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Hello all,

I recently just bought my first Subaru. 2015 Forester Limited 2.5. I have been a XM listener in my vehicle for years. This Forester does not have a XM capable HU. Current HU is the CF625UM. My thoughts are to go OEM to do this. I see Some of the HUs in other foresters have the xm button the left side of the unit where my AM button is. Could it be that easy to just buy one of those units and plug it in? Is there even an XM radio antenna in my Forester? I've also seen that there was a touchscreen Nav/Xm HU is some 15' Foresters. Is that an option? Do I just go aftermarket? I like the idea of seeing my radio info on the HUD but that's not a deal breaker. I do however love the steering wheel controls and Bluetooth calling and such. What's every ones thoughts? Any guidance is truly appreciated.
 

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You could upgrade to the next level OEM Subaru radio which would give you Sirius XM and HD services. It should fit into the dash perfectly and hook up to existing wiring. A new one from your dealer would be ridiculously expensive but a second hand one from a junk yard or ebay might be a good choice. Cost: $50 to 100.

You'll get better sound from the Subaru's optional Kicker speaker kit or from aftermarket coaxial or triaxial speakers. Figure on $100 and up.

I don't know whether your Forester has a satellite antenna built in or not.

I doubt it would be practical to try to upgrade to the OEM radio with navigation. There are too many parts missing from your car to do that without spending a fortune.

IMO, you're in the ideal situation to go aftermarket. It won't cost any more and you'll get better sound and features for your money...including navigation, if you want it. Check with Crutchfield or a local car stereo shop for their ideas.

At the very least new speakers will give a huge upgrade in quality. OEM factory speakers are cheaply made.

Good luck with your project.
 

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Thanks for the input. Your thoughts kinda confirmed mine.
The real question now is to see if I have an unused xm antenna wire laying behind the HU. I can't find much on the different antennas on different '15 Foresters
If not, aftermarket may be my best option.
 
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