I guess the radion must have been replaced by the previuos owner
because the code that's specified in the radio's manual does not
work. The manual which came with the car seems to match the radio
Not unless you pay for it. Oh, and the serial number on the radio
must match the VIN.
I suppose that if you personally knew someone at the dealer, you could
get somewhere without those restrictions.
But trying to get a free code out of the dealers nowadays is close to
I have called the dealer and asked. I was told that they would have
to do a "scan" and that the charge would be at least one work-hour
What I have to do is to remove the radio and verify that the Radio
serial number matches that in the radio manual. I have no reason to
believe that the radio was ever replace but I have no way to know for
sure. I am also trying to contact the previous owner.
Since you do have a code, can you somehow have the code confirmed?
Last year I think one of the VW service personnel "gave" me a code to a
radio free, while another one said that it was not possible without the car
being there. I hope he was not fired after that! :-)
They just want to make some more $$$.
I wonder how much they charge to change the batteries in those switchblade
Of course it would help if you pulled out the radio and wrote down the
serial #. ;-)
I have even found a couple of radios that had their codes written on them
after I pulled them out.
If you don't have the original radio, maybe someone did that already.
Of course you are entering the code correctly...........right? Some are
different and a little tricky too! <g>
Or is the radio in "SAFE" mode all of the time?
Thank you for your comments. What did you mean by asking "Or is the
radio in "SAFE" mode all of the time?".
Thank radio has worked fine since I bought the car about 2 years ago.
The safe code came out after I disconnected the battery and it's been
there since then.
Good that the radio has worked recently.........NOW
You must be able to set the radio up to accept the code. It will not accept
the code otherwise.
Just making sure that we are on the same page. ;-)
Do you know the procedure for entering the code and getting the radio out of
But I think that you already know how! ;-)
One out of many daves
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