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Old 10-23-2004, 06:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ghead I have a 1996 328i with no radio code, got no manual,etc. went to the dealer they said it would cost me more for them to pull the radio out then it would for me to just go and buy another radio somewhere else. Is this a simple procedure or should I just wait til the battery has to get disconnected and then go buy another radio then?? If anyone has step by step directions on how to pull the radio to get the number I would appreciate it thnx in advance
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Old 10-23-2004, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, your dealer sounds like a bunch of idiots.

Pulling the radio will take all of 3minutes. Without a manual, your only hope is that someone wrote the code on the top of the radio itself. To remove the radio....

1. Locate the small flaps on each side of the radio about half way down each side.

2. Peel the flaps back to expose an 8mm hex bolt.

3. Using the aforementioned sized hex wrench unscrew these screws until the radio slides right out.

That's it. Reinstall in reverse, and hope the code is on the radio...Good Luck!!
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Yea, it is easy. But depending on the dealer, they may charge you just to give you the code. When I first got my car, I went to get the radio code form the dealer just in case I had to disconnect the battery for some reason.

I handed the service rep the number off the radio. He informed me there was a $25 charge just for the code. I said no thanks and I would buy a new radio before I gave them $25 for me pulling the radio out and just giving them some numbers.

As I walked into the lot of the dealer, he ran out with the code on a piece of paperand gave it to me. Apparently his supervisor was in the room and many reps there feel foolish asking for $25 for what takes 5 seconds to retrieve. I thanked him and went on my way. I since have installed a new satellite cd/ receiver.
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Yea, it is easy. But depending on the dealer, they may charge you just to give you the code. When I first got my car, I went to get the radio code form the dealer just in case I had to disconnect the battery for some reason.

I handed the service rep the number off the radio. He informed me there was a $25 charge just for the code. I said no thanks and I would buy a new radio before I gave them $25 for me pulling the radio out and just giving them some numbers.

As I walked into the lot of the dealer, he ran out with the code on a piece of paperand gave it to me. Apparently his supervisor was in the room and many reps there feel foolish asking for $25 for what takes 5 seconds to retrieve. I thanked him and went on my way. I since have installed a new satellite cd/ receiver.
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I got mine done for free. I dont see why the dealers would have to charge for that...
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Go to a different dealer around town.. either that or do what the above posts state...

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There is a way to have the radio display it's serial number without pulling it. If you need it let me know. But it is easy to pull the radio. I called a local dealer today and told him I disconnected my battery and when I went to start the car again my radio asked me for a code and when I put in the wrong code the radio locked up just displaying code wait. He told me how to unlock it ie. put the ignition in accessory position with the radio off for one hour. Then he asked me for the serial number on the radio. I gave it to him and one min. later he gave me the 5 digit unlock code and that was all over the phone.
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