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BMW 528i AM Radio Reception Problem

AM reception extremely poor, (FM OK) would a motor drive ariel help ? instead of the embedded ariel in the rear window ?

If I replace the whole radio using an adapter plate to fill in the large hole , can I still use the original speakers ?

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An external antenna will make an improvement over the embedded one. The longer, the better.
You can re-use the original speakers & wiring for an after market setup. You should obtain a Haynes service manual for your car, as it has the wiring diagram for the factory radio, including color codes of the wiring. You will need this info to re-use the factory speakers & wiring.

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