Submitted by Jon Wray on December 5, 2012
Within a day of getting my Model S, I noticed that FM radio reception is significantly worse than my previous car and my wife's car. There is usually noticeable static and sometimes a lot of it. It fluctuates between one and two bars (out of three). Only occasionally is the signal good enough to play HD radio. When this happens, I hear the sound fade in and out and sometimes an echo or "dual voice" that lasts a few seconds as the transition from regular to HD occurs (or vice versa). I usually listen to one station (KPCC 89.3) but I've noticed these problems on other FM stations. I haven't tried AM yet.
I was sufficiently annoyed with this today that I tried listening to my station on "Tune In" Internet radio. For a couple minutes I was happy with the static-free sound quality, but then it started cutting out for a second or more. It seems the 3G reception is also spotty, which may explain why map tiles load slowly, and sometimes not all (nav system was nonresponsive earlier tonight). Web browser is sluggish too. This has all been while driving in West LA. I have a 3G phone and it's not nearly so slow. I also noticed a slight buzzing sound when I had the radio off, not sure if that's related.
Have others had similar problems with radio reception? Is this likely are problem with the physical antenna, or software? And where is the antenna on this car?
But I love the car and Tesla is wonderful blah blah blah :)