This is actually the reason I joined the forum. I have an 02 SPI (i know, I know ) and its been doing this for a while. Its pretty intermittent, sometimes I can listen to the radio for my entire commute, other times its no good for a week... Very strange. I'll probably swap in an am/fm aftermarket head unit.
Yep, most if not all Kenny HUs have a kit to hook them up tot he steering wheel controls, OR you can find a like new stock one here for not much coin. I have the stocker out of my 04 that works as new I would sell pretty cheap. I just got a new Kenwood 696 and it rocks. Can't wait till I get time to install the amp and sub box.
The Audiophile in my 03 SVT sucks as well, even in the DFW area where there are literally hundreds of channels. I am on my 3rd antenna thinking that might be the problem, I also have had the unit out and checked the antenna connection but to no avail. I guess I am glad that they all suck, somehow makes me feel better knowing everyone else is just as frustrated. You know, the old "misery loves company" thing.