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Old October 1st, 2011, 14:46   #1
Join Date: May 2005
Location: NW Lower MI
Fuel Economy: 53/49/45
Default 2003 Jetta Monsoon Stereo

A while back, the FM radio started getting intermittent, progressively worse. Assuming it was the antenna base, I replaced it. The original looked brand new, no corrosion anywhere. No change in radio reception. It finally quit altogether. CD player works fine, which tells me it's an antenna issue.

I then bought tools to remove the radio, figuring there was likely a bad antenna connection at the back of the radio. Today I removed the radio and everything in back looks fine. I removed and replaced the plugs and antenna jack. Still no AM or FM radio.

I'm wondering if it could be an internal component in the radio, or if I'm missing something simple. Any help will be appreciated. If I knew someone with a Monsoon I could swap mine with, I could narrow the problem, but no such luck.
2003 Jetta TDI GLS, Silver, 5 speed, ProVent, Cat fuel filter, 181,000 miles
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 04:57   #2
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I have a Monsoon radio and amp from my '02 Jetta for sale. It is missing a few knobs.
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 10:00   #3
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I'd recommend one more check if it's easy to do- before installing a new radio, is it possible to remove (again) the existing radio and connect the antenna to a known good radio, and test that radio before putting everything back together ? That would concretely establish whether the issue is with the radio or the antenna- pinched cable somewhere etc. Good luck !
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