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Need to replace radio in 2000 VW Beetle

My husband just bought me a new factory CD/am/fm radio for Christmas. He got it from E-Bay. Hasn't opened the plastic yet, but it is suppose to have the code. He would like to install it himself as I want it to drive to Alabama (any time now) to see my first grandchild. My daughter in law is in labor. Can you provide steps for removing old unit, installing new and get it working? Please advise, and thanks in advance!

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  • jwilly23 Dec 23, 2008

    I am in the process of replacing my radio as well and this is what I can share.  He will need to purchase or get ahold of a set of tools to remove the old radio from the dash.  I checked with VW but they would have to order the part ($5.95) but I found the tool in stock at WAL-MART!  You'll find it in the car radio section and it is a universal tool for removing several radios in import cars.  It is an easy procedure but you really should have the tools The instructions for removing the radio are with the tool.  Once you have removed the old radio it is as simple as unplugging a few wire harnesses from the back and the antenna cord and plugging them into your new radio.  Then just slide it back into place.  You will need the security code for your new radio.  Instructions for setting it are in the owners manual.  Turn the key to the very first position (before the dash lights come on).  The radio should read CODE or 1000.  Use the first 4 preset radio station buttons by pushing it repeated times to advance the numbers for each digit of the code (1-4). Once the code is entered push and hold the right arrow button of the SEEK button for about two seconds until you hear an audible beep.  This should do it.  If not, you get one more chance before the radio security locks and you will have to turn the key to the first position and leave it there for about an hour to reset.  Then you can try again.  Good luck!  By the way, who did your husband buy the radio from on Ebay?  Did it come with the code?  Is it new?  -JW

  • crumb23 Jan 02, 2009

    Yes, i'm trying to install an aftermarket unit in an 02 beetle

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