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    Default Anti-theft radio

    Hi all!

    I have a '92 525i which is originally from Japan.
    Anyway, the stock radio/cd changer (Alpine I believe) works (although radio frequency is specific for Japan - only up to 90.0 FM).
    I got the car without any owners' manual, much less, a security code for the radio.
    My question is, do I assume correctly that the radio needs a security code? I am hoping mine doesn't as it does not have the "Anti Theft" label on the radio face.

    Thanks for any insights.

    Philip

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    Default Does it have a blinking red light when key turns off?

    Javier

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    Most of the japanese version radios of that time do not have any radio code. I have a Sony audio with 10 disk CD player from 1988 and it does not have any radio code.
    Car radio theft was unknown at that time in Japan.

    And I still never use the anti-theft code for my car, and nobody steels it.

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    Default That's good to know . . .

    Thanks for the info Shogun. Now I'm less worried about having to change the battery. I really like the stock Alpine system and I was worried I'd have to throw it out.

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    Default It oughta say CODE

    I had Japanese-made OE BMW radios in a 91 318is and in an 86 325 and they both had a CODE.

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    OMG....I have the same car.....radio, I am not sure of the brand....no label...orig to car.....I need help with the code too......

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    Its me again...just got off phone to BMW dealership in Oregon....said I have to pull the radio.....dangit.......had the vin and everything but he said had to have Serial number of radio....so now I have to get it out without breaking anything......

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