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post #1 of 9 Old 05-31-2005, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All - I'm new, and hate to complain about something so insignificant as poor radio reception, however...

I am frustrated over this. (Native Californian who spends A LOT of time in her car...) I had the dealer tighten "the screw" that everyone is talking about (previous thread in this forum) and it hasn't improved. I'm so buggedabout to shell out $389 for satellite radio (I'm sure the dealer would love that!) but think it's a shame that a Bose system in an '04 Murano would have such shoddy reception. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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The first thing to figure out is whether the poor reception you are experiencing is something that all Muranos experience, or just yours. I suggest you go to the dealer and try out another Murano (on the lot) and find a weak radio station and see if it makes a difference. If the other Murano has better reception, I would ask the dealer to check the engine grounds, or even the connection to the head unit.

I had my Murano in Northern California (Sacramento and San Francisco) when I first bought it, and had no trouble with radio reception.

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Much has been said about Murano radio reception... I get pretty good reception in and near the city, but as I move away from it, reception deteriorates... It was fine in my previous 95 maxima, but it had a signif better antenna.

Does anyone know about an aftermarket antenna that would fit a murano?

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Question aftermarket antenna & satellite radio

Thanks for your feedback. I, too, would be interested in info regarding an aftermarket antenna. However, I think I'm going to suck it up and do the satellite radio thing. Anyone have a preference with either SIRIUS or the X-M components/service?
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Hi Slickbetty,
My decision to go satellite was influenced by several factors
1) I commute 3 hours a day, so I listen to the radio a lot.
2) I like to listen to a wide variety of music, and searching the radio for a good tune or messing with cds got old.
3) Regular radio sucks. All those commercials and the constant bla bla bla of the djs (especially in the morning).....ugggggg.
4) I no longer need to buy cds, so this somewhat offsets the cost of the hardware/service
5) with Sirius, you can listen on-line. Iím on a pc all day, so combined with my 3 hour commute, Iím listening for 10+ hours a day. Some of the stations can get a little repetitive, but with 60 something to choose from, Iím never too far from good listening.

I got my hardware from Grubbs, receiver for 284.99, antenna 28.99, shipping 13.61 for a grand total of 327.5. Installed myself with the help of this site. I initially went with a 2 year service plan from Sirius (plus 3 free months from Grubbs, 3 free months from Sirius) for something like $250, but then I started thinkingÖwhat do I do when my 2.5 years are up? Sign up again? Another $250 for 2.5 years? So, for Ďonlyí (I know, itís not chump change) another $250, Iím now a lifetime subscriber (hurry, it looks like the lifetime plan is going away 6/30/05). Sirius allows you to change receivers 3 times (for a $50 charge each time). So when I need to, I can transfer to a different unit. Having the controls on the steering wheel is sweet, but it would also be nice to have a portable unit to take to the beach or use while biking/jogging/etc..

If you havenít figured it out by now, Iím really happy I did it.
Let us know what you decide.
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I can't wait... I just ordered mine for my 03 and plan to install as soon as parts arrive.

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I don't know what Sirius is like, but I find XM is not progressive enough for my tastes. Now to put it in perspective, when I'm in Toronto, if XM is blowing wind, then I'll flip over to CFNY (102.1 The Edge) a fair bit. But when I'm out of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) most of the FM stations blow, so I end up on XM again.

If you do a lot of driving, especially past mountain ranges, it's cool to be able to stick with a channel. It actually seems to reduce the feeling of travel. Listened to the same channels for 100's of miles, and it's pretty cool.

My Media Center PC gets XM as well, but it's rare that I sit in front of the tube to listen to it. Or on the desktop...

I think the perfect satellite radio would download and cache things. I'd love it if I could skip a track that I don't want to hear.

Not hearing a ton of commercials is nice, too! Oh and you get traffic reports for the Bay area, on XM. (Not living there, I don't know how good they are..)

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While I understand that here in Eastern ND where the land is insanely flat (Red River Valley), my wife and I have noticed that the Bose system in our new '04 Mo is getting insanely good reception. I actually kept the same radio station for well over 100 miles on our last trip where our other vehicles ('99 Chevy Blazer/'98 Buick Regal/'02 Buick Regal) drop the signals in about 65 miles at best. We bought the MO about 90 miles away and we used to switch radio stations at the 1/2 way point between that city and the one we live in and now we can choose to listen all the way from one city to the other without dropping the signal on FM......and our AM reception has become much improved as well. When we travel in NW Minnesota, where there are thick stands of Evergreen/Fir trees right up to the road we now have radio stations on our regular road trips we honestly didn't know existed with other vehicles/stereos. Unless you have some sort of geographic/topographical oddities in your area I'd say there was something wrong with your system. I agree with the previous post that suggests you try the stereo reception in some other MO's on the lot to compare yours too. If the reception just sucks in your area in general you might have to just go to sat. radio. For my wife and I we've been so impressed we've shelved getting the sat. radio for now. Best of Luck if you haven't already had the situation remedied!
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Originally posted by gseepes

5) with Sirius, you can listen on-line. Iím on a pc all day, so combined with my 3 hour commute, Iím listening for 10+ hours a day. Some of the stations can get a little repetitive, but with 60 something to choose from, Iím never too far from good listening.
FYI, XM is now online as well. Started recently (April or May 1st?).

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