Has anyone had this problem? I have a new 2005 TL with Nav system.
Every few days the satellite radio loses all its presets for an hour
or so. All the on-screen "buttons" and mechanical buttons default to
XMs Channel 1 and the on-screen buttons all show the number 1 instead
of the channel I set. After a few minutes to a couple of hours, the
presets are restored; usually after I have turned the ignition off
though this doesn't always fix the problem. I am not disconnecting
the battery and the AM and FM presets don't do this. I have had it
back once to the dealer, when it was working fine of course, and they
found nothing wrong. They rebooted the radio (or so they said) but
this didn't fix the problem. Any ideas? Apparently no-one has heard
of this problem. I'm frustrated and thinking of demanding they just
replace the whole unit.
Just because they can't dupe it in the shop doesn't mean it isn't
happening. This is much too expensive of a car for the owner to be overly
tolerant of a recurring technical problem. I realize the difficulty in
troubleshooting an intermittent electrical problem, but I also think
you've been pretty specific in describing it, especially since as you say
it is not affecting any of your other presets. It's clearly a problem in
the XM unit. I think if it were me, the second time I was in for the same
problem I would ask to speak to the service manager. I would also be on my
very best behavior and make no demands or ultimatums. Rather I would just
courteously explain that I'm unhappy with their repair efforts thus far
and feel that for the sake of customer goodwill that this time the unit
should be replaced.
Beware that this comes with its own set of caveats. First of all they
might not have one in stock. Secondly, if your XM unit is replaced your XM
subscription will have to be transferred to the new radio, a process which
is completely out of the dealership's control and which on occasion can be
fought with its own set of frustrations and disappointments. That battle
ultimately comes down to something that's between you and XM. They'll get
it right, just maybe not the first time.
I am not sure the problem is the XM unit in your car. I have an XM Roady
that I use in my house, my car, and my office, and sometimes all of the
presets go to channel 1, the XM Preview channel. I think it could be that
your unit is not getting its authorization code. This issue once became such
a problem that I called XM and they were sympathetic but couldn't do
anything at their end. They suggested that my antenna wasn't working right,
but since I was getting channel 1 loud and clear I pretty much dismissed
that idea. Eventually it all started to work fine again, but every now and
then it's back to channel 1 again.
I had something like this happen a few times, and then realized it
was the User1/User2 difference. Each user has different radio
presents, so the time I used a different remote or seat setting
on the door, it seemingly erased my settings.... Easy fix once
I figured it out....
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