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Concert radio locked

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Benjaminimum, Sep 21, 2005.

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    I had some work done to my car - and now my stereo says "SAFE". I guess the battery was disconnected for a while.

    Problem is - I never received a code for it /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    The Audi Stealer want 54 quid to reset it!!!! I cannot beleave it costs so much! 54 quid to fix a fully working /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif stereo.

    Does anyone know if it can be done cheaper?

    Thanks

    Ben
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    Try another dealer. My local Audi retrieved my code for free.
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    Have you looked in your car's service manual? The radio code is usually written in the front of it... or maybe some numpty has taken the time to write it on top of the radio itself as was the case with a mate of mine!
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    I did mine the other day after disconnecting the batterey and like VaulterTim says it was wrote in the inside front cover of the service manual.

    If you find it the instructions are easy to follow. It takes 2 mins! That stealer needs a slap!
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    Unfortunatley no kind soul wrote the number in the service manual /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    I will try looking on the unit itself - if I can remove it /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Worth a try.

    If not - HTC - which garage did it for free? I may try quoting it to my local stealer and see what they say /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    Thanks

    Ben
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    I took it to Caffyns Audi.
    200 Dyke Road
    Brighton
    East Sussex
    BN1 5AT

    This was done on 20/05/2004
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    £54 is a joke mate..........there are loads of places nowadays decoding them. Average cost near me is around £15 - £20. Try ringing a few places out of the yellow pages, normally auto-electricians and if they don't do it I'm sure they'll know someone who will.
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    It happened me when I left the interior lights on all night a few months back. I called my local dealer and gave them the code on the side of the radio and they gave me the code to unlock it.

    Cost £0.
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    Some would suggest putting the radio in the freezer for a week. I believe this is a common trick used by thieving chav scum as it resets the memory. Something like that.
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    I rang the garage back and said that other audi garages do it for free.

    Guess what.... "Just this once sir, we will be willing to do it for free"

    Only annoying thing is - I have to book it in for an apointment - take along my V5 + driving license as ID - and they cannot fit me in for a week!

    Oh well - I will have to sing to myself for a week! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Thanks everyone for your help.

    Ben
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    Cheeky feckers. I recon they must try it on all the time!

    At least you have a good result (albeit in a weeks time).

    Yup, they need all your documentation as the codes come from HQ in Germany and they won't release them otherwise.
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    Shame there is so much security over getting radio codes, but the alarm itself is as loud as a sparrow fart.
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Shame there is so much security over getting radio codes, but the alarm itself is as loud as a sparrow fart.

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    Yeah, stupid EU laws I'm afraid.

    I wired up an extra siren for a mates S3 under his bonnet which helps.

    You can wire it to the horn also if you feel the need.
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