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First off.. Hello.. I am a new owner of a 2008 SRX in cold snowy North East Pennsylvania, I take delivery in 4 days.
I insisted they repair the steering wheel heater, they have decided to replace the wheel.. it was an expensive option back for the original owner and I want to try it out ;-)
Also moisture in the jack area so they sent it out to a private specialty company.. I would rather wait then deal with Lake Cadillac.

Now my question.
As with other cars I have owned I plan on installing a Isimple Solutions Bluetooth gateway (ISGM651).. This is a simple piggy back module that allows any satellite ready radio to be upgraded to accept IPOD, MP3, and Bluetooth while maintaining Satellite radio.

Does anyone have PDF or instructions on how to remove the radio without damaging anything. I also have to lift the dash pad and remove the A pillar trim to run the microphone up to the roof console.

Kevin

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Should have stated... 2008 SRX V6 AWD with Luxury package
 

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This is why I went Costar, no wires to run and you don't even have to take the radio out, install in under 30 minutes.

Getting the radio out is not hard, getting the center vents out needs a good hard pull.
 

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Console trim panel pulls off, start at rear. Screws for air deflector, then HVAC module, then radio. With door open there is a screw cover at top of A pillar trim, then pull top loose, then middle. Windshield trim (defroster grill) pops off, no screws. That should do it.
 

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Thanks to both of you... Pick it up this afternoon!! Cant wait

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Wow I just looked at COSTAR, $299 and you lose ONSTAR?
I live in a very rural area and like the ONSTAR for accidents, breakdowns, vehicle health, theft tracking/shutdown.

The ISGM651 you lose nothing but add Bluetooth phone/streaming, USB, APPLE IPOD/IPHONE, aux port, aux amp outputs and goes for around $110 on Amazon.

Yes you have to remove the radio and insert between sat radio plug and radio, and run your microphone.. but the sound quality is tops..
Since OnStar runs over Sprint network and I have Verizon that gives me two phones incase one provider does not have service at a given location.

But thanks for telling me about it..
 

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Why do you have to remove the radio?

The Sat plug is in the back behind the sub I think, but that might be the 04.

Keep in mind I did this on my 04 and 09 and I get confused so read between the lines but I had the radio out of the 09 many times.

The trim just all sort of pops off, the little plastic part just in behind the shifter pops off and a few screws under there then the whole radio bezel and beside the seat is all one piece if I remember right. The radio and HVAC stuff has 6 screws I think and sort of overlaps, no dash or a pillar stuff comes off, I cant remember why the center vents need to come out and in what order but I had to pull them but it may have been in the 04 not my 09. The little foam gaskets in the air vents get messed up as well so mind that when you re assemble.

Get a rag to cover the shifter or pull it into gear to make more room when the radio comes out oh and if your testing nothing works unless you plug the HVAC back in, ask me how I figured that out lol..
 

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With the Isimple you have to unplug the Satellite plug from the back of the radio, plug in the module, then plug the vehicle satellite harness into the module.
Then on the XM settings you pic from IPOD, IPHONE USB, USB, SAT, Bluetooth, AUX 1 and AUX 2
 

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Right but does the car care if you plug it in at the radio or at the XM box?

It is tight back there but there is some room under the radio behind the HVAC stuff and maybe beside.
 

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hmmm.. my reply went off to never never land...
The module comes with a Y shaped pigtail allowing you to mount the module approx. 8-10 inches from the radio.. One end plugs into the radio and the other connects to the vehicles Satelite harness. I don't know what the plugs look like at the XM box. Dash space was VERY limited behind my Suburban stereo and I had to connect everything to the Isimple module, zip strip the module to a dash support then as I slid the radio back into the dash plug in harnesses into the radio..

My tiny Prius (RIP) had all kinds of room in the dash... bigger the car, less room there is?
 
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