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Old 06-28-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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Anyone got a good deal on Sirius XM Radio for the Q5? Mine expired after the 3 month trial and I was wondering.. because they called me and offer me 29.95 for 6 months of service.
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Anyone got a good deal on Sirius XM Radio for the Q5? Mine expired after the 3 month trial and I was wondering.. because they called me and offer me 29.95 for 6 months of service.
I know from my previous Acura that you can get a sweet deal for a year if you hold out. $77 for the year. I know thats a little more expensive technically than your 6 months deal but good luck trying to get them to renew your 6 month plan. The guys on the Acurazine forum have this whole script written out about how to get xm/sirius for $77 a year, and many of them have done it for many years in a row. Just have to work the system. When you call them, the people are working off a computer screen that tells them what to say and do. If you follow the Acurazine script it checks the right boxes to get you to the end result. To Sirius they would rather have some income from you than none. If you interested you can browse through the Acura forum here. It has the instructions right at the top. http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=767676
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Sirius ended up sending me four different letters over the course of about 2 months. The first two were prior to the 3-month trial, and offered renewal at full price (around $149/year). A couple weeks after the trial expired, they sent a letter offering two months free on a renewal. Finally, after just over 1 month past expiration, they sent me a $77/ 1 year renewal letter.

I'd been holding out for it just to see if they would send me one, and was going to finally renew. I though about it for a while, and then came to the conclusion that it would just be easier for me to get the lifetime Sirius subscription for the car. It was $499 (up from the previous $399, and add $75 for music royalties), so a better deal than the full subscription, but not if you could get $77 / year, every year. I'd just decided that I didn't feel like haggling every year to get the $77 deal, and the lifetime then made sense. Mind you, the traffic program does not have a lifetime offer, so you need to renew annually, and at a separate cost ($3 / month, IIRC)

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I have renewed twice at 4 months for $20. Just keep holding out and being reluctant to renew.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:32 PM   #5
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I really wanted to like Sirius, but, sadly, I didn't. I found the audio quality and the programming really lacking. The Los Angeles broadcast stations (free) are miles ahead of anything Sirius is beaming down, and they don't disappear when driving under trees (seriously? who puts up with paying for that?).
What is really surprising, however, is how lame Sirius's retention marketing efforts are. They should go to school on DirecTV. There's a company that knows how to get and keep customers.
Sirius is just too expensive for the value it offers, IMO. I sure wouldn't buy a "lifetime subscription." I don't think they're a good long-term bet.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:53 PM   #6
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I really wanted to like Sirius, but, sadly, I didn't. I found the audio quality and the programming really lacking. The Los Angeles broadcast stations (free) are miles ahead of anything Sirius is beaming down, and they don't disappear when driving under trees (seriously? who puts up with paying for that?).
What is really surprising, however, is how lame Sirius's retention marketing efforts are. They should go to school on DirecTV. There's a company that knows how to get and keep customers.
Sirius is just too expensive for the value it offers, IMO. I sure wouldn't buy a "lifetime subscription." I don't think they're a good long-term bet.
I totally agree with you about the quality. When I had XM in my Acura, I liked it. Once I got the Q5 I immediately noticed the poor quality sound. I think the Acura had some filter/processor that enhanced the sound coming in from the satellite because the same channels in the Audi suck. Its Sirius's fault, not the Audi though. So I also decided not to continue my subscription. The funniest part of the whole thing was when I was talking with the Sirius people I told them why I was discontent with the radio...Poor bit quality sound, I could hear the compression. Then he was like, well I'm sorry sir but I have worked here for quite a while and you are the first person to complain about quality. All I could think off was BS! All you have to do is google sirius/xm quality and you will find many complaints. Not to downplay anyone's opinion if you do like the satellite radio, but I really appreciate high quality sound, and sirius/xm doesn't deliver. I'll stick with free fm radio, with better sound quality or just go with my Ipod which has the best sound quality out of the three. But if you want sirius for cheap, just hold it, cause it works. Ok, rant over. Thanks
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Today I tried to get a decent price with a phone rep. The cheapest she would go was about $150 for a year. She got kind of surly when I said that I would not really be using it enough to justify the cost. I told her that where I live in the NYC area the Sirius signal keeps dropping everytime I pass a high building, overhead bridge, etc. She threatened that if I did not renew the Sirius signal would just stop when the trial was up and then where would I be. I told her I'd be reight where I am now: depending on the broadcast stations for continuous recpetion. I can't see paying $150 a year to have a favorite song chopped up maybe ten times in the course of the one song - it is torally unacceptable in my view. Gotta say once I get out of town on a highway it is much better, but I don't drive very far these days.
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Call the right number (one is for Sirius, other for XM), hit the appropriate keys for a cancelling customer as noted, talk to a representative, done in 10 minutes for the $77 + taxes.

Only issue is there isn't a deal for the real-time traffic, I think I had to pay $4 a month for it (almost half the cost of the Sirius package!).
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Default The "$77 deal" seems to be commonplace:

I permit my trial subscription to lapse last week. Two days ago I got the $77/yr offering via email - - I was planning to stall a bit longer on the renewal process cuz I don't use the Sirius system very much, I experience a lot of drop outs.

One of their conditions is you have to allow them to put you on auto-renewal at the end of the twelve month cycle. I said 'no' and the agent agreed to put me on a paper bill which will be mailed to me. Radio has supposedly been re-activated during the phone call - - I haven't checked yet.

The agent did try to up-sell me on a bunch of stuff.

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Prices shown are for the Sirius "Select" package of audio channels and do not include the Sirius "Premier" package, SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Backseat TV. If you have one of these services in your vehicle and wish to renew, call 1-866-635-5013.

* OFFER DETAILS: Activate a prepaid Annual "Select" Subscription Package on your inactive radio and get 50% off the standard published monthly rate of $12.95/month, plus free activation (a $15 value). Other fees and taxes will apply. Service will automatically renew and bill at the then-current rate after your promotional period ends until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Offer cannot be combined with any other and may be modified or terminated at any time. Pricing and programming are subject to change. Offer only available to addressee. SiriusXM U.S. Satellite service available only to those at least 18 years of age in the 48 contiguous USA and DC, with Sirius also available in PR (with coverage limitations), while SiriusXM Internet Radio is available throughout our satellite service area and also AK and HI.





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Just renewed the the traffic only yesterday for $44.95 for a year. I figured after spending $3k for the nav, it wasn't worth not having the integrated traffic. Although I'll miss the 50s station, there is always my iPod.

One thing I have noticed with the traffic though, is that when it gives you an alternate route on a side street due to heavy traffic on your route, it doesn't necessarily help because they don't have traffic information for the side streets. I guess I didn't realize that if it doesn't show green or red, it is because there isn't any traffic data, so don't fall for the alternate all the time.
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Is the quality of the traffic reporting pretty good thru the in-car Nav?

I've got traffic subscriptions on a couple of my Garmins. Garmin uses two different systems, neither is very good at this point in time. It's kind of hit or miss
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Q5 is only 9 days old so still learning. Drove Savannah to Charlotte and back this week and overall was not impressed with Sirius and/or traffic. Channels I do like, repeat songs soooo much, quality not great on spoken word channels (IMO), and traffic is obviously only good at major cities. Also, my complete subscription dropped off three times in the first 5 days! Don't think I'll even renew at $77.
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Don't think I'll even renew at $77.
I hear ya. I was kinda borderline on renewing.

I can see the Sirius radio being of most value to people who do a lot of long distance travel and people who live in rural areas away from major cities. I have friends in Maine and they say that Sirius is worth its weight in gold cuz they can't really get much in the way of local programming.
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Is the quality of the traffic reporting pretty good thru the in-car Nav?

I've got traffic subscriptions on a couple of my Garmins. Garmin uses two different systems, neither is very good at this point in time. It's kind of hit or miss
I find the traffic in the Q to be far superior to the traffic on the garmin. I am in Chicago, so the traffic reporting is pretty good here. I actually perfer the Audi Nav over the garmin, at least the model i have.
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I was never offered this $77.00 plan for my sirius even though I asked for their best offer. But thanks to the post below--I now have the reduced amount. Once again this forum is terrific. And the Q5 continues to impress I have to say.
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I recently cancelled both my cars and won't be renewing. I think they're a sorry bunch and their customer service is absolutely horrible. Not worth the $$$ or my time dealing with them.
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I recently cancelled both my cars and won't be renewing. I think they're a sorry bunch and their customer service is absolutely horrible. Not worth the $$$ or my time dealing with them.
Ditto, Mine is currently running out and I have been getting calls and letters almost every other day from them. I too will be letting it run out.
In the past I have always gotten yearly subscriptions for half price.
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Just renewed the the traffic only yesterday for $44.95 for a year. I figured after spending $3k for the nav, it wasn't worth not having the integrated traffic. Although I'll miss the 50s station, there is always my iPod.

One thing I have noticed with the traffic though, is that when it gives you an alternate route on a side street due to heavy traffic on your route, it doesn't necessarily help because they don't have traffic information for the side streets. I guess I didn't realize that if it doesn't show green or red, it is because there isn't any traffic data, so don't fall for the alternate all the time.
How did you get them to just renew the traffic part? I tried to called them about it but they just told me I have to get the audio part. Which number did you called?
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stevedusa - I just called the customer service number listed on the website. The agent wasn't familiar with how to do it cause he said he had never done just traffic before. He put me on hold, checked with someone, came back and did it.

Here is the URL for their page that describes the traffic service: http://www.siriusxm.com/siriustraffic
and the number they list is 1-800-869-5364
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stevedusa - I just called the customer service number listed on the website. The agent wasn't familiar with how to do it cause he said he had never done just traffic before. He put me on hold, checked with someone, came back and did it.

Here is the URL for their page that describes the traffic service: http://www.siriusxm.com/siriustraffic
and the number they list is 1-800-869-5364
Awesome! Thanks for the info.

I think my radio expires in a month or less. To be honest, their audio selection is, well, subpar to be honest. I guess I'll just stick with the TMC traffic only.
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