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It's been nearly 2 months since my install in the Highlander and no problems. The part number for the install kit I used is PTS31-48080 and included the cable, antenna, and mounting bracket for the Sirius install. I suspect it is different for the XM and/or a vehicle that is already equipped with an antenna but it will still plug into the same place in the back of the head unit.
My primary reason for going through the glove box is because of the horror stories and warnings I've read with cracking, scratching, nicking or putting stress marks in the dash components while trying to removing them. I was simply trying to avoid making a mark that would annoy me every time I look at it and the glove box seemed a logical start.
Yes, the cable is long, but there's a lot of empty space in the console below the JBL head unit. You will have no problem coiling it up and zip tying it to the dashboard supports. I think a bigger problem for you is that the pre-installed sharkfin antenna probably terminates under the seat where the factory expects you to install the satellite receiver. The satellite antenna plugs into the receiver, NOT the JBL head unit. My method of getting to the back of the receiver through the glove box will still work if you want to install the unit under the driver seat. You will just need to route the cable to the satellite receiver. I think you will probably get better reception with the sharkfin than the windshield antenna which looses signal more than I would like.
BTW, my 07 Solara convertible came new with the Sirius option already installed and the satellite receiver was mounted behind the dash, not under the seat. I did not order it and was not charged for it... bonus! While setting up the radio I got a message on the display so I called the dealer and asked how to set up the satellite. They assured me my vehicle did not come with satellite. I stopped by the dealer a few days later and they were surprised that it was, in fact, in the car, but nobody could explain how it got there! This was a new vehicle with 14 miles on it, so it was not a previous owner. Go figure! That was my first experience with satellite and I now a convert and have it in all 3 of my Toyotas. I have seen the satelLITE! Get it? Sorry!