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it is part of the rear glass. I like the look of no Antenna  8)
 

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Thanks for the quick reply, thats what I was thinking. I wish my Sport Trac was like that. If I was to get the windows tinted, would that affect the reseption?.
 

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I am not sure about that, but there are some people here that have there windows tinted and I have not heard of any problems.
 

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I have an '03 Mazda6, which was the only year that they did the rear window antenna instead of the center roof mounted one, and I have tinted windows - I have no problem.

The disadvantage of a single rear glass antenna is that if the C pillars on the car get between the radio station and you, reception can suck. Higher end cars that use in-glass antenna's generally have two (front & rear window) to avoid that problem.
 

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The 2007 guide lists a "mast antenna" as a new standard feature - I assume this means that the hidden rear window antenna is done. If so, I wonder why they went back to a traditional style antenna? Cost? Surely not for looks.
 

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I'd guess partially due to cost, but mainly due to radio reception. Out here in the middle of no-where our Fusion doesn't get near as good of radio reception as any of the other cars I've owned. It doesn't bother me because I have Sirius, but I've talked to others that have complained.
 

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My reception has been better with the window antenna, than with my previous top-mounted antennae on my SVTF.
Much better reception through the AM frequencies, I could never really get the Tigers game before, now it's crystal clear.
The FM reception is a bit better too, a couple local stations had a weak signal with the previous car, now I can hear them better.
... and my windows have 20% tint.

I cannot see how tint would affect reception... unless you tried sanding down those dots... there are a couple of vertical lines within the dotted zone (maybe part of the antenna system?)
 

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I think I get much better reception than I have ever had with a external antenna. Maybe its just where I live but I get some stations I was never able to get in previous cars.
 

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my reception is acutally a lot worse with window tint, I can seek thru and only hit 3 stations TOTAL!!!!! It sucks but I can still get the one station I listen to, usually CD's anyways...
 

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I have my vehicle tinted and I get excellent reception. KLOS, Jack-FM, KROQ, KEARTH 101, and POWER 106 are excellent signals. Maybe you guys need to tell your radio stations to boost up their signals. :glaive81: :metalcord:

Anyways, I do not listen to radio that much, I listen to CD's I burn 99.8% of the time. Theres not really anything good when I drive, too many damn commercials. Sirius is ok, but until they come out with a better vehicle unit that is when I will listen to Sirius 60%. Even though I have the lifetime Sirius membership I listen to it once in a great while. :D
 

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My rear window is tinted, plus I have a piece of black vinal over the antenna area. I have no problem at all with radio reception. Not that I listen to the radio at all, except when I'm putting another disc in. But for that whole 3 or 4 seconds, it sounds great.
 

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[quote author=ajp745li link=topic=49809.msg823051#msg823051 date=1152885503]
my reception is acutally a lot worse with window tint, I can seek thru and only hit 3 stations TOTAL!!!!! It sucks but I can still get the one station I listen to, usually CD's anyways...
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The tint sould not affect the reception.
 

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If there is any type of metallic element in the tint then it will affect reception. Most newer office buildings use a metallic-based tinting (even if they appear to be only lightly tinted from the outside) that drops radio frequency penetration inside of the building by 90% or more. If it is just a colored plastic type of screening, then it should have no effect.

[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=49809.msg825180#msg825180 date=1152970696]
[quote author=ajp745li link=topic=49809.msg823051#msg823051 date=1152885503]
my reception is acutally a lot worse with window tint, I can seek thru and only hit 3 stations TOTAL!!!!!  It sucks but I can still get the one station I listen to, usually CD's anyways...
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The tint sould not affect the reception.
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I do have a metallic tint, I work @ FOrd dealer and have seeked thru stations in a non tinted Fusion Vs. mine and the no tint one is MUCH better...
 

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[quote author=Metallicat link=topic=49809.msg825210#msg825210 date=1152973371]
If there is any type of metallic element in the tint then it will affect reception. Most newer office buildings use a metallic-based tinting (even if they appear to be only lightly tinted from the outside) that drops radio frequency penetration inside of the building by 90% or more. If it is just a colored plastic type of screening, then it should have no effect.

[quote author=Chris06Fusion link=topic=49809.msg825180#msg825180 date=1152970696]
[quote author=ajp745li link=topic=49809.msg823051#msg823051 date=1152885503]
my reception is acutally a lot worse with window tint, I can seek thru and only hit 3 stations TOTAL!!!!! It sucks but I can still get the one station I listen to, usually CD's anyways...
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The tint sould not affect the reception.
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I never thought about that..... Sorry
 
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