Many people seem to blame the antenna for their FM radio reception when many have put little stubby antennas and have had the same reception...
I think the biggest factor is your location, terrain and distance from the signals. Also, that head unit is horrible... if you had an aftermarket unit I bet you'll get better reception (if your location, terrain and distance from the signals is acceptable).
I took off my large factory antenna and put on a stubby, my multipath reception problems diminished. If the OP is in a major city with buildings, multipath may be the issue. Stubby's been on for a couple months and it's still there (knock on wood). It's actually not that visible, black on black.
FM reception problems are really "trial and error". There are so many factors involved. Not all tuners are the same... invest in a Pioneer HU with "Supertuner" and you may get better reception.
Just read this^... sorry, I don't think anything will help you. It's your location. I doubt Sirius will work for you as well. I bet once you drive out of the 'forest' area you get better reception
Originally Posted by Jeep Dreamer
Yeah, Boonies must be the problem. I literally live in a forest.... :/