Re: fjammer or not
I'm looking at replacing the whole system, although in steps to keep the cash flow reasonable. While the FJammer has all of the "right stuff", none of it is high quality or well thought out engineering-wise. I didn't get the XM radio OEM, and the sales manager at the dealer talked me out of doiing the Toyota upgrade, based on his customers' general lack of satisfaction with the unti's performance (OEm or after purchase).
After looking at the wiring diagrams today, I can understand why so many buyers have had an issue with the XM performance. The receiver is mounted in the back right corner of the vehicle under the subwoofer. The signal has to travel the length of the vehicle to reach the head unit. All of the aftermarket units go under the dash where the cable run and potential interference are singificantly less.
The overhead "exciters" are some bad engineer's sound fantasy - there is no way that muddled, "fire through the headliner" speakers will add to a decent sound in the vehicle.
While the FJammer may be better than some other OEM units based on the breadth of features, it really looks like a simpler higher quality system will be much more useful.
I applaud Toyota for trying to make hte system as cool as they desired, but it seems obvious that they ran out of cash to use better components.
Best bet is to save your OEM $ and put them into a good (and simpler) aftermarket system.
Not all that glitters is gold
Not all who wander are lost
Think of it as evolution in action
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Last edited by roadwarrior; 02-18-2007 at 12:56 AM.