I had the same problem. I just bought a 328i (used) yesterday. Anyway, on both sides of the radio are two little doors. Behind those doors are allen screws. Unscrew, pull out radio. There is a serial number on the bottom... write that down. Call a BMW dealer. Ask them what the 5 digit code is. Now, my local BMW dealer was very unhelpul. They wanted me to bring it in and pay 80 bucks to do it. Or you can call the original dealer and they might be able to help. I live in Texas and had to call Louisiana for assistance. But after they gave me the code, everything was a breeze.
haha thanks for the advice jennsydandrew...i called the dealer but they were also unhelpful...they told me to bring it in. do you know if the 5 digit code works for all 3-series, or is there a specific code for each car?
Each radio has a unique code. If you're lucky, the original owner may have kept the code somewhere in your owner's manual packet. Check there, including whether or not it may be hand-written in the owner's manual itself.
You usually need to reset the code when the power goes out in the car (dead battery, or someone unhooked the battery to do some work on the car). Someone mentioned a while ago about a site that you could go to to figure your code on your own...but never saw a follow up on that.
__________________ <span style='color:green'>1994 325i </span>- - - 75,000 mi.
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ok i had the same problem. The dealers will not give you the code over the phone. They want you to come in because they want to charge you 75$ to get the code. But this is when you lieeeeeeeeeeeee. Call a dealer and get the service department. Tell them about a year ago you had a similar problem and you paid 75$ for the service. Tell them you dont want to pay again and ask them if they have the code in their data base. In most cases they will look for it for 3 times and give up, at that point get a little angry and tell them that this is ridiculous and you are not going to pay for it again. In most cases the other person will eventually break down and ask for your vin number to get the code for you. It worked for me. Happy hunting.
ps. If you get a female receptionist it works well.
other than trying to get the code, I might as well just get a new head unit..my 325i came with the stock cassette player, so i won't be needing this... thanks for the tips and advice.... JakeLongIsland, good tip, i might use this before i get a new head unit...thanks
you will need a wiring harness and an antenna harness (or so i've heard) you can get both parts from crutchfield, the wiring harness is Crutchfield part # 120709195 and costs $12.00, and the antenna adapter (noted by Crutchfield as the "Volkswagen Antenna Adapter") Crutchfield part # 097DIN2 costs = $3.00.
i read this in a DIY stereo upgrade for e36, so it should apply to you, when you do the "what fits my car?" from crutchfield and you add a head unit to your shoppying cart is asks if you would like hte wiring harness
Yeah, dealers just want to take your money for the radio code......
Or, could it be that the reason for the radio code is to prevent it from being stolen? How would a thief make use of a radio that required a code? Oh, by your logic, he could just call the dealer and lie, cry, and bitch until he gets it.
How is the dealer supposed to know if the caller is the owner or the thief?
I would wager that if you were a known customer that did business with your dealer, that you could get the code for free-that's what we do at our shop.
It may be on record in the dealer's computer if you've gotten it before, and a known good customer shouldn't have a problem getting the code over the phone.
What about a stranger? What about someone who calls and wants to know what's wrong with their car, but not want to bring it in?
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