Originally Posted by akabigT
I called a Ford dealer here in Michigan and talked to someone who knows a lot about installing Sirius in Fords. I was hoping to get an aux adaptor for the (non-audiophile) 6 disc unit in a Fusion SE to use both for a separate Sirius unit as well as an ipod... but they do not exist. He said that Ford has been promising since Jan. to provide an aftermarket Sirius unit, but it hasn't appeared. The unit would actually replace part of the back of the setero and have to be programmed. Apparently the stereo would have to be reprogrammed with some $7,854 part. It may be the case that the Aux botton is not activated without programming. I guess that the Fusion stereo unit is a Delphi unit as opposed to a Visteon unit in other Fords and they are slow. More surprising than anything else is that the guy said that in some cases (depending on the options you have) the air bag is actually looped through the stereo!!!!! So, you may get a suprise if you install aftermarket radios. WTF? I guess instead of working with people to have aftermarket stuff, they are saying, hey, forget you. This all kind of makes me mad, especially since they announced that the 2007 model will ahve aux inputs... and fog lights, as standard. The bottom line is that FM modulation is easiest, and otherwise I should have bought another brand.
the guy you spoke with at the dealer was either kidding with you or he does not have a clue..
I work for Ford as a FSE can you PM me what dealer this was and who told you that load of bull...
I am going to try and clear up this mess that this guy told you..
the 2007 fusion has the jack in the center console it's under the armrest lid
the 2006 fusion had the AUX button but no jack..
The 7k plus part is a IDS scan tool, that is not a part it's a dealer owned scan tool that they must have.. either way this has nothing to do with programing..
Also I want to make it clear to anybody reading this the radio and airbag system are not related in anyway... The guy who told akabig this is a fool. If needed I will post the wiring diagrams for the airbag and audio systems to prove it..
BTW you can wire in a aux jack and there is aftermarket compaines that sell both xm and sirius hardwired kits for your car, only problem is some of the earlier headunits will not work with it..