I'm tired of messing with my power antenna (which has no power), and I think I'd rather just remove the exterior mast altogether and install a "hidden" one... the kind that sticks to the inside of the window. Someone else mentioned doing this lately, but has anyone tried this with their Aurora or other car(s)? I curious about the performance and cost of hidden antennas, before I go down that path...
Yeah - it's kind of old fashioned to drive around with an antenna sticking up. I'm not sure you can do much about it though - the back window has the defrost wires in it and I don't think you're supposed to stick anything over it. I guess it overheats or something. And it would look like sh*t to stick one on the front window. It's probably easier to fix the antenna you have
And it would look like sh*t to stick one on the front window. It's probably easier to fix the antenna you have
The stick-on antennas I've seen don't look too bad at all... it's a fairly small circuit that adheres to the inner top of the front windshield within the blue tinted area. It's almost invisible from the outside, and I think would blend in okay on the inside too (since our rearview mirrors are already so huge with wires running around them).
And like you said, I can't believe they still use standard antennas on ANY car... my parents' 1977 Chevy Caprice station wagon had its antenna integrated into the windshield, so it's not like the technology hasn't been around for awhile!
I'm still determined to do this, and complete a write-up on the installation... here are a few of the products I've run across. Any thoughts on how they would work compared to the standard exterior antennas?
I think it'd be a great idea. In fact, I don't know if you saw my post on the Bonneville forum but a few months ago I had asked the same question. I couldn't find any solutions but it looks like you have! I would do that modification to my car, but I don't think I'll be owning it too much longer.. I have a real bad itch to get an Aurora!
No such luck, fuses are fine. The motor actually runs, but the antenna doesn't go up or down... I'm told that the mast extension inside the motor housing is what broke. Unfortunately, there is no way to disassemble the motor and replace just the mast alone, so the whole unit has got to go.