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A lot of people feel the FM radio reception of the XC90's is week. I notice it is a little worse than my other car at picking up the stations farther away. However when the station is tuned it sounds nice.<p>My theory for this is that it is the atenna's fault not the radio's. The XC90's atenna is located underneath the black plastic section at the back of the roof. Therefore it must be coiled up and relatively flat compared to a standard vertical antenna mast. This probably gives a weaker signal to the radio.<p>So poor radio reception is the price you pay for not having an annoying attena mast or one that is retractable and will break right after the warranty is up.
 

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Re: FM Reception Problem (pepcmac)

...begging the question "Is there an existing aftermarket antenna that might be used to improve reception and, if so, how difficult will it be to install?"<p>My guess is that there are plenty of aftermarket antennae that would help. Aesthetically, some of them (or all of them) may leave something to be desired, of course.<p>I'd also guess that the connection between the factory antenna and the antenna cable is fairly readily accessible, since a faulty connection (due to vibration, production oversight, etc.) is not all that rare and designers understand that service technicians need to be able to get at it w/o ripping a vehicle apart. So, installation of an aftermarket antenna might not be all that difficult (aside from the pain of possibly having to drill a new hole in a new, heretofore unblemished vehicle...)<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: FM Reception Problem (aneumann)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>...begging the question "Is there an existing aftermarket antenna that might be used to improve reception and, if so, how difficult will it be to install?"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Actually, the XC90 has a unique Antenna Tuner Module (ATM) that integrates antennas and tuners into one module. The only connection to the outside world is the optical digital bus that ties the XC90 infotainment system together (and power feed, of course). The antenna patterns under the plastic cover are direct connected to the tuners through matching networks. Any attempt to connect an aftermarket antenna that isn't matched will probably screw up reception even more apart from ruining the good looks of the car.
 
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