit in most unobtrusively into an XM-ready HCH?

    4. I am decently technical. Has anyone installed their XM radio by hand in a '06 HCH? How easy / hard is it?

    Thanks.
  • bronxalbronxal Posts: 2
    I just bought a Monster thing at Radio Shack, but here in the New York area, whatever preset you use, the reception is terrible. Is there a better alternative please?
  • hch2004hch2004 Posts: 3
    Has anyone used the PC Card behind the Navi screen? THe manual says a compact flash card is best and that mp3 files can be played. Does it basically function like an ipod. plus, don't you need a PC card adapter for the compact flash card too?

    I priced it out--it is way cheaper to buy the card and adapter than an ipod (approx $55 for a 2GB compact flash card plus PC card adapter compared with a 2GB ipod nano for $199) I know the the ipod probably holds more songs (about 500 vs. 360), but it is 1/4 the price.

    Anyone?
  • Yep. I have a 4GB flash memory card I got off of ebay for $115, and a pcmcia flash adapter that I got for another $7. so for about $125 i have 4 gigs of music space, which for my current playlist is 747 songs. As long as any one folder is 99 songs or less and the total # of songs is 999 or less you'll be fine. I love it. It only plays MP3's so no WMA files or M4A files and such. Great functionality of features. My favorite feature is random folder play feature, which shuffles any particular folder. So I have my U2 folder with every album they've ever made and it shuffles it. Perfect! Great integration, IMO.
  • Baltobrewer, mine plays WMA files I ripped myself just fine. The Navi guide says MP3 and WMA are supported. Maybe you tried a purchased WMA (like from Napster) which would probably be encrypted and would not play. Having a way to play music from flash is a great feature - makes the extra $1500 for Navi even a better deal! It even includes a song search feature to find music by artist, title, etc.
  • kath5kath5 Posts: 3
    I just got my honda civic hybrid. Love the car!! Now I would like to program in some music but don't have a clue. What is the difference between a pc card, mp3, and ipod. I did see that you have to pay over $300 for an adapter for the ipod. I need to know what to buy. Help!!!
  • pboydpboyd Posts: 1
    I don't understand why you believe that you need a $300 adapter for your ipod. I went to radioshack and bought a cable that plugs into the auxillary port on the dash and into the headphone jack of my ipod for less than $15, and it works great. The only issue may be that you can't contro the ipod through the car radio. BTW my hybrid does not have navigation.
  • kath5kath5 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info. I got the info about the ipod music link from a Gizmodo Review on YouTube. $323!!!
  • Hello:

    I am new to this forum, as my wife has ordered a Civic hybrid for October delivery. The car will have the navigation system, and I was interested in the type of memory card is used on that radio. From reading other posts, I assume that it is Compact Flash memory, but I have not been able to find any posts that describe if it accepts the Type II Compact Flash cards. The Type II cards are the larger capacity cards including the micro HD cards.

    I wonder if any of you veteran owners could look in the instruction manual to let me know what the answer is. I would appreciate it.
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