Thank you for your help, I did figure out how to enter the code but unfortunately i entered the wrong code twice so now it is lock, which now brings to problems, ho do I unlock it and how do I reset? thanks for the website and taking the time to help...
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Re: 97 VW Cabrio
If you have the Delta stereo (with the power/volume knob in the middle), you need to hold the "DX" and "FM1/2" buttons simultaneously. Hold them down for a few seconds, and SAFE will be replaced with numbers. Use the radio preset keys (1-4 I believe) to enter each number. When the code is successfully input, hold down the DX and FM1/2 buttons again, and the stereo will start to work.
If you mess up entering the code, you can try again. If you mess up a second time, you have to leave the stereo off and the key turned on in the ignition for an hour to allow you two more tries.
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the radio code would be on a card with the original owners manual. If you do not have the original owners manual or bought the vehicle second hand, the only way to get the code will be by going to your local VW dealer with the serial number/ownership slip and paying to get the code.
To unlock your VW factory radio from "SAFE" mode, you will need to enter the radio code. Typically, the code is written on a radio card included with the documentation for the vehicle when the car is first sold.
If you don't have the code, or have lost it, you can retrieve it by visiting your VW dealer. You will need the car's VIN number and the serial number of the radio (located on the body of the radio).
The procedure to enter the code is as follows:
Press the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously and hold
them until "1000" appears on the radio display. Release the buttons as
soon as this number appears.
Refer to your Radio Card and use the station preset buttons ("1",
"2", "3" and "4") to input the code. Press the "1" button repeatedly to input the
first digit, the "2" button to input the second digit, etc.
Press and hold the "MODE" and "SCAN" buttons simultaneously until "SAFE" appears again. Release, and the radio should be unlocked.
Do not enter the wrong code more than three times, or the radio will lock itself. Note the dealer can also enter the code for you (they may charge a small fee).
You should be able to call the dealer and get the code for free. They may ask you to fax over proof of ownership. They always give me the codes when I call but I do own a shop. If a shop is telling you it cost 75.00 they are just wanting you to buy thier lunch for the week.
I assume you have this unlocked by now, but here's an answer for someone else for the future :-) if you have the original radio that come with the car, look in the wheel well in the trunk, where the spare tire goes. (yep, you'll need to stand on your head). there is a sticker that will have the 4-digit code on it. enter that into the radio. I can't remember off the top of my head which one it is, but either the >> Scan or the am/fm button will be the "enter key"
For this code you most likely would have to get it from VW. Unless you get lucky and fine it on the internet. There is a good site to fine that can off stuff just look up the web site scribd.
Hope that this helps.