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Old 01-16-2004, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i got a 1993 325i with a stock radio i replaced the battery on the car and now my radio displays code when i turn it on. i looked in manual and couldnt find anything on the radio only how to disalbe start up also called the old owner and said he doent remember using any code Thank You For The Help
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Old 01-16-2004, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Snoop around in your owner's manual/folder (if you have original), code may be hiding in there somewhere. Otherwise a trip to the dealer should do it, they have to look it up online using their secret tools :>)
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Yup, the code is a 5 digit number.
If you have the radio ID card it will be in there along with the radio serial number.
Sometimes previous owners handwrite the number in the manual somewhere or ink it on the inside of the trunk in an inconspicuous place. It may pay for you to "snoop around" a bit. Otherwise, as it was mentioned above, you may have to make a trip to the dealer. If you practice your nice side they may look it up for free.

Maybe the next oil change can be done at the dealer and they'll throw in the code for you.

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Old 01-17-2004, 12:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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but no music untill next oil change . . . ask teh dealer, since it is new they prolly will look it up. otherwise i think they charge 40$
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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my dealer does it for free if you already have the serial # of the unit. If not, they have to remove it.
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Old 01-17-2004, 03:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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my dealer charged $25......however ....there is the program online that is floating around that tells you the radio code if you know the serial number...i'll work on getting it for the bmw-forums crew
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I suppose I could be nice and look it up for you. I'll need to know the serial number of the radio. You can remove it with a 2mm-ish allen, one screw on each side. It may be a special size, though. It depends.
If you have an "M" button between the + and - ( I think that's right....) then you can turn the key on, then press and hold that button for about 8 seconds. The serial number will display. If not the serial number, then scroll with either the plus or minus buttons, or the search buttons find the serial number.
Not all radios have this feature, yours probably doesn't. In any case, if you can get me the serial number, I can look it up.
Also, if you try to input a code 3 times and the code was wrong, it'll display "code wait". This means that you will need to keep the radio on for 1 hour so it can reset. Then put the right code in. Don't let the battery go dead. Use a charger if need be, and leave the key in the first position that the radio will power up in-accessory.
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I wish I had the original BMW sound system still.... I bought the car and it had a pioneer CD player and the woofers on the front kick panels were some DELFI speakers...... doesn't have any, any bass at all......
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the factory has no bass either.
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thanks for the replys i found the card iam gonna let it sit for 1 hour cause i have pushed the buttons one to many times and it just beeps at the last number

i think iam just gonna get a new radio anyways

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the factory has no bass either.
Sadly, you are right...
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Newbie;Radio code

Hello, I just purchased a 97 328i and no manuals.I pulled radio and have serial #AL 6BDUV0424237.I am about two hours from nearest dealer is there any way to get code without having to make that drive? Thanks for any help
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