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Old 09-12-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Beck
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Volvo UK radio codes

Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
code. The seller has been uncontactable since.

I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have a
database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin and
the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the radio.

Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can do
to get around this other than buying a new radio?


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Old 09-12-2005, 07:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes

Beck wrote:
>
> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
> code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>
> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have a
> database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin and
> the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the radio.
>
> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can do
> to get around this other than buying a new radio?


"Over here" they also have codes listed by radio serial number. There's
a good chance the radio in your car is not the original one, in which
case the original code won't work.

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Old 09-12-2005, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes

Beck wrote:
> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
> code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>
> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have a
> database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin and
> the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the radio.
>
> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can do
> to get around this other than buying a new radio?
>
>

I had a similar problem with a Ford radio. I bought a little piece of
software for about 2-3 from someone on eBay. It worked fine. There may
be a version for Volvo radios.

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Old 09-12-2005, 07:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes

Crazy Dog wrote:
> Beck wrote:
>
>> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with
>> a code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>>
>> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they
>> have a database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number
>> and vin and the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to
>> unlock the radio.
>>
>> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we
>> can do to get around this other than buying a new radio?
>>

> I had a similar problem with a Ford radio. I bought a little piece of
> software for about 2-3 from someone on eBay. It worked fine. There may
> be a version for Volvo radios.
>

What are the make, model and serial number of the radio?

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Old 09-12-2005, 07:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Beck <my_bulkmail@btopenworld.invalid> wrote:

> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with
> a code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>
> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they
> have a database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number
> and vin and the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable
> to unlock the radio.
>
> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we
> can do to get around this other than buying a new radio?


It's very unlikely for the car not to be on the database - unless it was a
grey import. There's no default code - that would defeat the security
measure!

Do you have any evidence of which dealer supplied the car when it was new -
maybe a stamp in the service book, or the dealer name on the number plates?
If so, contact the original dealer. They will probably want to see some
proof that you do really own the car.

Is there any evidence that the radio isn't the original? If so, you're
*really* stuffed!
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Old 09-12-2005, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes


"Bonnet Lock" <vol@privacy.net> wrote in message
news:3oleo6F6gjncU1@individual.net...
> In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
> Beck <my_bulkmail@btopenworld.invalid> wrote:
>
>> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with
>> a code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>>
>> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they
>> have a database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number
>> and vin and the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable
>> to unlock the radio.
>>
>> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we
>> can do to get around this other than buying a new radio?

>
> It's very unlikely for the car not to be on the database - unless it was a
> grey import. There's no default code - that would defeat the security
> measure!
>
> Do you have any evidence of which dealer supplied the car when it was
> new -
> maybe a stamp in the service book, or the dealer name on the number
> plates?
> If so, contact the original dealer. They will probably want to see some
> proof that you do really own the car.
>
> Is there any evidence that the radio isn't the original? If so, you're
> *really* stuffed!


No evidence of anything I am afraid. The car was purchased second hand
privately. We cannot get hold of the seller (proably due to the fact they
conned us with the MOT, but thats another story). We have no logbook or
anything but it is now legally ours and we know from the DVLA that it is not
stolen.
I think we are stuffed. Now the question is, how difficult is it to remove
the old radio? It looks original to me as it all fits in with the dashboard
as if it was designed for it.


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Old 09-12-2005, 08:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes


"Crazy Dog" <NoSpam@ThankYou.Mam> wrote in message
news:dg3vu2$b80$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Beck wrote:
>> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
>> code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>>
>> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have
>> a database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin
>> and the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the
>> radio.
>>
>> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can
>> do to get around this other than buying a new radio?

> I had a similar problem with a Ford radio. I bought a little piece of
> software for about 2-3 from someone on eBay. It worked fine. There may
> be a version for Volvo radios.


Thankyou. What should I be searching for?


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Old 09-12-2005, 08:01   #8 (permalink)
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"Mike F" <"mikef2316()"@allsttream.nett> wrote in message
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> Beck wrote:
>>
>> Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
>> code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>>
>> I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have
>> a
>> database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin and
>> the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the
>> radio.
>>
>> Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can
>> do
>> to get around this other than buying a new radio?

>
> "Over here" they also have codes listed by radio serial number. There's
> a good chance the radio in your car is not the original one, in which
> case the original code won't work.


Not quite sure how to actually open up the dash to get to the back of the
radio at the moment.


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Old 09-12-2005, 08:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes

Beck wrote:
> "Crazy Dog" <NoSpam@ThankYou.Mam> wrote in message
> news:dg3vu2$b80$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
>
>>Beck wrote:
>>
>>>Bought a second hand Volvo recently and the car radio was locked with a
>>>code. The seller has been uncontactable since.
>>>
>>>I was told I could get the code from a volvo dealer apparently they have
>>>a database so I called a local dealer. Gave him the reg number and vin
>>>and the car is not on the volvo database. So we are unable to unlock the
>>>radio.
>>>
>>>Is there a default code for the radio at all? Is there anythiing we can
>>>do to get around this other than buying a new radio?

>>
>>I had a similar problem with a Ford radio. I bought a little piece of
>>software for about 2-3 from someone on eBay. It worked fine. There may
>>be a version for Volvo radios.

>
>
> Thankyou. What should I be searching for?
>
>

I don't know if you're in the UK or somewhere else. A UK only eBay
search brings up 80 listings for Volvo radio decode. You may also find
freeware to download on the internet if you're lucky.

It's also worth searching for forums. Some car forum members are happy
to help FOC. They'll need the make model and serial number of the radio.

BTW - in my case the radio had been locked out (the wrong code had been
tried too many times). I had to rig a power lead so that it had power
for 12 hours before I could try entering a code again. You may need to
do something similar.

Another possibility is to take it to a car audio specialist.

There should be no need to replace the radio just for a missing code.

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Old 09-12-2005, 08:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Volvo UK radio codes


"Crazy Dog" <NoSpam@ThankYou.Mam> wrote in message
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> I don't know if you're in the UK or somewhere else. A UK only eBay search
> brings up 80 listings for Volvo radio decode. You may also find freeware
> to download on the internet if you're lucky.
>
> It's also worth searching for forums. Some car forum members are happy to
> help FOC. They'll need the make model and serial number of the radio.
>
> BTW - in my case the radio had been locked out (the wrong code had been
> tried too many times). I had to rig a power lead so that it had power for
> 12 hours before I could try entering a code again. You may need to do
> something similar.
>
> Another possibility is to take it to a car audio specialist.
>
> There should be no need to replace the radio just for a missing code.


Thanks for the help. If I downloaded something how would I connect it to
the radio?


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