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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Works with select 1994-up Volkswagen and Audi vehicles (Motorola male to OEM antenna female)

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In 1995-up Volkswagen Golf and Jetta vehicles, Volkswagen uses a non-standard antenna jack that won't work with your new replacement radio. This simple in-line adapter has a standard male Motorola antenna plug, and a female Volkswagen/Audi jack on the other. Just connect your VW antenna cable to the adapter, plug it into your new stereo, and you're good to go. This adapter also supplies power to the factory antenna booster. 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.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter Reviews

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75 Reviews

Worked good

Written by: Garth from Nebraska on January 28, 2016

2000 Pontiac Bonneville
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Worked great

Pros: Fit well and works great.

Cons: None really to mention.

40 VW 54 antenna adapter

Written by: Chris from cabot, AR on January 27, 2016

2009 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product worked great. No problems.

Pros: Prefect fit.

Cons: Non

Works great!

Written by: Ray from Fort Wayne ,IN on January 19, 2016

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At first, I did not think it was the right one because it was difficult to push in. With a little bit of persuasion,it got in there. Worked for my 2005 Bonneville.

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works great

Written by: Dave from Ohio on December 29, 2015

2010 Volkswagen Beetle
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works great

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works well

Written by: Jeff from New York on November 29, 2015

2001 Volkswagen Jetta
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works well.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Jarod from Florida on November 1, 2015

1997 Volkswagen Golf III
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It was easy to install, works great

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Works 100% in my 2001 Allroad

Written by: BigChiefS4 from Minnesota on September 23, 2015

2001 Audi Allroad Quattro
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I was leery of using this as the one in my A4 can't pick up anything but the closest radio stations. This works 100% perfect in my 2001 Allroad.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Utah on September 19, 2015

2001 Volkswagen Golf
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Easy Straight forward installation

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Texas on August 31, 2015

2003 Volkswagen Beetle
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No problem, easy to install

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Nice addition to the purchase

Written by: TCas from Santa Barbara on July 9, 2015

2004 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield does their research and knows putting an aftermarket radio requires the powered antenna adapter to obtain quality am/fm reception!

Pros: Necessity

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Just because !

Written by: Lucbob32 from Concord, CA on May 8, 2015

2000 Audi A6 Avant
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just because you need it ! It did make movement of the stereo easier for sure!

Pros: Easy to attach

Cons: None

adapter

Written by: David from Bristol Va on February 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Standard adapter. Plug n play

Pros: Radio now works

Cons: Could be shorter in length or more compact

Metra Antenna Adaptor

Written by: CHalloran from Schenectady new york on January 25, 2015

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Nice add on

Pros: Great signal strength now! I never lose any stations.

Cons: Its a little bit of a pinch fitting it being the receiver along with everything else back there (05 beetle). It eventually found its place without coming unplugged

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from big sandy, tx on December 28, 2014

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
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Easy installation

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2001 Beetle Radio replacement

Written by: Manny from Lubbock, Tx on October 23, 2014

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
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The antenna adaptor worked well with no problems installing.

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A+

Written by: Paul Heinen from North Dakota on September 22, 2014

2000 Pontiac Bonneville
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as it should price and shipping were great

Pros: It works for a very specific vehicle set up

Cons: a little long and hard to hide in the dash but that is more a product of the vehicle than this adaptor

Antenna adapter

Written by: Louis T from Bayside, NY on August 20, 2014

1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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Works great. Has fixed hard section that was a bit of a challenge to fit into space to get new radio back into

Pros: Works well

Cons: Hard mid wire dongle interferes with space for radio

This thing is big

Written by: PM from Durham, NC on August 15, 2014

2000 Volkswagen Golf
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Needed this when hooking up a new head unit to a 2000 VW Golf. It appears to be working fine, though it is a pretty big piece of kit for the small job it has to do, and was difficult to squeeze back into the tiny space behind the head unit.

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Antenna adaptor

Written by: Frosty from Young America, MN on June 14, 2014

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Antenna adaptor works well but it is bulky and difficult to position in small spaces.

Pros: Easy to connect. Does its job well.

Cons: Bulky and difficult to position in tight space.

Great adapter

Written by: N5JJR from Ponca City, OK on April 13, 2014

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With this, the Pioneer radio I installed seemed more sensitive (would pull in distant or weak stations well) than the factory VW radio in our 05 New Beetle.

Pros: Works great

Cons: can't think of any

Works great

Written by: Mus5083 from Lacey,WA on April 7, 2014

1999 Volkswagen Passat
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Very easy to use

Pros: Instructions included

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Terran from Johnsburg, IL on April 1, 2014

1999 Volkswagen Jetta
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Customer service makes it easy

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Incredibly fast delivery and perfect fit

Written by: Rich_05156 from Springfield, VT on March 27, 2014

2001 Audi S4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was working on putting my daughters aftermarket car stereo and realized I needed an adapter for the antenna. Looked it up on Crutchfield and ordered. The item was shipped THAT DAY and arrived very quickly. I am extremely happy with the product and quick service.

Pros: Quick shipping

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beetle antenna adapter

Written by: Anonymous from pompano beach, fla on March 3, 2014

2006 Volkswagen Beetle
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Does the job, the hole was a little small for adapter and i had to open it up a bit.

Pros: The stereo works like a champ with aftermarket radio signal

Cons: See review

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from derry nh on February 23, 2014

1999 Volkswagen Beetle
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worked well

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Works as it should

Written by: Chris from NC on February 15, 2014

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Works right out of the box and hooked up without a hitch to my 01 passat. Couldn't ask for anything simpler or any better than this.

Pros: Cheap, works right out of the box,

Cons: none

powered antenna

Written by: tom k from Hatboro, Pa on February 7, 2014

1999 Volkswagen Passat
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Antenna and connector hooked right up to my 99 passat. Worked fantastic.

Pros: Ease of connect

Cons: None

Free and works

Written by: this guy from Charleston, SC on February 4, 2014

2002 Audi A4
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It was free with my JVC head unit and it does what it supposed to.

Pros: Free and works right.

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Antenna Adapter

Written by: SteveB from Rhode Island on February 3, 2014

2000 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Must have product for the antenna. easy installation

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Marty from Norman, OK on January 21, 2014

2003 Volkswagen Beetle
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Straight forward install with clear instructions. It is a little bulky to fit behind a radio, but it fit with a little coaxing. Reception is good (actually way better than with the stock radio, but I believe that has more to do with the stock radio having a weak tuner)

Pros: Simple install: one wire and two plug-in connectors

Cons: It's a little bulky for something that gets installed behind a car radio.

VW Antenna Adapter

Written by: CrevC from Las Vegas, NV on January 13, 2014

2000 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect.

Pros: You need it if you've a VW.

Cons: None

Antenna adapter

Written by: Hector V. from Modesto, CA on January 1, 2014

2002 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product really handy

Pros: Make intallation a sanap

Cons: None

Not for an 2006 Audi S4

Written by: Anonymous from Burbank,CA on December 19, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the incorrect adapter for an 2006 Audi S4. Needed a Fakra Adapter, not a coaxial type.

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Also Useless

Written by: Anon from Denver, CO on December 10, 2013

2006 Audi A4
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This adapter is not compatible with my factory antenna as promised.

Pros: ...anyone?

Cons: Not compatible.

Not for a4 avant

Written by: jozaan from ny, ny on December 9, 2013

2001 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Adapter worked for rf antenna but no adapter for if antenna

Pros: None

Cons: Bad reception

Does it's job

Written by: uscgqm from Poulsbo, WA on November 23, 2013

2000 Volkswagen Jetta
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Does exactly what it needs to do. Only this I would change is to make it a either a bit shorter or not as stiff because it was a bit difficult to stuff it into the small space available for all the wires behind the receiver.

Pros: Does exactly what it needs to do and makes install of a new receiver easier.

Cons: Its a bit difficult to fit into the small area with the rest of the wires behind the receiver due to its length.

Long adapter

Written by: AM radio junkie from Saint Paul, MN on October 25, 2013

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This addaptor works fine but I am having an issue getting AM now? My old radio (manufactor) received AM great. I am wondering if it is because of the addaptor I had to use on my VW? This also adds a bit of material to fit behind the stereo.

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Crutchfield response on October 28, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

antenna adapter

Written by: antenna adapter from Whidbey Island, WA on October 20, 2013

1999 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it works

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Pioneer

Written by: aag007 from Tucson, AZ on September 14, 2013

2002 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I LIKE

Pros: BEST

Cons: NOO

Works great!

Written by: Chachi007 from Midwest, Il on August 25, 2013

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This part fit great & did the job it was meant to do.

Pros: Long enough, called tech support to find out what to do with the extra wire & they came trough! A++

Cons: None

Should be smaller

Written by: Bill from Pa on August 20, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works fine but it should be smaller, there's not a lot of room behind most receivers.

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Easy solution to antenna

Written by: Bigdrill777 from Texas on August 17, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

An easy solution to the add-on radio in a VW, the installer had cut and spliced the antenna wire in the previous installation and not said anything about these being available.. This was the fix when installed in the new VW. It fits and is easy to install.

Pros: Works and helps radio pick up stations.

Cons: Should have a clip to keep the connectors' together.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Fireproof from Denver, Pa on July 21, 2013

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Works great

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VW Antenna Adapter

Written by: Leo from Sterling, Va. on July 18, 2013

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Plugs right in! Easy to use!

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Dan from Yakima Wa on June 15, 2013

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Great Product easy to connect and follow instructions.

Pros: Works perfectly for my car.

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Great Product

Written by: Juanster from 90280 on May 31, 2013

2003 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does exactly what it says. I installed it and my radio gets reception now. Awesome!!

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Adapter

Written by: Andy R. from Muskegon, MI on May 17, 2013

1999 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product! Works great.

Pros: Easy fit with no modifications.

Cons: Kind of long.

Antenna Adapter

Written by: Randy from NY on May 10, 2013

1997 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy install. Works like a charm

Pros: This little sucker even brought the AM stations in better!

Cons: None

Works well

Written by: Rick T. from Pen Argyl, PA on April 29, 2013

2002 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as expected.

Pros: Worked perfect, good documentation.

Cons: None.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Kenosha, WI on April 27, 2013

2005 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install no complaints.

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Antenna for new radio

Written by: Elizabeth K from Centreville, Va on April 16, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am not the person that installed the radio, I own the car that the radio was installed in. The radio is installed and plays wonderfully.

Pros: Installing a radio in the little hole on the dash is a testy jjob, the part fit and the radio is working very well

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I love free stuff

Written by: Rob K. from Kingsport, TN on April 15, 2013

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It's an antenna adapter that I didnt have to buy, thanks.

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antenna adapter

Written by: john from Vermilion Ohio on April 6, 2013

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Worked perfectly

Pros: simple

Cons: none

Worked Perfect

Written by: Anonymous from Seattle, WA on April 2, 2013

2002 Audi TT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This connected perfectly

Pros: Works

Cons: NA

Huge and weak fitting

Written by: LairK from San Clemente, CA on February 14, 2013

2003 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The fitting to mate the existing antenna cable is not secure. The OEM deck had a mechanical restraint for the cable. This just has the opposite gender and not much of an option to secure it.

Pros: If works.

Cons: Securing the connection as you cram this monstrosity into the already too small space for the deck is next to impossible...

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Indianapolis, IN on October 16, 2012

2000 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit!

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good

Written by: JMR from Washington, DC on June 2, 2012

1998 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

as advertised

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Antenna Adapter

Written by: Zack M from Evansville, IN on May 3, 2012

2000 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product works for what it says it does. The installation was fairly easy in a 2000 VW Beetle with a JVC ARSENAL KD-AHD79. I wish there was more space in the dash, but that wasn't a big deal.

Something you should know if you're adding a deck to a Beetle--I attached this to the amp kick-on wire.

Pros: Meets expectation

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Good antenna

Written by: Adamk from Nepa on March 31, 2012

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Works good

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Mark from Peachtree City, GA on March 12, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Becasue of the short aerel the booster was necessary and I am now able to pick up stations that I could not with the original system

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Anonymous from Oakdale CT on February 4, 2012

2001 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised but had to contact Technical support as the installation instructions did not address what to do with the additional wire. Tech support was very responsive and answered the questions quickly and accuratly.

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Worst ever from Crutchfield

Written by: Anonymous from Ohio on January 22, 2012

2000 Volkswagen Beetle
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No one from Crutchfield has a clue. Worst installation ever. The adapters are so bulky and the space in the dash is small. Sorry Bill Crutchfield, but your brand is slipping.

Please pull this item as it is a bust.

Pros: None

Cons: Bulky. Wont fit without sawing up the inside panels. There is no way anyone at Crutchfield has ever tried to install this.

fits well

Written by: Aovi from Alabama Coast on October 6, 2011

2002 Volkswagen Beetle
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This was another in a series of free extras with my car stereo purchase from Crutchfield.

Fit with my daughter's 2002 bug perfectly

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Perfect

Written by: Steve K from Branford, CT on April 19, 2011

1999 Volkswagen Golf
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A must have. The length is ideal as are the connectors. Everything fits perfect
and is soft enough to be bent without crushing or kinking. I didn't need the
12v connection so it got wrapped in electrical tape to be safe.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: VW Chick from Charlotte, NC on March 18, 2011

2001 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used to connect aftermarket radio. A must have. Very easy to install.

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A6 antenna adapter amp

Written by: Tim from Ft Collins Co on February 27, 2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Adapter worked great once I wired the blue wire to a 12v source. The radio went from
picking up one station bearly to receiving the weakest station clearly in HD. A must have
if your VW/Audi has a Bose or Synphany factory radio.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Matt from Alexandria, VA on March 7, 2010

2001 Volkswagen Passat
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Works as advertised.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Martin from Houston, TX on October 23, 2009

1998 Volkswagen GTI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this with the addition of a Alpine CDE-103BT. Couldn't get AM reception with my previous Alpine head unit and after I installed the new radio with this harness(running the power antenna wire to it since I don't have a power antenna on my car), got better FM reception and got AM reception that I never had. Thanks Crutchfield!!

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Ryan from Tampa, FL on May 14, 2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is required to change from the factory installed stereo to an aftermarket, only if you want to listen to the radio. Adapts the factory antenna lead to the universal that the aftermarket stereos use.

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It's a must for this car

Written by: Alejandro from Miami Lakes, Fl on April 22, 2009

1999 Volkswagen Passat
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Never had a wrong purchase from Crutchfield and all the parts always come with all the info you need to complete. Always happy with all I buy from Crutchfield.

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You need this no matter what.

Written by: Shane from Michigan on February 2, 2009

1999 Volkswagen Passat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a must have for most Audi and VW applications. it works perfectly with my 99 Passat estate. Contrary to some other reviews, the instruction do tell you what to do with the blue wire: nothing. The wire is for a specific application to a 2003 audi or something. I didn't need it so I just wrapped it around the other cable and put a little electrical tape over it to keep it out of the way, problem solved.

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No tuner without it!

Written by: Jonathan from Mesa, AZ on January 25, 2009

2001 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly and couldn't be any easier to install in an '02 VW Jetta. People complaining about the blue wire need to remember this is for several different makes of vehicles. If your vehicle antenna doesn't need voltage then there won't be a wire, I thought that was pretty self-explanatory. There is also no reason to strip and solder(?) the wire if you don't need it, leave the wire alone - it receives voltage it doesn't send voltage out! Oh, yeah, it's FREE with stereo purchase from Crutchfield.

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: cesnaz from Boston, MA on October 25, 2008

2001 Volkswagen Jetta
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This adapter works and fits perfectly, the only problem is nothing was said about the blue wire. It is useless tom Aayone with an 01 jetta.

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Antenna Injector

Written by: Rickna from Stamford, CT on January 30, 2008

2001 Audi A4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I could not get any stations (AM or FM) without this item. Now, I get all stations even my garage! The difference is like night & day. Great value, and fast shipping. Thank you Crutchfield!

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Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written by: Joe from Illinois on November 21, 2007

Works as described, but instructions didn't mention that the connector on the end of the blue 12V wire is basically useless. Plan on cutting it off and stripping the end, then crimping or soldering the wire.

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  • VW/Audi/European vehicle antenna cable adapter

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Features

Compatibility: The Metra AntennaWorks VW/Audio/European vehicle antenna adapter cable (40-VW54) converts the factory coaxial antenna plug of an amplified roof-mount antenna to a standard motorola connection for installation of an aftermarket car stereo head unit in select VW/Audio/European vehicles.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

needed to work with new head unit [ Stephen  Feb 01, 2016 ]
better reception [ JESSE  Jan 21, 2016 ]
excellent part is necessary for installation radio [ ABEL  Jan 14, 2016 ]
It comes with the kit recommended by Crutchfield, It's free! [ norman  Jan 08, 2016 ]
To adapt to antenna [ G  Dec 15, 2015 ]
recommended to interface with VW Beetle [ DESIREE  Dec 13, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through wiring connections. It will be specific to our vehicle. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  Dec 28, 2015 ]  Staff

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