I'm guessing the '06 Civic doesn't have an antenna that retracts inside
the front pillar like my CR-V does? My reception is so good that I have
to retract the antenna a lot or it will memorize in every station in
North America when I do the 'auto-program' trick.
Regardless what anyone says, the AM reception in these radios should not be
non-existent or even terrible. I suspect something, like the antenna, is not
hooked up correctly in yours. Of course, I could be wrong. Have the dealer
look at it -- it's all under warranty. I'm on my 4th Honda and have had no
trouble receiving AM stations, including distant ones both day and night, in
any of them. This includes my '04 Accord with the antenna in the window.
Your problem could be as simple as the antenna sub-feeder lead is not
secured to the main antenna lead.
Also; metallic tint applied to the rear windshield will cause this problem,
as will a damaged antenna grid line. Usually caused by tint application or
aggressive cleaning of the rear glass.
Otherwise take the car back to the dealer and have them fix it under
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