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1989 BMW Radio code entry

There is a secret to entering the 5 numbers of the code on the radio of the BMW. I have had the correct number but am forgetting something special about entry because after 3 tries it locks you out until you have driven it for several hours. I am now at number 2 try. What am I doing wrong?

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  • stewartv75 Dec 30, 2008

    I have the radio code for my BNW 325i and have tried it several time's but it still does not work. What am I doing wrong?

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SOURCE: Lock code for radio cassette

After failing to enter the correct code in 3 successive tries, you must leave the key in the "ignition on" position with the radio on. This will allow you 3 more tries to reset the 5 digit code.
If you enter an erroneous digit, you must complete the 5 digit code, even though it is wrong. You have 2 more attempts to enter the correct code.
Charlie

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: BMW Z3 WRONG UNLOCK RADIO CODE HOW TO GET THE RIGHT ONE

Yes. If it was bought in the US, it was coded for the US, so have a US dealer provide the code.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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SOURCE: code needed for Pioneer radio serial number PNB0125214

Take your radio out (Using an Allen wrench) there are 2 little doors on either side of your radio. Back out the recessed allen head screws till it stops and withdraw the radio out. Disconnect the radio wiring(no need to worry they only fit one way) take the radio to the dealer with your Reg. or title and ask the service advisor for the code. (they might try to charge you for the code. But just complain and say" that you have had many bmw and you've been comming to the dealer for parts for years now and it that how you treat me"!) that should get you the code (If you are a woman then wear something tight & Skimpy) same effect. put the radio back in and input the code...

You should be good to go.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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SOURCE: BMW Z3 WRONG UNLOCK RADIO CODE HOW TO GET THE RIGHT ONE

If the radio is displaying code wait, or wait, then the ignition and radio must remain on for 1hour. I would contact a dealer within the USA and provide them with your radio serial number. The serial number can be displayed in the radio by pressing and holding down the "M" button while turning on the ignition.

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SOURCE: 95 bmw 540i...code on radio screen. tried several

Are you sure its the right code? If so radio is probibly faulty.

Posted on Feb 04, 2010

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SOURCE: I had the battery in

ive had the same problem on my 1998 Bmw 323i when i took my battery cable off what you have to do is leave your key in the ignition position 1 so the radio is on and says code wait. you have to leave the key in the ignition in that position for about 30- 1 hour long then it should reset back to where you enter your radio code. you only have about 3 trys to get the code right then it will say code wait again. you need to find out what your radio code is. my radio code was 46661 but we could have different radios. you can either bring your car to the dealer or just take out your radio and get the serieal number off of it which is what i did and i typed bmw radio code in online hope this helps !!

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