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2004 Jetta Radio

First i lost am (yaes am!) reception, now the fm reception seems to be fading: lots of disturbance and static. anyone else experience the same? is there an easy, cost-effective fix?

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  • duve3534 Jul 29, 2008

    I have the same problem as you are describing. I have not been able to fix it yet. Next on my list is to pull off the radio and check the antenna connection to the back of the unit.

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    Same problem.  Slowly it seems to get worse, less and less stations are coming in now.  So annoying.

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    I have a 2002 Jetta and I noticed that the radio keeps fading in and out. It will start out good in the morning and then it gets worse throughout the day. We are going to check the connections as well and then possibly put a new radio in. Mine only has 60,000 miles - not very many miles for the radio to be shot!!

  • walkershot Aug 21, 2008

    My 2004 Jetta has the same issue. I get about 20 minutes worth of radio reception after I first turn the car on. I seriously doubt it is an antennae (sp) conncection issue becasue of the pattern I have observed. I personally belive it may be a heat build up issue within the unit. As I said with mine i get about 20 minutes worth of radio after I first start it (as long as it has sat for several hours). Thank goodness I have lots of cd's. I am really thinking of going and getting an aftermarket radio though. Good luck to all.

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This is a common problem, mostly caused by corrosion to the circuitry underneath the antenna boot. You may need to replace the antenna itself. Pull off your antenna and check for corrosion. The cost is approx. $80 for the part. This is what the problem with my '04 jetta was and the tdiclub website has a good thread on the problem.

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