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DAB aerial Fitting Help


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Hi Folks,

I just purchased a Pioneer X8500DAB head unit for my 2009 Fiat GP from Halfords. Over the phone, they recommended an internal onscreen aerial which can be installed relatively easily, requires no drilling and offers exceptionally good reception because (in his words... "It uses the car's metal body as an aerial"). Ofcourse, I was sold
But when it was time to install, he couldn't because the A-pillar of the car houses the side airbags, and he doesn't want to tamper with it. Normally, the aerial is run inside the A-Pillar and put in contact with the metal and the glass.

He offered other ideas, like a magnetic aerial which will require drilling, and will be a bit ugly as it's another aerial sticking out of the car. And hiding it inside the car offers rubbish reception.

I've heard the folks at Halfords are generally not so knowledgable, so what options do I have to get an aerial connected to my DAB head unit.

I will prefer a solution that offers solid reception, requires no drilling and hopefully not so expensive as well.

Any help will be much appreciated.


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Have you considered removing the OEM aerial and replacing with a DAB compatible aerial ? I got mine from dab on wheels, they even have a try for 45 or 60 days refund clause.
Expensive compared to a stick on glass one, but you get what you pay for I suppose.

Are you sure that the bloke just didn't fancy the extra work involved to route the lead, I'd have thought lots of modern cars have airbag stuff in the A pillars ?

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