Why is the radio not part of the 3-year/36000-mile warranty like everyone else? Is it because you took the MO out of the country? The poor reception may be due to a poor connection in the antenna base. Try a reputable auto-sound shop.
The iPod interface was an amazingly simple installation. If I had to do it again I could have one up and running in about 5 minutes. I am not kidding. The interface box connects to the unused satellite radio connector behind the rear seat. The iPod cable connects to the box. That's it.
2005 SL AWD, Platinum
-OEM HID conversion & HID fogs
-OEM iPod interface
-Upgraded (non-Bose) speakers - Pioneer TS-A1702C & TS-G1643R
-Muth signal mirrors
-Valley Industries hitch and wiring harness
-Aluminum fuel tank shields