European Antenna Adapter

Works with select 2007-up European vehicles (Motorola male to OEM antenna female)

Item #: 12040EU56

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This antenna adapter lets you connect an aftermarket receiver to the factory antenna cable in select 2007-08 Audi, 2008-up Mercedes-Benz, and 2009-up Volkswagen vehicles. The adapter has an OEM female plug on one end and a Motorola male plug on the other. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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Poor reception, but probably not the adapter's fault

Written By Mike M, Maryland on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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I used this antenna adapter to connect the stock antenna to a Kenwood Excelon DPX791BH receiver. The receiver had compatible connectors so installation was fairly straightforward aside from not being sure whether I needed to connect the blue wire to power (I did).

After the installation FM reception was much worse than it was with the stock stereo - until the stock unit spontaneously died I had no problems at all with reception. The weak signal is much more noticeable because of the Kenwood's digital tuner and the frequent switching between digital and analog signals, but in analog mode the signal is definitely weaker, just not completely terrible.

Pros: Simple and inexpensive

Cons: Weaker reception than stock

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Written By bob, Ohio on Sunday, November 15, 2015

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fit and function well no problem

Instructions would be nice

Written By K2, New Jersey on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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This adapter works well enough but the lack of any type of instruction with it was a bit frustrating. After some searching the web I found out that if I didn't connect the blue wire then the signal reception would be significantly worse even though it still works without it.

Pros: Reception seems good.

Cons: No instructions

Antenna adaptor for Volkswagen 2011 Jetta

Written By Joe T, Ashland, Kentucky on Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Was fairly easy, but took a couple of minutes to figure out how to disconnect from the factory one.

Pros: Fitted well and was easy to install after getting factory wiring unplugged. It did take me a few minutes was worried about ripping the original wiring that you needed. But all in all it turned out.

Cons: Could of had some instructions on how to separate the small wiring harness so you could install the new one. Everything else was easy.

Antenna Adapter

Written By Kevin B, Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Does exactly what I need it to, instructions are useful and the item itself does the job well.

Not Impressed

Written By JeffM, Stafford, VA on Saturday, August 22, 2015

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I didn't think it was possible to have worse reception than the stock head unit/antenna setup on my 09 VW Jetta SW - but this adapter convinced me otherwise. I swapped out the stock HU for a Pioneer. I've had great success with Pioneer SuperTuners in the past. The only thing different this time was this adapter, which is needed to couple the VW's 2 cable system to the Pioneer's single antenna socket. I went from getting 10 stations in my driveway to 3. This unit also has a blue wire and absolutely zero instructions - so I've no idea what to do with it. As is mentioned in other reviews here, the connectors don't match the VW connectors at all. I had to remove the connector housing and connect each cable individially. There's got to be a better way to do this. I'm now considering replacing my factory antenna with a standard 31" whip antenna. I've been using those since I started driving in the mid-1970's - and they work.

Pros: None. Seriously - none.

Cons: No instructions - AT ALL. Connectors don't fit. Once connected, reception is horrible.

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

European Antenna Adapter - Works fine

Written By PeteL, Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, July 06, 2015

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Works fine, but not getting quite the reception I was with the factory antenna.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Less reception

Great for aftermarket install

Written By C. K. Eskew, North Carolina on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Been waiting for a while to have a wiring harness that keeps factory antenna. Reception quality is not the same but is hardly noticeable.

Pros: Keeps factory antenna

Cons: Slight loss of reception quality

Didn't fit properly

Written By JasonC, Utah on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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For an antenna adapter it looks to work fine but the connections didn't match up to the factory system in my VW CC

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: didn't have the proper connections

European Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Had much difficulty because was sent a single plug adapter which fit in to the satellite radio antenna but not the AM/FM. Once we got it straightened out that my Jetta has a dual plug adapter it went smooth.

Pros: Worked great once I got correct adapter

Cons: Might have to go by VIN when ordering adapter to get correct one for vehicle. Apparently 2010 Jetta made changes in that year.

European Antenna Adapter

Written By Lars, Clinton, NY on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Replacement Radio for my VW had a Motorola antenna connector while my car had two antennas using a dual Fakra connector. Radio came with an adapter with a single Fakra. Radio reception was spotty. Ordered the European Antenna Adapter with dual Fakra connector. Fit perfectly- very easy install. Radio reception now great. Highly recommended.

Pros: Fits perfectly

Cons: None

2010 VW

Written By Davek, Ohio on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Worked perfectly

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Houston, Texas on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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perfect fit, as advertised

Did the trick

Written By Paul, New Hampshire on Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Not much can be said about this product other than it works as expected.

Pros: Nicely made and works as it should.

Cons: Not a single one.

Antenna Adapter

Written By Joe, Bantam, ct on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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Be careful to get the correct adapter. There are two types used in VW Jetta Sport wagon. Tell customer service representative what type of antenna you have (short roof or long antenna) so you get the right one!

Pros: Good reception. Easy to install

Cons: Have 50/50 chance of getting the correct adapter since VW uses both types. Depends on antenna type!

European Antenna Adapter

Written By dave, hudson, wi on Monday, January 13, 2014

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This is the second adapter that Crutchfield sent me and it still didn't fit my car. I had to cut the plug in half because my car had 2 single plugs instead of the dual plug shown in picture

Pros: it works and reception is great

Cons: didn't really fit my car

OEM adaptation!

Written By JC, Fairport, NY on Friday, December 27, 2013

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Works great, no downgraded radio reception

Pros: Not bulky at all, will fit behind your aftermarket radio with no problems.

Cons: None

European Antenna Adapter

Written By Wade, Reno, NV on Friday, September 13, 2013

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Needed this product to install an aftermarket Alpine unit in a 2013 Volkswagen Golf. Crutchfield is your one stop shopping page !

Pros: Item worked exactly as stated. Instructions were clear, easy to install

Cons: As noted by others, the reception is not as good as the OEM

Works, but no wiring information.

Written By Dave k>, MI on Tuesday, September 03, 2013

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Certainly worked as advertised, but didn't come with any wiring information. It only has one wire coming off it, but I wasn't sure if that wire was a simple "AM Antenna", or if I should run power to it. Turns out you need to run power to it.

Pros: Easy install.

Cons: No wiring information provided.

Not as good as OEM

Written By SamW, Sugar Land, TX on Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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While this adapter was easy to install and does work, I have noticed a noticeable decrease in my reception clarity.

Pros: Easy to install and does work

Cons: Receptions does not seem to be as good as OEM

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Written By J, Clifton nj on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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This antenna was very easy to install. No splicing wires just plug and play

Cons: The only thing I can say negative is that some of my radio stations I get some static but I hardly listen to the turner radio anyway

European Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, VA on Friday, July 20, 2012

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I received this free with my purchase of a Pioneer receiver and i now have better reception than with my stock radio.

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  • Automobile antenna adapter with male Motorola connector/turn-on lead on one end and a European dual Fakra antenna connector on other end

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