Probably depends on the year/model of the VW. For a 1999 through 2002 Cabrio, you would need to do this: obtain the unlock code that was
shipped with the vehicle. If you don't have the unlock code, your local
dealership can pull the radio and look up the code with the serial
number. Once you have the unlock code, then turn on the radio. You
should see SAFE displayed. After about 3 secs, "0001" should appear.
Use the station preset buttons 1 through 4. Preset 1 changes the first
digit of the code, and preset 2 changes the second digit, etc. Enter
all 4 digits of the code. After code is entered, press right side of
"Seek" button for about 2 seconds, until an audible signal is heard. If
you hose up and get the wrong code...will go back to SAFE displayed.
You will get another chance to enter the code. After 2 failed attempts,
you have to wait 1 hour again for it to unlock. So carefully enter the
correct code the first time.
the radio lock feature to
prevent unauthorized users of
your audio system and will
not allow your radio to operate
without the proper unlock code.
using the anti theft feature
around 1990 and is still in use
in most Volkswagen vehicles
- Retrieve radio serial#
Your vehicle requires that you remove the radio
from the vehicle in order to retrieve your
radio's serial number.
will start with
be a 14 digit number.You
include all numbers and letters included in
the radio serial#, including "vwz".
Found on chassis of vehicles radio. You must
remove the radio from the vehicle in order to retrieve
the radio serial number.
This number may
be stamped in the metal, on side of radio.
- Retrieve vehicle V.I.N #Vehicle
identification number.Usually found at the bottom of drivers side
Purchase code at
You will receive your radio
unlock code, via email.
Approximate code retrieval time is 30 minutes to 24
To do it yourself you will need to have the radio removal keys to unlock the radio compartment .
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