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#31 of 69 Would metallic tint hurt radio reception?
Jun 01, 2008 (2:43 pm)
I have a 2005 Subaru Forester 2.5X. Everything else on this car is great except that the AC cannot keep up with Georgia summers. So I am planning to get the Windows tinted. But I noticed that the factory-installed radio's antenna is embedded in the rear quarter window. If I use metallic film to tint that window, will it hurt the radio reception? I am looking at Scotchtint FX-HP 35 film.
#32 of 69 Re: Would metallic tint hurt radio reception? [georgiaman]
Jun 02, 2008 (9:21 am)
It shouldn't, given the film will be on the inside, so the antennae will still lie outside the tint film.
#33 of 69 2005 Forester - Radio quit
Jul 17, 2008 (12:04 pm)
My DH drove my Subaru last week. He said when he got in, he just turned the radio off. Since then, I can't get it to come on. He tried changing out the fuse, no luck. It is just dead, like it's not getting electricity to it at all. Any recommendations? I generally drive 45 miles at least each way to work, so silence is a little deafening.
#36 of 69 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade
Jul 26, 2008 (8:36 am)
okay, so the one thing i really dislike about my new forester (premium package) is the less than premium sound on the default audio system. what are my upgrade options?
#37 of 69 Re: 2005 Forester - Radio quit [nanceannlvl]
Jul 30, 2008 (10:38 am)
Well, it may be cheaper to replace vs. fixing it. It's fairly easy, too, if you can do-it-yourself (search Scoobymods.com for instructions).
The dash openings are double-DIN sized, so it's fairly standard and leaves you lots of options. I put a 6CD changer from a WRX in to my old 98 Forester and it was a cake walk.
In fact it went so well that I did the same thing for my wife's 2002 Legacy, which was actually a little harder (one out-of-the-way bolt made it harder).
The harnesses were all interchangeable so it was plug and play. It was easier than I expected.
I bought both used for $110-150 or so IIRC.
#38 of 69 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Aug 04, 2008 (7:48 am)
has nobody updated their sound systems on the 2.5x premiums? or looked into the various options?
does simply getting the tweeter package improve things significantly or would i be better off replacing the speakers entirely? (can't replace the head unit having just invested a lot of money into the subaru ipod interface.)
#39 of 69 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Sep 02, 2008 (7:05 pm)
#40 of 69 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Sep 03, 2008 (8:30 am)
Mine are still stock.
What I've heard, in general, is that the tweeters are worth it. Subwoofer is debatable, you can probably do better for the price of the OE, but it won't be as integrated.
To be honest Subaru's audio stuff is really only so-so, even the upgraded stuff. It's just not their strength.
I think they'll soon add audio upgrade options - it's a rumor for the next Legacy.