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Old 01-29-2005, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys

i know i can get the code from the dealership but (guilty as charged) i'm trying to get a code the good old free way...

can anyone help me?? since changing my battery 3 weeks ago all i listen to is the big six not that i mind it - hell no, just need the radio

please guys

thanks in advance!

(dun think it matters but its a 535i '89 - stock radio)
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Old 01-29-2005, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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BMW used Philips/Becker/Bavaria on early models. The codes where printed on security cards (anti theft measures) to be recovered from the serial numbers found on the radio chassis.

I am not so sure if it can be obtained from sources other than the Technical Hotlines. ANYONE?
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check your owner's manual to see if PO left card w/code on it in the manual/folder.
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There is a software available that generates code using serial number. Search e-bay.
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There is a software available that generates code using serial number. Search e-bay.
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How much? compared to what the dealer charges for the code.

Note: On some BMW radios you can obtain the serial number without taking the radio out by turning the radio off/on then pressing (if I can remember) the M button; the radio will display its own the serial number.
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