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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 05-13-2007, 04:11 PM
whiterockbc whiterockbc is offline
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any ideas on improving AM radio reception 2004 325i

My AM radio reception is very poor almost all of the time regardless of where I am driving and the weather conditions. I'm driving in and very close to Vancouver, Canada. Car has the BMW Business radio, rear window embedded antenna, Harmon Cardon sound, and no electrical alterations done to the car.

I know it's the radio because other cars in the family and friends have great AM radio reception. My son says BMW didn't care about providing good AM reception for the radio because nobody listens to AM anyway.

Any ideas or suggestions on improving my AM radio reception would be very much appreciated.

Would a shark fin roof antenna help? How about a signal booster from Radio Shack?
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Old 05-13-2007, 05:15 PM
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you can put one of these on your car to improve reception
http://ogresview.mu.nu/images/car_antenna.jpg
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Old 05-13-2007, 09:19 PM
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i will try that thanxs dude
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:05 AM
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What you would really need is a longer whip antenna (not quite what PHX325 posted, but something more like a traditional car antenna). Your son is probably right about AM radio - it was a trade-off between the clean look of an integrated antenna and AM reception.

You could try an AM booster, but if your antenna isn't getting good reception, a booster won't help much.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:28 AM
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I suppose...

... you don't have the window tint film which obscures the antennas in the glass?
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:08 PM
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No I don't have the window tint film. But thanks for your reply.

As for the stupid suggestion from PHX325, I've got a real good idea of where I'd like to put that antenna, and it isn't on my car.

This is my first time using a computer forum, of any kind, and probably my last. Don't have time or want to read smart ass answers like the one from PHX325.
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Old 05-14-2007, 08:57 PM
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Lighten up it's just a pic. And as stupid as it sounds it will work.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:52 PM
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No I don't have the window tint film. But thanks for your reply.

As for the stupid suggestion from PHX325, I've got a real good idea of where I'd like to put that antenna, and it isn't on my car.

This is my first time using a computer forum, of any kind, and probably my last. Don't have time or want to read smart ass answers like the one from PHX325.
Whiterock, we understand your frustration, but relax man. It was a jest in good fun.

Anyway, here's a question for anyone; isn't the AM antenna located in the 'shark fin' on the roof? Or is it embedded in the window?
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:30 AM
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It's embedded in the window, like the defroster.

If you are still under warranty, go to the dealer and complain. I did just that in my '02 CPO 325, and they replaced the radio head unit, and AM reception improved.

I had to dig in for about 10 minutes, and had them compare sound between my car and the pickup truck's that one of the service guys had ...but they did the right thing.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:51 AM
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For the love of God I hope you disregarded everything the above postings said. The AM antenna is in the glass in your back windown which I am sure you already know. Tint on back windows CAN distort your AM receptiona little bit but not much. The C-Pillar in the rear left of your car (the rear left side interior molding) comes off... the piece that the little light is on inside in the back of the car. its above the seat. you know what im talking about. that piece removes with a little effort, be careful not to break the clips that hold it on, but if one snaps its not a big deal. Once that thing is off you will see a coax cable connection. that coax cable comes loose and that is the AM connection. Tighten it HARD. Road vibrations have probably loosened it. that will solve your AM reception problem. If it does not entirely fix it, check the actual antenna connection. its about 3 or 4 inches long and its a jagged plastic piece in that same location, but its attached to the window itself. That may also be a little loose. If those 2 things dont fix it you will need a replacement antenna, and that means a new back window. I did the coax connection and it helped a LOT.. but still was not what i wanted it to be. When my car got broken into I was forced to get a new window and now my reception is 100% (for BMW)... AM is not all that great in e46s.. its sad. but do the coax tightening and it will help i promise.
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