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Old 10-01-2014, 12:33 AM
andy1973 andy1973 is offline
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Mein Auto: x5
radio signal

i have fitted aftermarket sat nav in 2006 e53 got fakra lead to connect to radio antenna but cant get any radio stations any help be grateful other than radio unit works perfect
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:48 AM
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Mein Auto: 1997 740iL / 2006 X5 4.4
A few things come to mind:
  • BMW uses a "diversity" antenna (thus your fakra adapter purchase) so make sure the other end is attached to all the correct components so there's a complete connection of the antenna system. The radio aerial is incorporated into the right rear cargo area window. See antena cables #5 & #6 in diagram below that go to the amp/trap circuit (#4 in diagram below)
  • Make sure that the radio is tuned to the AM/FM radio frequencies for your part of the world. BMW uses "world" radios which can be tuned to receive radio frequencies for the USA/Canada/Europe/Japan/Oceania. If there's a "service mode" for your new radio, check to see to what frequencies it's tuned for.

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)


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