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Old 12-27-2004, 09:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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on my bmw 318 TI...when i turn on the radio it says CODE...what am i sapose to do about that....? im lost at what i gotta do to get my radio back..lol...anyone know what i need to do
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you need the code for your radio. take it to the bmw dealership or get an aftermarket headunit
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There should be a radio code in the manual for your car (or somewhere in that big case of papers). We had to do this once. Basically if your radio loses power (in our case we disconnected the battery for a few min). The radio just needs the password (it's the anti-theft). If you can't find the code, you could probably get it by calling the dealer.
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Old 12-28-2004, 07:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Also I think there is limit on how many times you can input the wrong code. YOull have to disconnect the battery for a bit (maybe 30 min) then try again. The dealer will have the code for you.
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haha this is too funny. The same thing is has happened to my 318 too. Im taking it to the dealer today to see about fixing it for me.
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What I did on mine was call various dealers until one gave it to me on the phone. They arent supposed to but if your convincing enough you can get it. You should actually pull out the radio and see if it is written on it. If not write the serial number down from the etched metal faceplate and call away. Taking it to the dealer to have it done will cost you $30 at least. A waste of hard eraned money in my opinion..
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hey I might have missed it, I have a ti as well, got any pics of your ride??

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the code should be in your manual, mine was a little sticker in the back flap of my stereo pamphlet thing. but even when i tried the code it didnt work, probably because the dealer replaced the stereo for the previous owner or something

i didnt even bother taking it to the dealer for the code, i just went and bought a new headunit
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i just went to the dealer witht eh same problem in my 318 is. They told me there is nothing that I can do and that they have to do it. "you have to give us the car then we take out the raido and reset it." Hmmmm i thought it sounded fishy and walked away.
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Thats bullshit- Go to another dealer, take your title and registration with you for proof that you own the car. All they have to do is look up the code.


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i just went to the dealer witht eh same problem in my 318 is. They told me there is nothing that I can do and that they have to do it. "you have to give us the car then we take out the raido and reset it." Hmmmm i thought it sounded fishy and walked away.
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Not quite correct. Dealer needs serial number from back of radio. You can save money by taking radio out yourself and getting number.

Dealers will be more willing to provide code for you gratis if you have serial number handy (along with proof of ownership).
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yup make sure you have the code whenever you disconnect your battery you will need to re enter it. the trick DONT ENTER IT WRONG if you do you have to wait exactly and hour befor eyou can put it back in, even if its 59 min it wont let you and youll have to wait another hour. so let it go for about 1hour and 3 min, oh yeah thats time the car must be on, like power running through the car, good time for a drive i guess? also when entering the code enter it and when you get to the last number (think its 5 numbers... maybe 4) hold the last one till it beeps

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