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, then check here for a list of parts. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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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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2001 Beetle Radio replacement

Written By Manny, Lubbock, Tx on Thursday, October 23, 2014

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The antenna adaptor worked well with no problems installing.

A+

Written By Paul Heinen, North Dakota on Monday, September 22, 2014

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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, Bayside, NY on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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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, Durham, NC on Friday, August 15, 2014

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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.

Antenna adaptor

Written By Frosty, Young America, MN on Saturday, 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, Ponca City, OK on Sunday, 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, Lacey,WA on Monday, April 07, 2014

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Very easy to use

Pros: Instructions included

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Terran, Johnsburg, IL on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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Customer service makes it easy

Incredibly fast delivery and perfect fit

Written By Rich_05156, Springfield, VT on Thursday, March 27, 2014

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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

beetle antenna adapter

Written By Anonymous, pompano beach, fla on Monday, March 03, 2014

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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, derry nh on Sunday, February 23, 2014

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worked well

Works as it should

Written By Chris, NC on Saturday, 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, Hatboro, Pa on Friday, February 07, 2014

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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, Charleston, SC on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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

Pros: Free and works right.

Antenna Adapter

Written By SteveB, Rhode Island on Monday, February 03, 2014

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Must have product for the antenna. easy installation

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Marty, Norman, OK on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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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, Las Vegas, NV on Monday, January 13, 2014

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Perfect.

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

Cons: None

Antenna adapter

Written By Hector V., Modesto, CA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

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Great product really handy

Pros: Make intallation a sanap

Cons: None

Not for an 2006 Audi S4

Written By Anonymous, Burbank,CA on Thursday, December 19, 2013

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

Also Useless

Written By Anon, Denver, CO on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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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, ny, ny on Monday, December 09, 2013

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Adapter worked for rf antenna but no adapter for if antenna

Pros: None

Cons: Bad reception

Does it's job

Written By uscgqm, Poulsbo, WA on Saturday, November 23, 2013

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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, Saint Paul, MN on Friday, 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.

Crutchfield response on Monday, 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, Whidbey Island, WA on Sunday, October 20, 2013

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it works

Pioneer

Written By aag007, Tucson, AZ on Saturday, September 14, 2013

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I LIKE

Pros: BEST

Cons: NOO

Works great!

Written By Chachi007, Midwest, Il on Sunday, August 25, 2013

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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, Pa on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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

Easy solution to antenna

Written By Bigdrill777, Texas on Saturday, August 17, 2013

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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, Denver, Pa on Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Works great

VW Antenna Adapter

Written By Leo, Sterling, Va. on Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Plugs right in! Easy to use!

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Dan, Yakima Wa on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Great Product easy to connect and follow instructions.

Pros: Works perfectly for my car.

Great Product

Written By Juanster, 90280 on Friday, May 31, 2013

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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., Muskegon, MI on Friday, May 17, 2013

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Great product! Works great.

Pros: Easy fit with no modifications.

Cons: Kind of long.

Antenna Adapter

Written By Randy, NY on Friday, May 10, 2013

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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., Pen Argyl, PA on Monday, April 29, 2013

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Worked as expected.

Pros: Worked perfect, good documentation.

Cons: None.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Kenosha, WI on Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Easy to install no complaints.

Antenna for new radio

Written By Elizabeth K, Centreville, Va on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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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

I love free stuff

Written By Rob K., Kingsport, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013

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

antenna adapter

Written By john, Vermilion Ohio on Saturday, April 06, 2013

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Worked perfectly

Pros: simple

Cons: none

Worked Perfect

Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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This connected perfectly

Pros: Works

Cons: NA

Huge and weak fitting

Written By LairK, San Clemente, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2013

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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, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Perfect fit!

good

Written By JMR, Washington, DC on Saturday, June 02, 2012

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as advertised

Antenna Adapter

Written By Zack M, Evansville, IN on Thursday, May 03, 2012

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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

Good antenna

Written By Adamk, Nepa on Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Works good

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Mark, Peachtree City, GA on Monday, March 12, 2012

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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

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Oakdale CT on Saturday, February 04, 2012

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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.

Worst ever from Crutchfield

Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Sunday, January 22, 2012

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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, Alabama Coast on Thursday, October 06, 2011

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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

Perfect

Written By Steve K, Branford, CT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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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.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By VW Chick, Charlotte, NC on Friday, March 18, 2011

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

A6 antenna adapter amp

Written By Tim, Ft Collins Co on Sunday, February 27, 2011

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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.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Matt, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Works as advertised.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Martin, Houston, TX on Friday, October 23, 2009

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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!!

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Ryan, Tampa, FL on Thursday, May 14, 2009

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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.

It's a must for this car

Written By Alejandro, Miami Lakes, Fl on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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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.

You need this no matter what.

Written By Shane, Michigan on Monday, February 02, 2009

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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.

No tuner without it!

Written By Jonathan, Mesa, AZ on Sunday, January 25, 2009

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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.

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By cesnaz, Boston, MA on Saturday, October 25, 2008

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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.

Antenna Injector

Written By Rickna, Stamford, CT on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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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!

Metra 40-VW54 Antenna Adapter

Written By Joe, Illinois on Wednesday, 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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