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97 VW Cabrio

My Radio is in safe mode, and I know the code, just not sure how to get to the point of entering the code, If I remember correctly you have to hold 2 buttons Simultaneous just not sure which ones.

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  • c7mzp Oct 21, 2008

    Thank you so much for your quick response, I don't have a delta stero, I am not able to go to my car at the moment but I don't remember seeing a key for DX and FM1/2.

    I saw another article that said hold the mode and scan button down, that sounds like what I did before, would you know anything about that?

  • c7mzp Oct 22, 2008

    if I do it that way will I drain the battery? Also I know you are not familiar with my radio, but do you know if you can reset the codes?

  • c7mzp Oct 22, 2008

    Thanks, I guess this means I will be buying a new stero for the car since I don't have the code... Really sucky part about the anti theft system....

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    is there no way?

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2008

    i havea 1998 vw cabrio and my radio says safe how do i fix this?

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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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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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    Jeremy Dellow Oct 21, 2008

    Honestly I'm not sure about that. Since you don't have a stereo I'm familiar with, go to www.vwvortex.com and try their search feature - I'm sure the answer will be there, as that site deals exclusively with VW and has cars far older than yours, right up to the current models.

  • Jeremy Dellow
    Jeremy Dellow Oct 22, 2008

    What you need to do is turn the key (but not the engine) on and leave it that way for an hour or so. This will allow enough time that the radio will "forget" (by design) that you entered two incorrect codes, and you'll then be able to try twice more before being locked out again for another hour.

  • Jeremy Dellow
    Jeremy Dellow Oct 22, 2008

    Nope, you won't kill the battery by doing that as long as the battery is in good health (if it hasn't given you trouble, you'll have no problem - just make sure the climate controls are turned off and you won't have an issue). And no, you can't reset the code to something else - that's something that is programmed in at the factory and can't be altered.

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    Jeremy Dellow Oct 22, 2008

    You can get the code - you'll need to go to the dealer with your registration and title, and they can look up the code for you (and show you how to enter it) based on the VIN of the vehicle. They will charge you for it (probably up to an hour's labor, which is robbery, but there's no other way), and it's cheaper than a new head unit for sure. Make sure to write down the radio code and procedure on a card and keep it in your car for future use. Anytime power is interrupted to the stereo (battery dies, or is replaced, or the head unit is unplugged from its harness), you'll have to re-enter it.

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