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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Transfer Bose with XM Lifetime Subscription Between Vehicles?? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; My 2006 STS has a factory Bose radio that I obtained a lifetime subscription for. Unfortunately, the vehicle is ready ...
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    Transfer Bose with XM Lifetime Subscription Between Vehicles??

    My 2006 STS has a factory Bose radio that I obtained a lifetime subscription for. Unfortunately, the vehicle is ready for salvage and I am looking for another STS with lower miles, same year or later.
    Does anyone know if it is feasible to remove the existing Bose unit and put it in another 2006 or later STS? Will the XM lifetime still work in a different vehicle? Also, how difficult is it to remove the unit? Does just the head unit come out, or the whole stack with CD, DVD and Nav display.
    Thanks!

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    It's possible. The XM radio module is in the trunk. But I think you might run into issues with the VIN being encoded in the module and the dealer will have to reset it for you.

    Someone else might know if this is the case. The subscription goes with the radio ID, so that should carry over.

    You don't have to change the head unit and that would require a dealer reset.

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    XM modules are vin locked. Even a dealer can program it. There's a speciality company that can do it. I cannot remember who though right now. Google search will show it.

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    Just call xm and change it over. Shouldn't be a big issue. Unless the account is not in your name, then I see your logic in doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B1n2fra
    Just call xm and change it over. Shouldn't be a big issue. Unless the account is not in your name, then I see your logic in doing this.
    XM did away with lifetime and I believe it non transferable now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadCadSTS View Post

    XM did away with lifetime and I believe it non transferable now.
    Xm is full of s***

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    Re: Transfer Bose with XM Lifetime Subscription Between Vehicles??

    I know that GM's Service Information claims XM modules are VIN encoded and cannot be moved between vehicles, however I've installed used modules from wreckers in cars (granted not the STS but in other GM vehicles where they also claimed VIN encoding would lock them) and never had a problem. Unless there was a restriction that a lifetime subscription is for that radio only (which may be the only reason the offered them, knowing there is an expected hardware lifetime), I'd try ask them to transfer it to the new receiver.

    As for location of the receiver, unless they changed this from the 2006 to 2008 model year, it's on top of the rear shelf. You will need to access it from inside the car. Remove the two interior 'C' pillar trim panels, remove the rear seat cushion and seat back (there are four nuts in the trunk you need to remove to get the seat back out), remove the rear shelf interior trim and the receiver will be sitting on top of the panel beside the right rear speaker. The radio in the dash really has nothing to do with it except that this is where the XM module audio signals connect. You can think of the XM module in the same manner as an external CD changer or similar device.



    EDIT: More detail in disassembly instructions.

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    Re: Transfer Bose with XM Lifetime Subscription Between Vehicles??

    XM @ about $ 10.00 a month, the change seems like it would cost you a lot MORE than
    opening a NEW account !
    SORRY, My bad, didn't see the word "LIFETIME".

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    Not if you have already paid for a lifetime sub which only works on a single XM receiver.

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    Re: Transfer Bose with XM Lifetime Subscription Between Vehicles??

    Thanks, everyone, for all of the replies. At then end of the day, I called SiriuxXM and told them the car was totaled and they transferred the subscription to the new vehicle. They were going to charge $75 to do the transfer, but I asked if that could be waived, and indeed they did.
    Apparently, transfer eligibility depends on when you first obtained the subscription or if the radio was damaged . Details can be found at:

    https://listenercare.siriusxm.com/ap...ransferable%3F
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