STEP 1: Disassembly & disconnecting the antenna from the stock head unit.
I rate the difficulty of this step as easy if you have the Saab radio removal tool.
Since I did not have such a tool, and my efforts to construct one failed, my experience with this part has to be rated at mildly annoying.
The XM Commander's control/display panel will be installed where the ashtray is: Right in front of the shift lever.
The ashtray must be removed which is a pain. Here are the steps to get it out. You'll need some decent finger dexterity and a couple flathead screwdrivers.
If you can, I highly recommend pulling the radio box out of the dash. The COAX-style antenna wire connects to the back of the radio box using a plastic clip.
If you cannot pull your it, use a screwdriver and CAREFULLY press the connector out of the back of the unit.
This will take some careful work and it will break the tabs on the antenna connector.
I did this, and was able to get it disconnected without destroying anything except some skin on my knuckles.
|Once free of the head unit, the antenna connector looks like this (fuzzy I know...sorry.)
At this point, let's leave the dash alone and get the XM receiver mounted.