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BMW radio security code

I was given the security code for my '95 BMW 320i when purchased a few yeasr ago but have not had to use it until now. I can't get the system to accept the code. Is there a set procedure to follow when entering? BMW want $50 just to look at it!

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  • ryan_macinty Oct 23, 2008

    I have the same problem on my 93 320i I have the code but i'm not sure how to enter it properly. I took it to the dealership and they said i might have to let the car run for two hours so the system can reset.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    my 1995 bmw radio code # please can someone give to me



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Most stereo stores can fix the problem in about 3 min.

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