The "rubber duck" is *NOT* your AM (or FM for that matter) antenna.
It's in your rear window - the vertical embedded wires. It could be
the RF amplifier built into the wiring; however, poor AM reception
is a notorious feature of BMWs.
Well heck. I guess I'm not crazy when I went out to look at my rear window,
trying to find the hidden wires. ;-)
My question still stands:
Is there a replacement that's better, for the '02, 330 CONVERTABLE, or
should I just get "Sirius"? ;-)
There isn't much on AM around here anymore except for the ultra-conservative
hatemongers whipping up their fear and intolerance. There is one AM news
station that is just news, not opinions on the news, but their broadcast
antennas are two counties and some tall mountains away, so I tend to hum a
lot. Actually I have a portable XM radio that plugs into the aux jack so I
really can't complain. (Except I could use the traffic reports from the news
station to plot my occasional course to the city in an optimal manner.)
My previous wheels (Acura TL) had a great radio with excellent AM and FM
reception. AND CUPHOLDERS!
I drink water constantly. I carry cases of water in the trunk, or boot,
whatever you prefer to call it. When I take a bottle into the car, where am
I to keep it while driving? In my lap? Ask my passenger to hold it for me?
No. I put it into the cup holder. Is that too much to ask of the damn design
engineers? I am not asking for a wet bar for heaven's sake!!!
In terms of a cup holder, why is my BMW sedan (or saloon, whatever you
prefer to call it)different from a minivan or SUV, neither of which would
you ever find in my garage.
I've been driving long enough to remember no cup holders (and seat belts for
that matter) but almost every car has them now. I can understand the gradual
disappearance of ashtrays and lighters, but why cup holders? Did all the
water drinkers give up their filthy, disgusting habit? Maybe I need to go to
the Dasani rehab clinic. Must I have turn in my BMW ownership credentials
because I'm no longer worthy? I'll have to 'degrade' and get another Acura.
Great cupholders and radios (remember radios? the original subject of this
By the way, what did you do in the days before windshield wipers, or weren't
you driving back then? ;>)
Not quite, but I do remember that not until the third car I owned did
I have *self parking* windscreen (UK...) wipers, and I was tickled to
death at being able to turn then off at any time without having to
wait and time it so they were down flat.
Not all innovations are good, however. The automatic transmission,
power steering, cupholders, drinks in cars, and the cell phone all
contribute to the modern style of driving that seems to only ever use
one hand. Apart from the distraction and wandering about that
non-driving secondary activities cause, there are other dangerous
trends developing, such as non-use of turn signals apparently due to
not having a free hand to work the stalk. The scary thing is that
it's becoming accepted behavior by those who do it, and other drivers.
But few will admit that any such in-car habits that *they* have
affects their concentration or driving ability one little bit.
They're all 'above average' drivers.
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