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Old 10-07-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Pontiac Grand Am FM transmitter problems

I took advantage of the free radio offer Sirius was doing last month, and got a Sportster Replay for my wife's car. It's a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. I was hoping to just do a wireless FM transmitter install. We're not planning to keep that car for much longer, so I don't want to invest much time and money into doing a better install. Unfortunately, it isn't working at all.

The car's radio seems to have an incredibly bad FM receiver (or the transmitter in the Sportster is really bad). Even with the Sportster directly next to the radio head unit, there isn't even a hint that it's receiving the signal. I can turn the Sportster on and off, change channels, etc. and there's no change to the sound of the static over the radio. This unit didn't come with the little FM transmitter pigtail antenna, but I had one I'm not using from my other radio, so I gave that a try. If I plug in the antenna and hold it straight up with my arm, I can just barely begin to hear the Sirius signal over the car radio.

I've confirmed that the radio is set to the right frequency, and the FM transmitter is on. I actually took the Sportster into my car and put it in my dock (which uses a wired FM transmitter relay), and it worked fine. I'm assuming that wouldn't work if the FM transmitter on the Sportster was bad, right?

Has anyone else experienced this? Do I have any easier options than installing a wired relay in this car too? There's no tape deck, so I can't use a tape adapter. No aux in. And I definitely don't want to invest in a new head unit at this point...
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Old 10-07-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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I purchased the Sportster 4 and was thinking the same thing. The FM Transmitter was awful. I finally had to hard wire throught the antenna. The radio and the service was useless.
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I have a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that had the same issues. I went the wired FM Modulator route.
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:44 PM   #4
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If your using the fm extension and if its close enough to the radio try wrapping it around the factory fm antenna. Ive tried that with numerous vehicles and had very good results. Other than that go with a Peripheral Aux to Car adaptor and then no more worries of FM transmitter.
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Default RE: reception

Hep is right. But, if it's not long enough, and you don't want to hard wire it, get a cheap pair of headphones/buds and cut the wire. Plug it into the sirius rec then run it to the antenna and wrap it around. Not pretty but effective.
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