Code & Radio Removal tips for BMW Radios & Sat-Navs
You will need to pull the radio from the dashboard to read the numbers we need from its chassis - this will be on a printed label, engraved on the metal case, or both. BMW radios tend to be a lot more fiddly to remove than most (where it's often just a case of using the correct extraction keys), requiring that you first remove one or more trim-plates or small plastic panels to reveal screws that need to be released.
And to further complicate things, there is little in common between the various models of BMW - screws are placed in different positions under different panels. You will need patience and possibly access to a variety of tools including Allen keys and Torx head screwdrivers. Removing a radio from a BMW is OK when you know how but not a job for the fainthearted novice! Just be prepared.
This independent website provides useful guidance on how to remove car radios and sat-nav units from vehicles.
Classic BMW car radios: Some older radios use soldered pins on the circuit board to physically set or 'hard-code' the BMW radio security code. These include the Alpine CM5903L, CM5907 and CM5905. Please be clear, we DO NOT offer to supply the exact unlock code for your radio. We supply information that will enable you to physically re-code the radio to a code we will give you, if you're reasonably handy with a soldering iron.
CAN-BUS 'Paired' Units: Note that several models, such as the Philips 22DC705, 22DC795, RCC100, RCC 102 and RCD108, are electronically paired to the original vehicle's engine management system. You cannot (easily) transfer it from one car to another.
These paired models will display "DISABLED" when installed in a vehicle other than the one to which it was originally fitted. Only re-coding specialists such as DND Services (in the UK) (www.dndservices.co.uk) will be able to help if you send the unit to them.