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BMW radio with security code problem … solved!

9th January 2007

BMW radio with security code problem … solved!

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Hi Guys,


Yesterday, I fixed the radio problem that I told you about before. During my lunch break, I went to my electrician and we removed the car’s headset successfully after some trials.


He said that he knew someone (who doesn’t work for the BMW dealer here) who can change the lock code and this will cost me around 10$ 🙂 so I was trying to remove the headset and take it to this guy so he can change the code. Fortunately, I found that the previous owner of the car was smart enough (well at this moment I think he is, but I’m not sure about that if the radio was stolen) and he wrote the unlock code on the back of the radio. I was really happy to see it there because it saved me a lot of trouble. So I entered the code and the radio started playing songs again … oh boy … I was really happy to hear it again.


This problem made me realize how important the music was in the car, I was really getting upset from other drivers so easily w/o the music, but now driving is joyful again.


Now I’m thinking of installing a sound system in the car as the one that I used to have in my previous E30 BMW, but I’m still thinking of it. I didn’t decide yet b/c I’m a little bit out of $$$.


Anyway… I hope you didn’t get bored of this story


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Best regards,

Tony Sticks.

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  1. 1 On July 21st, 2007, Asanka said:

    Ok my radio has stopped working on my 328I BMW because I replaced the battery.. Can someone
    tell me how im suppose to enter the code into the radio if the code is 6960?
    their are only 6 numbers (1,2,3,4,5,6 radio station)
    the number 9 & 0 does not exist? someone please help

  2. 2 On July 22nd, 2007, Tony Sticks said:


    If I recall this correctly. You should use only the first 4 buttons (1, 2, 3, 4) to enter the digits for the radio. For instance, to enter the first digit (6), you should press the first button 6 times, which will show 6 on the screen. after that you can press second button 9 times to fill number 9 on the screen. then you should follow the same procedure for the other two digits. I hope this will help you.

  3. 3 On January 30th, 2008, angelina said:

    i replace the battery of my bmw 330 ci and the radio stoped working it doesn’t say anything it just show a line and the radio manual doesn’t say it needs to enter a code can someone please help me out i cant live without music in my cra its driving me crazy…

  4. 4 On January 30th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    Did you try what I described in the comment above?

  5. 5 On May 15th, 2008, Joseph said:

    I tried entering the digits as you describe but it doesnt show the number as I enter them. There must be some combo of buttons that you must press before yu enter the code. does any know this?

  6. 6 On May 15th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Joseph: Do you see dashes like this —- on the radio screen ?

  7. 7 On April 22nd, 2009, AL said:

    Can you tell me how or what is the properprocedure to enter the code as my radio is out also due to the batter. I tried thie and also just entering the code nothing works! After entering the fifth digit press the > button and the radio will activate.y going dead?

  8. 8 On April 22nd, 2009, AL said:

    can you tell me step by step procedure to enter the code?

  9. 9 On April 22nd, 2009, AL said:

    there are no – – – – just says code, can you tell me the step by step way to entrer the codes?

  10. 10 On February 15th, 2011, rosli said:

    hi.. i think the easy way to deal with radio code is just change the radio set to new set with cd/mp player. mine using pioneer set on my 1995 325

  11. 11 On May 29th, 2011, Ron H said:

    I have 1994 BMW 318i. Battery died 2 yrs ago in storage.
    Only display is bleached pink screen.
    Pulled radio and no labels… found tag in dash but only says BEHR and some numbers.
    What is ser# supposed to look like?