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Old 12-04-2012, 12:01 AM   #20
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Location: San Ramon, CA
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SEL, Metalic Grey

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My 2012 Sirius Radio Project

Hello Focus Fanatics,
I'm a new member and like many of you have been pretty frustrated with Fords poor upgrade option, lack of information (even at the dealer) and cost for getting Sirius activated in the SEL models. I was informed by the dealer as well that a module (which seems to have no part#) was available for $700 plus installation. I love Satellite radio but not for $700. So I took a different approach to finding an option. So the 302A model does not have satellite radio and the SEL faceplate does not include the Sirius button (I has a AUX, button). In my research, it seems that the A203 Radio is the only option available with built in satellite which was offered in the Focus SE models. Both of the A302 and A203 have Sync by the way. So, I thought, heck, why not just look for a A203 radio. I called around, searched etc and found a auto dismantler that had a what I believe is a A203 radio and faceplate, cost $200. I could never find the actual A203 part number but I believe I have one from an SE, faceplate has Sirius Button and the actual radio has two satellite antenna inputs (see pic) unlike the A302 which has one.

My investigation continues... In removing the A302 in my car and inspecting the wiring harness, there is only 1 satellite antenna input. I looked everywhere and could not find a 2nd. So, I checked the wiring out of the actual antenna, simply pull away the rubber gasket (hatchback)and take a peek. Sure enough, there was only 1 satellite wire coming out. Conclusion is ford must have 2 antenna models or, they split the 1 satellite input (perhaps with the assumed Sirius module)

My test (and where I'm stuck).. So I have an extra roof mount satellite antenna which plugged right into the 2nd antenna input in the A203. The wiring harness is plug and play and I used the faceplate with the Sirius button. With fingers crossed, the unit worked, but when pressing the Sirius button, the displays states "Sirius not equipped, contact your dealer" I actually laughed my xxx-off. I tried all the tricks to get the ENS# displayed and the option in the display still has Sirius dimmed. (bummer)..

Where I can use some help.... Here is what I'm thinking:
1) The A203 has to be programmed with my VIN#, something with ODB is not connection.
2) I actually do not have a A203 Radio, in which case I have no clue for the 2nd antenna input
3) There is actually a Sirius module that goes with this radio..

As you can see, I'm a bit of a techie but do not have much info on #1 above. I have no issue with going to ford and having them program the radio, but my fear is they will not have a clue..

Appreciate any comments or feedback.. by the way, I took the small roof mount antenna and put it underneath the ford one. I ran the wires nicely to the front and have my XM Onyx radio working great using line-in and the 12v adapter. Lost my cup holder as it has become my radio holder.. still got my xm/sirius fix back on..

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