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Old 09-06-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Just fixed my AM radio reception. Super easy

I just got my '02 325XI last month and noticed right away that the AM radio reception was virtually non-existent. Finally got around to checking into it today. All I did was unscrew the antenna amplifier connector, blew the dust out, than screwed it back on. That's it. BTW I read in various places that you had to take the light out before you remove the C pillar. I didn't do it that way. Just pop the two upper clips out than remove connector from back of light. Whole thing took about 5-6 minutes and most of that was trying to locate exactly where the clips were located while removing the pillar. Just wanted to pass on how quick and simple this fix actually is. It may or not be what's wrong with your car, but it's worth 5 minutes to find out.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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Thanks for the advice. I have been having the same troubles with my 2002 330XI and will attemp to fix the bad reception problem now having read how easy it was for you.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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This is great info! The radio reception on my E46 sucks too! I wonder if anyone has done a DIY for anything antenna related. Since I'm a noob, I could really use some pics.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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I can confirm the Ariel/antena location for the E46 (320i) is in the near side rear roof pillar (RHD vehicles) or off-side (LHD vehicles).

My problem was fixed by removing the door seal near the pillar, removing the pillar lining; light left in situ but disconnected to allow more space and tightening the co-ax connection to the amplifier. No special tools were required. AM reception is now perfect.

Please note that FM generally will work with little or no ariel.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:17 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by AndyC69 View Post
Please note that FM generally will work with little or no ariel.
**I know this is an old post**

But not on mine it doesnt...it's a pita, I can see me putting a proper one one, I just cant be arsed with all this fancy electronic boxes to enhance a radio....a good old aerial....simple!
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:22 AM   #6
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Anyone know if its in the same spot on a touring?
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:10 AM   #7
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No FM radio on 2002 M3

Hi guys,

First post here and new owner from Australia. I have an Imola Red 2002 M3 and love it but can't get the FM radio to work. The car has Becker Business radio, TV, CD and no NAV.

TV, AM, CD all work perfectly but FM wont even pickup a station when auto scrolling. If you manually enter an FM station, memory holds the numbers but no FM sound at all.

Is this likely to be an antennae module failure or an entire radio module failure?

Seems that USA / UK / Oceania antennae units all work on a different frequency to cater for various world destinations.

Any help seriously appreciated. Any tests that I can do to ensure I have power at the radio or antennae?

Here's a pic of my centre console and head unit for reference.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-12-2013, 12:37 PM   #8
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Checking the connections is always number 1. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. It's 'free' so worthwhile!
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