I bought vw passat without radio from a guy who just bought newer vw sharan and he gave me this radio because he didn't need it. I've got the code for it (don't know how to type nr. "7" when there are only 6 numbered buttons, though), but don't know how to get into unlock mode, whatever I press LCD background light flashes blue and nothing else, nothing on LCD whatsoever. It has 3 connectors, I've plugged the one with loudspeakers and on the power connector I've connected pin 8 to gnd, and pins 5,6 and 7 to +12V. Please help, I have no user manual, and am not familiar with these radios.
To switch the system on, push the button left. When blue background light appears with the word "Safe" en ter your code. Example: code is 3527 push button nr1 3x, button2 5x, button3 2x and button4 7x. Confirm by pushing button 8 or 9. When the correct code is entered the system will go in operational mode. If the incorrect code is entered "Safe" will appear again. Good luck.
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There was a tear out tag in the owner's manual. If you do not have this tag you must visit a VW dealer and have them remove the radio to retrieve the serial number of the unit. This will allow them to find the code on VW's database. Hint; if a really good looking girl shows up with this problem, sometimes the guys in service will do it for nothing, otherwise it's about .5 hour flat rate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must have the security anti-theft code for your Beta radio from the car manufacturer, or from a VW dealer!
The sequence of programming for 1999 VW Passat - Beta radio is: 1. Push simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys until on the screen will appear "1000" displayed. 2. Release keys. No more push on "SCAN" and "RDS" keys because otherwise number "1000" will be considered as first safe code attempt. Your code is "0832". Then: 3. By the no.# 1 key you will set up the first safe code digit. Push 9 times on the no.# 1 button. The "0" number will be setted. 4. By the no.# 2 key you will set up the second safe code digit. Push 8 times on the no.# 2 button. The "8" number will be setted. 5. By the no.# 3 key you will set up the third safe code digit. Push 3 times on the no.# 3 button. The "3" number will be setted. 6. By the no.# 4 key you will set up the four-th safe code digit. Push 2 times on the no.# 4 button. The "2" number will be setted. 7. Then push again simultaneous "SCAN" and "RDS" keys for confirm this safe code. On the screen will be displayed "SAFE" notice. Release keys! For few seconds a radio frequence will be displayed. The radio is now ready for use!
your getting close to a change, especially if its a belt and not a chain. i know friends that had there belts changed out anywhere from 60k to 90k. Chains can go about twice as long as a belt. i you kept this car up on it servicing and dont abuse it. i"d say it"ll last till at least 70k.