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Old January 5th, 2019, 23:34   #16
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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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Old January 15th, 2019, 10:30   #17
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The dealer still can get codes for the older radios, VW corporate made a change so that it HAS to be done via the scan tool. And since dealer guys don't see as many older cars these days, many of them won't yet know the trick to doing it.

I follow a VW dealer technician's page and some of the mk4/B5 era cars require a special procedure/vehicle identification to retrieve the radio code. It's a bit of a pain in the ass and not all the techs have caught on how to do it on the older cars yet. They had to release a tech tip about it, too.

Their ODIS scan tool is sometimes a giant pain in the ass to deal with... No wonder it's so difficult to get the service you want from a dealer when the tools supplied to dealer guys and the access to information is difficult at best.
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Old January 15th, 2019, 11:29   #18
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Yes, when I went it literally had changed over to the new system and the tech did not understand how to get to it. Said my radio was locked up and would have to buy a new one. Of course I should be thankful as it saved me $50. Instead I paid $12,99 for a code from the comforts of my couch. LOL
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Old January 18th, 2019, 17:39   #19
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I was looking at replacing my dead "Premium 8" OEM head unit with OEM because it is just easier and all the stuff will work plug & play. Some of the units I see on ebay say you can easily get a security code from the dealership if needed. I don't trust them a bit so I called to verify before I bought. I know with all my Honda's & Dodge's and such it was very easy at the dealership. VW Tacoma service manager told me they used to be able to just look it up for you but for "security" reasons they have to use a scanner now. It will be $165.00! I think I cussed a little before being disconnected.

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Old February 8th, 2019, 12:11   #20
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I just checked with my local dealer for my dad's 06 Jetta wagon and they said they can still get the code. They confirmed what Matt-98AHU said about the recent change.

They also only charge $20.
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