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Old 25 Oct 2008, 04:43 pm
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Default XM Radio Installation on a (Canadian) 2008 Civic EX-L

I hope you guys can help me. In brief, the XM radio wasn't available in the Civic in Canada, for whatever reason, even though its in the Accord and one other model (Pilot?). In any case, I found the XM portion of the radio for sale in the US, Here is the link to the retailer page: Honda Civic Accessories - 2006-2008 Genuine Honda Civic Sedan Accessories . 2nd item down XM Satellite Radio Kit

The installation guide is available on that page and here: http://www.collegehillshonda.com/ins...an/xmradio.pdf

I think it will install into the existing radio just fine. I can't imagine the innards change between American and Canadian models, aside from the XM component itself being missing. The only visible difference I can see is that instead of the last selection button on the radio being "AUX" instead of "XM/AUX" on the American model. As I said, I doubt the innards are different but I'd rather get it confirmed first before I drop a few hundred bones on the component.

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Old 26 Oct 2008, 01:50 pm
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Default Re: XM Radio Installation on a (Canadian) 2008 Civic EX-L

You should be fine. The only thing is that you won't have a button saying XM. It will be the AUX button. You may need to get the y cable as well listed in the instrutions, it you have a AUX jack. This will allow you to toggle from XM and AUX.
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Old 26 Oct 2008, 02:02 pm
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Default Re: XM Radio Installation on a (Canadian) 2008 Civic EX-L

Awesome, thanks for that. I never thought about putting in the y-cable, thats a really good idea.

Any suggestions on who I should get to install this? I was thinking about the dealer, but I figure maybe an audio shop. I don't have the cojones to do it myself.
Thanks again
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Old 26 Oct 2008, 02:05 pm
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I would have the dealer do it. I heard horror stories of audio shops messing up the car and Honda will not warranty it because of that. Spend the extra money to get it done right the first time.
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Old 26 Oct 2008, 02:37 pm
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Default Re: XM Radio Installation on a (Canadian) 2008 Civic EX-L

I'm definitely on your side for that one. Thanks a lot for your help.
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