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Honda Civic Audio Questions

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  • I just bought my baby and I love her but I am tearing my hair out because I want so very much to take advantage of the XM Ready feature. I have read and been told that to access this it will be "as easy as installing a module and antenna" to "it'll be about $800-$900 because Honda has to do it. Now I know Honda doesn't "have to" do the instal but who can I call to get the proper kit to install into my civic to change it from "XM Ready" to full-on "XM"???? I have tried to price, been to Fry's, Best Buy, Circut City, every little stereo shop I can find and like I said, I'm tearing my hair out in frustration... I really dont want to have to use my portable XM when my car is "supposedly" XM ready (whatever that means!) HELP!!
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    who can I call to get the proper kit to install into my civic to change it from "XM Ready" to full-on "XM"????

    Just order it from College Hills Honda for a mere $231. You can also download the instruction manual from their website. When reading the manual, you can see if it's something you can install on your own or if you want to pay a local stereo shop for labor.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.collegehillshonda.com/honda_civic_4dr_accessories/06_08_civic_electro- - - nics.htm

    Installation manual:

    http://www.collegehillshonda.com/instructions/8th_gen_civ_sedan/xmradio.pdf
  • thank you sooooooo much!! looks like it's pretty easy to install. now i dont have to go bald!!! qt
  • one other question.... i have noticed that the antenna is to be applied to the INSIDE of the windshield???? is there another antenna I can buy to use instead?? I really dont wanna put anything permanent on the windshield I dont have to.... I know the antenna that I had for my integra was magnetized to the roof of the car.... is there something available like that??
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    I know the antenna that I had for my integra was magnetized to the roof of the car....

    They sell XM antennas that are magnetized that go on the roof of the car for plug and play units. It's possible that those would plug into the antenna slot on the tuner box in this kit. If you can't find someone who knows for sure, you may just have to order this unit and test it with a plug and play antenna when it arrives. Otherwise, you'll just have to mount the standard antenna on the windshield.
  • My son has an '07 Si. I am concerned that he spends too much time fiddling with his IPOD. Is the $375 Honda upgrade to link to the audio system worth it? Are there other better alternatives?
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Is the $375 Honda upgrade to link to the audio system worth it? Are there other altenratives?

    I think Honda discontinued their civic IPOD link last year when they were having trouble with the software.

    The alternative is to get an aftermarket deck at a place like circuit city. They have decks with accessories for attaching into the Ipod dock. You plug the ipod in once you get into the car. Then he can control the ipod through the in dash controls and not have to try to control the Ipod through it's little screen.
  • matt75035matt75035 Posts: 6
    After changing the battery on my 2000 civic, I need the radio code to reset the audio system. I did not get the code when I bought the car used. Dealer wants $100 to remove the stereo from the dash to get the serial #, which seems ridiculous. Said they could not get it from the VIN. Any suggestions?
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    The Sandman :)
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Have you registered your Honda yet on the owner-link site?

    https://www.ahm-ownerlink.com/login.asp?brand=honda

    After I registered, on my car it gave me a link to get my radio code. However, along with the VIN number it did require the serial number from the unit as well.

    Here's what it says on that:

    "For certain models, the dealer may have placed a label with the device serial number on the glove box.

    For year 2001 and later models, you may obtain the serial number from the device display. This procedure is detailed in the device’s manual.

    For models earlier than 2001, the serial number is located on the back of the device. This will require a trip to the dealer to obtain the number. "

    So it does confirm what the dealer is saying about removing the unit on your 2000 to get the serial number. I'd open the glove box and double check the outside panels and interior panels of the glove box to make sure there is no label giving the serial number.

    If not, then if you take your vehicle to a local stereo shop, I'm sure they'd remove it for you and get the serial number for a lot less than $100.
  • tiger72tiger72 Posts: 21
    I've had my civic for a few months now, and I've noticed that the bass on the stereo is really quite good on my regular CDs, MP3 CDs, and Auxiliary input, and the Radio at low volume levels (lower than 15 volume level). However, above 15 it seems that the bass is locked and does not increase with the level of the volume. It seems very much akin to sound-leveling that's used on TVs, so as not to blow the speakers. On TV's it can be disabled, but the stereo doesn't have an option to disable it.

    1. Has anyone else here noticed this issue? It's been posted upon here:
    http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/civic-coupe-sedan/16959-just-me.html
    2. Is there a workaround that doesn't involve me buying a separate subwoofer that takes up unnecessary trunk space?
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    2. Is there a workaround that doesn't involve me buying a separate subwoofer that takes up unnecessary trunk space?

    Have you considered the Bass System kit that Honda sells for the Civic:

    http://www.collegehillshonda.com/honda_civic_4dr_accessories/06_08_civic_electro- nics.htm

    (Scroll down to see it.)

    It replaces your existing speakers and thus you don't lose any trunk room to a subwoofer.
  • tiger72tiger72 Posts: 21
    I've thought about it fairly seriously, and a couple days ago I asked my cousin with an EX to test the radio on their system. Seems that this Bass System Kit does help, but it still doesn't explain why the bass is just fine on the existing speakers when playing a CD, but sounds bad with the radio. I feel pretty short-changed on that.
  • tresktresk Posts: 1
    I found 6 digit code in glove compartment but some of the digits are higher then 6 on the radio the digits go up to 6.
  • redflearedflea Posts: 16
    Just got a 2008 Civic LX for my son. (Though I'm finding it difficult to get my wife out of it since we got the LX, she loves the car. :-) )

    We live in an area where radio reception can be marginal....we're not remote, but have mountains in the area that cause the problems. The Civic appears to handle it a bit worse than our other two cars.

    Is there a simple way to improve radio reception in the Civic?

    Thanks in advance....
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Is there a simple way to improve radio reception in the Civic?

    It's not really an answer to your question, but I use Sirius satellite radio when I'm driving in areas like that and get perfect reception. The satellite radio plugs into the aux jack of the Civic.

    I can get far more stations and don't have to worry about static interference from the mountains.
  • redflearedflea Posts: 16
    Thanks.... :-) Not planning on going to Sirius or XM as we don't spend enough time in the car to make it worthwhile, and radio reception at home is fine.

    Appreciate it if anyone else has any ideas on this. Thanks.
  • My daughter has the LX which doesn't have allow for the XM upgrade. Is there way to replace the entire head to get this built in look. Does someone make an after market unit that would have XM built in to the head unit? :confuse:
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Is there way to replace the entire head to get this built in look. Does someone make an after market unit that would have XM built in to the head unit?

    Sure. Because most after market head units are the standard rectangular shape, they make a dash adapter for the Honda Civic. It is color matched to the Civic dashboard and it allows a regular rectangular after-market unit to be installed in it's opening.

    Here's a picture, so you can visualize how it would fit onto the Civic dashboard.

    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=751&i=142HA1561G&tp=3486-

    As you can see, it's got openings to fit around the climate control knobs and buttons and one of the vents.

    Unless, you get a really large after-market deck, generally, it will only take up half of the stereo opening, so the "pocket" that you see in the picture can be installed underneath the deck, so that there's added storage space for CD's or whatever.

    Now as far as the head unit itself goes, they make plenty of head units that are satellite radio ready such as this one at circuit city:

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/JVC-HD-Bluetooth-Ready-Car-Stereo-KD-G340/sem/rps- m/oid/203022/catOid/-13089/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

    The actual satellite tuner is sold separately, but when they install it, they install it in a hidden place and plug it into the head unit. All of the satellite stations are controlled through the head unit and the titles will be displayed on the head unit display.

    Hopefully that answers your questions.
  • civictorycivictory Posts: 73
    My 2008 Civic gets horrible AM radio reception when the car is running. (FM isn't exactly great, either.) The AM reception is fine once the engine is turned off. Is this normal? The dealer seemed stumped when I inquired.
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    My 2008 Civic gets horrible AM radio reception when the car is running. (FM isn't exactly great, either.) The AM reception is fine once the engine is turned off. Is this normal?

    I have a 2008 with the Navigation stereo and I get both AM and FM bands really well. I do live in a metropolitan area, so I don't know if you're trying to pick up some stations at a distance. But I haven't encountered anything such as the issue you have described.
  • civictorycivictory Posts: 73
    jet10000,

    I also live in a large metropolitan area, so it's not the distance. My other car gets great reception, as did my previous Civic.

    Anyone else have any thoughts?
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Well, if that's the case, I'd definitely take it back to the dealer, turn the engine on have them listen and tell them to fix it or replace it.
  • bluecivicbluecivic Posts: 3
    I purchased a 2008 Civic on June 30 and am running into the exact same problem. Does your car have any tinting? I've read where metalized tinting could cause problems. I wish I had listened to the radio more before I had the tinting installed to know for sure. I'm afraid I'm going to get caught between the dealership and my tinting guy pointing fingers.
  • civictorycivictory Posts: 73
    Yes, that's one of the things the dealer mentioned as a possible explanation. However, my tint was installed by the dealer; and according to them, they don't use metalized tint.

    If your tint was installed somewhere else, that might explain it. You might ask them if their tint is metalized or not. (I'm not even sure what that really means.)

    Does your AM reception get better if you turn your car off? My AM reception is great as long as the engine isn't running. That makes me think it's something other than the tint.

    One thing I intend to do, but haven't yet, is go to the dealer and check out radio reception on the lot, to see how mine compares to other Civics. I suppose it's possible that the factory-installed stereo is just inferior.

    Please post anything you find out. Thanks!
  • bluecivicbluecivic Posts: 3
    Yes, the interference disappears completely when the engine is off. That's good to know that you have dealer installed tint and have the same problem. I can accept weak reception because of a cheap factory radio but interference has to be a problem.

    So, who's going to be the first to try to get the dealer to fix it? :D
  • bluecivicbluecivic Posts: 3
    In my case it was definitely the tint. I had the dealer look into it when I went to pick up my tags and they said it was definitely the tint. The service guy pointed out the entry points for the antennae on the back window. Next I went to my tinting guy who was disbelieving. A bit awkward at first but it had to be checked out. First I had him only remove the top section of tint that was over the antennae to see if it was because the tint was in contact with the antennae. The interference changed slightly but it didn't go away. When he removed the rest of it, it went away completely. I go back Wednesday to have him put non-metallized tint. Hopefully, the interference won't return.

    Hope this helps. Good luck on your situation.
  • civictorycivictory Posts: 73
    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you corrected your problem.

    I haven't made it in to the dealer, yet; but your experience definitely gives me somewhere to start. I can't imagine that the dealer would put metalized tint on, but who knows?
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    "I can't imagine that the dealer would put metalized tint on, but who knows?"

    most dealers subcontract this out, and probably have no clue as to what is applied.

    My dealer has had to pay for over a dozen new rear windshields due to their (at that time) tint installer cutting the lines for the rear defroster.....
  • I purchased my 2008 Civic Coupe EX-L-Nav one month ago and the AM reception is so poor that it is not tolerable to listen to. I took it to my dealership with other issues besides the radio, the service advisor said others have been complaining about AM reception. They said they would pull the head unit and check all connections, they found nothing. It seems to me to be a combination of things, the first is either an insufficient AM antenna or poor placement. The bigger source of the problem seems to be in the electrical system, each additional electrical component turned on generates even more static on AM stations. For example, put on an AM station then turn on the rear-window defogger, it introduces more static. Seems like Honda needs to provide a filter on the power feed to the radio.
    For most people I realize this isn't a problem, but this Civic was purchase for one reason, a gas-miser commute vehicle for my two hour daily commute. The AM talk radio for two hours is my daily dump of the news. If Honda is unwilling to provide a fix, they should offer to provide free XM subscription so we can at least tune into the syndicated talk shows.
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