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2005 05 Boxster 987 Radio Reception!


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Hi,

My Boxster seems to struggle with radio reception, even from strong signals. I Listen to BBC R1 or R2 and generally R1 is much worse, hissing in the background a lot and occasionally just dropping out completely for a few seconds at a time, R2 and other stations seem better but not great.

Is this a common issue and is there a fix ?... I don't think there is anything wrong particularly other than the pathetic excuse for an antenna, but I did not have this issue at all with my last boxster (2001, 986S) and so I thought I would pose the question.

Thanks in advance

Rob

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Hi,

My Boxster seems to struggle with radio reception, even from strong signals. I Listen to BBC R1 or R2 and generally R1 is much worse, hissing in the background a lot and occasionally just dropping out completely for a few seconds at a time, R2 and other stations seem better but not great.

Is this a common issue and is there a fix ?... I don't think there is anything wrong particularly other than the pathetic excuse for an antenna, but I did not have this issue at all with my last boxster (2001, 986S) and so I thought I would pose the question.

Thanks in advance

Rob

I've a similar issue for - wait for it - an 05 987. Mine has Bose which doesn't help hide the poor reception. Anyone any similar experiences?

Thanks.

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I have an '05 Boxster and the radio has always sucked. The CDR24 was replaced and I just replaced my windshield (so the antenna has been replaced). It didn't help.

Turning Surround Sound off is the only thing that helps.

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The stock CDR radio in the 987 uses a singular antenna for radio reception (mounted in the front windscreen). The PCM uses a diversity antennae set up that selects the strongest signal from one of four antennaes , I believe it also has a booster too. A rod antennae mounted on the front fender/ wing is also available. The basic antenna amplifier sits at the bottom of the windshield cover I beleive.

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Hi, ive just bought a 2005 2.7 Boxster 987 and the radio is a CDR24. No Bose!! 

All i get out of the radio is white noise. The CD works fine.

It was suggested to remove fuse D10 which powers the ASK amplifier, so this might dissipate some static. I removed it overnight and when it was refitted, there was some radio success, but it was short lived, and it went back to its HISSY fit. 

To get round the issue, ive bought and fitted a DAB adapter/FM transmitter. 

I routed a ribbon aerial up the LH passenger side A pillar trim. Behind the trim was a single white wire that ended in nothing, half way up. (AM ANTENNA?) 

Anyways, still no success. The DAB will tune in but im still getting white noise.

 

Next Google presented me with the antenna amplifier, as mentioned above. But reading the above comments, is it behind the RH pillar trim, or is it in the frunk?

 

I have no interest in changing out the whole unit for blingy double din jobbie. 

 

Can someone advise please now ive resurrected this old thread. Many thanks.

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The antenna amplifier is located behind the right A-pillar trim. The single white wire in the left A-pillar is the remote control antenna and is connected on the other end of the wire, this antenna wire must also have a specific lenght in relation to the transmission frequency. Hope it helps.

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