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    Anyway of getting radio code w/o serial number

    Hey guys,
    The e32 I recently purchased is asking for a radio code and its not in the car. I pulled radio and checked for serial number but stickers so worn its not possible to read. So am I SOL, or is there another way to either get the serial number displayed like newer models? Or anything ?
    Thanks!!
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    I know there's a button function to get the serial number, among other things. I found this for lack of finding the radio function sheet I have stored somewhere, stored so well I can't find it.
    Pick the radio, push the right buttons and the serial number will appear.

    https://www.bmwsections.com/info/radio-settings.php
    See ya later,

    tony
    '98 M3, '92 Dinan3, '05 R1100S BCR, '07 R1200S, Aprilia T

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    Hey guys apparently I do have serial number! First dealer was incompetent! I have the code now!!

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    Now my code isnít doing anything . I left radio on for an hour and i put it in and it still says code and nothing changes. Could I be doing something wrong?

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    Hi,

    I'd say either get another unit that has the code with it and is known to be working and use that or, use a modern head unit. You could spend a substantial amount and give the current unit to a good electronics specialist to see if they can bypass the code requirement but chances are still low of that happening.

    Cheers, Dennis!

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