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    radio code

    Inadvertently disconnected ground on my left battery and hotlead on my right battery at the same time so lost the radio code. Anybody help me in getting my radio code?Serial number: X1269282. Thanks
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    Contact the dealer - they should have access to the code. I do not know of any other source other than the dealership.
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    Sometimes the code is attached to the radio chassis. Pull the radio and look.

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    what type of radio do you have?

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    Depending on the brand, you can find it online.
    My radio is the Philips branded one (BMW variant I've forgotten what it is). I found a website where you put your serial number and someone (with a key generator) will produce the code for you. Hope that helps.

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    Yes there are a few sites on the internet that can get you the code, cost me $20 last time, they emailed the code as soon as 1 payed.

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    I didn't have to pay when I got mine.

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    Try 33216

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    Quote Originally Posted by olinjohnston View Post
    Try 33216

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    Well...

    Did it work?

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    33216? That's my code!

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    33216?
    That didn't work.

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    I put the CD43 into my 840Ci. The code was not on the chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangcla View Post
    I didn't have to pay when I got mine.

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    Where did you get yours?
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    If you have tried unsuccessfully 3 times it will lock you out. You then have to turn the radio on with the key in position 2 for at least an hour then you can try again. I just had to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricinConejo View Post
    If you have tried unsuccessfully 3 times it will lock you out. You then have to turn the radio on with the key in position 2 for at least an hour then you can try again. I just had to do this.
    Yep, what he said. I too recently had to do this as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricinConejo View Post
    If you have tried unsuccessfully 3 times it will lock you out. You then have to turn the radio on with the key in position 2 for at least an hour then you can try again. I just had to do this.
    NO need for pos 2, just do it in aux position. BEen there, done that.
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    You sure you didn't enter the wrong code too many times?

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    Thanks Olin but I tried the 33216 and it is not correct. I saw your attachment with the code for the serial number but it is still not correct. The serial number that I posted is correct as the radio shows that serial number.
    I appreciate your help. I don't know where you got that number .... but it is not correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick95540i View Post
    Thanks Olin but I tried the 33216 and it is not correct. I saw your attachment with the code for the serial number but it is still not correct. The serial number that I posted is correct as the radio shows that serial number.
    I appreciate your help. I don't know where you got that number .... but it is not correct.
    There are multiple cars with the same code and your year fit the profile.

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    OP: Do you have a pic of the radio label/serial #?

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    Some Blaupunkt radios use code 64616 for North America.
    Last edited by garylafortuna; 10-29-2016 at 05:57 PM.

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    You pulled that Serial from the service menu, right? Won't cut it...
    You have to physically pull the unit and read the FULL Serial...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartoonz View Post
    You pulled that Serial from the service menu, right? Won't cut it...
    You have to physically pull the unit and read the FULL Serial...
    Indeed.

    That's why I was asking him for a pic of the unit, so we can see exactly what we are looking at.

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    Reviving a very whole thread in now trying to find the code for my 1995 840CI.

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