Re: 2001 S80 with HU-611 sound system
Pat Durkin wrote:
> --- I have TERRIBLE reception on all but one powerful AM station.
> This is a fairly recent development. For 2-1/2 years I had no problem at
> all. Then the quality of AM reception began to degrade. I became aware of
> a factory "fix" involving a brass strip Volvo authorized its dealers to
> perform, but never found time to get the car in to the dealer while the car
> was still under warranty. Seemed like a waste of time to tie the thing up
> for such a trivial thing --- especially when it meant I'd have to struggle
> without a loaner car for a day while they worked on it.
> But nonetheless --- I eventually DID take it in, even though it was out of
> warranty and I actually PAID good money to have the work performed a month
> Guess what?
> No help.
> So I took it back and they looked at it again and supposedly fixed it right.
> The service writer relaid a story from the tech who worked on the car,
> saying he "found" a loose connection, but don't worry - I tightened it up
> real good this time.
> Guess what?
> It STILL doesn't work!
> In fact it's WORSE THAN EVER by a factor of 10.
> The only problem - if it can be called a problem - is that 10% to 20% of the
> time it works perfectly. Which means (I guess) that the radio IS capable of
> performing as it was designed to do. The problem is that 80% to 90% of the
> time it won't.
> Now I'm getting conversation from the dealer to the effect that "Well, in
> Europe, they don't even care about AM radio...yada yada yada." and I'm
> thinking "So what? I don't live in Europe. And I DO care about AM radio!
> I want it fixed.
> Somebody told me I cannot take this thing to a radio shop and have an
> external antenna installed. Is this correct?
> Then what can I do with it? The dealer is incompetent. He has my money and
> would prefer now that I just went away.
Try putting the power locks up and down when the reception is crappy and
see what happens.
Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.
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