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Z3 2001 Radio

When I replaced my battery, the radio asked for a CODE....I entered wrong numbers and now it says CODE WAIT and won't allow me the option to enter the code (which I now have the correct one). I disconnected the battery but when reconnected, it still says CODE WAIT. How can I get CODE WAIT cleared so I can enter my code?

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  • Jude02 Aug 07, 2008

    By turning on the ignition, do you mean also starting the engine or not? I traveled up to 2 hours, turned the engine off, turned it on again, and it still says CODE WAIT.

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    Radio security code

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TURN ON THE IGNITION FOR APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS AND CODE WAIT WILL DISAPEAR AND YOU WILL GET:

CODE_ _ _ _ _ _

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