Russ, I am with you 100% on XM 6. About 40 years ago I liked the loud, fast
talking DJs, not today I find them annoying. XM 6 is still in the AM days,
As far as the AM reception, if you have an embedded radio antenna in the
windows and if you tint those windows with metallic film, you will lose your
AM reception. That happened to me in my BMW. After I had the film removed
and replaced with non-metallic film that restored the AM reception. The
non-metallic is supposedly not as durable, but after 3 years I have seen no
If none of that applies to you, never mind.
Thanks for the advice but I never tint my windows, so that isn't the
For other TL drivers, how is your AM reception?
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I live in the Mid-Atlantic (Washington, D.C. metro), possibly one of the
worst areas for AM reception because of so many stations crammed so closely
together. That said, I can regularly listen to AM stations from Richmond,
NYC, Philly, and Cincinnati in the evening in my '05 TL. The D.C. AM band
is really pathetic, but I have no trouble picking out the 1,000 watt
flea-powered daytimers in my TL.
Many AM stations lower power in the evenings (winter is worst because of the
short daylight hours) and/or they change the patterns of their signals to
accomodate grandfathered "clear channel" AM stations. You can plug your
favorite stations call letters into http://www.radio-locator.com to get
their power, tower location(s), antenna pattern and predicted coverage area.
Otherwise I'd say to take it to the dealer and demonstrate the issue. A
good dealer will just swap the head unit if there really is a problem.
Thanks for the input. I live in Santa Barbara and our radio stations are
very low power, day and night. I can get the KW stations from Mexico
without a problem.
I was inquiring to see if others have noted that the performance of the
in-window antenna was poor as compared to the free-standing antennas of old.
I think the lack of answers implies that most people don't listen to AM much
anymore. With so many choices on the TL, it's little wonder.
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