Originally Posted by Austin Wolff
Second, regardless of the unfortunate situation that I'm in, as well as many others, I am able to transfer the subscription one last time, which is why my original question, "Can I transfer this to a tuner and simply remove from one car to the other", as one of the other forum users alluded to (well, explicitly stated as well), still stands. One user stated it was possible, I'm merely fishing for someone else to confirm that option.
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Before June 20, 2005: Yes, it is transferable from one radio to another any number of times.*
From June 20, 2005 until September 7, 2007: Yes, your Lifetime subscription is transferable a maximum of three times.*
On or after September 8, 2007: Lifetime subscriptions associated with home, portable or dock & play radios can be transferred a maximum of three times.* Lifetime subscriptions first associated with or transferred to radios installed in vehicles by automakers or dealers are NOT transferable unless the radio is stolen, accidentally damaged or defective.
Sorry - I never answered your question:
(great answer, right?)
If you swap this into an OEM vehicle's tuner, let's say a Honda, and then a few years down the road that you buy another Honda, it's likely, but not guaranteed that you could find the tuner and cabling in your current Honda and plug them into your new Honda. Kind of depends on how many years out you're considering doing this. You wouldn't be able to take that Honda tuner + cables and switch it out to a Toyota, Ford, etc. You're pretty much married to the Honda. I'm fairly certain, though not 100%, that the satellite tuners are still separate in new cars. An easy way to check is to look online at the parts department and see if they sell just the tuner for the particular type of car you have. Typically it'll be a tuner kit with brackets, cables, etc.
Find a Directed SCC1 (if you're on a SiriusXM plan, they may not let you switch over to older equipment so you may want to call them). This is a Sirius tuner (not SiriusXM (modern) or XM). Know that going into this that they're letting the polar orbit Sirius satellite burn out over time and then they'll be broadcasting everything from geosynchronous satellites in orbit around the equator. The difference is that with the old Sirius satellite orbits you'd almost always have a satellite fairly high in the sky above you whereas with the geosynchronous orbits you can often be blocked by things to the S/SE/SW of you (depends on where you are in the country). Also note that, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, the Sirius terrestrial repeaters have been turned off so when you get blocked you're just blocked. I have both Sirius and SiriusXM in my car and the Sirius tuner cuts out a lot more because of these limitations. The SiriusXM tuner is far more reliable. The main advantage to doing going this route is that you could get an SCC1 and then the proper interface box for your car (depends on the make of the car and the year) and find an corresponding interface so that your OEM radio in your dash just magically works with the SCC1. It still falls into the trap of: will your next car support it, but it's a better option than getting a Honda-only version. Another downside to this is that you're limited in extra functionality. You can tune in any of the Sirius channels but you're not going to get any alerts for songs/artists/shows/sports which you're interested in. It basically makes satellite radio just a simple tuner.
XM Mini Tuner:
Again, assuming that they allow you to swap to an older system (and you're starting from SiriusXM), you could get something like the XM Commander MT (search Amazon). With that you have this little cartridge tuner and then you could transfer your lifetime subscription once to that and swap that out of various MT-compatible setups (like buy an extra XM Commander MT set or two). The theory here is that the display or other part may die but then you just swap out that part and keep going (probably the display though I have a few of these in my daughters' cars and they're going strong). This will get you extra features like scrolling sports scores, stock market prices (I think this unit supports that), alerts for when your favorite songs/shows/artists are playing on other channels, and a nice B&W display which will likely show you more information than your OEM radio.
This is probably your best bet going forward but the problem is that, once it's dead, it's dead. All the suggestions above relied on an external display/interface, assuming that the display or buttons would be the things to die first. If you do this right and the unit lasts then you could take it from car to car. Pick up something like the SiriusXM Onyx Plus (nice little unit - you can find it at Best Buy on sale for $60-70 periodically) and move your subscription to that. You'll get all of the channels you can possibly get with it as it supports the extra channels which the other methods don't, along with a nice color display. There are other nice features such as song/artist/sports alerts, Tune-Mix (it'll record all channels in the current set of presets which are playing songs and then just swap out, randomly, from song to song - Meaning, you may listen to Lady Gaga on the Pulse and when that song is over then it plays a song, in it's entirety, off of, say, SiriusXM Hits 1, then it bounces to another song off of another preset - it's a nice way to mix it up). This unit also allows you to rewind and fast forwards (depending on where you are, of course) on the channels. It's a nice unit.
Aftermarket Head Unit + SiriusXM Tuner:
Depending on how far you want to go, you could, depending on the make and model of your car, go with an aftermarket head unit + a SiriusXM SXV200V1/SXV300V1 tuner. The good thing here is that they seemed to have finally settled on a standard interface for modern aftermarket head units to connect with a standard SiriusXM tuner. This means that if you get a new car, and you can swap the head unit out, then everything works like it did before. You will likely be able to swap the head unit out and move to a different manufacturer (like from Kenwood to Pioneer, if you happen to find in a few years that you like a Pioneer HU better) and still be able to use your SiriusXM tuner. Interfaces do change over time so this isn't an iron-clad way to do it, and it's obviously more involved but it's an option. A downside is that maybe this works fine in your Honda but then you decide you want a Prius next and in a Prius everything is integrated into the center console so swapping out the radio is a non-starter. Another downside, and this stopped me from doing this approach years back, is that a lot of the aftermarket HUs now are a jack of all trades and a master of none. Maybe that's changed recently but it sucks to spend $1000+ on a head unit and it kind of mostly work. Another thing that sucks is that a lot of the interfaces and menus are arranged in a way where you'd think that the people programming the interfaces for your cable TV box were subcontracted to do aftermarket HU menus/interfaces. My last Kenwood suffered from both of these fates. I was familiar with the Kenwood menu system and it was still a drag to dig down to try to find some setting. It was also a "master of none" enough to where I just pulled it and threw it away. I was that sick of it. I put the OEM stereo back in.
Depending on when you got your lifetime sub, you may have a free streaming account sitting out there (there was another thread about this - or it may even be further up in this thread on how to find it and set it up). Anyway, if you take your phone into your car, most cars today have Bluetooth, so you just pair that up and stream your SiriusXM. This can be a bit cumbersome as, when I've tried it, I find it much more natural to hit physical buttons while driving (on the SiriusXM Onyx) as opposed to my finger bouncing around and trying to hit the screen and, often enough, hitting the wrong spot on the screen because there's no physical button there to guide my finger before the push. It's a distraction - there's no getting around that. It's also going to cost you in your data plan but I suspect, going forward, it won't be too long before none of us pay much attention to how much data we're using on our mobile devices. It's happened with voice minutes and text messages. This is just another natural occurrence that will happen. Oh, the other thing that can be a bit of a pain is that your phone won't always connect automatically with your car's Bluetooth so that, sometimes, you'll have to go in and specifically say, "connect to this device". Again, it's a bother and a distraction if you try to do this while driving. An in-dash solution will "just work" as will a PNP solution using Aux-In on your stereo.
My recommendation, kind of the path of least resistance, would be to go the PNP route and pick up a SiriusXM Onyx Plus. With a little work you can make it work nicely with your dash so that you don't have wires going everywhere.
If you do go for the PNP or streaming via your phone - route, check out proclipusa.com (I'm not affiliated, just a happy customer). Depending on your car, they have many nice setups for positioning your phone, satellite radio, other devices. I use one for my phone and another one on the other side of my steering wheel for the SiriusXM Onyx Plus. It really makes it nice for just sliding your phone in and having the GPS app up and running. In my car both are right up on the dash. Some cars have the positioning further down the center console which I don't like as much. They're not cheap but really nice in that you set it up once and forget about it. You don't have to fiddle or worry about things sliding around on your dash.