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No radio reception on 2003 Audi A-4 Cabriolet Convertible

Radio suddenly went out (CD still works) on a 2003 Audi A-4 convertible. There isn't an antennae and the rear window on the convertible only has a defroster. What could be the problem?

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  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    same here i have the same car and mine wents today ???any help please

  • BLRainie Jan 16, 2009

    I too have the same problem, it started on January 10, 2009. I just called an Audi dealer and they told me that it MIGHT be the wiring or the antennae and MIGHT cost $500 to fix! I asked where the antennae was and they told me behind the radio. My CD player also works (thank goodness!).

  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    The problem is probably due to a breakage in the antenna cabling.

    The antenna for the A4 cabrio is in the boot (trunk) area.

    If you have a multi-unit (sat nav/CD/radio) and the CD and sat nav
    still work, but the radio has a poor reception that can be heard
    faintly at high volume, try opening the boot (trunk) lid to see if the
    reception picks up.

    If it does then you have a breakage in the antenna wiring - it will cost quite a bit to fix due to the labour involved.

    Now that the cabrio is over 5 years on the market this problem is becoming more common (unfortunately).



    If opening the lid does not make the radio reception change then your fault is not one I have experienced.



  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    The problem is probably due to a breakage in the antenna cabling.
    The antenna for the A4 cabrio is in the boot (trunk) area.
    If you have a multi-unit (sat nav/CD/radio) and the CD and sat navstill work, but the radio has a poor reception that can be heardfaintly at high volume, try opening the boot (trunk) lid to see if thereception picks up.
    If it does then you have a breakage in the antenna wiring - it will cost quite a bit to fix due to the labour involved.
    Now that the cabrio is over 5 years on the market this problem is becoming more common (unfortunately).

    If opening the lid does not make the radio reception change then your fault is not one I have experienced.

  • georgek82 Feb 26, 2009

    i also have the same problem :( 


    is there any way we can access the antenna in the boot?

  • GBCo Mar 11, 2009

    My radio went out 2 days ago. But my CD player works fine. I went to an aftermarket place and they thought (without getting off his ****) it was the radio tuner and tried to sell me a new system - $450. I believe it is the antennae so will try opening the boot later today. If anyone finds a solution, let me know.

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After reviewing the feedback on these postings I identified the problem them took it to my local car stereo shop. I showed them how by raising and lowering the trunk the signal went in and out. They fixed it for $60 by splicing in some new coax cable. It works great.

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I have had this problem and apparently mine was due to a broken arial lead. This needed replacing which is quite time consuming but carried out under warranty. my 53 reg A4 cabriolet was then not yet older than 3 years though.

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