radio reception on a 2001 Subaru outback


Asked by Mar 01, 2016 at 03:03 PM about the 2001 Subaru Outback Base Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have been getting lousy radio reception on my favorite stations , I upgraded my radio ( the lights stopped working ) but I am still getting a lot of static on my two favorite stations , This does not happen with all stations just these two . Is there a better Antenna I can install I have the one from the factory  and also when I wired up the new radio I DID NOT  wire up the power Antenna cables ( I didn't think i needed to with the factory antenna)

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Hi Kinker, question, when you said that you upgraded your radio, what did you upgrade to? And, you said that your lights stopped working? Sounds like you might have an electrical problem and maybe need professional help. I'm sure that a good radio shop can get you back on the static free system. Good luck.


Hey Mark the Subaru radio had poor reception on some of the channels . the radio display lights stopped working and buying the after market radio was cheaper than bringing it to a shop. i upgraded the radio to a "boss" radio the reception is still not any better than with the Subie radio but at least now i can see what station i am on


Hi Kinker, well, sounds like you are making it work for you. By the way, I have to say, I'm very impressed that your cost per mile is so LOW on your car. Let's say that you've spent $900 to purchase your car and another $1,100 for a total of $2,000 and driven 45,000 miles. That would be less than 5 cents per mile! By the way, did you read the post about the guy who has a 2010 Subaru Outback like mine with the CVT and has 290,000 miles and counting. I really think these cars CAN make it to 300,000 miles. And, the guy with 290k, has never had any engine or transmission work done on his car. Great job on yours. ---Mark


Thanks Mark , and I was wondering if I tried a different Antenna if that would improve my radio receptions. I have a friend who drives a Forrester and he said his radio comes in lousy too , maybe it is a inherent issue with the Subarus


Kinker, I really couldn't say, I have a 2010 Subaru Outback and my radio works great.


ok thanks Mark

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