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Old 01-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 radio reception terrible; how to fix?

Hello,

Bought a new head unit for my 94 E36 to replace the factory one and run my ipod through it. Had the people at that big box store install it. The radio reception, FM but especially AM, is terrible.
Brought it back and the guy replaced the antenna adapter but it's still bad.

Could the antenna be bad, requiring a new windshield? I am thinking that's the case since the radio reception wasn't so good with the old radio either.

Any ideas how to fix this?
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Ask them to plug in a different antenna, just to make sure before you get a new windshield. In fact, if you dont really care about looks and dont have a spoiler, I'd just put an aftermarket antenna on the rear fender and run a new cable to the front. When they put the new antenna in (for testing), make sure they try an AM station not FM, you dont really need a good antenna for FM, but AM HAS to have a good working antenna. Hope that helps...
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check the white wire in the bmw loom is connected to electric aerial output of your new radio ( blue ) also check the aerial booster connections thats located behind trim rear quarter panel passenger side at back window on the E 36 hope this helps GAZ 5
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