My 2011 Patriot Latitude has a base sound system. I've only been in San Diego since January, but in other vehicles I've driven around here (a '94 Camaro and a 2006 Grand Cherokee, neither with anything fancy for a sound system), the FM radio stations that are broadcast from around San Diego generally tend to start breaking up around 25 miles away from the city. However, in my brand-new Patriot, they were starting to break up around 10 miles away from downtown, which happens to be about the distance from downtown that I live. At first, I thought there must be a loose connection between the radio and the antenna, so I took it in to the dealer and had them check it out. They said there was no loose connection, and they couldn't find any problem with the reception either (they're located just a couple miles from downtown), so I had to drive with one of the service dept. people along for the ride so that I could prove that I wasn't crazy. They verified that the radio reception was breaking up about 10 miles away from the city, which they agreed was a less-than-normal distance to start losing radio reception. So they sent off a message to Jeep, and apparently Jeep told them to install a new stereo system, because that's exactly what they did about a week later when the new system arrived on special order. Well, I've had the new radio installed for about a week now, and guess what, it's still losing reception the same way the original one did!
So my question to all of you is, does this particular model of radio just have poor radio reception? Or should I take the Jeep back to the dealer again and have them try to figure out what's wrong? The CD and AUX functions of the stereo system work just fine, which is what we normally use anyway, so it's not really THAT big of a deal, but I just figure that a brand new vehicle should work perfectly, right?