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Simo

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Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, 7:19pm

Poor Radio Reception

The radio is certainly the WORST feature of the Fortuner – that is, the older models. Not the sound, but the POOR RECEPTION!!

My 2014 model drives me crazy on any trip – as did my 2010 before that. The antenna is embedded in the right rear window for some reason known only to some Toyota engineer. Even hanging a shirt on the rear hook, can further reduce reception.

Does anyone have a fix for this please!? I would even tolerate an add-on external antenna, of I knew how to connect it.
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Wednesday, January 24th 2018, 9:32am

Try get a window mount one. Looks like a long antenna that sticks on the the window. Any sounds place could help you with that rather easy. They might even have a type of signal booster.


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Friday, January 26th 2018, 10:14am

I have the same problem and would not mind to install an external earial if I only knew how to connect it to the original radio. :assault: :assault: :rocket:

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Friday, January 26th 2018, 3:04pm

My 2011, OEM radio reception was good, the Chinese replacement unit about 15% worse. In my 2017 the radio sound quality is VERY bad and the reception also worse than the 2011 radio but still better than the Chinese unit :) Not sure why Toyota cannot invest in a slightly better head-unit and reception.
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Wednesday, February 21st 2018, 4:42pm

Hi. Does someone know where i can get the window mount unit installed in Centurion and surrounds?

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Friday, May 17th 2019, 9:59am

Poor Radio Reception

This info may come a little late but maybe still helpful to someone...

The antenna embedded in the right rear window of the older Fortuner models has an antenna amplifier. This requires 12V power supply. The original audio unit has a coax plug (similar to the antenna but smaller) that supplies 12V with limited current. There's a black wire with white stripe that goes from there, though a single white terminal plug into the harness.

If your aftermarket stereo has an output for external antenna or antenna amplifier then use that lead and connect it to the black / white striped wire. If not connect it to the 12V from the ignition. Without the amplifier power supply there is NO rather than POOR radio reception. With the amplifier connected reception is actually pretty good!

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Saturday, May 25th 2019, 8:49am

I may be misreading the message but are you saying that i can connect the 12V to get better reception? TIA

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Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 7:34am

Poor Radio Reception

I measured 12V at the antenna amplifier output. Might be good add some current limiting equipment or fuse (100mA).

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