2011 Toyota Sienna SE: Well, That's Mostly Better
December 28, 2011
For the past few days I've been driving around with our Sienna's fender-mounted mast antenna removed. For reference, Al did a couple recent posts on it (here and here), but mostly it comes down to being a distraction and an obvious sign of cost-cutting.
Yet on my recent nighttime holiday trip with my family, I had to keep the audio system off (sleeping kids in the back). At that point I noticed that the antenna is also kind of noisy as it flaps about in the wind. It got to the point that I just unscrewed the antenna and left in the van. No AM/FM? No problem since I just listen to satellite radio and my iPod anyway.
Incidentally, I also noticed our antenna is bent at its threaded base. A commenter (otto1899) with a '11 Sienna in one of Al's posts noted that his antenna actually snapped off (with the threaded part still in the mount), and the Toyota dealer wanted $300 to replace the broken antenna. (Not covered under warranty, apparently.)
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor