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Old 04-12-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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AM radio reception blows - any ideas?

So, FM works fine but AM is horrid. I know I am not giving much to work with but any ideas? / 2005 M3
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Old 04-12-2017, 01:34 PM   #2
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So, FM works fine but AM is horrid. I know I am not giving much to work with but any ideas? / 2005 M3
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Does your key fob range suck as well?
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:43 PM   #3
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Does your key fob range suck as well?
seems ok
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Old 04-12-2017, 09:09 PM   #4
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AM is horrid because it is the worst possible medium for listening to human voice in existence and every modern structure makes it worse. Good luck sir - I doubt you will find many people with AM radio experience. My thought is you were probably near interference, i.e. On planet earth.

I have never heard good radio signals out of AM bands in my entire life.
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Old 04-13-2017, 06:58 AM   #5
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seems ok
Probably just going to be the output of the stations in your area then. Key fob uses the AM antenna and antenna amp, so if you had a failure of one of those you'd be seeing reduced key fob range as well.
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Probably just going to be the output of the stations in your area then. Key fob uses the AM antenna and antenna amp, so if you had a failure of one of those you'd be seeing reduced key fob range as well.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:23 AM   #7
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AM is horrid because it is the worst possible medium for listening to human voice in existence and every modern structure makes it worse. Good luck sir - I doubt you will find many people with AM radio experience. My thought is you were probably near interference, i.e. On planet earth.

I have never heard good radio signals out of AM bands in my entire life.
lay off the vitriol? there's a reason why it exists and for the most part it's perfectly fine for the talk shows and the such.
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Did you check your fob?
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Am radios do not work well in modern cities so they are near impossible to diagnose. Have you attempted to listen to one recently? The point was depending on location one could be led to believe the radio is a fault when in fact it is a horrible medium in today's world.

So as I said before - good luck to the OP.
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:59 AM   #10
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Am radios do not work well in modern cities so they are near impossible to diagnose. Have you attempted to listen to one recently? The point was depending on location one could be led to believe the radio is a fault when in fact it is a horrible medium in today's world.

So as I said before - good luck to the OP.
I have 2 cars, my dd has no problem picking up AM. It's not FM-like crystal clear but nor is it expected to. My M3 gets no AM reception - can hardly make out a word or two. So it's definitely car specific.
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Old 04-25-2017, 01:18 PM   #11
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Clean and reseat the cable/wire connections involved.

First - check and clean the connection between the antenna lead into the multiwire connector that runs into the BMW antenna module.
On a coupe/sedan the connection is on the lower corner of the rear window, driver's side. It's a flattened connector that carries the other window wiring. (Use "Search" here and other forums for help if you need.) Basically - the connector needs to be unplugged and then have a spray electrical contact cleaner applied into the female connectors and the male plugs. Plug and unplug a few times to assist cleaning action.

This will probably help. If not the other possibility issue could be the connections at the FZV antenna/bluetooth/telephone module.
On a coupe/sedan the module is behind the C pillar on the driver's side. First check all of the cables plugged into the module: are they secure? Clean the connectors with the same contact cleaner.
It is unlikely that the module itself is the problem if all of your other features are working - FM, Bluetooth, keyless remote.

Cleaning is easy and quick and will get you the best reception possible. If that's not good enough it's probably just typical AM issues in a congested area.
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