You will hardly notice a difference unless you have REALLY sensitive ears (I've been a musician all my life, have perfect pitch, and was ear-trained for nearly 10 years on sound quality/etc. -- and I don't see that much difference). Frankly, aside from the fact that on an '02 its near IMPOSSIBLE to add XM to the factory HU, I'm more happy with my aftermarket setup. Then again, I don't have steering wheel controls in the first place.XTREEME said:Don't you also lose the digital quality with the FM modulator? That's kind of the best part of XM - the quality of the sound.
I'm actually comparing between the FM Modulator and the Cassette Adapter with the SkyFi 2 kit. I've tried both in my truck and there's no difference in sound as far as my ears can tell. The only other TB I've been in with the factory XM had the Bose as well, which of course sounded better than my non-bose. I chalked that up to the speakers, not the XM unit itself.XTREEME said:Charlie, regarding the sound quality, what are you comparing it to?
I'm thinking the easiest way would be to sit in a TB/E with the factory system, and then sit in yours side by side?
I must say, I am surprised it would even be close.
head over to xmfan.com -- there's lots of info there. Basically though, all you have to do is look at your head unit. The button which you use to select "AM/FM or CD/CASS." will be the indicator. If yours says "AM/FM" you aren't XM ready. If it says "BAND" you are most likely XM ready. If your truck is an '02, there is no way that it's XM ready, since no 02s have the band button. '03+ may have the BAND button, but some early 03s may not.sallen said:I just joined up, i have been reading this page for a few days now and have become addicted, well i just purchased a new TB and didnt get the xm option dont know why well anyway how do you know if your radio is xm ready so that i can buy the adapter from gm, i saw them on ebay for 349, any ideas???
Oh.... duh I should've looked at your signature in the first place!! Yes, it is XM ready. All 2005's are. As long as you don't have the Bose system, it looks to me like that kit will work. Appears to have the antenna, XM Direct box, etc. all included, so you should be in good shape.sallen said:My Tb is a 2005, on the buttons it has band/cd/aux, so it might be xm ready when i purchased the truck 2 months ago didnt think to get the package with xm
Frankly I would demand to know exactly what oil was put in. If this is the factory fill, you are not running synthetic oil; it would only be synthetic if the dealer changed it for you. The only vehicles that come with synthetic from the GM factory are vettes, some cadillacs, and the GTO. (Anything with an LS1/2/7 motor.)sallen said:the only thing that worries me is that the oil change light still hasnt come on and i have 6,500 miles on it the dealer told me to wait until it came on and that the truck was deliverd with synthetic
Change the oil out! my light didnt come on until 12,000 miles but i had changed it a few times before it even came on.. stick with the 3/3000 for reg oil and a little longer with syn oil.sallen said:the only thing that worries me is that the oil change light still hasnt come on and i have 6,500 miles on it the dealer told me to wait until it came on and that the truck was deliverd with synthetic still makes me kinda nervous always been used to changing at 3k, well this site is awsome and i look forward to many more posts,