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Old December 27th, 2018, 19:19   #1
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Not sure where to post this and a search didn't provide anything.

I needed a radio code for a Monsoon head unit for a B5.5 Passat, so I called my buddy at the dealer and his normal access point for radio codes was grayed out on the screen. So he could not get a code. Neither could the service guy. I took the car to the dealer and the service tech could not pull a code through the system from Germany.

The dealer finally said that VW quit supporting these codes for the radios (as of last week). I even tried getting a code for a radio from a 2011 Jetta and they could not get that.

Anybody know another route to get codes, or do I have some electronic bricks now?
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Old December 27th, 2018, 22:23   #2
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I don't have any first hand experience with this site but it looks promising.
https://www.onlineradiocodes.co.uk/v...at-radio-codes

Or perhaps this site..
https://www.vwcodes.org/vwcodes/

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Old December 28th, 2018, 04:04   #3
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Wow, that is annoying. I wonder if they no longer do exchanges on these radios either?
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Old December 28th, 2018, 12:38   #4
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I asked and the exchange program is a new radio cost $250 - $650 depending on the radio, haha

He was serious too
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Old December 28th, 2018, 13:09   #5
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$250 isn't bad. $650 is dumb.

I bought all the Clarion made units they had left years ago for my 1991 Jetta. I now have spares. They were $25 each.
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Old December 28th, 2018, 13:10   #6
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Last time I needed a radio code it was a struggle. Seems they can't just key in the radio serial number and get a code anymore. They have to have the car hooked up and the code is delivered via ODIS without the operator being able to see it. Seems similar to how the PIN key coding system changed a few years back.

I was still able to get the code though.
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Old December 28th, 2018, 19:45   #7
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Tried that too but the tech could not pull it out of the system
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Old December 30th, 2018, 15:47   #8
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Hey DV, thanks for the links. I used the second one. I got the code for the Navigation unit from my 2011 Jetta for $22. Much easier and faster than the dealer for $50 that couldn't get it at all!
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Old December 31st, 2018, 13:26   #9
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Would another radio help you? I believe i have 2 different monsoons from 04/05 you can have. These are not exactly hot sellers so id eventually toss them anyway.
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Old December 31st, 2018, 14:26   #10
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Not really, but thanks. Just needed the code. If u have the codes for those, write it on the unit
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Old December 31st, 2018, 18:34   #11
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No idea where id find the codes. I use a pioneer head unit.
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Old December 31st, 2018, 18:59   #12
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I don't have any first hand experience with this site but it looks promising.
https://www.onlineradiocodes.co.uk/v...at-radio-codes

Or perhaps this site..
https://www.vwcodes.org/vwcodes/

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I used the second site above(vwcodes.org) just last week with success.

I had two tdi's - one we did the fix on(2010 JSW) and one we did the buyback(2013 Golf). The Golf had a better radio so I swapped them(along with the bluetooth modules under the passenger seat) before returning the Golf. Tried several dealers to get the keys for free, including the one I bought the JSW from back in 2010 but no luck with any of them - they all wanted to send me to service who wanted to scan it and invoice it.

So, I send vwcodes.org $12.99 via paypal and less than a day later, I had my code which worked no problem.
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No idea where id find the codes. I use a pioneer head unit.
If you still have the original user's manual folder that came with that car, it should be in there there somewhere.
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Old January 5th, 2019, 20:56   #14
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Hey DV, thanks for the links. I used the second one. I got the code for the Navigation unit from my 2011 Jetta for $22. Much easier and faster than the dealer for $50 that couldn't get it at all!
Good to know it worked out. But I thought it was $12.99?
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Old January 5th, 2019, 21:52   #15
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It is for a non-navigation radio. I did both kinds. Without nav is $12.99. With was $22.99
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