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June 11, 2024 6:37 am  #1


Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

There are at least two of them and a car expert in Europe noted these new models from a pair of automotive giants have now started offering a base model that comes with no radio at all in its cars, relying on Bluetooth- only connections instead.

Is this the future of in-dash entertainment? And would you buy one of these if it was cheaper?

"Ultimately, automakers are going to attempt every cost-cutting move they can, especially if they can get away with it."

Dude, Where’s My Car Radio?

 

June 11, 2024 9:34 am  #2


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

When I purchased my 1978 Plymoth Volare it did not come with a radio as standard equipment. Your options were AM, AM/FM and AM/FM Stereo. Other options back then were power steering/brakes/windows and a rear window defogger. I went with power steering, rear window defogger and AM/FM. My budget could not afford the stereo option.

 

June 11, 2024 9:36 am  #3


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

If it came down to it, I'd be fine without a radio. I'd just end up using streaming radio apps like iHeart or RadioPlayer to get the same programming. 

 

June 11, 2024 9:39 am  #4


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

Agreed...in fact I find myself streaming from my phone more often than ever when  behind the wheel . Only tune to 680 News for a quick news hit and a traffic update. 

 

June 11, 2024 2:47 pm  #5


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

I would prefer my new car included a radio and AM but we can see the day when neither may not be around in vehicles.  Right now there isn't a lot on the AM dial with a car radio that is worth listening to, other than 3 or 4 stations.  In the evening I don't have much interest in DXing to see what is out there.  For whatever reason listening to stations 800 miles away or whatever never really interested me much.  Maybe when I was a kid but not now since I am older and a bit of a grump....

 

June 11, 2024 3:28 pm  #6


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

mace wrote:

When I purchased my 1978 Plymoth Volare it did not come with a radio as standard equipment. Your options were AM, AM/FM and AM/FM Stereo. Other options back then were power steering/brakes/windows and a rear window defogger. I went with power steering, rear window defogger and AM/FM. My budget could not afford the stereo option.

My 1968 Plymouth Fury had an AM Radio only, so I bought an under-dash FM stereo receiver made by
Automatic Radio (of Toronto), and connected a switch to feed the right channel to the front speaker and the left channel to the rear speaker. 
It was actually a very good receiver, albeit with a manual tuning knob, but it pulled in the Buffalo and Niagara stations really well.

 

June 11, 2024 3:37 pm  #7


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

I would never buy a car without a radio in it.

I have, however, bought a radio without a car in it!

     Thread Starter
 

June 11, 2024 4:19 pm  #8


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

Radio is a must have in my car. Living here in London, satellite radio is a must have.

When radios were optional in a car, I always bought wihout a radio, to save money, then installed one from Canadian Tire or Consumers distributing.

Back when I was still driving old junkers, having a radio in it was a bonus. If it didn't have a radio, I would get one from the junk yard and mount it under the dash.


I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.
 

June 11, 2024 4:32 pm  #9


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

The first car I owned was a 1974 Honda Civic.  It just had an AM/FM radio and a tinny speaker.
So I took it to my local car sound experts and had it decked out with a Pioneer AM/FM -- and the new thing to have in a car -- an 8 track!
I also had Pioneer speakers installed so I could blast my head of with BTO and Foghat.

 

 

June 11, 2024 4:39 pm  #10


Re: Never Mind AM. Would You Buy A Car Without Any Radio At All?

So long as they make them, absolutely, even if it has to be an add-on.