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Old 05-24-2016, 08:50 AM
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2000 BMW Z3 and the radio says CODE WAIT

I have a 2000 BMW Z3 and the radio says CODE WAIT. Can anyone help me find the code it's not in the owners manual.

There are two cards with two different serial #'s one is T 0951101 the other is W1483258
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:31 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to our Z3 forum, you'll get more help in here.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:37 AM
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Turn the radio on and hold the "M" button in, it should show you the S/N. Might try 51101 or 83258 if your station presets support the numbers.
To clear the code:

- Turn key to on position without starting the engine for two hours to get rid of the code wait


- Leave the car off for 24 hours and it will reset itself for code input

turn key off an on and it should just say CODE _ _ _ _ _

Input code using station presets

If this doesn't work do a search.

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Old 05-24-2016, 11:08 AM
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Code Wait means there have been several attempts to enter the code. Read:

If you wait out Code Wait, the radio will just say Code. You then enter the code's numbers using the preset buttons, and press the > button.
The code has 5 digits, so the T0951101 or W1483258 are not the code, but might be serial numbers.
The radio code came on a card in the radio manual. My card was gone, but the code had been handwritten on the Owners Manual.
If you don't have the code, you can get it from the radio serial number.
The radio serial number can be shown by pressing M for a long time. But that might not work on old Z3s. If not, the number is on the back of the radio which must be removed.

With the radio serial number, the code can be obtained two ways. From a dealer, who might charge for looking it up. Or from an online service such as:

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Old 05-24-2016, 11:30 PM
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To clear wait code...disconnect battery for 2 minutes. Works like a charm. Now on the code side...contact your nearest BMW Dealer....parts dept (not service) and provide them serial number, model number, and part number (all on back of radio).

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