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Want to replace that broken antenna? This window-mount antenna offers a convenient solution for bringing crisp, static-free AM/FM reception to a wide variety of vehicles.

Want to replace that broken antenna? This window-mount antenna offers a convenient solution for bringing crisp, static-free AM/FM reception to a wide variety of vehicles.

The antenna wire has a standard male Motorola plug on one end, and includes a wire to connect to your stereo's power antenna turn-on lead. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: You might need an antenna adapter and tools to connect this antenna to your car's factory radio. Call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to make sure you get the right parts for your vehicle.

Great Antenna! Easy install works great on my tractor, i ordered a second one for another tractor.

DDC, Union Dale, PA

What's in the Box:

  • Glass-mount amplified antenna with 10" grounding cable and 94.75" cable (w/ male Motorola connector and 8.5" 12V cable)
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Prying tool

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Anonymous from Muskegon, MI on 8/27/2017

2014 GMC Terrain
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Not the best reception in my area, was east to install.

Pros: barely visible when installed in the windshield.

Cons: poor reception

My second one, works great.

James from west Texas on 5/23/2017

2000 Subaru Impreza RS
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Easy to install, and product works as advertised. I tested it two ways, one with the antenna jack connected but the 12V+ wire disconnected and then with both the antenna and the 12V+ connected. The antenna definitely needs power to function properly. Signal seemed good. I had one of these I bought about 10 years ago, but let it go when I sold that car. It worked good all those years but eventually I noticed the red LED indicating 12V+ hookup would no longer illuminate. I was still getting reception so I think that the indicator LED may have burned out in that model even though the antenna still functioned. Hoping to get similar lifespan out of this new one.

Pros: Works as advertised, good for eliminating or shaving the factory antenna.

Cons: Feels a little bit cheaply constructed.

works great on my tractor!!

DDC from Union Dale, PA on 9/27/2016

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Great Antenna! Easy install works great on my tractor, i ordered a second one for another tractor.



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Anonymous from Glide, OR on 9/12/2016

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The antenna came promptly. I soldered a lead to the braid to extend the ground wire. The installation was easy. I covered the wire with some loom where exposed. The reception was far improved from my original antenna. I used the power connect to the electric antenna output of my radio. As recommended in other comments I used additional glue to make it stick to the windshield.

Pros: Good reception.

Cons: AM is not as strong as FM.

Very effective, and a great value!

Phil from Elizabeth, NJ on 8/8/2016

2006 Hyundai Azera
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I bought a lower milage 2006 Hyundai Azera for my wife in June of 2015. My wife doesn't listen to music (ever!), but she loves AM talk radio. From day one, we had no AM reception from the factory AM/FM/CD player, and almost no FM reception. We live in New Jersey and every other car we've owned got pretty good radio reception, including my 2003 Subaru Outback, which like the Azera, has a window-embedded antenna. First I had my installer replace the factory antenna signal amplifier, with no improvement. Then I ordered a new head unit, a Pioneer with HD radio, figuring that would fix the issue. Still no improvement in reception, and we got almost no HD radio reception. Before I gave up, I decided to try this little $20 window-mount antenna. Voila! Reception is now much better, and that applies to Am, FM and HD radio. My installer did a nice neat job, placing the antenna at the very top of the front windshield. We now get all the New York and local New Jersey stations, some in HD, some regular OTA. Problem solved for under $60, including installation. After a year of trying to fix this, no more whining about the reception from the wife. Hurray! Highly recommended.

Pros: Huge improvement in AM, FM and HD radio reception.

Cons: It is not invisible, although at the very top of the windshield, it is unobtrusive.

Very good replacement

Bill H. from Cartersville, GA on 5/16/2016

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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This Antenna works about ( pulling in good reception ), 85/90% on FM and about 60% on AM , this will also be based on your location. over all I like it , and the price is not bad.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Ground wire to short

It's not great

Salikeitis from Billerica, MA on 4/24/2016

2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide
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I had a stubby antenna on back of fender that I wanted to get rid of to have a clean look. I bought the power antenna to hide in the fairing. After installing it I tested it and found it doesn't work as good as the regular antenna that isn't powered. I dont think it being powered does much for reception.

Pros: Easy to hide

Cons: Not powerful and does not work as well as a regular antenna.

Just OK

CTurner from pompano beach, FL on 3/27/2016

2004 Chevrolet Venture
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Factory antenna broke off. Installed window antenna for automatic car washes. Better than nothing. Noticed no improvement when unit is powered on.

Pros: Low price. Low profile. Long cable.

Cons: Will not pick up weaker stations.


frank from Kansas on 12/29/2015

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good product

Pros: easy to INSTALL

Cons: NONE

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Anonymous from Huntsville, AL on 9/1/2015

2003 Mercury Grand Marquis
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I was in need of an affordable replacement for a malfunctioning in-glass antenna on a 2003 Grand Marquis. I purchased this window-mount antenna with high hopes based on the numerous positive reviews. The system was pretty simple to install. As others have said, the only real issue is that the ground wire is very short and had to be extended in order to reach a ground point. I mounted the antenna in an open location on the upper windshield. Unfortunately, the reception has been very poor. I live in town with many stations and NONE of them come in clear. Some are clearer than others, but all fade in and out. Overall, the FM reception is only slightly better than the broken in-glass one. Also, there is absolutely no AM reception whatsoever. VERY disappointing! Think twice before wasting money and time on this unit.

Pros: Simple install, price

Cons: VERY poor reception!

Crutchfield response on 9/2/2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Bob from Orange County ca on 8/26/2015

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
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1967 el Camino with high performance engine ignition created no reception with stock antenna.

Pros: Easy to install. Improved reception over original as I placed it at bottom of rear window. Ordered extension cable as cable was to short.

Cons: Not as good reception as new cars have but at least now I have radio.

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Anonymous from Connecticut on 4/28/2015

2014 Ford F-150 XLT
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Did not improve signal at all.



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Kent from Kentucky on 4/20/2015

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Antenna works great, picking up all stations on AM & FM. Installation not difficult if you have basic knowledge. Support helped with radio wire harness to identify hot wire, but had to go to friend with meter to find ground in mirror wires to connect ground.

Pros: easy to install, picks up great, support staff helpful

Cons: ground wire should be part of antenna wire harness

Poor design

Everett from Virginia on 3/29/2015

1992 Lexus ES300
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The ground wire on this antenna is a short braided tin wire. If you don't have a close grounding point then you need to figure out how to extend ground wire to grounding point. Not straight forward with braided wire. This is a critical design flaw.

Pros: cleaver antenna if you can properly install

Cons: no installation instructions Poor ground design Adhesive strip is inadequate

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Classic Auto from Nv on 12/15/2014

1996 Ford Ranger
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Works great, make sure to hook up positive and negative leads.

Pros: Price, and ease of install.

Cons: No instructions, you have to know to hook up negative lead by experience.

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Anonymous from Jacksboro, TN on 11/8/2014

2001 Toyota RAV4
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Product works as described



good antenna

Anonymous from Crocker mo on 10/14/2014

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I used this in a side by side and seem to get all the channels I get in my truck. Works great. I mounted it to the bottom of the winshield and you don't even notice it. I have had to physically show people that its there

Pros: Easy to hide small in size don't have to drill any holes easy to install

Cons: The double sided tape don't work. After it fell off I scrape it off the antenna and used some rear view mirror glue and glued it to the winshield

Nice Replacement ...

Steven from Irving, Texas on 10/7/2014

2001 Ford Econoline
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Ant. was easy to install and works better than the factory ant. that was ripped off by the car wash. No Need to worry about that any more. Ant is mounted on the windscreen on the passengers side. We took the extra measure to dab a little gorilla "super" glue on each of the sticky points, to make sure it didn't fall off. No worries any longer.


Cons: None

Improves reception; no instructions

Jeff J. from Rahway, NJ on 10/3/2014

2000 Nissan Frontier
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Installation was a bit complex in my 2000 Nissan Frontier that had a broken factory antenna, only because the antenna ships without instructions. The antenna cable is inserted into the receiver's antenna jack and the 12V cable should be connected to the wire that feeds the power antenna (I think it was blue/white on my receiver). The antenna is attractive and works well for both AM & FM stations. During hot weather the glue that holds the antenna to my windshield sometimes gets soft and the antenna falls from the window....not a big deal.

Pros: Attractive design, pulls in radio stations.

Cons: No instructions, so installation is confusing.

Don't bother

Joe E from Oswego, IL on 9/28/2014

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This antenna is worthless. It was installed into my '87 Monte Carlo SS and couldn't pick up anything. I attached only the original/ stock antenna base (no antenna wire of any type) and got 100% better results. You get what you pay for...lesson learned.

Pros: Can be dropped off at the local recycling center.

Cons: Not even worth the hassle to return it.

Crutchfield response on 10/6/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Used on Motorcycle

Rick from Birch Run, MI on 9/7/2014

2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide
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Installed on a 2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide. Works Great. (stuck to the inside of the outer faring)

Pros: Easy to install, (Eliminated rear antenna on Bike so Removable Tour Pak can be installed)

Cons: The instructions shipped for install on my bike were for a radio, not the antenna (but it's pretty simple)

Window antenna

Anonymous from Apex NC 27502 on 9/3/2014

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Works great even without using 12 volt connection

Pros: Easy install

Cons: None

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Joe from Lancaster, Pa on 8/5/2014

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I read some reviews were people really slammed these things. I was hesitant to try one but I already shaved the power antenna from the car. I got it, wired it up with the remote wire or key on wire and WAMO! I'm pulling in all the stations I want and more! It plugged into the factory cable that the pwr ant used and I just poked a hole in the package tray to feed the wires down into the trunk. Find a ground for the short braided lead or add a longer wire if needed and you're in business.

Pros: Affordable alternative to fixing or replacing a crappy power antenna and it works better too! Ideal for a custom car or maybe even a motorcycle. Make your connections clean and tight and off you go.

Cons: It did come off the glass already, two sided tape on the unit out of the box. I dont care, its laying against the back glass on the package tray. I didn't prep the glass either and now that I think about it ,the glass has tint film on it so...

The Best

Colonel from Alabaster, AL on 7/26/2014

1954 Ford F Series
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We have an upholstery shop that does stealth audio installs not to detract from the interior. This is the only antenna (including factory) that could pick up stations inside the shop. The double sided tape needs better adhesive.

Pros: Works great Long cable Virtually unnoticeable

Cons: Double sided tape lets loose when it gets hot

Good sound, good looks

Farmer from Montana on 7/6/2014

1999 Chevrolet Silverado
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Easy to use, easy to install. Does what it should. I like the ability to choose the led color for the display.

Pros: Ease of installation and use. Display.

Cons: Radio reception could be better.

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Ray from San ANTONIO, TX on 6/20/2014

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Works great

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Almost invisible

Robert M from Port Orchard Wa on 5/31/2014

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Gives your car a cleaner look.

Pros: Easy installation, Price, small footprint

Cons: Glue, can't pick up as many HD stations.

Nice updgrade

Ron from Brunswick Ga on 5/3/2014

1994 Mazda 626
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I live in a small town in between two large metropolitan areas. This really limits my radio station choices. After installing this antenna, I was able to receive more stations than ever before. I will be purchasing another for one of my other cars.

Pros: Awesome reception.

Cons: No instructions.

Very Nice

Alex from Minneapolis, MN on 4/15/2014

1985 Volkswagen Jetta
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Great sound at a better price. They look cool too. you can get better speakers but for how cheap they are

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Not

nice upgrade

treya3 from McKinney, TX on 3/18/2014

2004 Honda Civic
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Antenna provides better reception than the factory antenna before it broke.

Pros: Excellent reception

Cons: adhesive included is already losing its stickiness

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David from San Jose CA on 3/6/2014

2003 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Good product



good antenna

Anonymous from Louisiana on 2/25/2014

2013 Jeep Wrangler
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Not a bad antenna for the price, not as good as stock, but decent for the price.



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Anonymous from cleveland ohio on 1/20/2014

2012 Ford E Series
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a piece of junk does not have half the range of original.



Crutchfield response on 1/27/2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Great reception!

Patrick from Fairfield, CA on 12/28/2013

2006 Ford Mustang
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I had no idea there were that many radio stations in my area. I used. An idea from a review posted here, and hid the antennae behind the plastic trim piece on the a pillar. The antennae works better than the one I had in there. Don't know about stock, bought the car without an antennae. Well worth the price!

Pros: Easy install, great reception.

Cons: None

great product

attickt from manassas,va on 12/25/2013

2004 Ford F-150
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i purchased this antenna to replace the 21" "big stick" antenna that i had got from another site a few months back, it sadly got ripped off my truck by a few evergreen branches my neighbors refuse to trim out of the private drive we live off of. installation is pretty straight forward except for the fact that there are no directions and it took me a few mins to figure out the black cable needed to be spliced to my radio power supply ( good thing I'm electrician right?). i was not fond of how short the ground cable was and the fact that i needed to drill a hole near my roof in my 2004 ford f150 to ground it. other than the little rd light that shines down from the center of the antenna installing it near the head board makes it almost unnoticeable, all together worth it and works great...easy to conceal and won't get ripped out or damaged like my last two exterior mounted antennas however i wouldn't take the term "amplified" to seriously its not exactly a satellite reception... but works exceptionally well it would also be nice if the product came with or Crutchfield designed block off plates for the OEM antenna mount. and last but not least the adhesive strips supplied did not hold the antenna to the windshield more than a week....

Pros: easy to install, concealable, best bang for your buck,secure and discreet.

Cons: red LED is bright, ground wire is short, mounting is a bit limited, no directions, supplied adhesive does not last/ is weak.

Good value

Anonymous from Archie mo on 11/4/2013

2008 Toyota Tacoma
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Not bad for the price I put it at top of winshield for hopefully best possible reception it actually improved am more than fm wich I thought was strange but I guess each application may produce differnt results depending on were you live and install location. It didn't make it as good as factory like some reviews but I wasn't expecting that from any hidden antenna but I would buy again

Pros: Price, fairly easy to hide, indicater light when powered on

Cons: Plug isn't as tight as it could be when plugged into stereo

Works Great

Anonymous from Dayton, Oh on 10/19/2013

2005 Scion xB
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I purchased this after my aftermarket receiver did not pick up stations very well. Once I installed this I was amazed how well it works, I have better reception then the stock setup and like the low profile look mounted above my rear view mirror. Be prepared to glue the antenna up after it falls down a few times.

Pros: Works great and picks up more stations than a stock antenna.

Cons: Needs better directions for install and better adhesive to stay put once mounted.

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MSC from WA on 10/15/2013

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Pretty straight forward install but lacked instructions. Decided to use best judgment on wiring since there were no instructions to confirm thoughts. Manufacturer website was no help either which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars

Pros: easy install, great reception

Cons: self adhesive tape doesn't last long & no instructions for wiring

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Wayne B. from Camas, Wa. on 9/2/2013

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I did not know what to expect and was surprised. It was recommended after describing what was needed. Thank you Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy to install and it work really well.

Cons: none

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mrblunt from at my desk on 9/2/2013

1994 Mazda B Series
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works as well as the oem antenna that someone broke off,, hid it under the window post cover,,,another great 2 day shipment form Crutchfield 2 thumbs up

Pros: all

Cons: non


Anonymous from Hickory, NC on 8/22/2013

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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It is a nice antenna, but I get a good amount of static. Had to glue to window.

Pros: Well built.

Cons: Static. Bad adhesive. Had to glue.


TheKid22 from Pittsburgh on 8/1/2013

1996 Jeep Cherokee
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Great antenna miles about stock antenna picks up hd radio perfect

Pros: Price reception size


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Jeff from Saginaw, TX on 7/7/2013

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I have a 97 BMW 740iL and it has the antenna built into the rear window. It never had great reception even with the factory radio. I replaced the radio with a Kenwood recently and the reception got worse. So I decided to get this window mount antenna and what a difference. Crisp, clear reception. Even better then the factory setup. Couldn't be happier.

Pros: Clear reception and easy install.

Cons: The 2-sided tape on the ends didn't stick for long but no big deal.

Works great, inexpensive

Steve from Missouri on 7/4/2013

2001 Honda Civic EX
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The factory antenna on my '01 Civic quit working and this antenna provided an inexpensive, easy solution. Reception for both AM and FM is very good. Installation was simple.

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install

Cons: When the windshield gets very hot, the antenna does not want to stick, but so far have been able to reapply without a problem.

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daspazz from Conroe, Tx on 6/24/2013

1994 Ford Explorer
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The antenna works great as an addition to a system with an old or failing antenna. I did have to make sure the unit was grounded properly and that it was getting power from a switchable source, like the power wire for the new radio. Once I made those adjustment the unit worked as expected. The unit comes with pre-applied adhesive strips and a scrapper and alcohol pad for pre cleaning the installation area. My only complaint is that the adhesive fails over time and then the antenna hangs down loose from the window and the only thing holding it up now is my headliner. You would think that if something is going to be applied to a potential problem spot like a "hot" window, the adhesive would be much better than it is. At some point I will be re-appling some type of adhesive that will hopefully work better.

Pros: Easy to install and does add better reception to my car audio system

Cons: Poor adhesive that will not last once the Texas Sun starts to work on the installation location (interior of front windshield)

Did not work

Greg from Cleveland, Ohio on 5/24/2013

1998 Honda Accord
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I drive a 98 Honda Accord. The original antenna cable was damaged so I bought this antenna instead of pulling up carpeting, the rear seat, and the headliner to replace the cable. This antenna did not improve my reception one iota.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: No directions with antenna. Reception did not improve.

Simple Setup/Decent Signal

JoshS from Marietta, GA on 4/8/2013

1993 Infiniti J30
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Pretty easy to install and straight forward to setup. Set this up on my 87 BMW 325i and installing on my 93 Infiniti J30 soon. Used same ground point as the sunroof motor ground and ran cable under headliner and through a-pillar. Wired the power for the antenna to the ignition wire that powers my aftermarket head unit as well. Signal seemed good in and out of parking decks etc. Mounted the antenna to the front glass right in front of the rear view mirror so it is somewhat hidden.

Pros: Simple and Effective. Have seen other people say it does not work but I have not had an issue with. Have been using for 7 months now.

Cons: Non. Crutchfield even includes instructions for the product which is vehicle specific and wiring is a no-brainer.


Thomas from Vadnais Heights, MN on 3/25/2013

2006 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
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No installation directions were enclosed, so I am just "winging it" on the installation. Reception is a little better than without any anntena.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: No installation instructions; poor reception

no good

alpinefreak from Illinois on 3/19/2013

1997 Ford Explorer
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Stopped working in less than 1 week.

Pros: Easy install.

Cons: For the short time it worked, signal was not as good as I thought of would be. And it stopped working in less than 6 days.

Great Antenna

Jr from Holden Beach NC on 3/5/2013

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Unbelievable reception. If this antenna had not worked I was going to have to spend several hundred dollars to have Factory antenna replaced. I have a DashMat on my dash & this works great under it. Cannot see the antenna.

Pros: 100% great

Cons: No cons

Nice Antenna

Dave from Channahon, Il on 2/23/2013

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Great antenna yo hide inside my fairing on the motorcycle. Good reception with the power antenna.




Anonymous from Massapequa Park, NY on 2/15/2013

2011 Jeep Liberty
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This did not work in my situation. It is mostly because the cables are to short. Not enough leeway to mount it where you need to.

Pros: None

Cons: Didn't work, Ground cable to short.

Pretty Good, Mostly Excellent

Vmiandy from Colorado on 2/15/2013

2002 Toyota Avalon
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Straight forward install. Better than factory antenna. I live 25 miles out of town in the mountains and am able to tune HD stations. However, antenna has definitive limits. When reception threshold limit is met, totally lose station. In and around town works great. An big improvement over factory window antenna. Some AM reception noises I'm still trying to work out. Only happens when signal strength starts to weaken. Factory antenna seemed to do better on AM.

Pros: Easy install,

Cons: Short cord length, poor printed directions

Great Antenna

mario from miami fl on 2/8/2013

2001 Honda Civic EX
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bought antenna to replace window antenna in 2001 honda civic quick install great reception in my hd receiver great product day and night diffrence with factory antenna



Hidden Away!!

RBoyd from Spokane Wa on 6/27/2012

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I have it mounted inside a Motorcycle fairing. Sound on stereo never fades and no static. Simple hook and does not have to show. Although it you did need to surface mount it is compact enough to not atract too much attention. Works Great!

Pros: No issue with signal or hook up

Cons: none

Works beautifully, HD radio works perfectly.

Selcuk from Brooklyn, NY on 6/7/2012

1997 Ford Explorer
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Very easy to install, installed on a 1997 Ford Explorer, and it was a breeze. I have an aftermarket head-unit that supports HD radio as well. The stock antenna that came with the vehicle was stolen, brought this after reading reviews, and it works perfect! Picks up AM stations in HD, FM in HD, everything works perfectly fine. Just installed it behind the compass/temperature display and stuck it on the windshield. The 12v wire attached to the accessory line so when the radio turns on or you turn the key to the accessory setting, this will come on as well. No instructions come with the item, but it's easy for 2nd generation Ford Explorers 1995-2000 are the same so it should work. Run the wires from the antenna and push to hide them under the roof where the carpeting is, then down the the C pillar, pull one of the plastic covers from the passenger side right next to the door, underneath the glovebox, open the glovebox wide, underneath the glovebox shove the wires, grab the wires from the glovebox, and then transfer over to where the headunit is and then voila! install and done. My instructions are vague but hiding the wires are easy. For ground, I took out a screwdriver from one of the vanity mirrors on the passenger side, it is bare metal there, stuck the ground cable there (it should reach if you installed the antenna mentioned above) and then screw back the vanity mirror and thats it.

Pros: AM and FM HD signals are strong in a big city with huge big buildings.

Cons: None

No reception at all

Anonymous from Chicago on 6/3/2012

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I ordered this with the hope of it replacing the antenna in my Honda Pilot. I got no reception-just static and his. Tried two-same result

Pros: Nothing

Cons: No reception at all


James from Puerto Rico on 4/11/2012

1988 BMW 325I
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Have one in my boat and know in my old 1088 car. On the boat it tuned in 60 % more chanels. Great product for poor reception areas or as in Puerto Rico, moutainous areas.



Solved The Problem

EricM from Germantown, MD on 9/17/2011

This product works like a champ. I accidentally ripped the mast off of my my car in such a way that the the whole antenna needed to be replaced. The geniuses who designed the car made replacing the existing fender mount antenna involve removing a tire and part of the wheel well. When I saw this solution i was skeptical yet hopeful. I couldn't be happier with the result so far, it was easy to install and gets good reception Note to the folks at Crutchfield, the plastic prying tool is for hiding the wires under the interior trim. Ps you have to hook up the power wire or it won't work. It sounds like that is the problem the other reviewer was having.



Wow - it actually works!

Art from Richmond, VA on 8/24/2011

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OK, so I bought this for my boat stereo, which came with a very basic wire antenna which wasn't much use. I installed it today, and I just tucked the antenna up under the console headliner. Low and behold - it works great! At first, I just had the antenna hooked up, but the 12 volt power and ground wires were not connected, and I got virtually no reception. But as soon as I connected the power and a good ground, it picked up all of my local channels very well. If you hook it up correctly, I'm confident it will work well for you.



Exelent product

Sergio from New York, NY on 9/30/2009

If it work on AM dial on the heart of Manhattan (The jungle) it works everywhere. I give 100 points



As good as a mast

alex from Phoenix on 5/15/2009

2002 Chrysler 300M
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Looking at the others reviews of this antenna, they're all over the map. I can only assume that they didn't realize that this is an active antenna and must have +12 and ground hooked up. Anyway, bought this to replace the rear window antenna who's reception got killed by metalized tint. Put it right above the windshield's rear view mirror, routed the wires through the pass. piller and attached power and ground. Getting reception as good as I would have w/ a external mast! Cheeze to install.



This product does exactly what it's meant to do.

Christopher from Charleston, WV on 5/7/2009

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Ensure that the small black wire is connected to the power antenna lead on your head unit, and MAKE SURE to properly ground the little silver wire. You will NOT be satisfied with the tuning ability if this antenna is not properly grounded. Now, I wouldn't buy this as strictly an "upgrade" to a working external antenna, but in my case, my antique vehicle never had an external antenna, so I picked this up and mounted it behind the rear-view mirror. It works at least equally as well as the antennas on my newer BMW and Chevy Impala, and it's nearly invisible. So if you need or want an internally mounted antenna, go for this one. Just be sure to hook it up properly!



scion xb

aris from simi valley.CA on 10/13/2008

2005 Scion xB
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

if you have scion XB,don't bother.I was thingking if I put this, it will make my radio reception better.But I am wrong.So for Scion Xb owner just keep your factory antena.This Antena doesn't make any better.(change with this if your factory antena broken).Good luck.



Cure for the window antenna blues.

Bill from Los Angeles, CA on 8/3/2008

2003 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have the same make and model receiver in my car and my wife's car. The receiver works great in my car, but it doesn't get good reception in my wife's car. What's the difference? My car has an old fashioned mast antenna. My wife's car has the newer tech window antenna. It may look better, but it sure doesn't work very well. The universal window mount antenna works better than the window antenna in my wife's car, but not as good as the mast antenna of my car. This antenna is easy to install and connect. It needs to be connected to a power supply and plugged into the receiver. I attatched it to the side of the windshield so the wires that came with the antenna were long enough to reach the receiver. It is attatched to the side of the windshield and does not affect vision at all. Reception has improved quite a bit, though the fm sensitivity of the receiver needs to be better. If you need better reception a mast antenna is your best choice, but if you have a window antenna and don't want to drill holes in your car, the universal window mount antenna is a good choice.



Quick and Easy

John0011886 from New Port Richey, FL on 3/22/2008

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The bolt connecting my factory antenna and the base snapped, which made it impossible to remove the bolt. Also I didnt want to replace the factory antenna base because it just made my car look stupid with the big antenna on my roof. So I ordered this antenna. It was super easy to install and I get great reception, unlike I did with the factory antenna. The only thing that wasn't great about it was the power wire is really thin, which made it hard to strip. Other than that it is a great product.



Excellent Antenna!

Brian from Bloomington, MN on 6/6/2007

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in my 2005 Nissan Altima. This antenna is a GREAT improvement over the stock winshield antenna. Very easy to install. I just tapped the 12V wire into the "Accessory 12V" wire behind my aftermarket CD receiver and plugged the antenna into the receiver. Got much better reception right away. I noticed a little static here and there while driving, so I attached the silver wire to ground and now I get perfect reception!



Bad reception, unless it's outside the car.

ryguy32789 from Chicago Suburbs on 1/2/2007

I bought this antenna to replace the broken stock motorized antenna in my Nissan 240sx. I plugged the antenna directly into the HD radio head unit and the power cable into the remote turn on lead. Reception was not very good no matter where I put the antenna; I put it on the dash, under the dash, even in a nook under the sunroof. The antenna would only pick up 1/3 of the stations, none of them clearly and none of them strong enough to pick up the HD stations. I even tried driving around the block and to an empty parking lot, and even in the wide open parking lot the reception did not improve. I relocated the antenna to the rear window and plugged it into the cable for the stock antenna. The only place I could get good reception was with the antenna outside of the car, defeating the purpose of the antenna to begin with. I tried putting the antenna on the top of the rear window, on the bottom of the rear window, on the cargo cover, and inside the drivers side quarter panel, and the reception was spotty at best in all of these places. I ended up just forcing the antenna mast out of the motor (it was stuck down) and hooking the stock antenna back up. Reception with that is perfect. I returned this antenna back to Crutchfield. I wouldnt recommend this antenna, unless you plan to mount it outside.



Best Antenna Ever

gabe6798 from Washigton State on 12/12/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this antenna for my Toy Hauler trailer. I hooked it up to the stereo and just layed it in the compartment and had phenominal reception.



Universal Window-mount Antenna

Alex from Morris County, New Jersey on 5/14/2006

2000 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item is phenomenal, and is one of the best purchases I've made from Crutchfield. First off, my car has the antenna in the windshield, not an external mast-type antenna. My fiancee has a Camry with a mast-type antenna and got significantly better reception than my Altima - even with her stock radio. I had recently purchased a Pioneer head unit and was upset when I tried to tune in some stations. I still had bad reception. So I figured it had to be my antenna.<BR><BR>I purchased this one and installed it the same night. I tried it out the following day and was so amazed that I couldn't stop yapping to my fiancee about the improved reception. It is awesome! I can finally hear those stations again.<BR><BR>It is difficult to say how well it will work for you, because everyone's situation is different. What I can say with confidence is - If you have a windshield type antenna for your car and you're not getting good reception then you definitely have to try this.<BR><BR>Installation was pretty easy. The most difficult part was trying to get the plastic off the stickers to stick it on the windshield. I don't know why, but Crutchfield says this item does not fit my car, but it does.<BR><BR>Perhaps it is because this antenna is amplified that I get great reception, rather than it being a non windshield type antenna. I'm not sure. Regardless, in my opinion it is fantastic because it allows me to listen to the radio again.




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Application: This is a universal amplified antenna that can be used in applications where a conventional telescoping/power antenna is not desired. It is designed with separate amplifiers for the AM and FM bands, which improves the reception and gives you the maximum performance. You will have to supply the antenna with power using the 12V cable that is attached to the antenna cable. The antenna has self-adhesive pads on the bottom so you can mount it to any window in your vehicle. The antenna should be grounded to reduce any potential noise. A red LED confirms that the antenna is on. The package includes a plastic prying tool for removing the antenna when necessary.

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Why did you buy this?

antenna on wife's van broke. need something to pick up the FM stations. [ JOSEPH  Aug 15, 2017 ]
Factory Volvo antenna is not compatible with aftermarket stereos. [ Keil  Jul 05, 2017 ]
My Sebring is a hard top convertible and with all the motions putting the top up and down, I felt this type of antennae was best. I have a Chrysler 300 Limousine that has the same kind for the rear stereo system and works well. [ Patrick  May 09, 2017 ]
I'm trying to improve to sound quality of the factory FM radio with a different antenna [ Anthony  Mar 13, 2017 ]
My adviser Norm said this unit has the most reviewed stars for an amplified antenna,and he gave me a good mounting tip.(mount it in the vertical position if possible). [ Jeffrey  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Good reception [ Boris  Feb 10, 2017 ]
I did not choose this. [ LEO R  Feb 09, 2017 ]
Easy to install [ Franklin  Feb 01, 2017 ]
It got four stars so it sounds like it's a product that works well. [ Robert  Feb 01, 2017 ]
Motorized antenna busted and I decided to add this to my new head unit instead of pay 100$ for a new, clunky external antenna. Hope it works! [ Eric D.  Nov 27, 2016 ]
It was cheap and I needed a new antenna anyway [ Taylor  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Needed it for race trailer [ Adam  Sep 19, 2016 ]
not getting good ground on my standard steel antenna [ james  Sep 07, 2016 ]
I have no antenna in my car [ luis  Aug 14, 2016 ]
The antenna that was originally installed at the factory was part of the rear window defroster and stopped working. I installed this along the A-Pillar of my Subaru outback and have better reception than ever before! [ Stephen  Aug 12, 2016 ]
I want it hidden.i hope reception is good. [ paul  Jul 31, 2016 ]
Already have this installed. [ KENNETH L  Jul 19, 2016 ]
The previous one I bought went out, does not work anymore. Please let me know if you offer extended warranties for this product? Thanks! [ Brian  Jul 03, 2016 ]
I'm using a car radio in my man cave and needed a better antenna than one from a vehicle. [ Ken  Jun 14, 2016 ]
I had looked at many types of antennas , Crutchfield had good reviews and pricing on the one I picked , I e-mailed the the company with some questions I had and received a quick response. Bill H. [ William S.  Apr 29, 2016 ]
Need one that will work in my Lotus. Factory antenna not very good as it is located inside the body mounted horizontaly. [ Mr.  Apr 23, 2016 ]
Upgrade antenna in a foreign car I stead of ordering a new factory or after market antenna. And easier install with better sound and station qaulity. Already have one my car. Works good [ chris  Feb 05, 2016 ]
Shaved antenna off of my J30 and wanted a system that would be discrete. I mounted this on the windshield near where the rear view mirror is and routed the cables through the headliner into the dash for power and signal to/from headunit. [ Josh S  Feb 04, 2016 ]
This didn't work out very well for me. My antenna was shaved, so I thought this device would help. Not sure if it's the product or my stereo or what, just didn't work for me. [ Gary  Jan 28, 2016 ]
fits the purpose, easy install, low price. [ H Carl  Jan 18, 2016 ]
I chose this antenna for a 1955 Jeep that did not come with a factory antenna. When off-road, the fewer things you have that can get caught on low-hanging branches, and possibly be torn off the vehicle, the better. [ Danen  Jan 01, 2016 ]
OEM antenna is broken, and chose this based on a recommendation for a simpler installation. [ Ken  Dec 19, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

I put mine in the front windshield at the top middle right behind my review mirror. So I never noticed it. My truck had the dark tinted strip along the top. It worked just fine. As long as the tint isn't the mirrors tint, I would not think it would bother the reception one bit. As far as the damaging the tint, it might if the antenna is ripped off. [ Andrew  Feb 28, 2017 ]
No - from an engineering point of view because of the impedance mismatch. From a reality point of view it might work. [ Randy  Dec 01, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. 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: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Dec 31, 2014 ]  Staff
Alex, I attached the vww wire to the blue/white "antenna" wire on the back of your receiver's wiring harness to provide power to the antenna. [ JEFFREY  Oct 03, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. 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: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Dec 24, 2013 ]  Staff