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Old 05-26-2005, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I put on a new fuel pump today, and disconnected the battery- as you're supposed to do.

Went through to reset the radio, and the code the previous owner gave me didn't work. I did a little looking, and found this, which says that if you punch a number twice, it's wrong. The code I was given has 2 2s, in sequence. Is this a valid code?

How much do dealers charge to get the radio code and get me happily listening to ESPN again?
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The code I have for the Alpine is 22623
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Mine's just the stock AM/FM, and I can't get the code to work to save me. 3 tries, nothing. Disconnect battery, try again, nothing. Grr...
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Mine is stock also, but that is the way BMW has it listed with my serial number. Try going to the dealer and asking them. I just happened to get someone who was cool that printed mine out for me.

Did this one not work?
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well.. my buddy had a problem with his stock cd player in his diamonte. mitz charged him 50 bucks to get the code.. then another 50 to get the cd player out.. so your better off, taking the radio out.. then bringing it to the dealer to get the code.. and save yourself some money!..

or just get an aftermarket cd player... and u'll never have to worry about it agian!
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Go to your local BMW dealer and talk nice to them.
Explain your situation and they can get your radio code for free. They'll need your VIN.
Keep in mind they don't have to provide this service for free, but as good business practice they should be able to do this.

Buy your next oil filter cartridge from them, and they'll be happy.

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Old 05-27-2005, 12:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes the dealer can give it to you for free. They are not interchangeable so the one from dblmike will not work. I buy some stuff from the dealer anyways, best place to go for little things if you are fixing your car up. The people in the parts/service department will be nice if you are nice.

Sometimes the code is written on the top of the radio, you could pull it out and check before you go into the dealer. If you put int he code too many times it will not take it anymore and you need to reset it, the way to do this is to leave the key in the on position and don't touch anything for 1 hour(at least), then you can try the code again.
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Reset the radio, and now it works! Oddly enough, it kept my settings for stations, but not the time. used
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Also, for what it's worth...
In some cases, the code is on a sticker on top of the head unit....

take it out of the dash and get it there.
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