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I have a '99 N.B. that I've had since Sept. 7th. It has the stock am/fm cassette player. I have never before had a stock receiver in a car where the AM reception was this poor. Poor? It is HORRIBLE. Static and engine interference so bad that it practically makes listening to powerful Seattle AM stations impossible (I live only 60 mi. southeast of Seattle in Olympia--less than 60 "as the crow flies.") The factory receiver in our Ford Escort ZX2 EASILY picks up the main AM stations out of Seattle loud and clear. What can be done about this, if anything? (Geez, I hope we don't have to "just live with it.")
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I have the same problem in Everett/Lynnwood area too. I can usually get AM on the freeway, but anywhere else I have terrible static and engine interference. I would like to know if anyone else knows how to help the problem.
 

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NBTurboFreak said:
Is it like AM was in the beginning........
FM is the fun time........
Saetllite is the future.
I was just being a pita as i like to be, but thanks for the quick explanation.

But i have to disagree with satellite radio being the future. My guess is that it's just another fad, like Zip drives. Anyone still use those? I really think that how mp3 players dominate the merket, they will be around for a LONG time. Anyways, satellite radio is just a streamed type of compressed data, if you have a good enough radio, you can hear it's compressed. Compareing a stong fm singal to xm is like comparing cd to mp3.

Okay, now back to my 24-bit dac world. and clarion magi-tune+ fm.
 

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How about better grounding?

Howabout if I bought a couple of those braided wire grounding straps and tried to strategically place them w/in the engine compartment so as to, maybe, improve the "grounding?" Do any of you think that might help for this N.B. AM radio interference problem? (It sure worked wonders for my '91 Chevy truck that had an aftermarket Sony AM/FM cassette receiverwith the same problem.) :confused:
 

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It very well could be a loose antenna. I've heard of that before from people that got bad AM reception....

Either behind the radio, or in the A-piller
 

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It very well could be a loose antenna. I've heard of that before from people that got bad AM reception....

Either behind the radio, or in the A-piller
Whoops! Sorry, I didn't catch your entire message before I fired off my reply. I will have to check out those areas you mentioned. :eek:
 

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There is an amplifier up there in the roof antenna base. check for corrosion up there. Said amplifier gets its power up the coax from the radio - so if you don't have a stock radio - you better figure out how to supply power to the amp...

Or you could just put in another antenna that doesn't require an amp.
 

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What have others done, if anything?

I have a stock set up in my '99. Now it was my understanding that this, terrible AM reception, was a very prevalent problem with the earlier model NBs, say up until '02 or so. If that's true, I wonder what some of the others have tried in order to rectify the problem, or have you just "lived with it" because there are too many of us out here any longer who even listen to AM? :(
 

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Beetlebomb said:
... have you just "lived with it" because there are too many of us out here any longer who even listen to AM? :(
That's not necessarily true.

Talk radio in many markets are on top of the ratings. With people wanting to be more informed, the avid sports fan and the lack of creative talent in today's music (generally speaking), AM radio is seeing an increase in faithful listenership. It's awesome after sunset-it's cool to hear stations 5 and 6 states away.

As for me, my Y2K bug has always given me this problem. I hope with the purchase of a new stereo (no I haven't purchased it yet), and the addition of the in-line thingy, my problems will be resolved.
 

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AM Reception

My '98 has the same problem. Some days AM seems okay, other days you can't hear it at all! My brother has the same problem in his '99. It seems to be pretty common. :(
 

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You know what? I never had the AM problem you all speak of, until I read about the AM problems you all speak of......:mad:

I usually only listen for the traffic and news on the way to work, and until recently, no problems. Now there is a lot of static, distortion, horrible reception, weird interference. By turning off my satellite receiver, it gets a little better, but still aggravating.


There is one corner downtown, where I never make the light. I sit at the red light, and get a strange "woooeeeeeooooowooooweeeeooooo", kinda like old-time CB radio problems. Only happens at this one downtown corner. There's a restaraunt and a used-record store there. Are they doing the mind-melt on me? :confused:
 

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Porkchop said:
normal value on FM means it is insanely loud when I switch to AM.
I have the exact opposite problem. If I am listening to AM, and switch back to FM, my ears get blown out, if I forget to lower the volume before I switch. :scared:
 

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I altually switched to AM today, and well, it sucked, badly. Even my local AM station sounded really awful. I have an aftermarket radio, and the little in-line amp-turn on module, and a honda s2000 antenna. My fm reception is stellar, but am is nothing.

It doesnt phase me much, i never listen to talk radio in the car, i built my radio to rock! and rock it shall!
 

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Porkchop said:
The other reason is people are moving to the exurbs and spending more time in their cars commuting - so people turn to AM talk radio to help pass the time sitting in traffic.
Right you are mi amigo!:)
 
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