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Old 12-29-18, 01:25 PM
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Hey folks. so recently purchased an Isf. and by recent i mean last week. i was washing the car and noticed a Sirius little block assembly installed on the front Cowell. but im not able to prompt anything on the display (mark levinson unit if it matters). i dont know if it came stock with the vehicle, let alone a model number. just wondering if anyone has a quick guide i can try to follow or possibly take it to dealership to get it functional again. or should i just rip it out possibly?

any help is appreciated.
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Hey folks. so recently purchased an Isf. and by recent i mean last week. i was washing the car and noticed a Sirius little block assembly installed on the front Cowell. but im not able to prompt anything on the display (mark levinson unit if it matters). i dont know if it came stock with the vehicle, let alone a model number. just wondering if anyone has a quick guide i can try to follow or possibly take it to dealership to get it functional again. or should i just rip it out possibly?

any help is appreciated.
​​​​​​Hi Whopper, not sure what you mean by Cowell but if you're talking about the little 3-inch black magnetic Sirius antenna block on the outside of the car, you should probably leave that alone as it's not hurting anything and will be some work to remove. The dealership may or may not be able to help based on their attitude and experience, they may try to sell you an entirely new head unit or a pricey adapter pack that goes behind the radio inside the dash for loads of money. There is an aftermarket version that does work, I am currently using it on my '07 RX350 and it wasn't very expensive. If you are at all handy with installing stereos it's a pretty easy install. No matter what you WILL LIKELY NEED THIS MODULE behind the dash depending on your vehicle and even if the radio is Sirius ready. What I found on my vehicle is even if the dash radio is 'Sirius ready' or accepts Sirius XM you still need the module in addition to the antenna on the outside of the car. If you like I can try & research the brand and style I am using, it's been three years since I did the install but am happy to dig out the box and brand for you. It was definitely the cheapest way to go. The dealer and even many stereo shops will tell you that you cannot get or convert your stereo to Sirius XM without a new headunit or massive install and that is flatly not true. but you do need the right adapter. Lemme know if I can help.
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​​​​​​Hi Whopper, not sure what you mean by Cowell but if you're talking about the little 3-inch black magnetic Sirius antenna block on the outside of the car, you should probably leave that alone as it's not hurting anything and will be some work to remove. The dealership may or may not be able to help based on their attitude and experience, they may try to sell you an entirely new head unit or a pricey adapter pack that goes behind the radio inside the dash for loads of money. There is an aftermarket version that does work, I am currently using it on my '07 RX350 and it wasn't very expensive. If you are at all handy with installing stereos it's a pretty easy install. No matter what you WILL LIKELY NEED THIS MODULE behind the dash depending on your vehicle and even if the radio is Sirius ready. What I found on my vehicle is even if the dash radio is 'Sirius ready' or accepts Sirius XM you still need the module in addition to the antenna on the outside of the car. If you like I can try & research the brand and style I am using, it's been three years since I did the install but am happy to dig out the box and brand for you. It was definitely the cheapest way to go. The dealer and even many stereo shops will tell you that you cannot get or convert your stereo to Sirius XM without a new headunit or massive install and that is flatly not true. but you do need the right adapter. Lemme know if I can help.
the cowell assembly is the cover in front of the windshield, goes around the wiper blade assemblies. And yesm its the little black cube thats about 1.5'' x1.5''. i hold off on what dealer can do till my dash replacement appt later in the year. if you dont mind id appreciate the help. im not tryin replace my dash radio anytime soon, everything else works including navi so rather keep it stock if possible. im gonna say it can use Sirius since the assembly is there already. ill take a picture of it if it helps.

i have done stereo work before, just aftermarket head unit install on older vehicle. this is the first time im touching anything 2000+ lol...

im miss 90's vehicle simplicity...lol
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