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When I took delivery of my Tundra a few weeks ago, I noticed it didnt have a power antenna. Being the truck is a Limited I thought it would have. I may have been seeing things, but I could have sworn I saw some DC's with power antennas on the lots.

Is the power antenna part of some package or am I mistaken and maybe the dealer had just taken the antennas off for fear of being broken in transit?

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I have not seen or heard of any new Tundras with power antennas.

Frankly, I have one on my current 1990 "pick up" (pre-Tacoma), and I would not now consider it a desirable option.
 

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I thought I saw one yesterday with a power antenna, but on closer inspection it was just a protective cap, and the plain old antenna was on the dash. Oh well, it would have been nice, but no big deal in the long run.
 

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Ah, ok. Maybe thats what I was seeing. But at close glance it appeared to be a power antenna.

Thanks anyway. Appreciate it.
 

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Just one opinion here but I've had power antennas and standard antennas, and I prefer the standard ones. Even though standard antennas stay extended full time they flex and take abuse far better than the power ones. I made the mistake one time of forgetting I had my power antenna out (the radio was on, so it's easy to forget) in a car wash. The car wash apparatus came over my vehicle and just whacked the antenna off. Being stiff like power antennas are, it would not flex enough to allow the apparatus to slide over it. I know a standard antenna would not have broken because they are like fishing rods, they bend a lot. I had to buy an entire new power module/antenna and have it installed inside the fender well.
 

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It seems like more & more manufacturers just put the antenna in the glass. I wonder why Toyota didn't just do that with the Tundra.
 

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It seems like more & more manufacturers just put the antenna in the glass. I wonder why Toyota didn't just do that with the Tundra.
One reason is poor reception. Anyone who has had vehicles with antenna's embedded in the windshield glass can tell you they get poor reception. It won't be an issue if you are local and close to your favorite station, but if you travel or get on the highway it's a real pain. One station won't stay clear very long, before you have to start searching for another.

I may be wrong, but my feeling was that manufacturers were getting away from doing that. They started putting antenna wires in windshields back in the 70s but we started seeing less of that throughout the late 80s and 90s.
 

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Actually my wifes 05 Acura has it in the glass and we've never noticed any poor reception with it.
 

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When I took delivery of my Tundra a few weeks ago, I noticed it didnt have a power antenna. Being the truck is a Limited I thought it would have. I may have been seeing things, but I could have sworn I saw some DC's with power antennas on the lots.

Is the power antenna part of some package or am I mistaken and maybe the dealer had just taken the antennas off for fear of being broken in transit?

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There never has been a power antenna offered on a Tundra.
 

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Actually my wifes 05 Acura has it in the glass and we've never noticed any poor reception with it.
It would probably be better if you had a regular one. ;)

The in-glass reception sucked in the only car I've had it in (BMW M3)

Count me as one of those that prefer the clearance checking standard antenna. :)
 

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Same here, my Corvette gets great reception with the integrated antenna:tu:
Both my '03 and '06 'Runners had/have antenna in the glass. Works fine for me, too.
 

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It would probably be better if you had a regular one. ;)

The in-glass reception sucked in the only car I've had it in (BMW M3)

Count me as one of those that prefer the clearance checking standard antenna. :)
Its a great visual aid for when entering parking lots! ;)

Sanosuke!
 

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im bumping this old thread. the sequoia has a power antenna.. im thinking it would probably be a direct replacement into the tundra... anyone?
 

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I despise powered antennas, they are just waiting to break. Give me a good fixed whip antenna, or an amplified com mast on top of the cab (BMW shark fin).
 

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not only that.. if you live any where where you get freezing rain and snow.

Power antenna are waiting to get stuck and motors get burnt when the mask
gets stuck..
 

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My '95 T100 SR5 had a power antenna standard. I loved it until I had to replace it.

I'll say no more....:D
 

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My Tundra antenna has struck tree limbs that would have broken a stiff power antenna. This is on a normal road, never noticed the branch till I drove the same road again as the top of the antenna cannot be seen while driving. Motors go out power antennas, just one more thing to fix out of warranty. Power ones freeze up sometimes as well. The window antenna on my BMW works great.
 

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My 06, Seqouia has the antenna in the glass, and it works just fine, even on long trips never had a problem with it. I found it odd because I was under the understanding that auto companies were fasing those things out.
 
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