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RDS reception with BMW Business radio

New 320d with Business radio. Radio does not switch to alternative frequecy when reception poor (e.g Radio 4 disappears driving up M40). Also TMC only works around M25!

RDS is set as on. REG is off

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Well i remember the M25 being built so i wouldnt know about radio reception ,but i do remember radio london and caroline.Now i would imagine that this sort of auto reset of tuning reception is controled by a micro chip and this chip is now not working as it should so if you want it to work then its most likely cheaper to install a new radio.Or just use long wave for radio 4.

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