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NaumoskiV
post 14th June 2018 12:50
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum so this is my first post and I thought it would be fine if I post it here.

My 146 has the original radio head unit, but the signal reception is not at its best. I can only tune to 4-5 FM stations and even then the sound quality is bad.
I tried removing the antenna on the roof to see if that's the problem but it seemed to be stuck so I didn't risk breaking it. Before I did anything else I wanted to ask for advice on what could be the problem.
Should I remove the head unit and check the connections or maybe the head unit itself is bad because I rarely see 145/146 Alfas with original radio.

This is the type of the radio. I believe it is Philips.



Thanks in advance smile.gif
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dante giacosa
post 14th June 2018 13:30
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Hey NaumoskiV,

welcome along!

always nice to meet another 146.gif owner...


Radio reception isn't these cars' strong point, but it shouldn't be as bad as you describe.

The co-ax cable from, the aerial to the headunit, runs down the NS A-pillar (on RHD cars) and crosses the passenger footwell, under the triangular section of polystyrene packing which is under the carpet. It then exits in the centre console and should go straight into the rear of the headunit.

Due to the EXTREMELY short nature of this cable, it is possible than any under-carpet activities (welding) may have tugged at it, and disconnected it from the headunit.

My advice would be not to remove the headunit itself yet- but to remove the passenger-side trim panel which extends the centre console down to the floor wells. It is a couple of Phillips-head self tapping screws which hold it on. With a torch you will then be able to see the rear of the stereo and assess the connections.

(removing the headunit, can often upset other connections, or make it more difficult to reattach the aerial cable)


can you please post a picture of your car?!
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NaumoskiV
post 14th June 2018 13:49
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My car is LHD, but i assume the wiring would be similar to what you explained. I'll try and fix it next free weekend.
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post 14th June 2018 15:32
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Man-

that is a PEACH.

Straight out of the brochure, which features one in that colour. Those wheels really work on that car.

I really don't think Ive seen a genuine example that colour in real life before.


Desperado got a picture of a PH1 recently at an event, but it wasn't quite that colour, I don't think...

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post 14th June 2018 18:11
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Thanks,

The colour name is Grigio Martora 668/A
Quite rare colour for these cars. I really love it.
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post 15th June 2018 08:14
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Thanks for going into detail on that, NaumoskiV

I tried looking up the colour last night (before your reply) and although it appears in the French language brochure; the paint options aren't detailed.

The more extensive english language brochure, which goes into trim levels and paint colours, doesn't quote it as an available colour

I wonder if it came to the UK at all...?

I've certainly never seen a 145 in that colour, either..




Grigio Martora 668/A
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