3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
I've put out a request here if anyone has improved AM reception, with no response. My understanding - coming from some one here on the forum - was that a service bulletin was put out about it, but I keep forgetting to ask at the dealership. To me, it sounds as though the radio has no antena which AM needs.
According to the book the antenna is incorporated into the rear window defroster. I know that mid-80s and later Porsches with the antenna in the windshield have an am booster, but I can't find anything regarding that on the Bimmer...
The BMW's do have an antenna grid in the rear window and yes any metallic tint will definitey affect reception. There have been a couple bulletins posted by BMW 1 regarding replacing the antenna booster and another with just general troubleshooting procedures. Your best bet is eliminating any metallic window tint and if that doesnt fix it then take it to a dealer and have it checked out.
Is this a load or what? I just called the dealer and he had heard of the antenna amplifier deal, but said the new amp only helps if the old one has gone bad. In other words, if at one time I had good am reception and then lost it, the amp went bad. I've never had good reception so maybe the amp went before I bought it? Any way, he said the reception was bad because there is no AM radio in Germany and they're not set up for it. Where the hell is Von Braun and Einstein when you need them!!! ghead
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